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How to apply glue in hair extensions so they match your own hair

Updated on September 7, 2011
Buying extensions
Before you start thinking about how to cut and style glue in hair extensions or even how to apply glue in hair extensions you must consider the colour you buy and type you buy. You may also want to consider the thickness of the hair you are buying and whether it is straight, wavy or curly to match your own hair. You could of course style your own hair to be curly, straight or wavy to match the glue in hair extensions. It can help to match your hair to glue in hair extensions in a store, however online you will have much more choice and so are far more likely to find the right thing. In terms of the colour look at pictures online and compare to your hair in natural rather than artificial light to get the closest match. The range of colours available online are very wide especially for synthetic hair so you should be able to find a good match: some online stores allow returns if you find the colour you ordered isn’t quite right and want to order another instead.

Pre bonded or non pre bonded
Pre bonded glue in hair extensions have the glue upon them meaning that you simply place the hair onto the right spot and then allow it to set. You could use non pre bonded extensions where you add the glue as needed: you may if you are skilled get a much better look with the glue hidden under the hair. If you are trying this for the first time though be aware that it is very easy to get clumps of glue and have lumps under your hair from this or even visible glue giving away the fact you are using glue in hair extensions.

Hot or Cold fusion
Glue in hair extensions can use hot or cold fusion; with hot fusion the glue its set using a heat gun: this generally needs to be done at a salon therefore though you will get a good finish this way normally; even so burning of your scalp and damage to your hair is likely . Cold fusion glue in hair extensions will not last as long generally but are safer and can easily be applied at home by yourself or a friend.

Real or Synthetic
Real hair will look much more realistic, even if the match on colour or thickness isn’t quite right. Where your hair and synthetic hair mix, the way they will reflect light will be different; it is also difficult to style synthetic hair and it will easily frizz and easily break. With real hair you may get a better match by using conditioned and dyed hair; virgin hair though will last longer and may sit better.

Remy hair extensions
Remy type hair will last much longer and may sit more naturally than dropped hair especially if it is unprocessed virgin hair, which most is. Remy hair takes wefts of hair from close to the scalp so the real hair you get can be added so that it sits in the same direction that it did originally. With virgin hair the cuticle will be in tact meaning the way the hair sits will be more natural and manageable and the hair will last longer.

Cutting and styling
With real rather than synthetic hair you can style and cut it along with your own once it is positioned. Certain styles will be ideal for covering the scalp to hide any glue that might be visible but blending the hair and cutting it to the same length as your own hair is the most important thing to ensure that people don’t ever suspect that you are wearing glue in hair extensions unless you tell them.


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      Kara Niranjana 5 years ago

      The type of hair you pick is important too. Indian hair is the most versatile hair type but coarser hair (like Malaysian and Chinese) blends better with African american hair. The best virgin hair I've purchased was from


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