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What To Know About Hair Braid Extensions

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Handwoven hair braid extensions can give you the head of hair you have always dreamed of. The following can help you choose the best braids for your needs.

Human or Synthetic?

There are two main options when it comes to the hair itself — human and synthetic. If you plan to use heat to style the braids or if you want to color them yourself, then human hair is the best option. Most synthetic options can't be colored nor can they be exposed to heat, such as via crimpers or electric rollers. There are some synthetics on the market that are heat resistant, but you must still use caution. The one benefit of synthetic is the braids tend to be more cost effective and less prone to damage from normal use.

Full or Loose?

Handmade extension braids come in two main styles. Full braids are braided to the very end of the hair, so there is no loose hair to comb or maintain. This option is especially good for younger kids since you won't have to spend as much time on hair care. Loose braids are braided right into your natural hair, and they are typically left loose and unbraided once the plait reaches the end of the natural hair. Neither option is necessarily better, as it comes down to your personal preference on the look and hair care. Loose braids may require more maintenance compared to full braids, so keep in mind how much time you plan to spend on your hair once the extensions are in place.

Hair Loss?

Hair loss doesn't necessarily mean that you can't wear handwoven hair braid extensions. If you have a few thin spots along the sides, top, or back of your head, braids can cover up the hair loss and provide an attractive alternative to your natural hair. Unfortunately, if the hair loss is in the front, particularly along the forehead hair line, then braids aren't possible. The good news is you can attractively combine a partial wig in the front with braided extension in the back.

Pro Color or DIY?

Braided hair extensions come in every natural color imaginable along with plenty of fun colors. You can opt for single colored braids, highlights braids, or dip-dyed style braids that change color along their length. For even and long-lasting coloring, it's usually better to order the braids professionally pre-colored. If you want to better match your natural hair color or simply experiment, though, human-hair braids can be DIY colored at home.

Contact a handmade hair braid supplier to learn more about the options available.