If you have short natural hair, you might be dreaming of your hair growing overnight. While we’re not all blessed with Rapunzel’s luscious locks, there’s a quicker solution than waiting years for your hair to grow. Hair extensions are becoming more popular than ever as a way of turning your dream hair into a reality. Extensions are about more than adding length to your hair. They give you extra volume to your hair to give you a fuller look.
Finding your perfect match can feel overwhelming – there’s different bonds, hair types, and extension styles for you to choose from. You want to consider your natural hair type and choose a style that best fits your needs.
We’re demystifying the process to help you find the best hair extensions for your short hair. This guide covers everything you need to know, along with maintenance tips for looking after your extensions. As one of Cardiff’s leading hair extension suppliers, we offer a curated collection of extensions for you to choose from. Read on to find out everything you need to know to achieve your ‘hair goals’.
Short Hair and Extensions
Having short hair isn’t always a choice. You might have damaged your hair from over-styling or chemical dyes. Perhaps you’ve had a bad haircut or tried giving yourself a trim at home. For some people, having short hair and using extensions gives them the best of both worlds.
There’s a common misconception that you need to have long hair to use hair extensions. Your short hair doesn’t disqualify you from getting hair extensions, rather the opposite. Even if you have a bob, there are hair extensions out there that will work for you. You’ll want to make sure you have at least a few inches of length to help camouflage the top of your extensions to give you a natural look.
As you have shorter hair, you want to keep in mind the issue of weight. Remy human hair weighs more in extensions than your natural hair, which can become uncomfortable if it’s too heavy for your short hair.
Choosing Hair Extensions for Short Hair
Although short hair is suitable for extensions, there are a few specific points that you want to keep in mind when choosing your extensions. You want to consider everything from the type of extension to their length to determine how easily they’ll blend with your natural hair.
Clients across Cardiff are choosing to use hair extensions to transform their hair from short and lifeless to long and voluminous locks. The best hair extensions are those made with Remy human hair, which gives you a natural look with extra length and volume. Remy hair has all the cuticles pointing in one direction.
One thing to consider when choosing your hair extensions is the length. It’s best to wait until you have at least five inches of length to your hair before installing extensions for a more seamless look. Your mobile hairdresser may be able to add layers to your hair by blending extensions of different lengths. Adding layers can help balance out your look and prevent it from looking too harsh.
It’s also worth considering that the hair extensions will weigh more than your natural hair. You usually want to avoid going any longer than 18 inches with your extensions when you have shorter natural hair as this can be harder to blend and put more pressure on your hair.
Your mobile hairdresser will help you choose extensions that match your natural colour, as you want to find as close a match as possible. With shorter hair, things like rings and tapes can be easier to spot if you don’t get an accurate colour match. Choosing the right shade of hair extensions can make or break how realistic your final look is.
If you’re hoping to fully transform your look, you can speak to your mobile hairdresser about adding highlights or a few strands of balayage through your hair for extra dimension.
You want to think about your natural haircut when choosing your extensions. If you have a blunt cut, thicker hair extensions will help you achieve a seamless blend between the ends and extensions.
Our mobile hairdressers are available to help clients across Cardiff choose the hair extensions that will work best for their hair type and goals.
Different Types of Hair Extensions
While you’ll usually be drawn to extensions by their colour, it’s the specific type of extension that you should consider first. Different styles of extensions can help you achieve a myriad of looks. Whatever your hair goals are, there’s a type of extension out there for you. It’s always best to have a professional stylist or mobile hairdresser install your extensions.
1. Bonded Keratin Extensions
Some hair types look better with different styles of extensions. If your short hair is naturally thick, pre-bonded Keratin extensions are usually your best option. These individual strands look virtually invisible as they blend effortlessly with your natural locks. Keratin extensions use thin strands of hair that contain the keratin bonds, unlike other extensions.
As the extensions are melted, the protein melts to attach the extensions to your natural hair. Each strand is deliberately placed to give you the most natural look possible. You can even wear a ponytail without worrying about showing your extensions.
You can usually get around six months of wear with keratin bond hair extensions with less maintenance involved. Your mobile hairdresser will give you advice on how you can style your hair extensions just like your natural hair.
2. Flat Tip Hair Extensions
Do you want hair extensions you can wear long-term? Flat tip hair extensions are amongst the most durable and long-lasting style. Your mobile hairdresser or stylist will install the extensions strand by strand to create a natural look, with the extensions blending seamlessly with your own hair.
What makes these extensions so popular amongst our Cardiff clients is that they’re essentially a hybrid. Flat-tip extensions combine the best of stranded and weft hair. You get the volume of weft with the flexibility of separate strands. You’ll have the ultimate flexibility to style your new hair in whatever way you’d like.
If you’re a newbie to the world of hair extensions, your mobile hairdresser will usually recommend this style as one of the easiest to get used to. You don’t have to worry about tape or glue, and you get comfort without compromising on style.
3. Weft Weave Extensions
Weft hair extensions are the perfect way to add volume and body to your hair as the extensions are weaved into your natural hair. The beauty of weft extensions is that they give you a little more flexibility with your application choices. While these are a popular hair extension, they usually need to be converted into clip-in extensions for shorter hair. This process can bump up the cost of your treatment and make it more time-consuming.
Blending weft extensions into short hair can be more difficult as they usually require you to do a blunt cut of your natural hair and avoid layers. Weft extensions are a style you’ll usually want to wait and consider when your natural hair grows out. If you already have your weft extensions purchased, your hairstylist may be able to convert them for you.
4. Clip-in Extensions
Do you want the freedom to take off your extensions? Clip-in extensions are for you. You can change up your look as often as you want to reflect your style. When you’re considering clip-in extensions, you want your natural hair to have at least three to five inches of length to help disguise the clips.
Look out for clip-in extensions that have extra volume to help thicken your hair and give you the illusion of fuller locks. These extensions are perfect for special occasions or when you want an effortlessly chic look.
If you choose clip-in extensions, it’s always best to visit your Cardiff based mobile hairdresser to have your hair extensions installed. Applying clip-in extensions can be tricky for short hair, so it’s best to leave it in the hands of a professional.
5. Tape-In Hair Extensions
Tape extensions are amongst the most popular style, coming in the largest variety of lengths. If you’re in a time crunch, these extensions are typically the quickest to install. You get volume and length without spending hours sitting in a chair. Most mobile hairdressers can usually install your tape-in extensions within an hour.
The tape panels in extensions are virtually invisible once installed, making them ideal for a blended look.
Most mobile hairdressers will use tape-in extensions on their clients with short hair instead of clip-in extensions. The tapes are virtually invisible once installed in your hair and are damage-free. This style is a better alternative if you have thinner hair as it won’t pull or tug your hair in the way other extensions will. You can usually enjoy 6-8 weeks of wear from these extensions with proper care.
How to Care for your Hair Extensions
Looking after your hair extensions takes some TLC, especially when you have short hair. The trickiest part of hair extensions when you have short hair is keeping your look blended. You don’t want it to appear too obvious that you’re wearing extensions. The best way to keep it looking blended is to take proactive steps to keep your extensions look healthy.
The golden rule of clip-in hair extension is to remove them before going to sleep. Falling asleep with your extensions in can cause them to become tangled and may damage the clips. Before you go to bed, remove the clip-ins by working from top to bottom. When you have sewn-in extensions, you can opt for a silk pillowcase or scarf to give your hair an extra layer of protection and prevent frizz.
On a day-to-day basis, you want to coordinate your natural hair and extensions while styling. Sticking to Remy hair extensions means you can treat your extensions just like your natural hair. You want to be extra careful and gentle while brushing your extensions, using either a wide-tooth or specific wig brush.
If you have clip-in extensions, wash them once a month as you don’t have to worry about the effects of natural oils. With sewn-in extensions, you can continue to wash your hair like normal. Make sure to use a gentle shampoo and hydrating conditioner while avoiding using heat tools as much as possible. When you’re blow-drying your hair or using straighteners, make sure to add a heat protectant to keep your extensions from breaking.
Don’t forget to store your hair extensions properly to stop them from becoming tangled. Place them into a ponytail with a gentle hair scrunchie and inside a box.
Beauty Works Hair Extensions
Our salon offers Beauty Work hair extensions, specifically designed for professional use, across the Cardiff area. Beauty Work is one of the most recognisable names in the hair industry, offering award-winning. damage-free hair extensions. We’re able to provide you with a range of stunning natural and on-trend colours to choose from, along with extension lengths of 14” to 28”.
Beauty Works extensions are made using 100% Remy human hair, which blends seamlessly with your natural hair for a professional finish. No one will be able to tell you’re wearing extensions.
Some of the most popular styles from BeautyWorks include their iconic ‘Celebrity Choice Flat Tip’ and ‘Invisi’ collection, some of the most discreet hair extension styles on the market.
Our mobile hairdresser service is available across Cardiff for those looking to experiment with hair extensions. If you have short hair, extensions can be a gamechanger for your look. This guide is to help you find out more about choosing the best hair extensions that work for your short hair. Don’t forget about considering your hair type, natural length, and the general maintenance for looking after your extensions.
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