I am used to working with clients with fine to medium hair density longing for thicker and longer locks, but every so often, a client will enter with thick, short hair with blunt ends and my creative streak kicks in! This is where I implement the "hybrid technique" of mixing hair extensions methods, in the below video my client wanted versatility in the movement of keratin individual strand hair extensions, but the strands were not thick enough to fill her dense crown area.
What I did
1) I created custom keratin individual strand hair extensions from the nape of the neck to just above the crown area. Customizing the strands allowed me to make larger hair extensions to match the density of her hair. I blending 3 shades of color because a perfect color match ensures a seamless blend.
2) After applying 4 rows of solid tracks of keratin extensions (not skipping spaces in between), I reevaluated her hair and realized the crown area needed extensions that offer the optimal coverage per square inch of the head area. It is rare to find someone with very thick hair in the crown area, but trust me it happens.
3) I considered my hair extension method options and quickly realized that tape hair extensions would be visible and I needed a method of extensions that would lay flat on her head. I chose to apply 2 rows of Genius weft hair using the micro-link sew-in technique. The Genius weft is an ultra-thin track of hair that can be cut and offers lots of volume in the hair.
4) I carefully sewed the Genius wefts around the top circumference of her head, the wefts did the trick! Once I blended the keratin extensions and wefts together, you could not tell where her own hair ends and the extensions begin.
What To Know
Using a few methods of hair extensions on one client will give you a seamless result. You may have the reverse situation where someone needs less hair through the crown and in this case you could apply hand-tied hair and keratin through the crown and sides of the head.
This particular client wears her hair up often and is addicted to keratin individual hair extensions, the sew-in genius weft was placed at the crown area and sides and will be easily hidden when she wears her hair up.
Over 25 years ago, hairstylists had a choice of 3 hair extension types;
1) Sew In Weave (sewn into braids/cornrows).
2) "Dome" synthetic hair extensions which were launched in the 1980s, hair was braided and glued into single strands of hair extensions. They were hard to maintain and blend into natural hair.
3) Custom-made keratin bonds which were cut from wefts of hair, hot keratin was applied and later purged into hair creating single strand hair extensions. This is definitely not an antiquated technique!
Today, we have a myriad of hair extension options, but the old faithful custom keratin technique still has its place in the hair extension world. I do not believe in strong holding to one method of extensions regardless of what is trending.
If you would like to learn more about the hybrid extension technique or how to achieve this style, feel free to comment below. I would love to hear about your hair extension experience, and if you are a stylist please chime in!
Hair Extensions Background
At Noelle Salon, we evaluate your natural hair, listen to our client's wishes on styling, color match, and look. We use human hair extensions like 100% Remy human hair, or Virgin Hair (unlike Bellami hair). Hair extensions can be used for short hair or 24 inches of a full head of hair, and have worked with different methods like tape-in extensions, clip-in hair extensions, Keratin and enjoy using our Pull-thru Veila Hair Extensions for ease of hair care. Styling can vary from flat iron, natural curl, or curly hair. Whether you are looking for a change of style or look for a day such as a Clip-in ponytail, having a high-quality ponytail extension can mix it up for you. Your natural hair journey with your hair growth can be enhanced with Hair extensions when protective styling is applied, and regular maintenance is used. You can change your hair in one day - feel free to reach out to us and explore the possibilities.