What is the best type of hair extension?
When it comes to hair extensions, the adage "you get what you pay for" rings especially true. There are extensions of myriad different qualities on the market, from the super-cheap synthetic clip on to so-called "virgin" human hair, which has never been processed or dyed. Human hair is generally more expensive than synthetic counterparts, but it is obviously closer to sheen and texture to one's own hair, and therefore more natural-looking.
If you're just looking to add volume to your scalp, here are your options:
Extensions: You can get human or synthetic hair added to your own hair through several techniques like fusion, beads or braiding. When done well, the look is seamless, but high-maintenance and requires upkeep every four to six weeks. It can also be very expensive.
Teasing: Boost your locks with a can of hairspray and a teasing comb. Tease the sections under the top layer of your hair, so it still presents a smooth exterior. Be careful not to overdo it and if you have doubts, google 80s hairstyles—your hair should NOT look like that.
Curling: Curling your hair automatically adds volume. Hot curlers are the most effective, since they boost your hair from the roots, but a curling iron works fantasically as well.
Volumizing mousse: Run a strawberry-sized dollop of volumizing mousse through damp hair, then blow dry normally. For added boost, flip your hair over and blow dry your roots while upside down.
Volumizing potion: Pure Abundance hair potion by Aveda comes in powder form and is sprinkled onto the roots of the hair. Heat created by rubbing activates the powder and can add up to 17% more volume to hair. Make sure not to shake the container or the product liquifies and can't be used.
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