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What are Hair Extensions?
So you asked us and we have Miami Beach’s best hair extensions stylist answering! While there are many types of hair extensions, the overall purpose is to add length and thickness to the hair. Hair extensions can be taped, glued, bonded, clipped, or microlinked to your natural hair. The difference between a wig and a hair extension is that a wig is placed on top of the entire head, while extensions lay on the hair roots. You must have some hair in order to have extensions, usually at least 3-4 inches.
Many people assume that all hair extensions are for adding length to a shorter cut. And while many people choose extensions for a longer look, some women with thin hair choose extensions with the same length as their natural hair to add volume for a thicker, healthier-looking mane for those legendary nights along Lincoln Road. Because there are so many choices to suit your particular hair goals, chatting it up with Dreisy at McAllister Spa is usually best.
What Type of Hair Extensions is Best for My Miami Beach Lifestyle?
Everybody wants great hair in Miami’s South Beach. Shine, volume, and the perfect color each go into the ‘do, but if you want longer hair, more hair, or add a pop of dimensional color, hair extensions might be for you. If you’ve never heard of extensions or just want to learn more about the different types (not all hair extensions are created equal), keep reading! McAllister Spa is one of Miami Beach’s best hair salons and they have you covered. And there’s no one better hair stylist at McAllister Spa than Dreisy Reyes.
Which is Better for Miami Beach’s Heat & Humidity – Synthetic vs. Natural Hair Extensions?
Synthetic hair is made out of plastic. It is shinier than natural hair (meaning that it is often obvious that it’s fake hair), tangles easily, cannot be dyed, and is near impossible to style. However, synthetic hair is much cheaper than genuine human hair, which is why some women opt for it in their extensions. Natural hair has normal levels of shine, doesn’t tangle as much, can be dyed, and is easily styled, but it is in a much higher price range than synthetic hair. Is it worth it? Yes. Synthetic hair cannot be styled because the plastic is formed in a permanent manner. Additionally, attempting to use a curling iron, for example, will result in a melted clump, ruining the hair and potentially your heat tool.
What are Clip-on Hair Extensions & Which Are Best to Wear in Miami Beach?
Clip-ons are the most popular type of hair extension. They are reusable, easily clipped in, and easily removed, making them popular with people who do their hair at home. Clip-ons add length, volume, and potentially a pop of color to a head with minimal effort. However, the downside is that they are not at all permanent and must be removed before going to sleep. Additionally, some people find the clips bulky, and it is challenging to complete up-dos unless you are a professional. If taken care of correctly, clip-ons can last you upwards of 6 months.
Tape-in Hair Extensions
Tape-ins are another popular version of hair extensions. And McAllister Spa has all the best brands of tape extensions – from Bellami to Glam Seamless and from Hotheads to HairTalk. This type of hair extensions is placed similarly to clip-ons, but a professional like our very own Dreisy uses a heat-activated tape-looking glue that is stuck to the natural hair. Tape-ins are less heavy than clips and are more accessible to style. They are also semi-permanent.
The principal thing you have to watch out for is to ensure you’re not stripping the glue with hair products; you should use special shampoos and conditioners designed for extensions. Tape-in hair extensions will typically last you around 4-8 weeks, but it depends on how quickly your hair grows and how careful you are with the glue. Glue remover is used to take off the extensions, and if they are still in good condition, they can be reglued closer to the roots.
Bonded Hair Extensions
A favorite at Miami Beach’s favorite hair extensions salon are fusion/bonded/keratin extensions. They are perhaps the most natural-looking of all varieties of extension. Small hair bundles are glued via heat-activation to strands of your natural hair in discrete areas around your head. While this method might look the best, it’s also the most damaging to your natural hair and may cause hair loss, breakage, scalp irritation, or heat damage. Once you start with these extensions, you won’t want to stop.
Bonded extensions are probably the easiest to manage because you don’t have to do anything special with them. Unlike the other methods, you can style and wash your hair as usual. They also last longer, about 2-3 months, without needing to be removed and rebonded closer to the roots. And McAllister Spa works with quality brands like Cinderella Hair Extensions.
Microlink Hair Extensions
Dreisy is a big advocate for maintaining healthy hair, and sometimes a healthier alternative to bonded extensions are microlink hair extensions. Tiny strands of your natural hair are pushed through a small silicone bead with the extension. The bead is then crimped to your hair without glue or heat, making them much less damaging than microlink hair extensions. Just like bonded extensions, microlinks can be styled and washed like normal. However, you must be careful not to accidentally rip the links out with a brush or hands. These extensions will last you around 2-3 months before being uncrimped and moved up to the roots.
Weaves & Sew-in Wefts
Technically, weaves and hair extensions are different things, but the terms are often used interchangeably. Weaves are often used for 4C and other coily hair types but can be done on anybody. The natural hair is first braided into cornrows. Then, the weave is sewn into the braids. Sew-in weft hair extensions are a variety of weave, except only one braid is made under the bulk of the hair.
The weave is sewn into the braid, leaving no trace of a tiny braid. This hair isn’t damaging since there isn’t any heat, glue, or other chemicals. With a sew-in weft, you can care for your hair as normal. Full weaves, however, are a little more complicated, and caring for them depends on the texture of your weave and natural hair. The weft extensions will last around 6-8 weeks before needing to be moved closer to the roots
Where Can I Get Hair Extensions Near Me in Miami Beach?
If you’re in the South Beach area, you’re in luck! McAllister Spa provides top-of-the-line extension installations and hair. You can learn more about our specific extension services by viewing our hair services. We’ll even give you a free consultation with all your options. If you’re on the market for a complete makeover, McAllister Spa is the place for you in Miami Beach. We have hair, massage, nail, skincare, waxing, tanning, eyelash, eyebrow, and more services available. So go to our homepage and check us out! We’d love to see you.
Who is Miami Beach’s Best Hair Extensions Stylist?
And before you book, take a moment to appreciate Dreisy Reyes’ amazing artistry as she places hair extensions of all sorts in the recent images posted on our Instagram. Her work is nothing short of absolute perfection in our. When it’s time for an appointment with Dreisy, send us a text at 305-604-0550. If you would like to schedule a virtual consult via Facetime, particularly during COVID, send us an email by clicking this link and she will reach out ASAP.
More than a decade ago, William McAllister hatched an idea to disrupt the beauty salon industry in Miami Beach. He contemplated what salons once were in years gone by. He yearned to recapture their unique contributions to both personal beauty & community. In the past 10 years, he’s forever changed the industry, and according to him, he’s just getting started! He draws from a unique background – encompassing everything from neurophysiology, business to firefighting- and built South Beach’s busiest & most reviewed beauty concept in South Florida.