Fine Hair Does Not Always Mean Thin HairQUESTION: People tend to lump "fine" and "thin" hair together and the advice for people with fine hair is usually about to how to "volumize" it and such, but even though I have fine hair, it's very thick volume-wise and I have all the volume I need! In fact, just after I wash it I have to spend quite awhile so it won't be big and fluffy. Will this make a difference in the amount of [extension] hair I need to purchase?ANSWER:
Yes, thickness of the natural hair to start will make a difference in the amount of hair you want to attach for a natural-looking result. Thinner hair to start can get by with less extension hair and denser hair just needs more extension hair to look just right. Since your hair is longer to start and more volume with the hair extensions is not your goal, most of your installing of the extensions will be building rows in your ear to ear area in the back.
If your hair were really short to start (for example, above shoulders) and you are adding much length, let's say 8-12 inches more, you will probably need a lot more hair to get your extension installation to look natural and full in the length of it.
If your hair is quite long (already toward mid-back) and you are looking to add that same 8-12 inches of length, you can probably get by with a little less since hair tends to thin a bit toward the ends. This would still look natural.
Hair Extension Application Tricks & Tips for Thin HairQUESTION: My hair is extremely fine and not much of it. I started my install yesterday and left a little space between them to stagger the next row. I had next to nothing, not even much volume, so we filled in and used every bit of my hair except the inch around the perimeter and the nape. It is still so fine, could I add another bond just below the original bond on maybe 2 or 3 of the middle back rows, there are 5 rows, or would that be too much weight on my fine hair?ANSWER:
I wouldn't add hair to the extension hair since your hair may not be enough of an anchor to hold that much extension hair. Even though this bond is lightweight, it is just not a good idea to do that. The idea is to wear the extensions safely and not damage your natural hair. You should be able to double the thickness of your natural hair by adding extension hair at a 1:1 ratio. If your hair is in good condition and strong, you can increase that to a 2:1 ration meaning double the extension hair to your own hair, but test this first; be sure it is still lightweight enough for your hair to handle it and take extra care in brushing your hair extensions! Catching a tangle will putt on the extension and if the attachment doesn't give way (as it should) it can pull out hairs at the root.
Hair Extensions or Wigs for Thin, Sparse HairQUESTION: I have very thin hair, I was hoping to add volume. I tried to keep my expectations reasonable when it came to getting the hair extensions. I know I won't ever be the girl with the thickest hair in the room; I just wanted my hair closer to normal thickness. We followed your advice and kept my hair sections and bonds smaller than average, installing 1/8 inch or less extension hair with each bond. Keeping the sections and bonds small has been a necessity - if I try to make them any bigger, I find that I'm pulling hair from too wide of an area, leading to discomfort as individual hairs are tugged too far. Still, with all of our care in sectioning and measuring, I find that I can only fit about 6-8 bonds per row in the back of my head. I have only two rows installed so far, 15 bonds total, and I could only imagine installing a max of two more rows to keep the bonds from being exposed through my thin hair.
Have you ever encountered clients whose hair is so sparse that it can't support enough extension hair to make the installation "worth it"? Do you have any extra advice for those with extremely thin hair? I'm really feeling dejected. This was my first attempt trying to wear hair, and I am glad that the system has proven non-damaging... I just want an honest professional opinion about whether this system is practical for sparse/thin hair, or if I need to bite the bullet and start shopping for wigs. :( ANSWER:
I am so sorry things are not exactly as you want them right now and I will try to do everything I can to help! When there is very sparse thin hair, you will want to attach the extensions further down the root of the natural hair. You will need to remove and re-apply more often as well, to keep the extension in a safe area and eliminate that pulling. Go ahead and attach at a 1:1 ratio and even a 1.5:1 ration if your hair is strong and only if it is not chemically processed and/or susceptible to breaking. Attaching a half an inch or more down the hair shaft will eliminate that pulling you describe from the anchor hairs being sparse or spread apart.
I hope this helps because I understand your desire to try the hair extensions before getting a wig. The point at which a wig becomes your solution is up to you but I do hope you get a chance to try this further!
Hair Extension's for Volume Only, Not LengthQUESTION: My question is whether it is possible to use ManeMaxx for volume only, and what the best way would be to install it for that effect. I like the length of my hair, but it is extremely thin. I only want to add about 2 inches of length, but I want to add significant volume. Is there any way to do that with ManeMaxx? (My hair currently reaches the bottom of my bra strap in the front, and I want it just a little bit longer--nipple-length or so. Should I order the Mid Length hair or Long length for this?)ANSWER:
For sure, you can do exactly what you are trying to accomplish. The 14-16 inch (mid) length will work perfectly. I have a few customers I know personally who do this successfully with their thin hair and no one realizes what they have done, and would never suspect ManeMaxx, but the extra volume is huge for both of them!QUESTION: My hair is mid-length,however, my hair is breaking, and very thin at the top of my head. Will I be able to add extension near the crown of my head?ANSWER:
Yes, you can add the extensions anywhere you have hair. Typically you leave some covering hair at the nape and at the crown but you are able to control the size of the attachments you're making, so you should be able to add smaller bonds to any thinner area. A smaller bond, and using a TemBond color that matches your own hair color, can be made to be almost unseen in thin hair.
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