Goth and Industrial hair extensions, falls and accessories are a great way of changing your look from day to day, as well as being more extreme in variants of colour, style, material and texture than any form of traditional hair extensions. No ‘natural look’ here!
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Here's a brief guide to the various types of extensions available.
Clip-on falls.These are quite the simplest kind of fall available, and merely clip on over a ponytail with a crocodile or claw clip. Therefore they can be instantly attached or removed. These falls are available in all kinds of styles, and are usually sold in pairs so that they can be worn on either side in pigtails. They are usually made from synthetic hair. They are simple to attach but may fall (no pun intended!) off if the clip is not good quality or your ponytail is thin.
Tie-in falls.These falls are attached to a ponytail band or ribbon so that they can be tied in over your own hair. These are often in cyber or industrial styles – see Miss Needles for examples. Again, these are usually sold in pairs. They can be very heavy.
Clip-in fringes or streaks.Does exactly what it says on the can. You can also get fake fringes (aka bangs) on a hairband. This is a good way to update your look without going for the chop, but it might look obviously fake unless it's good quality.
Pinch-braiding is when the synthetic materials are braided into your real hair. This allows the hair to be snipped off when you want to try something new. Be sure to track down a certified stylist for this.
Synthetic dreads.Synthetic dreadlocks are temporary and can be removed without damage to your own hair. They can be quite expensive as they take longer to attach than other types of extension. It might be worth learning how to do your own if you have the time and patience.
The most usual method of applying dreads is braiding your real hair, then wrapping each braid round and round with synthetic hair and sealing into place with heat and/or glue. At this stage they are known as ‘sticks’ or ‘silky dreads’. For more realistic dreads, the surface of the wrapped ‘stick’ can be teased to give a more matted appearance, or the piece of wrapping hair can be back-combed before it is wrapped round the underlying braid. You can either braid all your own hair first, then use separate pieces of hair to wrap around the braids, or, you can use just one piece of looped-over extension hair to make the entire dread.
If your own hair is quite short, you can simply have synthetic hair braided into your own hair until it’s as long as you want the dreads to be. This method involves no damage to your real hair, since it’s all tucked away inside the dread. When you get fed up of the dreads, you just snip the end of the synthetic part off, unwrap the dread and un-pick the braid underneath. The biggest drawback with this style is that it can be painfully heavy – that’s a lot of hair attached to your poor head! These can also be the most expensive style of all.
Semi-permanent hair extensions.These hair extensions can be made from synthetic fibres or real human hair and are glued onto thin strands of your own hair. They come in loads of amazing colours, and you can have various styles done with them - a full head of extensions to give length and volume, or bright streaks of colour. They have to be applied by a professional, which can be pricey, but they last for six to eight months. If you choose human hair extensions, you can do anything with them that you can with your own hair - hairdrying, straightening etc. Synthetic extensions can be hard work as they hang dead straight and as such can look very unnatural, plus you can't use any heated styling equipment on them.
Braiding synthetic hair into your real hair is an easy and relatively cheap way to extend your hair. Braids are also one of the easiest styles to DIY – all you need is strong arms, several packets of synthetic hair, and time! You might also need someone to help you with the ones round the back...
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