Title: pre glued hair extensions ( pros and cons
There is a current trend in adhesive hair
extensions that is based on the practice of buying the hair with glue
already on the ends of the hair extensions.
Although there are numerous companies that are
producing this product, it is not the practice of mainstream importers
of hair that are involved for the most part.
Consequently the hair is not sold by the
established accepted guidelines of the hair industry.
For instance, this hair is not sold in the standard
packages of four ounces, but rather by individual pre glued pieces that
frequently sell for around $3.00 each. Since a full head of adhesive
hair extensions commonly take at least one and a half packs to two packs
of hair and often exceeds that amount. It is conceivable that the
average head of adhesive hair extensions could need as many as three
hundred of these plugs to give the appearance of fullness, which is
often the major reason for doing the process.
Even half of that amount would come to about $450.00 just for the
hair. The price of the service would have to be added to this and would
come to an enormous sum of money that the average customer would not be
able to afford. As a result those professionals that use this technique
would make less money and would have a much smaller clientele base, that
is willing to pay so much. In instances where this product is being sold
by the weight, prices are frequently ninety dollars for a single ounce,
which means that the four ounces ( which is standard weight for a
package of hair ), would sell for as much as three hundred sixty
Even if the pieces of pre glued hair were sold to
the hair designer at one dollar and half each, they would still
represent an exorbitant amount when compared with the price of hair that
is sold by the bundle. This is especially true of the black clientele,
who are still the most prolific of all the ethnic groups that are
wearing hair extensions. They are also the most experienced and
knowledgeable regarding hair extensions and they all know where to buy
hair at moderate prices. In addition to this they usually buy shorter
( around ten, twelve or fourteen inches ) which can
be acquired in the standard four ounce packages of the established hair
companies for fifteen to thirty dollars at almost any of the numerous
beauty supply stores that are located everywhere throughout our nation.
It is close to impossible to acquire these pre
glued hair pieces in anything shorter than eighteen inches and often
they can not be had in the longer lengths of twenty two, twenty four or
longer, which is frequently what the clients may desire.
Textures are extremely limited. The pre glued hair
extension pieces are almost never fabricated in the various Yaky
textures that are the almost exclusive preference of the black
hairdressers and customers. In fact, the textures that are prevalent in
the pre glued hair is a rather vague, irregular wave that can not
compare to the various smooth, consistent waves and curl patterns that
are easily obtainable at the local hair and wig stores. Extremely curly
textures, like the corkscrew is non existent. They in no way compare to
the body wave, or exciting curl patterns that have been developed by the
leading manufacturers of Asia.
Most hair-designers say that there is too much glue
on the hair and it is always necessary to cut off some of it before
attaching the strands to the natural hair.
Another glaring shortcoming of the pre glued hair
is that they are extremely limited in colors. Often the company that
makes and sells these hairs do not use the excepted colors of the
established hair trade such as #22, # 27 or
#4, instead they use words to describe the colors, Autumn Sunset
or Titian red. This makes it almost impossible for the average stylist
or client to order the proper color. Color blends like #18/22 and 27/613
are virtually non existent. While the packaged hair that has been in use
for some time has a dazzling variety of mixed color combinations that
are exciting and dramatic innovations in hair designs that are greatly
appreciated by the clients and hairstylists.
Although there are some stores that carry this type
of pre glued hair, it is by far the companies that produce them who gain
their customers from the hair shows and insist that they order directly
from them. This means a wait of about at least a week or more, whereas
the convenience of buying it at a local hair store can not be denied.
Then when it does arrive, there is sometimes a question of color,
texture and length. In the case of a discrepancy it would be some time
before it could be straightened out, not like merely going back to the
store where it was bought and dealing with people that you are familiar
In order to attach this pre glued hair to the
natural hair it is necessary to purchase a special tool that somewhat
resembles a pair of pliers, which is electrically heated to melt the
adhesive at the tips of the commercial hair to the strands of natural
hair. These tools sell for about one hundred thirty nine dollars.
Removal of the pre adhesive hair extensions can be
achieved only by using acetone ( nail polish remover ). Although I
personally have never seen any direct negative result from the use of
acetone on the hair it can work a terrible hardship on the scalp. It can
burn the scalp badly and leave nasty chemical burns. Particularly on
black people whose scalp does not secrete a substantial amount of sebum
to protect the skin. It is also flammable and caution must be used when
applying it during the removal process. Most hair designers believe that
it is damaging to the hair and are not at all willing to use it.
the concept of pre glued hair strands originate?
The idea of pre glued tipped hair is not by any
means a new one. It has been in practice since the individually attached
adhesive hair extensions were conceived.
The best way to buy hair for doing adhesive hair
extensions is to buy hair that is on the weft. This is because it is
practical to save whatever hair is left after the procedure has been
completed. When it is attached to a weft the artist will simply toss it
into the box or bag where extra hair is collected until such time as it
well be needed and can be used, as opposed to the loose hairs that will
not be quite so easy to save for future use.
Persons that like the pre glued technique of
applying hair extensions will simply use the Adhesive dipper. This
instrument is used to heat the adhesive. After cutting a small cluster
of Hairs from the weft, the ends are dipped into a small, electronically
heated pot that is referred to as a “Dipper”. This tool is very
inexpensive and can melt down the same adhesive that goes into the glue
gun within a minute ( about
the same time that it would take to melt inside the gun). Once the solid
sticks of adhesive ( or economic bits of adhesive has melted down to a
liquid state, the ends of the hair is dipped into the glue and set aside
on a rubber non stick pad ( called a “Work Pad” ) or coated wax
paper that will allow the glue to harden without sticking to the
surface. This can be done in a single color or combination of colors
that may be new bundles of hair or as is the case most frequently, a
number of left over shades from earlier jobs. A single extension can be
a collage of two, three or even four colors.
This job can be assigned to anyone in the shop ( an
inexperienced apprentice, a receptionist or a clean up person that has
no cosmetology skills whatever ). The prepared extension pieces are then
ready for the customer’s visit whether it is the next day, a week
later or several months in the future.
When the patron is ready for the hair extensions,
the hair designer can simply place the pre tipped hair extension strands
beneath the natural hair at the root and then place the cone shaped
steal nozzle of the gun directly beneath the adhesive at the tips of the
prepared hair. The hot nozzle will cause the glue to immediately break
down to a liquid state and the stylist can see the melted adhesive
surrounding the natural hair. By rolling the warm adhesive between the
thumb and forefinger it will form a solid connection that will hold for
many months even though the person may have chemical services done, like
relaxers, permanent waves and peroxide colors.
There is no additional expense involved and the
stylist can use all of the left over pieces of hair from other jobs that
were done earlier and there is no need for the added expense in
purchasing a special tool to melt the adhesive.
This product ( pre glued hair ) does not represent
the overall benefit of the hair stylist, retailer and the customers. It
will cause some interest and excitement for some time, but in the end it
will not be profitable to the parties involved and will never take over
from the practical, economical and profitable techniques that are now in
place for the adhesive hair extensions.