About Glue-in Hair

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About Glue-in Hair
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Hair extensions are a popular way to create a new hairstyle without surrendering your hair to a pair of scissors. Certain glue-in hair extensions are less expensive and easy to apply at home. The special glue used to apply these hair extensions is a strong adhesive that holds faux hair in place for weeks. In this article, the history, components and types of hair extension glue available will be discussed.

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History

Hair additions have been around since the early 20th century. Throughout the years, wigs and hair extensions have mostly been reserved for people with a lot of money. However, glue-in hair extensions have become very popular in recent times, with everyone from teenagers to middle-aged women trying them as a temporary new style. Victoria Beckham, a British celebrity, is usually the one credited for beginning the temporary glue-in hair extension trend.

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Victoria Beckham

Types

Glue-in hair extensions are referred to as "fusion" extensions. Three main types of adhesive are used: rubber latex, silicon and keratin. Keratin and silicon glue comes in stick form and is applied with a glue gun by a professional stylist. Rubber latex glue can be purchased at any beauty supply store. Latex glue is a popular do-it-yourself hair extension adhesive because it is applied cold and is used with easy-to-manage hair extension pieces called wefts. Hair extension glue comes in light and dark colours as well, for ultimate concealment within your natural hair colour.

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Rubber latex hair bond

How to Use It

The best way to get keratin- or silicon glue stick-applied hair extensions is to go to a stylist. However, extensions can be applied easily at home using rubber latex bond. The glue is applied to the weft in a thin line and is ready for use. Wefts are meant to be attached to the part of a section of hair. They can be attached all over the head.

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Applying a weft with rubber latex glue

Removal

Special glue remover shampoo can be purchased from a beauty supply store. You will also need a wide-toothed comb and a fine-toothed comb. After shampooing with the glue remover shampoo, towel dry hair gently. Use the wide-toothed comb to remove any tangles in your hair; this will make glue removal a lot easier and you will do less damage to your hair. Then, use the fine-toothed comb, starting at the roots, and pull it through your hair. This comb will catch any leftover glue on your roots. Another tip for glue removal is to soak your hair in vegetable oil and comb the glue out in the shower.

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Use a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles

Possible Damage

Glue-in hair extensions have been known to cause damage, regardless of which adhesive is used. Glue gun-applied bonds can soften while blow drying your hair. This, coupled with poor hair extension maintenance (not combing the hair extension from the roots) can cause wefts to stick together. It is similar to having bubblegum stuck in your hair, and is very difficult to remove. Also, removal of rubber latex glue can pull out a lot of hair if not detached carefully.

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