If you’re looking to get some hair extensions fitted, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to go for. There are many different methods of application, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. In this post I’m going to look at one of my favorite types of extension – pre bonded hair extensions, and I’ll explain the advantages and disadvantages of using these to help you make your decision on whether or not they’re right for you.
What are Pre Bonded Hair Extensions?
Pre bonded hair extensions are attached to your hair by using a heat gun to bond the extension to your hair. The bond is made from keratin which a safe natural bonding agent that won’t cause any damage to your hair. Make sure you purchase your extensions from a trusted retailer, as low-quality extensions are made from adhesives which are harder to remove without damaging your hair. Pre bonded hair extensions are one of the most popular types of hair extension available and have survived despite newer types such as micro loop extensions being introduced.
The term pre bonded derives from the keratin bond at the end of the strand of hair. Pre bonded extensions are also commonly referred to as utip or nail tip extensions, these are exactly the same thing. The “u” in utip refers to the “u” shape of the keratin, which also looks like a nail. Stick tip hair extensions are also a type of pre bonded extension.
Advantages of Pre Bonded Hair Extensions:
- Strands mean you can easily add a mix of colours to add highlights
- They last for a number of months, so they provide a good value for money. You can go for up to 6 months without replacing them.
- Does not require regular maintenance
- Available made from 100% human hair.
- Usually available at a cheaper price per strand than other types of hair extension.
- If your hair extensions are still in good condition by the time your hair has grown on, you can use your extensions about. Before you can do this, you will need your stands to be rebonded by a specialist.
Disadvantages of Pre Bonded Hair Extensions.
- If hair gets pulled out the strand it is removed permanently.
- Application required specialist equipment as the bonding agent needs heat to fuse.
- Removal of the extensions require a specialist removal solution to break down the bonding agent, you are best seeing a professional hairdresser to remove them and avoid damaging your hair.
- Oil products should not be used on the bonds as if could break down the keratin and loosen the bond.
- Where the bond is, your hair won’t be as soft as natural hair.
Hopefully this gives you all the information you need to decide whether these are the right hair extension for your needs. I’ve had a good experience using them in the past and I think they’re great value for money. What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below on your favorite type of hair extension!