Monday, March 25, 2013

Brazilian Hair Extensions: The Next Big Thing?

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If like many people short, fine hair is the bane of your life, you may be considering getting hair extensions fitted.  Hair extensions allow everyone to have the long, thick glamorous hair that they dream of.  You may have heard lots of people shouting about Brazilian hair extensions recently, especially in the celeb world.  But why are they a good option? What makes them better quality than other types of hair extensions?

Why use hair extensions?

Very few of us are lucky enough to have naturally lustrous, thick, shiny hair.  Even most of the celebs we see with immaculate hair are faking it.  Hair extensions are becoming more and more popular with celebrities with Kim Kardashian, Alesha Dixon, Cheryl Cole, Tyra Banks, Beyonce, Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud, Una Healy from the Saturdays, Alexandra Burke and many more all openly admitting to enjoying the benefits of hair extensions.  With so many different options available on the market and every one of them claiming to be the best that there is, it’s difficult to know what the best option really is. 

Why Brazilian?

Brazilian hair extensions used to primarily be a secret of the celebs, but now they are widely available to everyone.   Hair extensions made from real, natural, high quality hair rather than synthetic hair have a lot of advantages over synthetic hair extensions.  Synthetic hair extensions do not have a very long life as they are sensitive to the sun and styling and don’t blend in well like natural hair.  Real hair extensions can be treated like your own hair and dyed, styled and washed in the same way.

Brazilian hair extensions are made from real hair that has been sourced from people in Brazil.  Good quality Brazilian hair extensions are usually referred to as being virgin.  This means that the hair is 100% natural and has never been treated, dyed or bleached before.  Brazilian hair extensions are normally made from Remy hair as well.  Remy hair refers to the way in which the hair has been collected.  Remy hair is collected carefully to preserve the hair’s cuticle and with all of the hair cuticles facing in the same direction.  This means the hair is completely natural in appearance and will remain soft, shiny and tangle-free.

Brazilian hair extensions have been gaining popularity recently with more and more people swearing by this high quality type of hair extension.  Brazilian hair extensions can be expensive but this is because of their natural look and strong, full-bodied, durable texture.  The high quality of the product means that they will last for between 8 months and 2 years, so they can be refitted over and over again.  They are available in curly, wavy or straight and their strength makes them ideal for colouring.

How are they fitted?

There are a number of ways that you can choose to get your hair extensions fitted.  The one that is kindest to your hair is the micro-ring method.  The micro ring does not use glue or wax to attach the hair extensions; instead they are clipped into tiny rings that are secured at the root of your natural hair.

Pre-bonded hair extensions glue onto your existing hair.  They are pre-tipped with keratin wax which is heated and bonded to natural hair, this method is very flexible as it allows for extensions to be placed at any point in your hair, including your fringe.  The pre-bonded option also allows for very natural movement of hair.

The micro ring weft (weave) does not use glue or wax either.  The micro ring weft uses a long weft of hair that is then fitted to your head using micro rings.  This is a good low commitment option for people who do not want to wear the extensions for a very long length of time.  Generally a weft needs to be refitted every month or so and will last for up to 8 months.  It’s a great option if you want to add volume to your hair.

Brazilian hair extensions are on the rise, and with their natural appearance and texture and ease to maintain it’s hardly surprising.  With the endorsement of so many well-known celebrities you know you must be onto a good thing!  With Brazilian hair extensions the celebrity hair secret is out, now everyone can have the thick, glossy hair that they dream of.

This is a guest post written by Sarah Hewitt. Sarah Hewitt is a new blogger who blogs about anything and everything. You can contact her via her Twitter or Google+


  1. Brazilian hair extensions have gained immense popularity in small span of time. With them people with short hairs can also get long hair.

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  3. On the other hand tape in hair extensions enables you to move or bend your head in any which manner you like. Its tapes are fixed in such a way that you need not worry of losing them even while swimming. You can treat them as your natural hairs and need not take much pain to carry them. The scope of experimenting with your hairstyles increases with taped hairs as clipped hair may cause you a little discomfort.
    Hair Sisters

  4. Interesting piece! Personally, we think micro rings are the best option. ;)

  5. Wow, I love this piece!
    Hair extensions are in trend these days.

  6. Excellent post! As more celebrities now admitting that they use extensions to achieve their look, we are seeing more demand for Brazilian hair! Micro rings are a great option, although some wearers unfortunately have hair too thin to apply their extensions this way, leaving hair weaves as the preferred alternative method

  7. Love your blog and love Brazilian hair! What I see is that people also sew in the extensions, using a braid. And I agree with you, this is really the top! Thanks for sharing!


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