Human hair extensions are beauty products that are used to lengthen or thicken the hair. There are a number of kinds of hair extensions on the market made from a variety of materials. Human hair extensions are the only kind that are actually made of a natural human product. These kinds of hair extensions often blend in with the wearer's own hair better than extensions made from synthetic materials. For this reason, these kinds of extensions are often in higher demand and are more expensive than their synthetic counterpart.
It is most common for women to wear human hair extensions, but in some cases men do as well. The extensions are either woven or clipped close to the scalp. Although this process can be rather painful, there are some women who swear by extensions and have them put in their hair on a regular basis. When done well, the extensions should blend in well with the rest of the naturally grown hair and should look quite natural. It is common for women who have thin hair or hair with very little body to get hair extensions to boost the volume of their hair.
Some women get hair extensions to lengthen their hairstyle. By having long extensions added to even rather short hairstyles, a women con go from having chin length hair to having locks all the way down to her waist in the matter of an afternoon. As hair extensions can dramatically change a person's look, they are often used in styling for fashion shoots or in movies.
Human hair extensions can be washed and styled just like naturally grown hair. They can be shampooed and conditioned, blow dried, flat ironed, and curled. In many cases, the extensions can even be colored along with the naturally-grown hair. However, many women choose to simply use human hair extensions that already closely match their own hair color. In other cases, women choose to use the extensions as a way to highlight their natural hair color and have them placed accordingly.
Eventually, human hair extensions have to be removed. This is because they begin to come loose as the hair grows because they are clipped or sewn in closely to the scalp. As the hair grows longer, they move further and further away from the scalp. They can usually be worn for anywhere between a month upwards depending on the rate of hair growth.