Updated: Sep 15, 2022
With so many methods of hair extension application available, it can be hard to decide which method you should choose.
There are pros and cons to every method, which I will do my best to explain in this post.
HOT FUSION (Also known as bonded and pre bonded extensions)
This technique has been around for over 25 years. Popular brands like 'Racoon' have made hot fusion bonding extremely popular.
This is a single stranded method, meaning the hair comes in a small strand weighing between 0.5 - 2g each.
Each strand is applied using a special hot glue which melts (fuses) to the natural hair, leaving a secure bond.
This method is suitable for most hair types. It is not suitable for damaged or over processed hair.
Removal of hot fusion hair is a lengthy process. A chemical similar to acetone is applied to all of the bonds. The bond itself is usually crushed using a hair extension plier. The hair extension technician will have to continue applying the remover and crushing the bond until the extension and bond can be removed.
This can be damaging to the natural hair.
Hot fusion extensions can last up to 3 months.
(Also known as micro links, micro loops or micro beads)