Pre Bonded Hair Extensions
The industry terminology surrounding pre bonded hair extensions can often be confusing. The term ‘pre bonded’ refers to many types of extension fitting. Choosing the correct type of hair extensions for you or client rather complicated if unfamiliar with extension jargon.
Pre Bonded Hair Extensions – What Are They?
Pre bonded extensions are often referred to as nail tip extensions/ flat tip extensions/ u-tip extensions / keratin bonds or hot fusion. The Italian keratin tip at the top of each extension strand is heated so that the keratin becomes compliant allowing it to be rolled and fused into a bond. This traditional method has been around for many years but is still just as popular.
‘Pre bonded hair extensions’ aren’t only nail tip hair extensions
Although pre bonded often refers to nail tip extensions, these aren’t the only form of pre bonded extensions. The meaning of ‘pre bonded’ actually relates to an extension strand having been created and tipped before purchasing, as opposed to being sold as loose ‘bulk’ hair. Therefore stick tip hair extensions and nano tip hair extensions are forms of pre bonded extensions. It is essential to qualify for your client or technician, which type of hair extension they require.
Nail tip/ U- tip extensions are best known as pre-bonded hair extensions as they were around before the invention of micro ring hair extensions and nano ring hair extensions. The name seems to have stayed with this method, even today. The trend now is for pre bonded hair extensions to come ‘flat tipped rather than with a nail shaped tip, because the keratin tip can be moulded thinner and it is easier to cut the tip to size if it is flatter and thinner.
What are the advantages of Pre bonded hair extensions?
The lightweight nature of pre bonded extensions mean they are easy to wear long term. The Italian keratin is clear so appears the same colour as the clients hair meaning discreet bonds. The bonds are placed just enough distance away from the scalp to allow hair to be tied up without the bonds showing. As with all individual strand extensions, they grow freely with the clients own hair.
What are the disadvantages of pre bonded extensions?
As with all extensions, this hair should be applied and removed by a professional to avoid damage to the natural hair. This application requires heat, unlike newer methods such as nano rings. Once fitted, caution should be used when using heated styling tools, as heat can melt the keratin bond.
Oil should also be kept away from the bond as this will break the keratin polymer down and a loosening of the bod will occur.