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Terms You Need To Know When Buying Hair Extensions

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A thick head of hair is something that many people associate with beauty. Thanks to the rampant use of extensions by social media influencers and celebrities, more people than ever before are considering the use of extensions to supplement the length and thickness of their natural locks.

You will encounter many terms while shopping for hair extensions. The terminology can be overwhelming for those new to the world of hair extensions, but understanding these terms is key to purchasing the right extensions for your unique situation. 

Fusion and Weaving

Many of the terms that you will come across refer to the way the extensions will be secured to your natural hair. Extensions can be installed using a variety of methods. These fall into two major categories: fusion and weaving.

Fusion extensions are attached to the hair using a specialized glue. This is a strand-to-strand method, which allows for greater movement and more natural grow-out. Weaving involves creating a track along the scalp (either through braiding or rolling the natural hair) and then sewing wefts of hair into the tracks. You can achieve more fullness using the weaving process.

Remy Hair

You will likely stumble across extensions that are labeled as Remy hair. These extensions are created using the finest quality human hair available. The cuticles of the hair strands are kept intact, and the hair is arranged so that the cuticles all travel in a unilateral direction that matches natural growth patterns.

Remy extensions tend to last longer than their sub-par counterparts because the quality of the hair is much greater. You can expect to pay a bit more for Remy extensions, but the added expense is worthwhile if you want natural looking, soft, and silky hair.


The extensions that you are looking to purchase will have a listed weight. This measurement is important when it comes to finding the extensions that will blend most easily with your natural hair.

Low-weight extensions should be avoided unless you have really thin hair or you are purchasing fashion extensions to add a pop of color. Extensions weighing anywhere from 90-120 grams are suitable for people with average hair, while those with really thick hair should opt for extensions weighing 130-190 grams. 

Being familiar with some of the basic terminology used to describe hair extensions will allow you to make an informed decision when investing in extensions to add length and thickness to your own hair. Look for a wholesale hair extension distributor to find yours.