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Hair Extensions: Length Without the Wait
Hair extensions can add volume, length, a pop of color—just about anything you want to do to transform your ‘do. Explore your options with Groupon’s look at the vocab of extensions.
Weft: An inches-long strip that holds extension hair together, whether it’s composed of natural strands or synthetic fibers. The extensions can often be reused when your hair grows out or when you’re getting tired of using boring cloth curtains on your windows.
Weave: A method of attaching weft extensions; also known as a sew-in. Expect about a two-hour appointment for this method.
Tracks: Braids made from the client’s existing hair that run like cornrows along the scalp, forming anchor points for the sew-in extensions. Wefts of extension hair are sewn to each track with a needle and thread.
Bonding: A method of attaching wefts directly to the scalp with adhesive.
Fusion extensions: During this process, small bundles of 25–80 hairs each are attached to existing hair with heat-activated adhesive. The resulting bond lasts about six months and is nearly invisible, which some say creates a lighter feeling and a more natural look.
Microlinks: Also known as locs, tubes, or beads, these tiny metal or plastic clips are another option for attaching small bundles of hair near the root.
Virgin hair: Human hair that has not been dyed or processed.
Remy hair: The gold standard of human extension hair. All the strands in a remy-hair pack are lined up in the same direction from root to tip, so their cuticles (the minutely scaled outer coverings of hair shafts) won’t catch on each other and cause tangles.
Synthetic hair: A budget-friendly option, although it can look less natural and be easily damaged by heat, making it more difficult to style via blowtorch.
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Blowouts: Hot Air with a Purpose
Sure, you can blow-dry your hair at home, but it likely won’t be quite the same as a salon blowout. Find out why with Groupon’s look into the blowout’s sleek mystique.
There’s something like old-time alchemy going on every time someone gets a blowout. Take a couple of elemental ingredients—wind and heat—combine them with a professional’s trained hand and strong wrist, and you end up with something precious: movie-star hair. The actual process is simple: the stylist washes the hair, then blow-dries it in small sections to the client’s specifications, often using a round brush to create smooth volume. The result might be straight, wavy, or purposely tousled, and it can be such a look changer that some women refrain from washing their hair for days afterward to maintain the glamour. Many people find the service so valuable they return to the salon for it between haircuts, sometimes several times a week.
In some ways, this practice is a throwback to the beauty parlors of the past, where women would drop in weekly to have their hair styled and set. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis used to get her hair blown out three times a week in the 1960s and 1970s; today, reportedly, so do celebs such as Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow. To keep up with demand, blowout-only salons have popped up in the last few years, dedicating all their chairs to the service.