This is a question that people who wear hair extensions often ask. It is better to wear full or a partial hair extensions? Which are the pros and cons of each?
First off, if one has a complete hair loss, the only option is full hair extensions. The hesitation gets the better of those who have a partial androgenetic loss; that is why this article is perfect for them.
When this is the case, is it always preferable to choose partial extensions or are there any advantages in shaving the whole head and deciding on full extensions?
The answer is not easy and depends upon a number of variables. Here we are going to share some ideas that I think may help people affected by partial hair loss in selecting the best option for them.
Which are the pros of using full extensions instead of partial extensions?
- Hair colour and weave. When using partial extensions, one should pay attention to selecting a hair replacement system of identical colour and weave of one’s own hair. This is often pretty easy, except for those whose hair colour is unusual. Similarly, the choice is more challenging for those who have either very curly hair or unusual waves. This issue is completely taken care of when selecting a full replacement system, since by shaving one does not need to perfectly match colour and waves.
- Hair colour changes with time. This is one of the main reasons why people notice that one is wearing partial extensions. Indeed, these extensions change colour as time passes by (they tend to oxidize and turn reddish, or lose colour) and people end up having their hair of one colour and the partial extensions of a different one. This problem is solved by using full extensions, since even when hair oxidised or loses colour, the change is uniform.
- Moving back of the hairline, different thickness. When using partial extensions, people often have their side hairline moving back or thinned and are therefore forced to choose a thinned partial extension. This problem is also solved with full extensions, since one can select whichever thickness one desires.
- Guessing the amount of white hair. For white-haired people who wear partial extensions, another important aspect is ordering partial extensions that have the same amount of white hair as one’s own. This issue is also solved by using full extensions.
After reading these four bullet points, everyone would think that full extensions are always the best choice. However, this is not the case as there are also some drawbacks of the full extensions as compared to the partial ones.
Here they are listed.
- The price. Full extensions are more expensive than partial ones, and this is a key factor to be taken into account. Maintenance is also going to be more expensive as one will need to use more glue, more tapes, and more solvent. (WHEN USING VACUUM EXTENSIONS, THE GLUE AND THE SOLVENT ARE NO LONGER A CONCERN).
- The sleep and the wear. If one sleeps wearing extensions, full extensions will wear out faster than partial ones, since the back and the sides will rub on the pillow.
- Anchoring more difficult. Anchoring full extensions is usually a more difficult and longer procedure than anchoring partial ones (Vacuum extensions are also exempt from this problem, we are referring to laced wigs).
- Larger surface exposed. When wearing full extensions, one should pay attention not just to the front, but also to the sides – which makes it more challenging to ensure that the whole surface goes unnoticed.
As every decision, this is also going to be a subjective one. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO SHOULD DECIDE.
Whomever wears extensions will know, as time goes by, which is the best option for them.