Fusion extensions are sold as small bundles of hair that have Keratin tips on one end (called U-tips or Nail tips). The keratin tip is joined with a client’s natural hair forming a sturdy bond. Fusion extensions typically last from 3-6 months.
There are numerous methods for attaching keratin to aclient’s natural hair. The most common method is by applying heat directly to the keratin using a heating tool. The tool softens the keratin until it forms around the natural hair.
There are also several new methods for attaching Keratin to natural hair called cold fusion, air pressure and laser fusion. These methods produce a lower grade heat and pulsation that slowly molds the keratin into the desired shape.
Some companies claim that these cold fusion methods are far superior to heat bonded fusion extensions. At Rapunzel’s Relic, we believe that although there may be small benefits in applying cold fusion that the additional cost is not worth the benefits seen with these methods. We believe that most of the damage done by fusion extensions are related to improper care by the client and if the removal process is done incorrectly.
Keratin is the primary component that natural hair and fingernails are made of. This makes fusion extensions a more desirable choice over chemical glue and tape methods for many individuals.
Some suppliers do add fillers to their keratin. The fillers are composed of plastic or glue so it is important to be a smart consumer. Products with fillers are less expensive to manufacture, but may be harsher on the hair.