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Strand-by-Strand Hair Extension Bundle Sizing

Our customer Michelle sent in some photos of hair extension attachments she was having trouble with. Stephanie helped her resolve it and I thought it was a good idea to share this with everyone in case there are others doing this. A small tweaking to her application method and her hair extension problems were resolved!



Hi Michelle!

I've checked out your pictures, thank you for sending them!
Our customer Michelle sent in some photos of hair extension attachments she was having trouble with. Stephanie helped her resolve it and I thought it was a good idea to share this with everyone in case there are others doing this. A small tweaking to her application method and her hair extension problems were resolved!



Hi Michelle!

I've checked out your pictures, thank you for sending them!

There are a few things that It looks like you're doing, that may be creating the issues. Before I dive into that I do want to say, for the strands that ARE staying, and do look well placed, please be proud end enthused that you've got those in! It means you are learning, and getting there. :) Our method takes a little practice, but once you've got it down, it is incredibly rewarding to be able to do your own hair extensions at home!

Firstly, it looks to be that some of your bundles are a bit larger than we suggest. I'm going to attach some photos to help me explain, sorry they're a bit crude, lol, as I couldn't find my measuring tape at the moment, so I drew one. =) The bundle should be cut at 1/4th an inch from the weft. The bundle will then be a bit smaller after you've removed the 1/4" piece of weft from it. Please see the photos below:

hair-extension-strand-sizing

hair-extension-bundle

(The bundle of your hair that you are attaching to should also be the same size as the bundle of extension hair that you are attaching to it.)

It looks like you might be rolling and pressing the bond too much right after you've applied it. This may be why you're finding the bond sticking to your fingers and then pulling out, and also why some of your extensions are coming out after the fact. Allowing the TemBond to seep into the hair naturally will create a strong attachment. If you're finding that the bond isn't seeping, it may not be on a hot enough setting. I saw that you had issues with too hot of bond before, so finding that perfect middle point is needed. When there is only a small amount of TemBond in your warmer it will be much hotter at a certain setting than if you have a whole block of TemBond in the warmer at that same setting, keep that in mind. If the bond seems thick and sludgy after dipping your bundle, it is not hot enough. If the bond seems very thin, and is dripping *a lot* from the bundle, and you can feel hairs poking through after attaching, it is too hot. It's hard to describe over e-mail, but when you know you've figured out what temps work best, you'll be set. =)

Another thing, in terms of the bond sticking to your fingers during pinching, a solution to this would be holding your fingers there longer, until the bond has dried more to the hair. Also make sure that you are pinching just the VERY TIP of the bond you've made, and then waiting to pull your fingers away until after you feel it has dried a bit.

Also, the sections you are applying to should be as neat as possible. Meaning that stray hairs from every which way, should not be attached to. You want to create cohesive rows, with small sections of your hair gathered for attaching to. The articles I've added below include a few pictures of what I mean, and some of the tips may be helpful to you too if you haven't checked them out yet!

http://www.manemaxx.com/hair-extensions/applying/files/applying-diy-hair-extensions.html
http://www.manemaxx.com/hair-extensions/applying/files/important-correct-bonding.html

I hope that I was able to help clarify some of the process for you from my point of view! Stay positive and like I said, know that you are becoming more successful with mastering our method with each and every bond. We have had ManeMaxx users who found it helpful to practice bonding on a mannequin head. Those can sometimes be found for free even, at a salon or beauty school that no longer has use for it, so that may be something you want to try! =)

If you still have questions on how this is done, or you are interested in seeing how it is done in real time, I would be happy to Skype or FaceTime with you, and show you how I install a few bonds! Let me know if that is something that interests you.

Thank you so much!

Stephanie
Executive Assistant to Tiffany Twist
ManeMaxx® DIY Hair Extensions
(www.manemaxx.com)


Results/response:

Thanks Stephanie! I may take you up on that offer. The sizing thing is helpful. I thought that the hair bundle itself was supposed to be the 1/4 inch and cut the wefts larger than that since the hair would be less. That may have been part of the problem. Last night I managed to get my bonds working pretty well by molding the ones that were still malleable into neater bonds, scraping off any excess bond, and they're looking and feeling MUCH better! I went ahead and submitted a transformation, too. I will send the pics tomorrow (I have to find the stupid USB cord for my camera). Just FYI, I made a video review of my ManeMaxx experience since there weren't a whole lot of reviews for ManeMaxx out there that weren't on the website. If you want to see, it's at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MXiokPnqTY. Kind of long and maybe a little boorish, but I wanted to show it step by step!

:)
Michelle




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