All images are Abigail's work and give a great explanation of the Prebonded system, including the pro's and cons at the bottom of the page.
This method is commonly referred to as 'Glue Ins' or 'Bonds' gaining these names as the tips are melted and fused onto the clients hair.
Prebonded extensions have a completely safe keratin bond
designed specifically for use on the hair. The strands have the bond / tip already attached eliminating the need for messy glue guns, allowing a neat, clean application.
technique involves taking a small section of the clients hair and
applying a single extension strand equal in size and bonding to the
natural hair either by heat fusion or cold fusion. This is built up row
by row until the desired look is achieved.
Abigail creates two types of bond -
THE CYLINDER BOND which is the approximately the size of a grain of rice and Micro Cylinder Bonds, half that size again.
The Cylinder bond is perfect for adding volume and applying in areas of finer hair.
This image shows a full head application using Cylinder Bonds and a close up of how they sit in the head.
The Cylinder bond is very comfortable to wear and allows the hair to be tied up in a high ponytail without the bonds being visible.
Here you can see a full head of Cylinder Bonds from before to after and styled straight and curled.
THE FLAT BOND measures approx 0.5cm across and lies totally flat to the head - In fact a flat palm can be run across the back of the head and these bonds will not be felt!
The Flat Bond creates a 'curtain' effect with the hair spreading out more naturally, rather than a rounder strand. Due to the nature the hair extension hair falls thickness and length can be achieved but not as much volume.
Here you can see the Flat bond fitted in the hair and close up.
The Flat Bond Fitting Process
Both methods can be applied using the following machines:-
HEAT FUSION is as it sounds, the
applicator tool has a hot arm and a cold arm and looks like a giant pair
of tweezers! The hot arm touches the bond and causes it to melt, whilst
the cold arm is what comes into contact your natural hair. The arm
remains constantly hot, but does have a variable heat control. This
method is no different than the use of straighteners and hot styling
products on your hair.
FUSION uses a machine, again with an arm that resembles a giant pair of
tweezers, that uses magnetic impulses to produce instant heat to melt
the bond when squeezed together. It is cold to touch instantly. Due to
the magnetic charges it is not suitable for clients fitted with Grommits
or a Pacemaker.
Prebonds are worn for approximately 4-6 months (depending on your natural hair growth and shedding rate) before you need to return to have them removed.
This image shows almost 6 months of natural, healthy hair growth with the flat bonds quite low down the head.
Removals are charged as a separate service.
If the hair is still in excellent condition, Abigail offers a retipping service. The hair is sent away and new tips are added allowing the same extension hair to be reapplied.
(see retipping service)
1) Clean method as no need for messy glue guns.
2) Designed for longer term wear, ideal for clients with less time to return for refits.
The extension strands can be cut to a smaller weight and size according
to the areas on the head they are going to be fitted. For fine hair the
bonds can be made very small. They can be placed higher up the head due to the tiny bonds.
4) A mixture of colours can be ordered for a better, natural colour match and blend.
5) Hair can be worn up in a high ponytail without the bonds being visible.
1) This method involves slightly more aftercare than other methods.
2) This method has the longest application and removal time.
3) Involves the use of an adhesive to attach to the natural hair.
4) Not suited to clients with busy, hectic lifestyles with little time to spend on their hair.
This method cannot be removed for two weeks after application as the
bonds will be too hard. Removal before this time may result in damage.
6) Regular swimming can cause the bonds to break down more rapidly.