Both human hair and synthetic hair can be braided into ones own growing hair to add length, volume or adornment. Braids can either be complete or partial.
Complete braids start at the roots and incorporating the growing hair are braided all the way to the tip of the extension. Complete braids can look natural, giving the impression of longer hair.
Partial Braids are created by braiding a little of the extension with all of the usually short growing hair and leaving the rest of the extensions loose. Partial braiding works well with curly or wavy bulk hair in both human hair and synthetic hair.
Similar to complete braids, twists are created using two strands of Kinky extensions and the growing hair for a natural look by people of African heritage.
Bulk hair can be bonded to growing hair in a strand by strand manner using a glue gun or hot pot. This is also referred to as Fusion.
Certain specialist fibre extensions can be applied by starting a micro-plait or slip knot in the hair and then heating the knot with a special hot tool that changes the nature of the fibre, locking it in place.
This method involves pulling a small amount of loose hair with a small amount of growing hair through a tiny metal tube which is then squeezed flat with a pair of micro ring Pliers.
Similar to Micro-Rings, Shrinkies are made from thermosetting plastic and are closed by heating.
There are many other ways of applying bulk hair extensions, hair extensions for theatres and other costume hair are created by artists who adapt and innovate to create truly amazing looks. Elves, orcs, dragons, talking warthogs, damsels in distress, witches, wizards and mermaids have all appeared on stage in hair extensions and there are no rules about how to apply them.