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Alternative Hair Extensions Terminology

Bangs = The American term for fringe.

Blanket stitch braid = A braid that involves three legs of hair, but is more secure than a three way braid. It is also shorter. These features make it more sensible for braiding in extensions. Tutorial here.

Box Braid = An advanced braiding technique that involves four pieces of hair rather than three. Tutorial here.

Braiding Hair = Example here. This means loose hair. Usually it is folded in half and sold in a long packet.

Bubble Wrap = See examples here. The common sheets of small, air filled bubbles used for protecting shipped items. Available in several colors. Rolled and secured with tape or other means to create dread type shapes.

Candy Cane = Example Here. Two colors of hair swirled together like the stripes of a candy cane. Can be made in both synthetic and wool dreads.

Corriedale = Example of dreads made with corriedale here. A type of roving which is soft, but not as soft as merino. Not as easily felted as merino.

Corrugated Tubing = See examples here. Hard plastic tubing which has ribs down the length; available in several colors. Available at hardware stores or online.

Crin = See examples here. Also known as tubular crinoline or cyberlox, this item is most commonly used as ribbon for gift package decoration. Available in a wide range of colors and very, very, very light; most often found in hair falls but can also be installed into hair. Available in several diameters. In Europe, available at party supply stores or online, in the USA mostly available online.

Cyberlox = See examples here. Also known as tubular crinoline or cyberlox, this item is most commonly used as ribbon for gift package decoration. Available in a wide range of colors and very, very, very light; most often found in hair falls but can also be installed into hair. Available in several diameters. In Europe, available at party supply stores or online, in the USA mostly available online.

DE = Example here. Double Ender. A dreadlock that has a center point with two legs. The natural hair is braided down one leg of the dread, leaving the other leg to hang free.

Falls = Example Here. A hair piece that is usually attached to buns atop the head by tying elastic or lace around the base of the bun. Falls can be made of many things—synth dreads, wool dreads, fancy yarns, cyberlox, loose hair, rexlace, faux-roving, foam and more.

Faux-Roving = Example Here. Extensions made from polar fleece pulled into the shape of dreads. Lighter than synth or wool dreads.

Felting Needle = Examples here. Mostly used for wool, a felting needle has tiny barbs on it to pull small fibers through other fibers, causing the fibers to lock.

Foam = Example Here. Flat sheets of craft foam cut into thin strips and most commonly used as accents in falls or on wigs. Can be installed on the head—very light weight.

Fringe = The British term for bangs.

Harlequin = Example here. A DEs whose two legs are different colors. Wonderful if you want dreads that don’t match your natural hair color.

Heat Shrink Plastic/Tubing = See examples here. Plastic available in several colors which shrinks when heat is applied. Available in flat sheets and tubing. Available in hardware stores or gift package stores and online.

Install = This usually means that the extension hair will be semipermanently attached to your natural hair. There are many types of installation methods, which are covered in the categories to your left.

I-tip = Examples here. Small bundles of extension hair. One end has been glued and rolled into a stick shape.

KK = Kanekalon braiding hair. Reacts to heat very well.

LED = See examples here. Light emitting diode, or a small, low power, low heat light. Used in flashlight/torches and numerous other applications. Can be used to accent hair falls or wigs.

Loopie Cording = See example here. Small diameter, soft, hollow tubing available in a variety of rainbow colors. Lighter than rexlace or sgettis. Often sold as a child's craft supply.

Merino = A type of wool which is skin soft. Very, very easily felted.

Microfiber Hair = A type of braiding hair that does not tangle and has a high heat tolerance. It can be straightened and curled multiple times. Used mostly to extend hair or add colorful streaks but can also be used to make synth dreads. "Shape Shifter" is a brand name.

Micro-rings = Examples here. A micro ring or linkie is a small ring of wire covered in plastic. Your natural hair is passed through the micro ring, then extension hair is pushed in through the bottom. Using pliers, the micro ring is clamped closed. To remove, use pliers to squeeze open the micro ring.

Nail Tip = Examples here. Also called U Tip extensions. Small bundles of extension hair. One end has been glued and shaped to resemble a human fingernail.

Natural Style = A natural style dread is made from synthetic hair, but twisting is not used during the sealing process. This makes the dread appear more like human hair dreads. Example here. With wool dreads, this can also refer to a wiggly or waviness to the dreadlock Example here

Pencil roving = Examples here. This is the same thing as roving, except much thinner. Can be used raw for hair falls, or felted for wool dreads.

Pinchbraiding = A technique of using a three way braid to add extension hair to natural hair; usually done to very small sections of hair. String may be used with the braiding process as a way of securing the braid.

PP = Refers to synthetic hair that is not very heat reactive; can be sealed at very high heat. Can be added to KK for extra puff.

Pre-tipped = Examples here. Small sections of synthetic or human hair that has been tipped, or stuck together into a small grouping at one end with glue.

Rexlace = See examples here. Flat plastic string; may also be called lanyard lacing. Mostly used as accents in falls due to the heavy weight, but it can be installed on the head. Available as a child's craft supply.

Roving = Bulk wool that comes in a thick, long, snake like rope. Under our hair extension mind set, it is used to make felted wool dreads (also called roving dreads or wool roving dreads); wool dreads are lighter than synth dreads.

Rubber Grip Sheets = See examples here. Flat sheets of rubber perforated with small holes. Most often used in drawers or on slick surfaces to prevent items from sliding. Very light.

SE = Examples here. Single Ender. A dreadlock that has a loop at its top and only one leg. The natural hair is pulled through the loop at the top, then split, and braided down the leg.

S'Gettis = See examples here. Small diameter, round plastic lacing available in a wide range of colors. Similar to rexlace but round. More common in Europe than the USA; often sold as a child's craft supply.

Shrinkies = Examples here. Small tubes of heat shrink material often lined with heat activated glue to extend natural hair or add colorful streaks. Natural hair is threaded through the tube, then extension hair is added. A heat source is applied to shrink the tube and activate the glue.

Silky = Braiding hair that is straight and smooth.

Silicone = A spray (often called braid spray) or serum that consists mostly of silicone and can be used on natural or synthetic hair to prevent tangling and fly aways.

Synth-Dreads = Dreads made from synthetic hair by backcombing, twisting, and sealing with heat. Most commonly made from Kanekalon. Many dreadstyles are available, and there are many ways of sealing with heat. Example here and here.

Three Way Braid = The most commonly used braid. Involves three legs that go over, under, over, under each other to create the braided effect. Tutorial here.

Toyokalon = Is braiding hair that reacts to heat well and usually comes as silky, not kinky, with a bit of curl at the end.

Transitional = A dread which starts with one color at the top and changes colors down the length of the dread. This can be just two colors or multiple color changes. Example here

U Tip = Examples here. Also called Nail Tip extensions. Small bundles of extension hair. One end has been glued and shaped to resemble a human fingernail.

Wefting = Loose hair that has been sewn together at the top by a machine. Used to extend the length of hair, to add streaks of color or to make fringes/bangs. Example Here.

Wrappy/Knotty Style = This is a style of synthetic dread that involves no heat sealing. Rather, the backcombing is secured by wrapping small bits of hair all around the dread, creating a textured look.