The Difference Between I-Tip and U-Tip Hair Extensions
U-Tip Hair Extensions
U-tip hair extensions are hair extensions that are pre-tipped with keratin and are applied to the client by use of a hot hair extension iron. This type of hair extension is also called “Fusion.” The shape of the tip can vary from u-tip to flat tip, depending on the brand. The keratin tip may need to be trimmed to remove the excess keratin.
The heat from a hair extension iron will not damage the hair, it’s less hot than a standard curling or flat iron and the hair extension iron only touches the hair for a few seconds.The U-tips are made of Super Keratip; Super Keratip is the strongest keratin available today. It is a professional product and because of the hardness if the keratin, application should only be done by professionals.
To apply U-tipped extensions the hair needs to be freshly washed with clarifying shampoo and no conditioner your hands also need to be clean. Completely melt the keratin with the hair extension iron so the keratin penetrates the client’s hair, (this a makes for a long lasting bond). Then roll with fingers-The Super Keratip won’t stick to finger or burn your fingers like other keratin.
U-Tipped hair extensions are the most popular extensions for all hair types because the attachment spot is very small can be customized by cutting the hair extension to make 2-3 smaller, micro bonds for use with fine hair.
I-Tip Hair Extensions
I-Tipped hair extensions are also known as: shoelace tip, Flash Point and cold fusion. These extensions are applied by using a pulling tool, either a hook or loop, which pulls the client’s hair through a very small micro ring. The I-tip extension is then inserted into the micro ring which is then compressed with special pliers – This compression holds the extension in place.
There are several different types of micro rings available:
· Copper Micro Tubes – These are longer and thinner than the aluminum version. The length helps the hold and the thinness makes them easier to hide but they can be the hardest to remove because the thin copper doesn’t reopen as easily when squeezed in the opposite direction. 100 pieces (link)
· Silicone-Aluminum micro rings - These micro rings are lined with silicone which helps to cushion and help grip the hair and extension. These are probably the best rings for fine hair. They are a little more expensive than any other micro rings. 100pcs (link)
I-tip extensions are very popular for people who don’t want heat applied to their hair. A client’s hair needs to be average/thick in texture for I tips to hold properly.