When considering what type of hair extensions you are going to have fitted, one hurdle that many find they come up against is all of the industry terminology that can be confusing and make looking for the right hair extension method a difficult process. Here we shall take a look at the terms u tip/nail tip/pre bonded hair extensions to help understand in greater detail what this means, to make choosing your hair extensions a much easier task.
A u tip/nail tip/pre bonded hair extension – WikiHow is a type of hair extension that is applied to the hair by heating up the keratin tip that is found at the end of the extension, to attach it to your natural hair. Using keratin as a form of hair extension application has been around for many years, and is a very popular method of fitting.
The terms u tip/nail tip/pre bonded hair extension are often used to describe the same thing, which can often be quite confusing. In regards to the term u tip and nail tip, this does in fact refer to the same thing, and is simply a way of describing the shape of the keratin at the end of each strand. The keratin is shaped in a “u” or “nail” type shape to make it quick and easy to melt against the hair to form a tight sealed bond. This type of fitting can sometimes also be referred to as “flat tip” or “v tip”, which again is the exact same type of fitting, yet as the names suggest is simply a different shaped tip. The only exception to this rule from the terminology listed above is “pre bonded”.
The term pre bonded is often used to describe a nail/u tip type fitting, and is heavily associated with this form of hair extension. What can lead to confusion however is that the term pre bonded actually refers to each strand having been created individually, rather than being sold as loose hair, and technically the term pre bonded could be used to not only describe u tip/nail tip/pre bonded hair extensions, but also stick tip hair extensions and Nano tip hair extensions, as these are also “pre bonded” instead of being sold as loose hair. It is for this reason that if a client asks you for “pre bonded” hair extensions, it is important that you ensure you clarify the exact type of hair extensions your client is referring to, as although 90% of the time you will find your client is referring to u tip/nail tip/pre bonded hair extensions, on the odd occasion they may actually be describing another method.
The reason for this is pretty simply. As keratin based hair extensions are one of the oldest methods of hair extension application, it was the first to have a redesign and have a pre bonded tip instead of being sold as loose hair with a glue gun, therefore it has simply been around longer and has more association with the term “pre bonded”. Secondary methods such as stick tip and Nano tip were created some years later to offer a no heat application method.