Types of Hair Extensions and How to Find a Suitable One

Hair extensions are a fantastic method to add length, volume, and color to your hair. They make hair look fuller and can give you the style you’ve always wanted. There are different hair extensions on the market, so it’s essential to know the right type for your hair.

1. Clip-in Extension

Clip in hair extensions may come in single or multiple wefts that typically vary in length and width, giving your hair a stylish wavy look. They have clips attached to their base, making it incredibly easy for users to clip them in and out of their hair. Invariably, you can wear or take them off in a matter of minutes. 

Clip-in extensions are a highly popular, semi-permanent style that you can quickly wear for last-minute occasions as it barely takes a couple of minutes to put them on at home. Also, it is the least damaging variety because it doesn’t involve any chemicals, heat, pressure, or other installation methods. So, be assured that it does not harm your natural hair in any way.

2. Tape-in Extension

Tape-in extensions are semi-permanent and last between four to six months. The installation process is similar to clip-ins, but the hair is taped instead of clipped in. Tape-in extensions come as a full head of weft that has tiny adhesive tapes attached at the top.

A professional stylist removes the tape from the strips to apply the extension and places each strip at the very root of your natural hair. Since the process is repeated until every weft is applied, tape-in extensions take about an hour to use at home. The upside is that they are very flat and lightweight, so they look incredibly natural.

3. Fusion/Keratin Extension

These extensions are permanent and, therefore, potentially damaging options if not done right, lasting for about three to four months. The hair comes in small sections with keratin to fuse the wefts using a hot tool. Typically a glue gun is used to heat the keratin bond and attach the extension to your natural hair.

The keratin bond is solid and, if done incorrectly, can damage your hair. So, it is essential to go to a professional stylist with considerable experience in fusion extensions if you decide to get this type of extension.

While fusion extensions are the most natural-looking option since they have the thinnest and smallest wefts, they are also the most expensive option.

4. Sew-in Extension

Sew-in extensions are another semi-permanent option that can last between four to six weeks. The most common way to use this extension on the hair is to have a stylist sew them on using a needle or opting to glue the wefts in place with a special adhesive. Since the weft is sewed right at the scalp base, you can wear your hair in a ponytail or a bun without worrying about the extension being visible.

Therefore, sew-in extensions are the most versatile because you can wear them in any style. They are also the cheapest option.

5. Halo hair Extension

Halo extensions, also known as flip-in extensions, are a type of clip-in extension. But instead of attaching the clips to your natural hair, they fit around your head with a band. These pieces come in one weft and can be stuck quickly at home for an effortless style changeup. They are not intended for everyday wear and are more suited for special occasions.

The band is pressure-sensitive, so it’s essential to be careful when applying and removing the halo hair extension as it could snap if you pull too hard. That being said, it is also the most comfortable option as you can effortlessly use it at home without any help from a professional.

How to Choose the Perfect Hair Extensions

Hair Texture – 

Your natural hair texture, whether straight or curly, should primarily influence which type of extension is best for you. If your natural hair is thin and delicate, avoid Remy human hair extensions as they may cause breakage, especially if the extensions are too heavy on the scalp. Choose a more lightweight option instead.

Lifestyle – 

If you have an active lifestyle and love to work out, go swimming, or spend time outdoors, choose Remy human hair extensions because they are easily styled with heat tools and can withstand high temperatures better than synthetic options.

Budget – 

How much are you willing to spend on hair extensions? Remy human hair extensions are the best option if there are no budget constraints because they look and feel most natural. But if your budget is limited, consider clip-in or tape-in options instead.

Hair length – 

The longer your natural hair, the more versatile extension options you enjoy. However, a weave or sew-in option may be best if you have short hair because they’re the only extensions that work well with pixies, blunt cuts, and other short hairstyles.

Hair color – 

Your natural hair color should always match your extensions as closely as possible. Be sure to ask your stylist for guidance in finding an exact match if you’re unsure.

Final Thoughts

When choosing a hair extension, it’s essential to consider your lifestyle and how often you want to wear them. Clip in hair extensions is a fantastic option for people who occasionally want to change their appearance and style. In contrast, tape-ins or fusion extensions might be better for people who want a more permanent solution.

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