Hair Extensions Types: Which one is the best for you?
Whether you’re longing for waist-length locks or you just want to try a sexy ponytail for a change, hair extensions can be the best option to help grant these wishes easily, and sometimes almost instantly.
Hair extensions used to be exclusively available to celebrities and elites, but it became popular and more affordable over the last few years, with more and more ladies lusting over those “Hollywood-glam” hairstyles.
If you’re looking to add extra volume, length, or even trendy bangs, hair extensions are a great way to rock different styles, without having to commit to a certain look for too long.
You might be wondering “But which type of hair extensions should I get?” and so in this blog post we try to cover the pros and cons of different types of extensions, and why you might choose one type over the other.
Clip-ins or clip-in extensions have clips attached to the base of the hair strands that form the contoured pieces. The strands are secured by silicone or fabric to keep them intact. All you need to do is clip the extensions to your natural hair to add volume or length.
It is easy to remove and put back on your own. It usually takes 5 to 15 minutes to put the clip-ins. These extensions do not use heat, pressure, chemicals, and other things that may damage your hair. You simply clip and you’re done.
Clip-ins usually last between 3 and 6 months. They can even last up to one year or longer with proper care and maintenance.
The following video demonstrates how easily you can wear and remove your clip-in extensions.
- Tape-In Extensions
The hair strands of tape-in extensions are pre-taped to hold them together, and then they will be glued or taped on your natural hair on either side. You need help from a hairdresser to attach the tape-ins, which need to be aligned with the roots of the natural hair. It also uses a heated tool to heat up the adhesive and make the extensions stick. You can remove them using a glue remover and reinstall when needed as long as the extensions are in good condition.
The process usually takes less than one hour to finish, depending on the volume that you wish to install. The heat can damage your hair. You also need to be careful when choosing a conditioner or shampoo. Your hairdresser may recommend special products that you can use to your hair to prevent the extensions from falling off.
Tape-ins typically last between 4 and 8 weeks, depending on the care and maintenance that you give.
- Sew-In Extensions or Weave
In applying the weave hair, the natural hair must first be braided into cornrows. You need help from an experienced hairdresser to do this since it requires a very difficult and technical application. Your hairdresser will use a thread and needle to sew the weave into the cornrow. Sew-in extensions are ideal for people with thick hair. It typically takes several hours to finish the process.
The method of attaching the extensions to the natural hair can put a strain on your scalp. You may feel uncomfortable wearing these extensions. Sew-in extensions do not work well with someone who has thin or fine hair.
It is important to moisturize the edges of your hair, your nape, and your scalp once a week. You also need to use deep conditioning products. It is also recommended to wash your hair with products that contain special protein, which can minimize the weakening of the hair or acquiring damage.
Sew-in hair extensions usually last between 6 and 8 weeks. The maximum allowable time that you can wear your sew-in extensions without taking them off is 4 months. This will prevent any unfavorable effect on the growth of your natural hair.
- Fusion and Pre-Bonded Extensions
Fusion extensions work by fusing them to the natural hair using adhesives like glue. You will need the help of your hairdresser to fuse the extensions. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to finish the process.
Fusion extensions can damage your natural hair so don’t be surprised if your hairdresser tries to talk you out of it. To fuse the extension, your hairdresser needs to use a tool that is similar to a hot glue gun to attach the extension to the strands of your natural hair. Another way of doing it is to use a heat clamp to melt the adhesive to your natural hair.
You can use the hair products that you always use, but you need to reposition your fusion extensions every 2 or 3 months to give way to the natural hair growth. Fusion extensions may cause scalp irritation, breakage, and natural hair loss due to the presence of different chemicals in the glue.
You can wear your fusion extensions up to 4 months, depending on the growth rate and type of your natural hair.
- Microlink Extensions
Microlink, micro bead, or micro loop extensions use small silicone-lined beads to secure the extensions to the natural hair.
A special tool must be used to secure the bead to your natural hair and tighten it to keep it in place. This method does not require glue or heat to hold them in place. However, microlink extensions may still damage your natural hair if the one who attaches the extensions has little to no experience in doing it. The bead may become too tight and may pull the natural hair to the roots. You still need the help of a hairdresser to secure the extensions.
It usually takes about 2 to 4 hours to finish the process. You can use the same hair products that you normally apply to your natural hair. You also need to re-position the extensions every 2 to 3 months – Same as with fusion extensions. Microlink extensions are good for up to 4 months.
Review the list before you decide on the most suitable hair extensions that you can use.