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̀̀̀5 Different Types Of Hair Extensions: Which Is For You?

̀̀̀5 Different Types Of Hair Extensions: Which Is For You?

William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.

Fashion Blog

Mon Nov 29 2021

Have you ever heard about fusion, micro-links, pre-bonded, weaves, and tape-ins? There are so many different types of hair extensions that beginners can get confused by hearing the terms for the first time. In this guide, we are going to explore the types of hair extensions as well as the difference between human hair weaves and synthetic ones.

Different Types Of Extensions

1 - Clip-In Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are a variant of weft hair with the clips sewn at the root of one side. Based on the origin of the material, Clip-in hair extensions have two types: synthetic clip-in or human hair clip-in. Both of these two are very useful to increase the length and volume to your hair.

Compared to all other types of extensions, clip-ins generally take less time to apply. Furthermore, these extensions don’t damage the natural hair because you don’t have to use pressure, heat, or chemicals in the installation process. Even though there are different types of hair extensions available in the market, you will find clip-in extensions the best one.

So, who should use clip-in hair extensions? Everyone can use clip-in hair extensions. However, it's a little bit difficult to hide the clips if you have a short hair style. Ask your hair stylist to blend clip-in hair extensions with your hair naturally.

Clip-In Hair Extensions

2 - Tape-In Hair Extensions

Tape-in hair extensions are a type of semi-permanent hair extension methods that are pre-taped with the medical-grade glue. It can be made from both fiber strands and real human hair. In the installation process, you have to tape or glue it together on both sides of the natural hair.

When it comes to installing tape-in hair extensions, your hairstylist has to use heating tools to attach it to your natural hair. Although there are risks to damage your natural hair because of the high heat, tape-in hair extensions make you feel very comfortable during daily use. If i have to choose a hair extension to add the length, it will be tape-in.

The hairdresser applies for the extensions by heating the glue with a heated tool. Moreover, you should use a glue remover before removing them. When heat is applied to your roots, including the glue, there are high chances of severely damaging the natural hair. If the extensions are in the best condition, you can apply them within 40 minutes.

How long does it last? Tape-in will look best in the first 4-5 weeks, until your natural hair grows about 1 inch longer. It’s a little difficult when you want to remove them from your hair because the tape-in extensions are attached firmly. However, If i have to choose a hair extension to add the length, it will be tape-in.

Tape-In Hair Extensions

3 - Sew-In Hair Extensions

With sew-in hair extensions, you will get weft hair sewn directly to your natural hair. You have to braid cornrows before applying the weave hair using a needle and thread for sewing them into the braid. Since they are applied using a unique method, weaves are only created for women with thicker hair.

Sew-in hair extensions will look very natural if you get the process implemented by an experienced hair stylist. Compared to separate wefts, sew-in extensions come in only one piece. Since these types of extensions are seamless and permanent, many women have selected them as the best alternative. After sewing-in, these extensions cannot come off unless the natural hair grows long enough or you cut them off.

On the other hand, you have to go through a long weave application process that can last for several hours. Most women feel extremely uncomfortable and heavy because the application process puts a strain on the scalp. If you have thin or lighter hair, then choosing sew-in hair extensions is not a good decision.

Sew-In Hair Extensions

4 - Fusion Hair Extensions

Fusion hair extensions are a very popular method to upgrade your hair. Hairdressers use glue or another adhesive to fuse the pre-bonded extensions to natural hair. 

If you don’t want to pay much for your hair but you still want it to look thick and bouncy, fusion hair extensions are the best choice. It’s comfortable to wear for a long time. You will not feel any tension and hurt if they are installed by experienced hairdressers. 

However, the application process takes more than 3 hours. Since these types of extensions can cause hair damage, some women with already damaged and weak hair should avoid choosing the fusion ones.

Various hairdressers advise that there are better alternatives than this method. For the application process, you have to use a hot glue gun that can glue the extensions to individual strands of real hair.

Fusion Hair Extensions

Other common names of these extensions include micro loop and micro bead hair extensions. In natural hair, you have to find small sections to attach tiny wefts of hair with a small silicone-lined bead. To secure the bead to the hair, you have to use a special tool and tighten the hold of the extensions. 

The main reason why women love microbeads is its long lifespan. Can you believe that micro links hair extensions last up to 10 weeks? They do. Moreover, if you take care of them properly, they can be reused 5-6 times.

Even though heat and glue are not used in the installation process, these types of extensions can damage the hair by causing pressure and pulling at the roots. Normally, the application process takes more than 2 hours.

Microlink Hair Extensions

What Types Of Hair Extensions Are For You?

There are several factors that you have to consider when choosing a suitable type of hair extension. Most important factors are your hair length and thickness. If you have long hair, you can use all types of hair extensions. On the other hand, you shouldn't choose clip-in or tape-in hair extensions if your hair is shorter than 10 inches length. The thickness of your hair plays a very important role in covering the extensions. While the high-density hair will look very natural with all types of extensions, Women with thin hair recommended to use sew-in extensions to add length and thickness of hair.


We hope now you understand what the different types of hair extensions are. You should remember the application process and chances of hair damage before investing in a hair extension. Generally, human hair extensions are best and can be used for more than a year.



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