DIFFERENT  TYPES OF HAIR EXTENSIONS

Tape-in hair extensions are exactly what they sound like. They are small wefts of hair that can be taped to your existing hair. The most popular tape-in hair weft size is 1.5" long and the industry makes pre-cut tape tabs to fit them.

If needed, tape-In hair wefts can range in size to about 8". Tape-In extensions can be removed with solvent and reused by buying additional double sided tape.

TAPE IN HAIR EXTENSIONS

I get a lot of questions about different types of hair extensions and

the best place to get them.  I decided to put together this guide to

help people better understand the world of hair extensions.

Application Time

      1-2 hours

 

Hold Time

      4-6 Weeks

 

Pros

  • Fast and easy application
  • Minimal damage to your hair
  • Hair is reusable

 

Cons

  • Not recommended for thin hair
  • Not recommended for people who
    swim often

 

Leading Tape Manufacturer

      HairExtensionTape.com

 

Leading Pre-Taped Hair Manufacturer

      DonnaBellaHair.com

MICRO-RING (Micro Loops)

Micro Ring extensions are done by connecting tiny bits

of pre-bundled hair to your existing hair using little rings

or beads. Once the hair is pulled through the ring it is compressed to ensure a good hold. Micro Loops work on the same principle but eliminate the need of a separate loop tool. This is because every bundle of hair has a loop and bead pre-connected. This makes for faster application. Micro Rings can be uncrimped and reused. Micro Loops can only be adjusted.

Application Time

      4+ hours

 

Hold Time

      2-3 Months

 

Pros

  • No heat or glue that could damage your hair
  • Easy to remove or adjust

 

Cons

  • They are detectable with short hair
  • Not good for people with hair that breaks easily

 

Find a Manufacturer

      AliExpress.com

WEAVING (Sewn-In)

Weaving is done by creating a cornrow, or a small braid that goes horizontally across the clients head. You then sew a hair weft to it using a "C" shaped needle. This creates for a long hold time that will not damage your hair due to the fact that there are no chemicals or glues involved.

Application Time

      1-2 hours

 

Hold Time

      2-3 Months

 

Pros

  • No heat or glue involved that can damage hair
  • Easy to take out

 

Cons

  • Can be painful due to the tight braids
  • Hair Loss is possible if the braids are too tight

 

Leading Manufacturer

      HairSisters.com

CLIP-IN

Clip-In hair extensions are wefts of hair that have clips attached to them. They range from one clip with 2 inches of hair, to four clip systems with 8 inches of hair. They are easy to install, and a cheap method for getting long hair instantly. They are perfect for daily wear or just a night out.

Application Time

      5-10 Minutes

 

Hold Time

      1-10 Days

 

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Easy to care for
  • Can install on your own

 

Cons

  • Have to remove daily to prevent damage to real hair
  • If left in for a long time, clips will damage natural hair
  • They are cheap, so usually the hair will not last very long

 

Best Selection

      HairExtensionSale.com

HOT FUSION (Keratin)

Hot Fusion extensions are pre-tipped bundles of hair that use a heating tool to connect to your natural hair. They are usually made of protein based keratin polymer. They do tend to damage hair over time, so avoid this method if you have thinning or weak hair.

Application Time

      4-6 hours

 

Hold Time

      2-3 Months

 

Pros

  • Since the Keratin is clear, it matches your hair color

 

Cons

  • Costly to maintain
  • Not recommended for short hair

 

Leading Manufacturer

      EuroSoCap-USA.com

COLD FUSION (Keratin)

Cold Fusion is a fairly new extension process designed to be gentle on the hair. The hair comes pre-tipped with a keratin based polymer. The stylist will use a special tool to connect the extension very close to the root. It doesn't use heat so it's great for thin and fragile hair.

Application Time

      4-6 hours

 

Hold Time

      2-3 Months

 

Pros

  • No heat so the extension can be installed very close
    to the root
  • No damage to natural hair
  • Can be used on thin or weak hair

 

Cons

  • Long application time
  • Hair is not reusable
  • They are expensive, and must be removed professionally

 

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NOTE: Hair extensions prices vary depending on quality, length

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • Hair extensions prices vary depending on quality, length, and hair grade.

  • With hair extensions your head will feel heavier than normal when your hair is wet.   The extensions will also take longer to dry than your natural hair. This is another reason to match the extensions to the texture and weight of your own hair.

  • Having thicker hair extensions than your natural hair will weigh more on your scalp and can cause pulling, irritation, and hair loss.

  • Incorrect installations can damage the hair and scalp, and hair loss can be permanent.

  • Synthetic hair extensions can create problems when blow drying and using hair straighteners.

  • Tangling and knotting can be an issue if your hair extensions are not cared for properly.

  • Loosely plaiting your hair at night can help prevent tangling.

  • Find a Stylist: HairExtensionsNetwork.com, HairExtensionGuide.com