Who doesn’t love that Rapunzel-style long, beautiful hair? Naturally, most women covet voluminous, flowing hair. Yet, there are plenty of days when your hair just won’t cooperate. Or, it might simply be lacking the length, thickness, or volume needed to create your desired style. Fortunately, hair extensions can come to your rescue.
Human hair extensions add length, volume, and thickness to your hair, allowing you to quickly achieve a broad range of hairstyles. But choosing hair extensions that cater to your needs and preferences is easier said than done. You have to make sure the extensions match your lifestyle, hair type, and hair goals. Given the many different types of extensions out there, trying to find the best option can be daunting.
In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps for choosing the right hair extension type based on your needs. Read on!
Tape-In Hair Extensions
Tape-in human hair extensions are best for thin and fine hair. These extensions are basically a collection of hair wefts applied to your hair by using tape. ZALA’s Tape-in extensions are great for women who seek to add volume and thickness.
The good news is that these extensions are easy to apply, will blend naturally with your hair, and the tape is almost undetectable. As such, your hair will look entirely natural. With that being said, it’s usually a good idea to have your hairstylist apply these extensions for you, since they have to be aligned with the roots and the process requires the use of a heated tool.
Watch – How to Apply ZALA Tape Hair Extensions
Clip-In Hair Extensions
As the name suggests, clip-in extensions are hair wefts applied to your hair by using the clips attached to the wefts. The clips are located at the top of the wefts, making the installation relatively easy and quick. These extensions are best for medium-density hair.
Thanks to the pressure-sensitive, discreet clips, you can easily apply Remy clip-in hair extensions by yourself at home. Of course, you’ll need a bit of practice to install the wefts at first. Once you master the technique, you’ll enjoy applying them and experimenting with different hairstyles. Just be sure to always remember to remove the clip-in extensions before sleeping, so any possible damage to your natural hair can be prevented.
Watch – How to Put in a Clip-In Ponytail Extension (Step by Step Tutorial)
Fusion or Bonded Hair Extensions
Fusion or bonded extensions comprise separate strands of hair applied to your natural hair with a special adhesive or keratin. These hair extensions are best for medium to thick hair. To make them last for an extended period, be sure not to apply oil, conditioner, and other hair products to the area where they’re attached.
Unlike tape-in and clip-in extensions, fusion hair extensions are for a one-off use, meaning that they cannot be reused. Also, you’ll have to go to your stylist to have them applied. And, installation of bonded extensions can take up to eight hours.
Weave-In Hair Extensions
Weave-in extensions are best for thick, coarse, or curly hair. The installation involves creating braids of the hair portions in a line, from one ear to the other. In the second step, a needle and thread are used to weave the wefts into the braids created in the first step.
While the installation process is complicated, it does not involve adhesive, tape, or heat. You can reuse the extensions, but you have to go to your stylist every four or five weeks for upkeep, such as tightening the braids. Women with thin or fine hair must avoid weave-in hair extensions, as this type of extension is heavy and can damage your hair.
Watch – How to Apply Weave Hair Extensions
Micro-Link Hair Extensions
Also known as micro-bead and micro-ring hair extensions, these hair extensions come in the form of individual hair strands attached to small portions of your hair. Micro-link extensions are recommended for medium to thick hair. Instead of using glue, tape, or clips, these hair strands are applied to your hair by using the tiny beads and portions of your natural hair.
The application process does not use heat and hair products. To stretch the lifespan of these extensions, be sure that oil and other hair products don’t come in contact with the areas where they’re attached to your hair. This extension type is not suitable for women with very thin or fine hair, because the beads could be noticed through the hair if it isn’t thick enough.