What type of hair extensions are there?
From Clip-in to halo hair extensions and everything in between, the world of hair extensions can get confusing fast! You can may be new to hair extensions and wondering “what type of hair extensions are there?”
You’ve got tons of options when it comes to hair extensions, but there are SO many options that it can be overwhelming choosing just the right product for you! Don’t worry, we’ll help you better understand the types of hair extensions currently on the market.
You’ll soon learn what type of hair extensions there are and our favorites so keep reading to be sure you understand all your options when it comes to hair extensions!
Semi-Permanent types of hair extensions
Tape in hair extensions are touted as the best thing for thinning hair. They are light weight, don’t have huge wefts of hair so they should look more natural than other hair extensions. They are just what they say, taped into your hair at the roots, and then you have to go back and get them moved up every 4-6 weeks as your hair grows.
The most common issue with tape in hair extensions is that they create a tangled mess of your hair if they are not properly maintained or installed. Also, if you use oils to condition your hair, you better stop because those could cause slippage with tape-ins!
The weave is probably the most common type of hair extension you know of. Your stylist will braid your hair into tight sections right up against the roots (ouch!) and then sew in or weave in wefts of hair to give you length.
These, often heavy, wefts and the tight braiding can put a lot of stress on the roots of your hair and is not a good solution for everyone when it comes to hair extensions.
Fusion hair extensions are another type of common hair extension. Using either cold or hot fusion technology, your stylist will literally fuse your hair to an extension piece. You should talk with your stylist about the potential damage, maintenance, and upkeep of fusion hair extensions.
Microbead or micro-ring is another common type of hair extension. Microbead hair extensions involve taking small pieces of your hair and crimping (beading) extensions to the under layers of your hair. This is done fairly close to the scalp. With this method, like other methods of semi-permanent hair extensions, you will need to go back to your stylists regularly to have the microbeading moved up as your natural hair grows.
With microbeading, you save your hair from the typical fusion heat and chemical damage of other tape in or fusion methods, but you still put a lot of stress on the scalp.
With all of these semi-permanent methods, you must be sure maintenance is in your budget before you get started down the road of semi-permanent hair extensions. Without proper care your extensions can become a nightmare! We hope you like sleeping on braids, wearing only certain hair styles, and high maintenance appointments! They need to be reset regularly and you have to be very careful how you brush your hair to not end up pulling your hair extensions out. The roots can get crazy without proper maintenance and dry shampoos will become your best friend since you can’t brush your hair from the roots!
What type of hair extensions are there that AREN’T so high maintenance?
If you are looking for ease, here are a few other types of hair extensions you can consider.
Clip-in hair extensions are some of the most common you’ll find while shopping online for temporary hair extensions. They don’t require a stylist to install, you can do it yourself and they are a temporary way to add length and fullness fast!
Just like the name suggests – you clip them in to your natural hair. Generally, you will get several pieces in your order that you then clip all over in your hair.
Seems simple but it isn’t always! Sometimes you get a variety and sometimes you end up with one piece that can only be clipped in the back and it makes you look like you have a mullet!
If you have thin or fine hair, be careful of choosing clip-ins. They can cause damage by pulling on your roots and some clip-in extensions don’t hold well and can slip and slide down your hair! Whoops, there it goes! Never any fun! Add to that if you have thin hair it might not look natural.
Clip-ins are good for medium to thick hair to add length but be careful how you install them or they can look fake or show through your hair. You can’t always put your hair up in a pony tail (because they are made to sit flat against your head), and heavy extensions over time can cause hair loss.
Wigs and Top Crowns
Thinning hair is never something a woman wants! But sometimes genetics, health, pregnancy, or things completely outside your control will affect the amount of hair you have.
In cases where you have thinning hair on top of your head and a clip in or other method won’t work, a wig or top crown (toupee) may be the solution you need to get a natural look.
Wigs are meant to replace all of your hair, whereas top crown pieces are meant to fill in thinning on the top. Top Crowns attach with heavy duty clips and should give you fullness where you need on top.
One thing to be careful of with wigs and top crowns is knowing if they are natural hair or synthetic. If they are synthetic you will have a hard time matching color to your natural hair, styling to blend in, and you may feel like you are wearing “barbie” hair (shiny plastic look) that will stand out like a sore thumb sometimes!
Now our favorite new types of temporary hair extensions are halo extensions! Halo extensions are made with a tension wire that sits comfortably around your head and holds the hair in place, rather than attaching to your own hair. This means no damage! It also means you can put it on and take it off with ease!
There are two types of halo hair extensions. Standard halo’s that give you fullness from the back of the ear and around the back of your head, and then there are front halo extensions like ours!
Front halo extensions don’t leave you feeling like you put on a mullet! They give you length and fullness in the front where many women seem to need it most!
Within minutes you can have hair that looks full and healthy without causing damage to your natural hair. This is great for those waiting for natural hair to get healthy and regrow, or those with naturally thinning hair.
Our secret tiara front halo hair extensions give you a nearly natural look that you can style with confidence! No weird bands or bulky wefts that will look unnatural in the wind. They won’t show when you put your hair up, or braid it back. You can do updo’s curly, straight and everything in between! You can also do color matching because they are made with 100% human remy hair.
No matter what type of hair extensions you choose, be sure you talk with your stylist to make sure they are right for you! Be sure you ask lots of questions, and even shop around for stylists that are skilled with extensions. It is an investment you don’t want to mess up! Your hair is part of your identity as a woman so be sure to invest in the right type of extensions for YOU!