What Are the Different Types of Hair Extensions?

Hair extensions can be just the thing to get the style you're after, but if you've never used extensions before, it may be a little overwhelming when you look at all the options that you have before you. Don't worry, it's not as confusing as it seems!

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Here's what you need to know:

  • Clip-in. Clip-ins will clip right into your hair using small clips. These are usually small metal clips with silicone grips. Clip-ins offer versatility and easy to apply and remove in minutes with no expert know-how in hairdressing.
  • Sew-in. Sew-in extensions can create a very natural look, but to be completely honest, there are a lot of reasons to recommend against them: They can be harmful to the hair, they're very difficult to apply, and they can't be maintained, installed or removed at home.
  • Microlink. Also called microbead extensions, microlink uses silicone-lined beads to link the extension directly to your hair. This is a permanent solution, takes hours to install, and doesn't work on all hair types. In particular, it's not a viable solution for adding volume as it won't attach to thin, fine hair.
  • Fusion. Fusion extensions, also known as glue-in extensions, can take up to six hours to install and works by literally gluing hair directly to your natural hair. The extensive chemical use required for this solution makes it a poor choice for anyone with a sensitive scalp or fine hair.
  • Tape-in. Tape-in extensions, like clip-ins, are easy to install and remove on your own, but offer a number of advantages. For one: Metal clips can appear bulky, making it hard to get a nice straight style that looks convincing. Tape-in also tends to be more comfortable.

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We recommend tape-in. If you want a natural look without much hassle and without damaging your hair or scalp, it's hard to beat the convenience, comfort and style of tape-in extensions.

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