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!
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.
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.