Hair extensions come in all shapes and sizes. Not only that, they can be applied in many different ways. Some are more temporary than others, some can be applied at home and some are put in at a hair salon. Being informed about the different types of hair extensions is important for choosing the best ones for you!
The first thing to consider is what type of hair you are looking for. Hair extensions are made from synthetic hair, heat resistant synthetic hair, human hair, or Remy human hair. Choosing from these options all comes down to what you are looking for, so here's a checklist to help you out:
If you plan to wear hair extensions on a daily basis, human hair clip in extensions are good choice for you. These extensions last the longest and blend the best with your biological hair. They are soft and have the best look and feel as they are real hear. Human hair extensions are more costly than synthetic ones, however because they last longer so you won't need to purchase them often. Synthetic extensions are less expensive, but they will need to be replaced more often.
Synthetic hair extensions are available in brighter colors like pink, blue, and purple. Human hair usually only comes in natural tones. So synthetic has it's perks, too! Especially if you have a wild side.
Not all synthetic hair is able to be be styled with a straightener or curling iron, so the way they are styled can not be changed. But great news, we have some gorgeous heat-friendly clip in extensions that can be styled just like real hair.
When it comes to application, there are many different ways to apply hair extensions. Micro bead extensions can be applied in a salon by a professional and will last several weeks. This is a great idea in concept, but it can be very harmful to your hair and cause breakage and damage. They are also uncomfortable for sleep because the bead knots can be felt on your head and the tightness can cause traction alopecia, which means hair loss.
Tape in extensions are another option for long lasting extensions, but they have their downfalls, too. A high-grade tape is used to stick them to the natural hair. While great for assuring the extensions stay in place, the removal process is harsh and requires pulling the tape off the hair and using a spray to help ease the process. It is very likely that you will experience breakage from this, especially if done incorrectly.
One of the reasons we only sell clip in hair extensions on HairExtensions.com is because they are the least harmful to biological hair.
Because they are worn temporarily, the clips can be moved around, lessening the risk of traction alopecia and breakage. They also last much longer than semi-permanent extensions because they don't need replacing as frequently when cared for correctly.