Many people believe that hair extensions exist only to lengthen your natural hair, but this is not quite correct. In fact, hair extensions can do more than just lengthen your hair – they can add volume to the thinner hair types, and even enhance it through the use of, say, differently dyed extensions. Nowadays there are many types of hair extensions, and it can be quite an ordeal to figure out which type is best for you. Below are some brief descriptions of the most popular types of hair extensions at present:
• Flip-in/ Clip-in hair extensions – these are arguably the best known hair extensions. Flip-in hair extensions are simply those extensions that can be easily bought at any beauty store, and are clipped to your hair. You remove them at the end of the day, or once the event is over – they are the removable, non-permanent type of extension, and the cheapest out of all. They can come as either wigs or even real hair extensions. The lifespan of flip-in extensions varies greatly depending on how you use them: take care of them well enough and they can last a few good months.
• Pre-bonded/ Keratin bond/ Glued-in hair extensions – this is a type of permanent hair extension, where the extension is literally bonded to your real hair by the use of a substance similar to glue. The substance is melted by the use of heat, which then fuses the extensions to your hair. The average duration for keratin bond extensions is usually three months, but if you take good care of them, you can find them lasting up to half a year. Remember not to use conditioner or other styling products on your scalp when you have glued-in extensions, as these can weaken the bonds prematurely.
• Weave/ Sewn-in – these are another type of permanent extensions. They are generally more suited to curly or thick hairs due to their weight. Just as the name suggests, the extensions are ‘weaved’ or braided into the real hair. Because of their nature, they require constant attention in the form of check-ups at the salon every six weeks or so.
• Tape – tape extensions are very expensive as they involve the use of large bonds to place the extensions and have them clamped around your real hairs. Due to the nature of the bond, they will not easily get damaged when washed, and can last for a very long time (around half a year) if proper care is taken.
• Micro-ring/ Micro-bead – currently the most expensive type of hair extension, the micro-ring or micro-bead extensions involve fixing the extensions to the top of your hairs by the use of extremely small beads. Since no bonds are involved in the clamping of the extensions, this type does not damage your hair, and allows the use of styling products and even hair dyeing. They can last up to three or four months.