Clip-in, weave, pre-bonded, tape-in, fusion, micro-link, oh my! There are so many hair extension options out there and before making a decision on which type to get, it’s important to understand the differences of each and which type will work best for your hair type.
1. Clip-In Hair Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions come in a stands of contoured pieces that have clips sewn into the strand. The clips are sewn in before purchasing, making it easy to clip them in and out of your natural hair all on your own. This means you don’t have to have them in 24/7 and can pick and choose when utilize them. Clip-in hair extensions are the least permenant extension option available, take roughly 15 minutes to put in, and are the least damaging to your hair since they are snapped into your hair without the use of any chemicals or heat.
2. Weave/Sewn-In Hair Extensions
Weave extensions are applied by first braiding the natural hair into a corn row and then attached to the braid/corn row using a needle and thread. Weave hair extensions are popular among people with thicker hair as more hair is needed to securely thread the extension in. The application process takes several hours and are applied very tightly, putting strain on the scalp. Even though it’s uncomfortable to get done, sewn-in extensions are the most popular form of extensions because they are the most permenant option.
3. Fusion & Pre-Bonded Extensions
Fusion and pre-bonded extensions are used interchageably and are bonded to the natural hair using different types of adhesives, but the most common type is glue. Both types can be damaging to the hair, therefore making them not as popular as the other options. Pre-bonded hair takes appoximately 3-4 hours to apply and the hair dresser will use a heat clamp to melt the adhesive to the natural hair. Fusion extensions take the same amount of time but your hair dresser will apply the adhesive using a machine that resembles a hot glue gun to attach the extension pieces to individual pieces of natural hair.
4. Tape-In Extensions
Tape-in extensions come pre-taped and are applied by a hair dresser on either side of your hair. This process takes roughly 1 hour since each piece is carefully aligned to your roots and applied using a tool that heats up with glue.
5. Micro-Link Hair Extensions
Micro-link hair extensions are applied by looping the extension through your natural hair and then clamped down with a special heating tool and metal bead to keep the extension in place. The extensions are applied to very small pieces of hair, which can be very time consuming. The typical application takes around 3 hours.
Before deciding on a hair extension type, be sure to consult with your hair dresser to ensure you select the type best for your hair type. Once you’ve made your decision, call Salon De Beauty to set up your appointment at (781) 340-4494.