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Choosing the Best Hair Extensions

Updated on February 24, 2012

Choosing the Best hair Extensions

So you think you may want to invest in some hair extensions but how do you choose the best hair extensions for you? Before you go out and buy extensions there are a few things you need to consider which we will cover in this hub.

Types of Hair Extensions

There are many types of hair extensions, defined mainly by their application type as well as the hair used to make them. My main focus here is choosing hair extensions for everyday wear so our main focus will be on human hair extensions.

Synthetic hair extensions are great for occasional use but unlike human hair extensions, they cannot be heat styled or colored without causing damage, therefore making them quite limited in use.

Human hair extensions are your best option if you are looking to use them regularly or have them applied for long term wear. Human hair extensions can be washed, dried, colored, permed and styled just like your own natural hair making them extremely versatile.

Application types are plenty however some have advantages over others.

Clip in Hair Extensions - applied to the hair using small clips, applied and removed daily. Great for daily and occasional use on all hair types.

Micro Link Hair Extensions - also known as micro bead extensions or micro-tube extensions, these are applied by threading the beads or tubes onto your hair and inserting an extension through the bead and then flattening the bead or tube, holding the two together. This hair extension application is simple yet can add weight to the hair and the beads can be difficult to pry open later causing breakage to your own hair. Not recommended for thin, fine or fragile hair types.

Heat Shrink Tubing - also known as 'shrinkies' these are much like the application process above except instead of flattening the tube, it is heated until it shrinks to half its original size, tightly gripping the extension and your hair together. These type of hair extensions are not recommended for fine, thin hair and are best used on thick, healthy and curly hair types.

Bonded Hair Extensions - bonding is when the hair extensions are glued onto your hair using latex or keratin glue and seal with a heat connecter. Removal requires the use of heat and oil and if not done properly can pull and break natural hair.

Tape in Hair Extensions - these are wefts of hair which have a clear strip of adhesive tape across the top and are applied in a sandwich like pattern with a section of your natural hair in between. Easy and fast to apply, tape in hair extensions are great for all hair types especially thin or fine hair. Removal is simple with an adhesive removing spray and extensions can be reused by applying a new strip of tape. Extensions lat up to 6-8 weeks.

Sewn in Hair Extensions - commonly known as a weave, this is when a track or weft of hair is sewn into your hair. One of the first types of hair extension applications, this process is known to be painful and heavy feeling. Sewn in extensions are high maintenance and more upkeep than other types of extensions and although the hair can be re-used for many cycles, it can be difficult to blend with layered looks.

Types of Hair Extension Applications

Tape in Hair Extensions
Tape in Hair Extensions
Clip in Hair Extensions
Clip in Hair Extensions
Bonded Hair Extensions
Bonded Hair Extensions
Sewn in Hair Extensions
Sewn in Hair Extensions
Shrinkies Hair Extensions
Shrinkies Hair Extensions

How to Apply Tape in Hair Extensions

Shrinkies Hair Extension How To

Clip in Hair Extension Review


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      Destiny62403 2 years ago

      I have been wearing extensions for YEARS and i tried so many brands its crazy…i think my favorite must be the Celebrity Strands clip in extensions. Ya, they deff have the best quality and the nicest case that comes with the hair.

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      amy 3 years ago

      I have used clip in and micro loop extensions. Both of them are okay. Clip in are very easy to use however they don't last very long if u are wearing them everyday. Even at the high priced good quality ones. After a year they become tangled and unmanageable. The micro loops I loved however. I got two packs of them and they were still too thin and looked unnatural. I loved that they stayed in my hair always but I would lose pieces one or two at a time and they matted my actual hair underneath the small clips. It took me half a bottle of conditioner to untangle my hair. Overall both products are okay. I would recommend both but with either product extreme care needs to be given to your extensions. Hope this was helpful.

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      Sara 3 years ago

      I love tape in extensions, especially Glam Seamless extensions.