Types of Hair Extensions: All of Your Questions ANSWERED

The world of hair extensions can be so confusing. I know, because I have experimented with MANY types of hair extensions since the early 2,000’s! I have had clip-ins, tape-ins, woven and protein bonded extensions. There are many more forms out there, however, here’s a little bit more information on the few types I’ve personally had experience with.

I do recommend consulting with your hair stylist as you begin your hair extension journey so you can find the right type of hair extension for you! Keep in mind that different people have different hair types, different ideals for desired results, different budgets and different reasoning for getting them.

Clip-in’s

Easy-in, easy-out, reusable, cost is anywhere from $100-$300.

Type of hair extension: Clip-ins
Type of hair extension: Clip-ins

Clip-ins are great for the girl who doesn’t mind clipping in and going! These are awesome because they are easy to find, maintain, and you get to control how often and when you’d like to add fullness and length to your look. The down fall to clip-in’s is that because they aren’t a permanent solution, you have to take the additional time in the morning, (afternoon or night) to clip-in, style, and take out.

There are some great clip-ins both online and in-store. I’ve had the most experience buying them at my local Sally’s Beauty Salon and color-matching my hair in-store. You can find these for around $100-$300. The most important element of purchasing any hair extension, is to make sure they are 100% real human hair. This will allow you to style and wash it, just like your own hair. If you end up purchasing non-human hair, the hair will likely become singed and burn when you go to style it with a hot tool. So, I cannot stress enough, double and triple check your package to ensure they’re made with real human hair.

Here’s a link to some affordable Amazon clip-in options! (http://t.ly/O2gZ)

When it comes to maintaining your clip-ins, you can gently wash them with a dab of shampoo and blow dry as normal. I used to curl mine prior to clipping in, however, I’d recommend styling after you’ve put them in so that they blend more naturally.

After you’ve purchased your clip-ins, you can reuse them for years to come!

Tape-in’s

Adhesive strip around your head, hair is reusable, move up frequently, cost is around $200-$600

Type of hair extension: Tape-ins
Type of hair extension: Tape-ins

The tape-in method is one of the most common types of hair extension installation that I’ve seen. Tape-ins are great if you are just starting out with getting your extensions done professionally. These are “taped” with an adhesive glue around your head in rows. (Think of taping a strip of hair around your head in a few sections, and that’s basically what it is.)

I enjoyed the result of my tape-ins, of course, but I felt that the tape was too damaging on my hair. As the tape-ins grow out, the glue can become a bit gooey and messy. So, if you have tape-in extensions, I recommend reinstalling or “moving up” your extensions frequently to avoid this from happening. When you schedule a reinstall appointment, your hairstylist will remove the grown-out rows and re-tape them closer to your scalp. The hair you originally purchase is reusable, so that’s a plus!

For an initial installation, plus the cost of hair, your investment will run up to $600. To move them up, you can expect to pay up to $300 every 6-8 weeks.

Woven

Sewed into your hair, hair is reusable, cost is around $300-$600

Type of hair extension: Woven
Type of hair extension: Woven

I’ve gotten my hair woven once before a long, long time ago. I think this is one of the less-common forms of extensions because SO many forms have emerged since then (circa 2012). The way these work, is that your hair stylist will create multiple, small, horizontal braids across your head and weave or sew-in the extensions to the braid.

I personally, had a horror experience with these because my braids got super messy and frizzy which made for a nightmare in getting them out. So, I never tried them again. But again, I would say if you’re dedicated to moving them up often (4-6 weeks), washing your hair gently, and brushing your hair with extreme care, these might be a good option for you!

The cost for initial installation, plus hair, can cost up to $600 and for a re-install, around $200.

Bonded

Bonded to a small gathering of hair with a protein bead, hair is not reusable, cost $1,200-$2,000

Type of hair extension: Bonded
Type of hair extension: Bonded

The bonded extensions are my go-to method! I have been doing this for about 7 years now and I highly recommend this option. The upsides of bonded hair extensions include: natural hair growth, long-lasting results and natural movement due to the specialized placement of the bonds. The downside of these are that, on occasion the weight of the extension can pull out, leaving a small bald area.

I get my hair done (removal, color, tone, style and installation) about 2 times per year. The installation process includes bonding, with a hot tool, a small bundle of hair to a small section of your hair. The small bundles allow your stylist to really customize your look, adding more bundles in areas that need it and working around other areas that don’t. As your stylist completes the installation, you’ll notice that the protein bundled bonds truly start to “act” like your normal hair. You can brush, wash and style these like your natural hair, too, which I love!

Pricing for these can vary based on length, how many bundles you plan to use, length of installation and color matching.

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