Clip-ins, tape-ins, weaves, pre-bonded, fusion, micro-link…what does it all mean?  As the world of hair extensions continues to grow, so do the varieties of materials used for hair extensions, and available styles. If you are new to the world of hair extensions, there are so many different styles and terms that it might be overwhelming. We’re breaking down the different types of extensions to help clear up some confusion.

The following article will provide clarity and help you make the best choice for your hair. So get comfortable, tie your hair back, and let’s get right into it.

Real Human Hair Extensions vs. Synthetic Hair Extensions

 Before getting into the different types of hair extension application methods, the first thing you need to know about hair extensions is that they come in real human hair extensions and synthetic hair extensions.

  • Human Hair Extensions are exactly what they sound like. They are made out of real, human hair from top to bottom, collected from a donor. Remy hair means all the cuticles (the outer layer of the hair) are intact, running in the same direction at the time of collection. This allows for almost no tangling and ensures that the extensions remain smooth and silky throughout their lifetime.
  • Synthetic Hair, on the other hand, is made out of various synthetic, blended fibers, and contains no human hair. These fibers are usually very fine, plastic fibers that are manufactured to imitate real human hair.

To get a clear understanding of the difference between Real Human Hair vs. Synthetic Human Hair, you can refer to this article to have the most comprehensive look at Real human hair and Synthetic human hair.

Now that we’ve gotten real vs. synthetic out of the way, let’s get into the different types of extension applications!

What Are the Different Types of Hair Extensions?

I. Clip-in Hair Extensions


What Are They?

Clip-in wefts, also known as clip-in hair extensions, come in a strand of contoured pieces, attached at the base with either fabric or silicone. Clips are attached to this base and come ready to use. All you have to do is clip the pieces to your natural hair all on your own! Each clip snaps open and close with ease—see here for how to clip them in.

 Clip-in hair extensions are the least permanent type of extension since they can be readily removed and reapplied whenever you want. Clip-ins are typically applied in 5 To 15 minutes at home. Clip-in hair extensions are also the least damaging because they do not involve any chemicals, heat, pressure, or other installation methods—they just clip onto your hair with ease, causing no damage to your natural hair. Clip-in hair extensions are the best solution for people who desire thicker and longer hair right away without the hassle, long-term commitment, or breaking the wallet. This is one of the many reasons it is one of the most popular forms of hair extensions.

Treatment & How Long do they last?

 Simply put, human hair extensions are very low maintenance and only need to be washed every 15-20 wears, or if there is a lot of product buildup to the point that they become unmanageable. Just like your natural hair, you simply brush, shampoo, condition the hair and let them air dry! High-quality clip-in hair extensions will last you anywhere from 3-6 months up to a year or even longer, depending on how often you wear them and how well you take care of them.

II. Tape-in Hair Extensions


What are they?

Tape-in hair extensions are exactly what they sound like. The extensions are pre-taped and then taped/glued together on either side of your own hair. The wefts are connected by wide bonds of tape and your own hair is placed between them and clamped around the strands. This process doesn’t take as long as other methods: it takes just about an hour to get your extensions installed and then some time to have them removed the next time you visit your salon – see here for How its work

Treatment & How long do they last?

When wearing tape-in hair extensions, you must exercise extreme caution when applying conditioners or hair products, since they might cause the tape to come loose or fall off. This is a very common issue with tape-ins, where the hair simply slides off. Because of this, hairdressers usually recommend you use special shampoo or conditioner and styling products that are less harsh and not as oily to ensure the glue continues to stick to your hair. Tape-ins are thought to be semi-permanent. Pros to this method of hair extensions are if you wear your hair extensions without a break, these can last in your hair for 6-12 weeks. However, just like any other hair, it is dependent on how well you care for them and how rapidly your hair grows. You can refer to this article to reference the useful tips for Tape-in hair extensions.

III. Keratin Hair Extensions (U-Tip, I-Tip, V-Tip, Flat-Tip)

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What are they?

Keratin hair extensions, commonly known as bonded hair extensions, are individual strands that are glued to your hair with adhesive or microbeads. Keratin-tips are the most popular type of hair implantation technique.

They’re typically made up of natural hair that’s supposed to match yours without any dramatic transitions and have a sticky substance on one end. Individual extensions are meticulously positioned in rows to ensure that they are constantly covered by your natural hairpieces. Applying pre-bonded hair extensions take approximately 3-4 hours to apply and are also applied by a hairdresser. See here for the process application.

In the current market, Keratin Hair Extensions or Fusion Hair are classified into four types: U-Tip, I-Tip, V-Tip, Flat-Tip.

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U-Tip Hair Extensions
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I-Tip Hair Extensions
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V- Tip Hair Extensions
Flat - Tip Hair Extensions

Treatment & How long do they last?

 Fusion/pre-ponded application is managed and treated the same way as your real hair. You can use the same products you would normally use, however, the extensions need re-positioning every 2–3 months as the natural hair grows. Additionally, due to the numerous chemicals in the glue, this method can cause hair loss, breakage, and scalp irritation. Keratin Hair Extensions are considered semi-permanent as they stay in your hair for up to 4 months. However, like all other types of hair extensions, this varies based on your own hair type and growth.

V. Nano Tip Extensions


What are they?

 Nano Tip Hair Extensions are small wefts of pre-bonded hair that are linked to the client’s natural hair with Nano Rings that are 90% smaller than most micro rings, resulting in a smooth bond. The natural hair is simply threaded through a nanoring at the tip of the nano extension before being clamped into place with nano tip hair extensions, which do not require any heat in their attachment. This application procedure decreases the danger of natural hair breakage, making it a popular extension option. Nano tip hair extensions are thin and lightweight, putting no strain on the natural hairline and making them an excellent choice for thin or fine hair. See here for the way Nano Tip Extensions have been applied.

Treatment & How long do they last?


With the correct aftercare, as a general rule of thumb, nano tip hair extensions should last around 6-9 months in your hair.

VI. Ponytail Extensions

What are they?

 Ponytail Extension is our new limited edition clip-in ponytail that is made from 100% Human hair. It comes with a velcro base, which adheres together to secure the ponytail. Also, it has a long strand of hair that is used to wrap around the base with 2 matching bobby pins (which are included) to ensure a seamless blend. Most importantly, it is a really quick way to instantly add length and volume to your ponytail (as well as your updos)! No longer for simply hiding unwashed or un-styled hair, we’re giving ponytails a glow-up. See here for How to apply for Ponytail Extensions.

Treatment & How long do they last?

 Since ponytails are most of the time not worn daily, it is recommended to keep them in a safe place like a hair extensions bag, box, or protective gear that can help keep your hair from tangling and matting. Similar to clip-ins, Ponytail Extensions’ lifespan varies depending on how often you wear your hair extensions. It can go anywhere between 6 to 12 months for regular to weekly use and one year and more if you only put it on if you go clubbing, attend a party, or if you’ve got to hit the runway and slay that sleek ponytail look.

 And that’s it! We hope we’ve given you all the information you need to make an informed decision on which type of hair extensions will be right for you, your hair type, and your hair goals.

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