Every woman dreams of having a beautiful appearance, not only because of social affirmation but also to boost their self-pride and confidence. According to a recent survey, 82% of women think that hair is an essential factor in becoming beautiful and almost half of those numbers are doing everything; I mean spending a hefty amount of money for hair extensions.

Hair extensions are popular nowadays, and it’s used to lengthen and volumize one’s hair. It can be made of real human or synthetic hair. Remy or virgin human hair extensions are of the best quality when it comes to materials and often the most expensive too. But there is always a budget option when it comes to hair extensions and here’s where synthetic hair comes in handy. However, the styling could be limited, and it usually tangles easily but totally worth it if you just need a temporary change of style.  Plus they don’t require much maintenance as human hair extensions do.

Many are swayed by the instant transformation that hair extensions promises, but there is always a drawback to this wonderful invention that most of the time not discussed. There are still some serious factors that you need to consider before getting your first hair extensions. On this article, we’ll help you out sort the different types of hair extensions being used in the market and their pros and cons.


Clip-In HairExtensions

If you are looking for an instant but temporary hair transformation, using clip-in hair extensions will always be the best choice. It will only take 5-10 minutes to attach this type of extension, and you can even do it on your own without professional help. They are usually wefts of hair that has some clips attached. You just have to clip them in the roots of your hair, and you are good to go! The best thing about a clip-in extension is you can quickly put them on and remove them anytime you want.

Why we like it:

  • Fast and easy installation.
  • You can put them and remove it anytime you want.
  • There’s a lot of different styles, colors, and length to choose from, so changing your look regularly is not a problem.

What we don’t like about it:

  • Could only be worn temporarily as it will damage your natural hair if worn within an extended period.
  • You can’t sleep with it since it needs to be removed before going to bed.
  • Not advisable for swimming or constant washing since the clips on the extensions would rust.
  • Usually, don’t last long especially if you don’t take proper care and hair strands may easily fall off.

Tape in Hair Extensions

Branded as the most favorite and must have hair extensions now, this semi-permanent method of hair extensions is also very easy to attach. Installation can only take around an hour or less. Each hair weft comes with either double-sided or single polyurethane tapes that are precisely cut to fit the size of the weft. Your natural hair will be sandwiched between the tapes of these extensions. Tape in hair extensions feels lightweight that you might forget even wearing extensions at all. It can last within two to three months under proper care and maintenance.

Why we like it:

  • For an application time of less than an hour, it’s the fastest method for installing semi-permanent hair extensions.
  • Very simple to apply since there’s no heat tool required.
  • Minimal to no hair damage as there’s no heat used.
  • Very comfortable to wear since it’s so lightweight and doesn’t put a strain on your head.
  • Offers a very natural look since they lay flat against your head blending with your natural hair.
  • This hair extension can be reusable after being appropriately removed and will just need to change its tapes.

What we don’t like about it:

  • You should be careful within 24 hours after installation since the adhesive tape needs to cure.
  • It’s not advisable to wash your hair or do anything strenuous that might cause you to sweat within 48 hours period.
  • Oil and silicone based products is a no-no for tape in extensions as they can cause the tapes to slip down.
  • Not advisable for swimwear or long water exposure.
  • You cannot comfortably tie your hair when you have tape in extensions.

Micro Ring Hair Extensions

Micro rings are small bundles of hair that are looped with tiny or thin sections of your natural hair. A metal bead clamp will then secure the extensions in place with the help of a small plier.  They are usually attached within 4-5 hours and can stay in for 3-6 months under proper care and maintenance.

Why we like it:

  • Also offers less damage to your natural hair since it will not need any form of heat or glue for attachment.
  • Extensions can be taken off and reused.
  • You can easily adjust the extensions by sliding them up or down, depending on the way you want.
  • Seamless in blending with your natural hair.
  • Easy to wash and water is not an issue since it’s securely placed on your hair. Thus you don’t have to worry about the extensions falling off.

What we don’t like about it:

  • Not intended for people who have thin or short hair.
  • Often cause discomfort when installing since it strains on the scalp.
  • Clamping the micro ring extensions may cause your natural hair to break.
  • Both installation and removal need professional intervention since improper removal can immensely damage your natural hair.
  • Cannot be tied into high ponytails.


Hair Weave

Hair weaving method is to create horizontal cornrow through braiding and then sewing in wefts of hair extensions to your hair. This hair extensions method usually takes 2 to 4 hours to attach and can stay up to 2-3 months. This type of hair extensions method is prevalent among African American women since they have super thick hair that is essential to conceal the extensions and to make it look very natural.

Why we like it:

  • Of course, we love extensions that won’t cause damage to your natural hair, and since these hair extensions don’t need heat or glue to apply it can reduce hair damage.
  • If you love oil and silicone based styling products, then this hair extension method is for you.
  • Ideal and recommended for those who have thick hair.
  • Gaps are seamless and create a very natural look.
  • You can wear it while swimming or in any strenuous activity without having to worry about hair extensions falling off.
  • Perfect for adding tons of volume to your hair.

What we don’t like about it

  • Not for those people with thin, fine hair.
  • Braiding can cause extreme tension to your scalp and very uncomfortable installation, and there are also extreme cases that lead to alopecia.
  • Heavy and very long hair extensions can cause a headache.
  • Needs proper washing and maintenance since if not appropriately washed may cause bacteria and infections.
  • Since your natural hair is braided, the styling options have limits if you want to conceal the hair extensions.
  • Must be removed by professionals.

Hot Fusion Hair Extensions

Hot fusion hair extensions are becoming a trend, especially if you are longing for a very natural looking extensions. If you are planning to try the hot fusion hair extension method, you have to prepare yourself and your wallet since it’s pricey and time-consuming. Installation may take up to 8 hours, but this hair extension is so durable that it can last more than six months with proper care. The procedure starts with a keratin U-tip bond, and in line with silicone needs to be attached to your hair. The extensions will then be bonded to the root of your hair with the help of a heating tool.

Why we like it:

  • A very durable hair extension method that can stay longer than six months with proper care.
  • Keratin usually dries clear, and you will hardly notice where the extensions are thus creating a perfect hair blending technique for a natural look.

What we don’t like about it:

  • Application time is tiresome with more than 8 hours of you sitting down.
  • Heat usage can damage your natural hair.
  • Costly and non-reusable
  • Need help of a licensed professional for installation and removal since if not correctly done can severely damage your natural hair.
  • You might experience headache or discomfort particularly itch within several days after installation.

Who knew that there are tons of ways to attach hair extensions? Now that we talked about the pros and cons of the different hair extension method, you can eliminate your doubts and fears about hair extensions. It’s a perfect time now for you to decide and proceed with your hair extension journey!