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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF EXTENSIONS?

Written by Opulence Hair

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Posted on November 02 2020

What are the different types of Hair Extensions?

When it comes to getting hair extensions, there are many to choose from. From Clip-Ins, Tape-Ins, Weft Track/Sew, Bond, Bead, Halo, Synthetic Clip-ins, and so on..

There are so many different styles of extensions and terms, that can get overwhelming if you are new to hair extensions. 

Although Opulence Hair Extensions are 100% Remy Hair Extensions - clip-ins, hair extensions are not limited to this particular kind. We’re going to break down the different types below so you have a better understanding on what one is right for you! 

This article will provide information to help you make the best choice for your hair. So grab a blanket, get comfy, pull your hair up, and let’s get into it.

 


Before we start, let's talk synthetic for a moment - lots of questions when it comes to these two.

When you are looking for hair extensions its very important to know what you're looking for. That being said, the FIRST thing you need to know about hair extensions is if it's 100% Remy or Synthetic. 


HOW HAIR EXTENSIONS ARE MADE -

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 of 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 entire lifetime.

Synthetic hair - on the other hand, is made out of various synthetic blended fibres, and contains no human hair. These fibres are usually very fine, plastic fibres that are manufactured to imitate real human hair. You’ll find that synthetic hair is fuller looking than remy hair because of all the fibers that are clustered together. 

LOOK & FEEL -

Both remy (real) and synthetic (fake) extensions come in many styles, colors, and different forms of application. The quality of synthetic fibres can vary, but they are generally stiff and move differently from human hair, so they don’t blend as well with your natural hair. There is almost double, sometimes triple, the amount of strands in synthetic hair than there is in real remy hair. They sometimes have a wiry or coarse feel to the touch. Real hair looks and feels real (but because it is!) and therefore it will blend more naturally with your hair than any other.  

COLORING & STYLING -

Human hair extensions can be treated just like your own natural hair. You can straighten, curl, blow dry, color them, and apply most hair products. Whereas Synthetic hair, you cannot color the hair as most dyes contain ammonia or bleach, which would destroy the synthetic hair. 

Synthetic hair cannot be styled the same way as your real hair because heat can damage them. Whether it's curling irons, straighteners and blow dryers - they are a no go. Any heated tool will melt or severely damage the hair. Other factors such as sun, friction, or harsh hair products can also damage synthetic hair extensions. 

QUALITY & HOW LONG HAIR EXTENSIONS LAST -

Synthetic hair, you'll find, is a lot cheaper than real hair, but of course with that, comes a trade-off. Because they’re made out of synthetic fibers, they do not last as long as human hair as they can easily be damaged by the above-mentioned factors (heat, sun, etc.) 

Generally, synthetic hair extensions last for a few months, whereas remy human hair extensions can last upwards of one year if they are well maintained and taken care of. Opulence Hair 100% remy human hair extensions last for about one year on average.

In conclusion, human hair can be treated and styled just like your own hair, and will look and feel the most natural. It will blend easily with your hair and last much longer than synthetic hair. Although they are cheaper than real hair, synthetic hair does not look as natural, cannot be styled with heating tools and does not last as long as real hair.

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

-FUSION TIP EXTENSIONS-

WHAT ARE FUSION EXTENSIONS?

Fusion hair extensions (also known as Bond /U- Tip /Keratin) are fused to natural hair using different adhesives such as glue. Applying bond hair extensions take approximately 3-4 hours to apply and are also applied by a hairdresser. Fusion extensions might not be suitable for all clients as this type of application is very damaging to your natural hair, so your hairdresser may advise against this method. 

The application of this type of extension involves a tool that acts as a hot glue gun, which essentially glues the hair to individual strands of the natural hair. Another type of application for pre-bonded hair extensions uses a heat clamp to melt the glue to the natural hair.

TREATMENT:

Fusion Tip application is managed and treated the same way as your real hair. Can be washed the same as your natural hair. Also, you can use the same products you would normally use, however, the extensions will need repositioning every 2–3 months as the natural hair grows out. Time varies based on one's hair.

Additionally, due to the numerous chemicals in the glue, this method can cause hair loss, breakage, and scalp irritation.

HOW LONG DO FUSION EXTENSIONS LAST?

They 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.

-BEAD TIP/MICRO(I) EXTENSIONS-

WHAT ARE BEAD TIPS?

I-Link/Microlink hair extensions are also known as bead hair extensions or micro loop hair extensions. These are applied by attaching tiny wefts of hair to small sections of the natural hair with a small silicone-lined bead. Then, a tool is used to secure the bead to the hair and tightened to hold it in place. 

This method does not use heat or glue - BUT if not installed correctly by a professional, microlink/bead hair extensions can be damaging on the hair. The bead may be tightened too much, causing pressure and pulling at the roots, and if not removed properly, the hair can be pulled out. This method takes approximately 2 – 4 hours to apply.

TREATMENT:

You can wash them the same way you would your natural hair and use the same styling products. Similar to fusion hair extensions, microlink hair extensions need repositioning every 2 – 3 months as the natural hair grows and the microbeads move away from the scalp. 

HOW LONG DO BEAD/MICRO LINKS LAST?

Bead/Microlink hair extensions are considered semi-permanent and they generally last up to 4 months.

 

-CLIP-IN EXTENSIONS-

WHAT ARE CLIP-INS?

Clip-ins 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 closes with ease. Place them anywhere in your hair in just minutes!

Clip-in hair extensions are the least permanent style of extensions because you can quickly remove them and put them back on whenever you want. 

Unlike some of the other hair extension applications mentioned above, clip-ins usually take anywhere from 5-20 minutes to apply at home. Clip-in hair extensions are also the least damaging because they don’t involve any chemicals, heat, pressure, beads, or any other installation methods mentioned above—they just simply clip onto your hair with ease so there is NO damage to your natural hair. Clip-ins are usually the most popular of all hair extension types.

TREATMENT:

The same synthetic vs. real remy hair rules apply when it comes to treatment of clip-in hair extensions just as with any hair extensions. 

Simply put, remy 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 and condition the hair and let them air dry! 

In terms of styling, human hair clip in extensions can be styled just like your own natural hair. They can be curled, straightened, and colored! However, it is always best to use a lower heat setting when heat styling the hair, and to use a heat protectant prior to heat styling. Heat protectants are just as important on the extensions as they are on your own hair!

HOW LONG DO CLIP-INS LAST?

This will depend on how well you take care of your clip ins. What products you use and how often you wear them. With proper care and regular wear, clip-ins last anywhere from 3 – 6 months, up to a year and sometimes even longer. 




 

-TAPE-IN EXTENSIONS-

WHAT ARE TAPE-INS?

Tape 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. Typically a hairdresser would apply tape-ins for you because you need to align them with the roots and they are applied with a heated tool that heats up the glue. These extensions come together like a sandwich bond into the roots of your hair. You would need to have them removed and then reinstalled - as it is not something you can do very easy by yourself. 

When heat is applied to your roots and any adhesive product such as tape or glue, this can damage your hair and melt glue into your roots. Be sure to NEVER use heat on Tape Tabs. This process usually takes approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour to apply and if the extensions are in good condition, they can be reused.

TREATMENT:

With tape-in extensions, you have to be very careful when using conditioners or hair products because this can cause the tape to come loose or slip off. This is a very common issue with tape-ins, where the hair tends to slide 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. You can style them any way you want because they are made with human hair, but you need to watch out for the roots where the glue or tape is. No heat near the roots.

HOW LONG DO TAPE-INS LAST?

Tape-ins are considered semi-permanent. Typically, they last 4 – 8 weeks before you need to remove and have them reapplied. Just like any other hair - it depends on how well you take care of them and on how quickly your hair grows.

 

-WEFT/BEADED WEFTS EXTENSIONS-

WHAT ARE BEADED WEFTS?

Beaded weft hair extensions are created with real human hair which is sewn (either by hand or by machine) on to a horizontal strip, or “weft.” Stylists then “sew” these strips into the natural hair by attaching very small portions of the extension’s strands with small pieces of the natural strands and securing it with a bead at the roots.

The process is fairly painless, and normally does not take any more than an hour. The beads on the weft match your hair color and blend easily, while also keeping the extensions attached to your hair securely.

The beads are silicone, made to protect both your natural hair as well as the extensions that are now put into place. 

TREATMENT:

Same rules apply with weft extensions - they can be styled and treated the same as most. Wefts don't have any bonding glue/tape so you can wash like your natural hair. Be sure to still use heat protectants as much as possible to protect them locks!

With that, if you are wanting to add volume and length to your natural locks, without the commitment of a permanent weave or dye, weft hair extensions are an amazing alternative to the more lasting options. Quick to apply at your local salon, painless, and non-damaging to hair, weft extensions will look the most natural and will feel great!

HOW LONG DO THEY SEW-INS/WEFTS LAST?

Once the weft hair extensions are in place, they can last up to a year before being taken out. Although, depending on how quickly your hair grows, the extensions will need to be moved up every 6-8 weeks. Unlike other types of extensions, weft hair extensions will keep the hair from tangling, saving you oodles of time when it comes to styling and combing.

With all that said, we hope this helps you when it comes to deciding on what extensions best fits your criteria!

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Have a wonderful day!! See you next week <3


XOXO, Opulence



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