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A Guide to the Different Types of Hair Extensions and why Weft is Best

Achieving luscious, voluminous locks is a desire for many of us. Fortunately, the world of hair extensions offers a myriad of options to cater to diverse hair types and preferences. In this guide, we'll explore the various types of hair extensions and delve into why weft extensions, in particular, can be a game-changer for those with fine or damaged hair. Type of hair extensions:

1. Clip-in Extensions.

As the name suggests clips are attached to the base of the hair extensions and come ready to use. Perfect for:

  • Occasional use

  • Quick and easy application without professional help

  • Ideal for temporarily adding volume and length

2. Tape-in Extensions.

Thin, lightweight tapes are added to the base of the hair extensions and then they are taped or glued to your roots by a hair stylist/hair extension specialist. They are applied with a heated tool that heats up the glue. To remove a hair stylist would use a glue remover. Hair damage could occur due to heat being applied to the roots and adhesive.

  • Thin, lightweight tapes

  • Easy to install and remove by a hair extension specialist

  • Suitable for more medium hair type than fine

  • Require regular use of products that are less harsh to ensure the extensions last longer

  • Last between 4-8 weeks before they need re-applying

3. Micro Link Extensions.

Small metal or silicone beads secure individual strands of extensions to your natural hair. A specialist tool is used to tighten and secure the extensions in place. A hair extension specialist is required to ensure damage does not occur from tightening too tight.

  • Provide a natural look and feel

  • Use regular products and wash your hair the same way you would normally

  • Longer lasting- require re-positioning every 2-3 months as the natural hair grows and the beads move away from the roots

  • Require maintenance to prevent tangling

4. Fusion or Bonded Extensions.

This method is the oldest way of fitting hair extensions and although they are well-known, we suggest straying from this method as it can be very damaging. Keratin bonds are fused to natural hair using heat. The tip is keratin to mimic the hair's natural protein that helps keep the hair strong and healthy. However the process still involves heat and other chemicals in the glue which can damage the hair and scalp if not done correctly.

  • Keratin bonds are fused to natural hair using heat

  • Seamless and natural-looking

  • Long lasting 2-3 months

  • Removal required and regular re-positioning

5. Weft Extensions. OUR FAVOURITE!

Also known as sew-in or weave extensions involve sewing a track of hair into a tight braid on the natural hair. Here's why weft are particularly beneficial:

  • Even distribution of weight preventing strain on individual strands - Ideal for fine hair as it minimises stress and reduces risk of damage

  • Securely attached, offering longevity -Beneficial for fine or damaged hair that may be more delicate and prone to breakage

  • Versatility and natural blending -Sewn close to the scalp providing a seamless blend with natural hair, meaning you can still style your hair in updo's and loose waves

  • Application requires a hairdresser that specialises in weft. The application process can take a few hours due to being more technical in nature

  • No glue or heat is used

  • Perfect way to let your natural hair grow or heal while temporarily adding volume and length

Still not sure which type of hair extensions are for you? Take out some time to chat to one of our stylists, they would love to help you <3

by Ebbe The Salon x


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