Everybody has different reasons and circumstances that lead them to hair extensions. Depending on the occasions you plan on using extensions, your natural hair, and your lifestyle, there are different types of extensions that you should consider purchasing.
Choosing a type that matches the occasion and lifestyle:
Depending on how much you plan on using wearing your extensions and why you are using them, there are certain extensions that may suit you better than others.
For instance, if you are buying an extension to wear for one occasion, like your wedding, you could consider buying a clip-in extension. These are relatively inexpensive and are quick to install, usually taking between five and fifteen minutes. If the write one is purchased, it can look just as good as more expensive extensions. If you don’t plan on doing much with the extensions, you can buy synthetic extensions because they are less expensive, however, they cannot undergo and style changes. Clip-in extensions can last a few years, so they can be used multiple times, but they are definitely not a long term item.
If you are planning on using your extensions for a long period of time, you should consider tape-in or sew-in extensions. Both of these extensions can be reused, but they need to be reinstalled over time.
Tape-in extensions take about an hour to install and last approximately four to six weeks. This type of extension is not ideal for people that are extremely active. Excessive sweat can cause the glue to dissolve, making the extensions slide around and fall out. You also have to be more careful with these extensions when maintaining them. If you use oil-based products, you absolutely cannot get any oil in the wefts because the glue can dissolve.
Sew-in extensions can take between three and six hours to install. All of your natural hair will be braided into cornrows and then the extensions are sewn into the braids. These will last around two months before having to be touched up. These are durable and long-lasting.
Choosing a type that matches your hair type and color:
Certain hair types work better with certain application methods. Clip-in extensions work best for medium density hair. They do not require the strongest hair to be applied and can give length and volume quickly and easily. Tape-in extensions work best with straight and fine hair, but they can work with other hair types. Sew-in extensions work best with coarse, curly, and thick hair. The weight and strain of this type of extension make it most suitable for thick, strong hair.
You want to pick an extension that matches your natural hair type. If you have thin, pin-straight hair, adding wefts of dense curls will not look good. Buy an extension that matches what you naturally have. An exception to this is with sew-in weaves. These do not need to match since your natural hair is not seen.
It is also important to match the color. If you are buying synthetic hair, you MUST buy hair that matches your natural hair color exactly. Synthetic hair cannot be dyed or have heat applied. This is why we recommend natural human hair. You can buy natural hair extensions and dye them to be a more exact look or you can do whatever you want with them.
We hope that this can help you pick the right extension and application method for you. Let us know if you have any questions!