The Different Methods You Can Pick for Hair Extensions

The Different Methods You Can Pick for Hair Extensions

With hair extensions, you don’t just have to be careful about the kind of extensions you pick; you also have to ensure that you pick the right method to install them. The method you are opting for can make a significant difference; not only on the price tag, but also on the overall results you get from your hair extensions.

For this reason, you should always consider the options available to you and in this regard, the following are some common methods that you can pick and choose from:

Clip-in Extensions

For beginners or for people who aren’t sure about getting hair extensions, clip-in extensions are the safest bet. These can be clipped into the hair and removed as needed. Not only do you get to enjoy more flexibility with these, you can also work out whether you are ready to opt for semi-permanent hair extensions. The ease and flexibility of use allows you to familiarize yourself with how your hair extensions will look and feel when you have them attached to your head.

Once you have decided that you want to get semi-permanent hair extensions, you can pick and choose from the following different methods:

Bonded Hair Extensions

Bonded hair extensions involve a process that makes use of glue to adhere them to your hair. This process can either be cold pressed or heat can be applied. Care needs to be taken and you should work with a stylist who is well versed in this process as it can cause damage to your real hair. The heat that is applied can also damage roots and increase hair fall. In some cases, scalp irritation and sensitivity can also be triggered if you are allergic to the ingredients in the glue so do a patch test with it first. Results from bonded hair extensions can last you 3 to 4 months, but improper care can shorten the life span of your extensions.

Link Hair Extensions

These either involve a U-link or an I-link extension. These are adhered to hair with the help of micro-links that are attached to your hair first. The extensions are then woven through the hair into the links. There is no heat or pressure applied to the real hair so these are often preferred. Hair extensions applied through these are good for 3 to 4 months but one does have to go to get them tightened as the links can slip and loosen on hair.

Fusion Bonded Hair Extensions

These are the most expensive hair extensions because they are safer on your hair. On the other hand, it not only costs a lot more, but the process of applying extensions is also more time-consuming. The extensions are fixed to your hair using a keratin based solution instead of glue. Luckily, the results you get look very natural, and these last longer too.


Weaves are the most inexpensive option when choosing semi-permanent hair extension. With weaves, your hair is first braided and the wefts of hair are then sewn into these braids. The process is not only time-consuming, but if the braiding isn’t done right, it can trigger scalp sensitivity and alopecia as well. Weaves usually last for 3 to 4 months but regular checkups are recommended to ensure that your scalp is in good condition.

When choosing hair extensions, always pick a method you are comfortable with and pick a hair stylist who is well versed in the method you want.

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