Are Hair Extensions Permanent?

When you think of hair extensions, you might think of clip-in hair extensions, which must be situated to your strands daily. And while I’m a big fan of clip-ins, I understand that not everyone wants the hassle of clipping in and out day after day. 

That said, you might be on the hunt for “permanent” hair extensions. While no extensions are genuinely “permanent,” there are extension options that offer longer wear while functioning like your natural mane. For example, you can wash, style, and sleep with the extensions without fuss.

Which hair extensions are considered permanent, though? Well, there are many options – and this article will tell you about the top four. 

If you’re ready to swap clip-ins for permanent solutions, keep reading!

Are Hair Extensions Permanent?

Hair extensions are not permanent, regardless of what type of extensions you choose.

However, some extensions are given the term “permanent” or “semi-permanent.”

This doesn’t mean that they last forever. Instead, they will last for several months without needing to be taken in and out. You can wash and style these extensions like your natural locks, making life 100% easier.

Of course, you will need to take proper care of your “permanent extensions” to get the most extended wear. With gentle and appropriate treatment, permanent extensions can easily last anywhere from four weeks to 12 months, depending on the type of hair extension.

Types of Permanent Hair Extensions

Ok, so which hair extensions are considered “permanent”?” There are actually several permanent hair extension options on the market. Just keep in mind that while these are long-lasting options, they’ll need to be moved up throughout the course of their life.

1. Tape-Ins (4 to 8 Weeks)

Tape-ins are generally considered semi-permanent as they don’t have an extensively long lifespan. Tape-ins typically last up to eight weeks, with a move-up appointment occurring around the four-week mark.

Tape-ins are an excellent option for all hair types. The extensions are placed on either side of the hair shaft, essentially sandwiching your natural hair. They’re entirely flat and discreet, ensuring you don’t have to worry about your extensions playing peek-a-boo.

While you’ll need to adjust your tape-ins every four to eight weeks, the hair and tape can easily last up to six months without being replaced.

2. Sew-Ins (6 to 8 Weeks)

Offering a little bit more longevity are sew-in hair extensions. This type of extension is generally recommended for those with thicker hair types, as the weft of hair will need to be sewn into a braided area of your locks.

Sew-in hair extensions are another excellent, semi-permanent option that can last up to three months with proper care. However, it is not recommended to try and extend the longevity beyond three months. This can affect the natural growth of your mane.

The benefit of going the sew-in route is that the hair can easily be reused. So, you won’t have to worry about purchasing new hair for at least a year.

3. Fusion/Keratin/Bonded/K Tips (3 to 6 Months)

Are you looking for something that lasts a little bit longer? Then consider fusion hair extensions, also commonly referred to as keratin or bonded hair extensions or simply “K-Tips.” 

Fusion hair extensions are bonded to the hair using a specialty hot tool. As such, they are impossibly discreet and lightweight while offering a lovely new look. Fusion extensions are one of the most preferred methods of permanent hair extensions due to their comfort and appearance.

The best part is that fusion hair extensions can easily last up to six months with proper care. The only potential drawback is that you will likely need to purchase new hair every time you need your extensions moved up, which can get pricey.

4. Micro Rings/Micro Beads/ I Tips (3-6 Months)

The final option is micro rings, also called microbeads and i-tips. These extensions are minute sections of hair connected to natural strands of the same size using a small bead. No heat is involved, making them a great choice for all hair types.

Micro rings have impressive longevity of up to six months. Not only that, but you can reuse the same hair time and time again during move-up appointments. Most micro rings will last up to 12 months with proper care.


There you have it! Everything you need to know about whether or not hair extensions are permanent and which ones are considered “permanent hair extensions.” Here are a couple more frequently asked questions to take a look at.

Do permanent hair extensions exist?

Permanent hair extensions that last forever do not exist. However, you can wear extensions that last up to a year (with move-up appointments every few weeks or months). The two options with the longest life span include sew-ins and micro-rings, although fusion can also last quite a long time.

Do extensions stop hair growth?

Extensions do not stop hair growth. As long as they are installed correctly by a professional hairstylist and treated with care, your natural mane will re”mane” in tip-top condition. Follow your hairstylist’s instructions for proper aftercare and always show up to your move-up appointments.

Can you shower with hair extensions?

You can show with permanent and semi-permanent hair extensions, like tape-ins and micro rings. This is one of the main perks of going the “permanent” route. However, most extensions require the hair to remain dry for a few days after installation. Discuss aftercare with your hairstylist.

Can I swim with hair extensions?

You can also swim with permanent and semi-permanent hair extensions! You should cut swimming sessions short, though, as prolonged exposure to water and chemicals can be damaging. Also, it’s best to wash and thoroughly dry hair and extensions after swimming.

Some Hair Extensions Are Considered “Permanent!”

Some extensions can be considered permanent or semi-permanent because they remain in the hair for extended periods. Tape-ins, sew-ins, fusion, and micro ring extensions are all considered permanent.

Which permanent hair extensions are your favorite?

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