Hair extensions are basically magic. Whether you need more volume or want to add beautiful length, hair extensions can provide you either (or both). They’re the best and fastest way to completely change up your look and give you the hair of your dreams.
But there are a lot of different hair extension methods out there. Which one is the best? Well, there’s really no clear-cut answer as to what are the best hair extension methods. What one person might consider the ‘best,’ another person might consider ‘sub-par.’
The best thing to do is to decide for yourself, and I’m here to help. Below, you will find various hair extension methods and why they might be considered the best. Consider your hair type and needs, especially in terms of how long they last.
1. Clip-In Hair Extensions
For anyone looking for a temporary fix to their hair probs, clip-ins are always the right answer. These, by far, are some of the best hair extension methods on the market. Why? Because they are super versatile and can be worn by literally anyone with any hair type – although those with thin hair might find it a challenge to hide the clips.
I love clip-in hair extensions because they can be installed at home in a matter of minutes, and you are in complete control of your locks. Plus, there is a seemingly endless supply to choose from on the market. And most of the time, they’re budget-friendly!
Whether you want curly blonde locks or out-of-this-world neon extensions to complete your rainbow ‘do, you can find clip-ins that suit your fancy.
Clip-ins are also recommended because they cause absolutely no damage to your hair. Just make sure that once they’re installed, you don’t brush super hard or be too rough. If you yank on the clips too hard, you could yank some of your natural strands out!
Last but not least, clip-in human hair extensions can easily last up to a year or longer, depending on how you maintain them. So, that means one small chunk of change per year compared to spending hundreds every few months or less.
2. Halo Hair Extensions
Another temporary option that’s great for all hair types is the halo hair extension! These hair extensions are quickly rising to the top of the popularity charts. Once you try them, you will never look back.
Halo hair extensions are exactly how they sound – they look and feel like a real halo. To install a halo hair extension, all you need to do is place the wire or thread around the crown of your head, then hide and style.
Yes, it’s that easy, and you will love the way you look. The best part is, there is absolutely no damage caused to your natural mane. So, whether you have thin and picky strands or ultra-thick locks, you can benefit from halo hair extensions.
Did I mention there are tons of options to choose from, and most are budget-friendly?
3. Tape-In Hair Extensions
Tape-in hair extensions are also immensely popular. That’s because tape-in hair extensions are lightweight and blend seamlessly, plus they don’t cause damage to your hair. Since the strips of tape are so light, they’re a great option for thin or fine-haired girls that want to prevent damage and have a simple adhesive to hide.
Aside from being effortless and chic, tape-in hair extensions are also pretty easy to install. Some women might prefer the help of a professional, but it can be done at home with a bit of practice. Installation is swift and should take less than an hour.
Tape-ins are also widely known as one of the best semi-permanent extension methods. They last for up to eight weeks before a touch-up is necessary. So, if you want something long-lasting but not too intrusive, tape-ins might be right for you.
4. Sew-In Hair Extensions
Everyone has heard of a weave. Weaves, or sew-in hair extensions, have been a tried-and-true method that plenty of women swear by. Sew-in hair extensions are applied by using a needle and thread to literally sew extensions into the head.
Now, sew-in hair extensions are widely popular because they can last up to eight months, depending on care. However, they will need to be readjusted to align with your natural hair growth every four to six weeks. That can be a bit of a pain, considering the initial installation can be several hours.
However, sew-in hair extensions are a great option for those with very thick and/or coarse hair. Some other hair extension methods, such as tape-in hair extensions, simply won’t do the trick on overly full-bodied locks. Sew-ins are the ideal choice because they can take on thicker manes with ease.
5. Microbead Hair Extensions
For those with medium-to-thick manes that want a permanent solution, microbead hair extensions might be a stellar solution. Microbeads garnish a lot of their popularity by being one of the most long-lasting extensions on the market.
In fact, microbead hair extensions can easily last six months, but with proper maintenance, they can last up to twelve months. Of course, they will need maintenance every few weeks to stay in tip-top shape. Still, twelve months of wear is pretty impressive, right?
Another benefit of microbeads is that they are fairly easy on the hair. However, they still aren’t recommended for those with fine or thin hair. That’s because microbead hair extensions can cause a little bit of pulling and tugging, which can be harmful to finicky fine strands.
The good news is, micro bead hair extensions require no heat or adhesives. The rings are essentially invisible and easy to manage, making microbeads one of the best hair extension methods.
What might be right for some is not right for all. That is why it is hard to choose just one hair extension method as the best. However, you can’t go wrong with any of the hair extension methods listed above, whether you want a temporary clip-in or a long-lasting microbead.