What are the Different Types of Hair Extensions?

What are the Different Types of Hair Extensions?

When it comes to hair extensions, there are many different options available to choose from. While each option can be a great fit based on your needs and preferences, it is important to understand the differences between each type of extension to ensure that you are making an informed choice. As a leading provider of comprehensive hair services, the team at Lively Salon knows how difficult it can be to choose the right hair extensions. That is why we have provided some information to help you understand what the different types of hair extensions are and what makes them unique.

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3 Popular Types of Hair Extensions

The following types of hair extensions are popular choices that can suit the needs of most individuals:

1. Clip-In Extensions

Also referred to as clip-in wefts, clip-in extensions come in a strand of contoured pieces that are attached to a base with fabric or silicone. As referenced by the name, these extensions feature clips that are attached to the base, allowing for easy attachment or removal as needed. Clip-in hair extensions are the least permanent style of extensions since they can be quickly removed by hand without any hair products, heat, pressure, or other treatments. Their ease of use and great results make clip-in wefts one of the most popular hair extension types available.

2. Tape-In Extensions

With these extensions, each hair strand is attached to a base with tape or glue. The extension is then taped/glued together on either side of your own hair based on your needs and preferences. A hairdresser typically applies these extensions as they need to be aligned with hair roots. They must also be applied with a heated tool, as this heat activates the tape/glue for application. A hairdresser should also remove these extensions as glue remover needs to be carefully applied to the extensions to limit the risk of damage. When applied properly, tape-in extensions can last 4 to 8 weeks before they need to be removed.

3. Sew-In Extensions

Also known as weave extensions, sew-in extensions are applied by braiding the natural hair into cornrows first and using a needle and thread to sew the extension into the braid. Sew-in extensions are a popular choice for individuals with thicker hair due to their application method, as this method can be painful and uncomfortable for individuals with thin or light hair. Sew-in extensions must be applied by a professional hairdresser as the method is extremely technical and time-consuming. The seamless results offered by sew-in extensions make them an extremely popular option for individuals with thicker hair. Weave extensions can stay in your hair for up to 6 to 8 weeks before they need to be removed as they will eventually affect your hair’s natural growth. 

To learn more about our hair services or to schedule a consultation, get in touch with the team at Lively Salon. We can be reached at 403-380-4680 and will be happy to discuss your hair goals or answer any questions you may have regarding our services.

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