Hair extensions are one of the best options for women looking to not only add more length, thickness and volume to their hair, but also reap a number of other benefits. But which one should you get?
After all, there are a number of different hair extensions which each have their own benefits as well as key differences, especially when it comes to convenience and cost. And so, Superhairpieces has provided this guide to help you learn about all the different types of hair extensions and ultimately help you decide which one is best suited for your hair and your overall needs.
Clip-In Hair Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions are extensions that you clip on to your scalp. They are particularly beneficial for temporary use such as special occasions as they can easily be installed — usually within 10-15 minutes by oneself — and can be removed at the end of the day.
Unlike most extensions, they can be adjusted right after application in case they are not installed properly. The lifespan of these extensions depend on how often you wear them. They can last up to a year or more with proper care and maintenance, especially if they are not worn everyday.
At Superhairpieces, 100 grams or 16 clips of clip-in human hair extensions start at $230. For a full head installation, we recommend 100-150 grams (1-2 packs) depending on how much volume you need.
Tape-In Hair Extensions
Like clip-in hair extensions, tape-in extensions are also true to their name as their method of attachment is with tapes. They are arguably the most popular option when it comes to extensions. However, unlike clip-in extensions, tape-in extensions are worn regularly over a long period of time and are not removed until either the tape needs to be changed or new extensions need to be installed. As a result, they are ideal for those looking for a more permanent addition to their head.
However, because they are used more regularly, they require more maintenance and care. They usually last six to eight weeks before they have to be reinstalled. In total, however, they can be applied three to four times if maintained properly.
The application process is also much longer than clip-ins as it can take at least 30 minutes to an hour depending on the technician. It is usually recommended to have a professional technician or hair stylist install them, though, they can also be applied by the wearer themselves.
At Superhairpieces, 50 grams or 20 pieces (10 sandwiches) of tape-in hair extensions start at $150. The general cost of installation can range from $200 or more depending on the technician. For a full head installation, we recommend 100-150 grams (2-3 packs) depending on how much volume you need.
For a more detailed comparison of clip-in vs. tape-in hair extensions
I-Tip (Cold Fusion/Stick Tip) Hair Extensions
I-Tip (also known as Stick Tip or Cold Fusion) hair extensions are extensions that are slipped into a copper or silicon cylinder/bead and compressed onto strands of your hair. They are usually installed by hair stylists or professional technicians and can take up to four to six hours depending on the technician.
The main advantage of these extensions is that you do not need to use any adhesives or heat during the application process. That means it’s easier to make adjustments to them during the application process. You would also just need to reinstall them when your hair starts to grow out. Overall, they are generally long lasting with a lifespan of up to one year.
At Superhairpieces, 40 grams or 50 strands of I-Tip hair extensions start at $130. The general cost of installation can range from $500 or more depending on the technician. For a full head installation, we recommend 100-150 grams (2-3 packs) depending on how much volume you need.
U-Tip (Hot Fusion/Nail Tip) Hair Extensions
U-Tip (also known as Hot Fusion, Nail Tip or Keratin Bond) hair extensions are pre-tipped, U-shaped extensions that are lined with silicon. It is called a U-tip because your hair is put in between a U-shaped curve at the tip of the extension before it is sealed with melted, non-damaging keratin glue using a hot fusion iron.
Because of the application process — which can take up to five to eight hours but ultimately depends on the amount of hair and the technician — it is highly recommended to only have a professional technician or hair stylist install it as opposed to DIY. They are beneficial because they are lightweight and secure. These extensions are also ideal for people with coarse or thick hair. They hold firmly to your hair and can last up to around three to six months depending on how well they are maintained.
Like the I-Tip extensions, U-Tip extensions are on the more expensive side mainly due to the installation process. At Superhairpieces, 50 grams or 50 strands start at $120. The general cost of installation can range from $500 or more depending on the technician. For a full head installation, we recommend 100-150 grams (2-3 packs) depending on how much volume you need.
Machine Weft Hair Extensions
Machine weft hair extensions are when strands of hair are sewn together by a machine onto a weft and can be installed onto the client with clips, glue, or sewn on.
They are thick, bulky and weigh more than other extensions so they give more volume and density and are quite sturdy and durable. They are particularly ideal for wearers with thick hair who are looking to add more volume. With proper care and maintenance, machine weft extensions can last between four to 12 months depending on the quality you select.
At Superhairpieces, 100 grams of machine weft human hair extensions start at $220 while the cost of installation can range from $400 or more depending on the technician. For a full head installation, we recommend 100-150 grams (1-2 packs) depending on how much volume you need.
Hand-Tied Weft Hair Extensions
As their name suggests, hand-tied weft is hair that has been sewn-in together by hand. This method does not require a lot of hair which creates a thinner lining, giving it a more natural look against the head. It is also done with the best craftsmanship that shedding is actually reduced and provides the flexibility that the machine weft does not provide. But this of course, results in having thinner density than a machine weft.
They are usually used for natural beaded weft attachments and are great for integration with hairpieces. They can also add natural volume for people with thin, fine hair. However, they cannot be cut compared to machine weft due to their delicate nature. If you have to cut them, make sure to glue the ends to prevent hair shedding. Like with machine wefts, however, with the proper care and maintenance, hand-tied extensions can typically last between four to 12 months.
At Superhairpieces, 65 grams or three pieces of hand-tied weft hair extensions start at $360 while the cost of installation can range from $400 or more depending on the technician. For a full head installation, we recommend 100-150 grams (2-3 packs) depending on how much volume you need.
Hopefully, this guide has provided you insight on the different types of hair extensions and which ones are best suited for you and your lifestyle.
Note: Our 3A quality extensions are all single drawn hair extensions which means they are a combination of fixed and varying hair lengths. As a result, the hair is thick at the top and thins towards the end similar to natural hair growth. Our 4A, 5A and 6A quality extensions are double drawn hair extensions which means the shorter hairs are replaced with longer hair. As a result, the hair is thick throughout and provides plenty of volume.
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