Hair extensions offer a nice alternative for when you want to try a new hairstyle but do not want to commit to a new haircut. That long, luscious, princess-like, curly hair that you have dreamed of can become yours by adding in some hair extensions. They come in various lengths and weights and the methods used to apply them can differ. In this article we will take a closer look at three of the most common hair extension methods and their pros and cons.

Tape in hair extensions 

Probably the most common type of hair extensions available on the market are the tape in hair extensions. 

Pros:

  • It is the fastest method of applying hair extensions and also the easiest one.
  • It is one of the most damage free methods of applying hair extensions and it works really well even with thin hair.
  • It does not involve the use of any tools or any heat.
  • The extensions can be reused and they can last, if treated properly, up to six months. 

Cons:

  • Since the method of applying involves glue and adhesives, the use of oil-based products is strictly forbidden.
  • The hair must not be washed during the first day after applying the extensions. The glue needs to set properly.

Clip-in hair extensions

Another very common method of applying hair extensions is the clip-in method. This is a temporary method and the wearers resort to it mostly when it comes to a special event. They might also use it as a way to first try out a new hairstyle and then decide if they want to stick with that hairstyle for longer or not.

Pros:

  • The simplicity of the process of applying the hair extensions. The wearer can do it by themselves without having to go to a specialist. 
  • The versatility of the method which lets you step out with extensions and long hair one day and the next without them and with short hair.
  • The multitude of lengths and colors available. You can try something different every day.

Cons:

  • The struggle of having to remove the hair extensions every day before bedtime.
  • Ideally for thicker hair as the base of the clip-in extensions should offer enough support.
  • Clipping-in hair extensions for a long period of time can cause hair loss.

Sew-in or braided hair extensions

This method of applying hair extensions is suitable for thick hair or coarse hair. The method involves braiding the hair of the wearer to create a base and after that applying the hair extensions, the wefts, by sewing them, using a needle and thread.

Pros:

  • No heat or damaging products used during the process of sewing the hair extensions in.
  • Longer wearing time.
  • The ability to use any type of products on your hair, without affecting the hair extensions’ stability.

Cons:

  • The length of the process. It can take several hours to complete.
  • The tightness of the braids can lead to hair loss over the time.
  • If not washed regularly, bacteria can build up.
  • Limited styling options.

All in all, if you decide to give hair extensions a try just know that there are extensions for various lengths and you can find something suitable for your hair and your style taste.