All About Hair Extensions (With Pros And Cons Of Each Type)

“Please, God! Please, give me long and luscious hair by the time I wake up tomorrow morning!” How many times have you made this same prayer before going to bed? Because I lost count a long time back. But here’s the thing – you can get beautiful long hair within a few hours without going through the trouble of growing it yourself. The answer? Hair extensions, of course!

Many women get swayed by the magical transformation that hair extensions promise. But there’s a dark side to this wondrous invention that is not often discussed. Yes, you heard me right. There are some serious cons that you need to be aware of before booking an appointment with your hairdresser.

But before we get into the pros and cons of hair extensions, let’s talk about what they actually are and what you must keep in mind before getting them.

What Are Hair Extensions?

Hair extensions are also known as hair integrations. They are used to add to the length and volume of one’s hair. They can be made of natural or synthetic hair. Virgin natural hair extensions are the best quality (and the most expensive, of course) as the cuticle of the natural hair is preserved and all the hair runs in one direction, giving it the most natural look. If you are tight on your budget, synthetic hair extensions are a cheaper option. Though they are not great for heat styling and tangle quite easily, synthetic extensions are good for anyone who wants a temporary change in style. They also do not require as much maintenance on your part as natural hair extensions do.

Reasons To Go For Hair Extensions

There can be various reasons for someone to go in for hair extensions.

Things To Keep In Mind Before Getting Hair Extensions

If you are interested in adding a few strands of extra hair to your natural mane, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind before getting the procedure done.

Well, now that we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s look at the pros and cons of the different types of hair extension methods.

1. Tape-In Hair Extensions

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If you’re looking for hair extensions that can easily be put on in a couple of hours, tape-in extensions are what you need. These extensions come in wefts that could be anywhere between 1.5 and 8 inches long. Each weft comes with either double or single-sided polyurethane tape tabs cut to fit its size. Your hair is essentially sandwiched and stuck between these extensions.

How Long Does It Take To Attach?

60-90 mins

How Long Does It Stay In?

4-6 Weeks

Pros

Cons

2. Micro Ring Hair Extensions

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Micro ring hair extensions come in the form of small bundles of hair that are looped through small sections of your natural hair. The extension is then secured by a metal bead clamped around it with the help of a pair of pliers. A more convenient version of these extensions are the micro loop extensions that come attached with a loop and bead beforehand. Hence, they do not require a loop tool for attachment.

How Long Does It Take To Attach?

4-5 hours

How Long Does It Stay In?

2-3 Months

Pros

Cons

3. Weaving

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The weaving method of hair extension involves creating a horizontal cornrow in your hair then sewing your hair extension into it with the help of a needle and cotton thread. So the extensions are quite literally “woven” through your hair. Weaves are usually worn by African women because they have the kind of super thick hair that is needed to conceal the extensions from view.

How Long Does It Take To Attach?

2-4 hours

How Long Does It Stay In?

2-3 Months

Pros

Cons

4. Clip-In Hair Extensions

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Clip-in hair extensions are the best option for anyone who wants longer hair within minutes. They are wefts of hair that come with clips attached to them at the top. All you need to do is clip them on at the roots of your hair. They can range in 2 to 8 inches in size.

How Long Does It Take To Attach?

5-10 Minutes

How Long Does It Stay In?

You can put them on and remove them whenever you want.

Pros

Cons

5. Hot Fusion Hair Extensions

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Now, hot fusion is a method that is pretty involved and requires a well-trained professional. The procedure itself starts off with a keratin U-tip bond that is lined with silicone to be attached to the extension. The extension is then bonded to the root of your hair with the help of a heating tool. The silicone lining basically protects your hair from heat damage.

How Long Does It Take To Attach?

6-8 hours

How Long Does It Stay In?

4-6 Months

Pros

Cons

6. Cold Fusion Hair Extension

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Cold fusion hair extension is quite similar to the hot fusion method. The only difference is that it comes pre-tipped with a keratin based polymer that needs to be attached at the root of your hair. Though you need a special tool to do so, it does not require any heat application.

How Long Does It Take To Attach?

4-6 hours

How Long Does It Stay In?

2-3 Months

Pros

Cons

Phew! Who knew there were so many ways to attach hair extensions? Well, now that you’ve weighed all the pros and cons of the different ways to get hair extensions, I hope you’ll be able to make a well-informed choice! And don’t forget to comment below to let us know which method you would like to try out and which you would never in a million years.

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