When people want to make their hair look longer or fuller, they can use clip-in extensions or halo extensions to create this look short-term. However, you do need to remove these types of extensions and re-apply them every day, which can become a bit laborious. Thankfully, there are alternatives. In fact, there are three main types of hair extensions that you can have applied at a salon. You can leave all of these extensions in for weeks or months at a time, simplifying your hair routine. Take a look at each of these three types of extensions, below:
Tape-in extensions, as the name suggests, are taped into your hair. Your stylist will put a thin layer of your own, natural hair between two pieces of tape. Attached to the tape are plenty of extension hairs. The tape is always placed in the under-layer of your hair, so the top layers of your hair drape over it and hide it from view. Tape-in extensions are easy for a stylist to apply, and they look great for a few weeks at a time. However, they are not the best option for those who are really active as the tape can absorb sweat and odors. Some people do also find the tape uncomfortable to sleep on.
Keratin Tip Extensions
Keratin tip extensions are tiny clusters of extension hair that your stylist can attach to tiny clusters of your own hair. The two are bonded together using keratin, a protein that is naturally found in your hair. Keratin tip extensions take a long time to apply, but they are easy to customize. Your stylist can add volume and length exactly where you want it. These extensions are also very realistic. Their downside is that they do tend to be expensive, and they take several hours to apply properly.
Sewn-in extensions are little clumps of extension hairs that are sewn into your existing hair, near the scalp. These extensions can last several months, and they can be treated just like natural hair once they're in place. However, they are hard to apply to thinner hair, and some people do find them uncomfortable — at least at first. If you're not sure whether you'll like sewn-in extensions, your stylist may suggest having just one row of them applied at first. If you enjoy the one row, you can get more of them next time.
Talk to your stylist to learn more about these types of hair extensions. They can give you a better idea of which option is best suited to your needs.