Reinvent Yourself With These 6 Types Of Hair Extensions

Written by: Ben Barnes

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When it comes to hair, we all have different preferences. Some of us like to switch things up every now and then, experimenting with different styles and lengths.


If you fall into this category, then hair extensions are a great way to change up your look - without having to make a permanent commitment!


We've put together a list of 6 types of hair extensions to help you narrow down your options so that you can reinvent your look.

Different Types of Hair Extension Methods

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to hair extensions. There are various types that all require different installation and application methods – some more intensive than others.


The best type of hair extensions for you will really come down to your lifestyle (how you usually style your hair, for example), what your budget is, and what it is you want to use your extensions for.


Hair extensions fall into 2 categories: temporary and semi-permanent hair extensions. They are as follows:


Temporary Hair Extensions Semi-permanent Hair Extensions
Clip-in Extensions Tape-in Extensions
Wigs Sew-in Extensions
  Fusion Extensions
  Micro Ring Extensions


Scroll down to see the different types of hair extensions methods in more detail…

Clip-in Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are exactly what they sound like - they're pieces of hair that you clip into your own hair. 


They're not permanent, lasting anywhere up to 3 months with proper care, and can be easily removed and reattached - they're so easy to fit that you can do it yourself at home!


Clip-in extensions are a great option if you're looking for a temporary change. These types of hair extensions are also very affordable and easy to find. Clip-in hair extensions can add length, volume and colour to your hair within minutes!

Tape-in Hair Extensions

Tape-in extensions are a semi-permanent option that lasts around 6 to 8 weeks. They're attached to your own hair with double-sided tape and can be easily removed by a professional.

These types of hair extensions are less damaging to your natural hair than other options.

They're also more comfortable to wear and are less likely to fall out. It’s important to let a hair extensions professional apply and remove these tape extensions to reduce any risk of damage to your hair.

Tape-in hair extensions are a great way to add length, volume and colour to your hair. They can also be used to create different hairstyles like beachy waves or a sleek and straight look.

Sew-in Hair Extensions

Sew-in hair extensions (or weave hair extensions) are a form of permanent hair extensions. They're sewn into your natural hair with a needle and thread - usually by a professional in a salon.

These types of hair extensions can last up to 6 to 8 weeks at a time but might need to be replaced sooner if you have fine or thin hair. That being said, they’re a fantastic way to achieve thicker hair.

These types of hair extensions are the most natural-looking extensions because they blend seamlessly with your natural hair - making it easy to create any hairstyle you desire!

If you're considering sew-in hair extensions, be sure to consult with a professional to ensure that they're fitted correctly and won't damage your hair.

Fusion Hair Extensions

Fusion hair extensions are attached to your natural hair with a small, hot glue gun.

These types of hair extensions can last between 2 to 6 months with proper care before needing to be moved up your head.

These types of hair extensions are very versatile - they can be worn in any style, including updos! They're also more time-consuming to put in and can be damaging to your natural hair if not fitted correctly, so be sure to go to a trusted and trained hair extensions salon.

Micro-ring Hair Extensions

Micro-ring hair extensions are a semi-permanent option that can last up to 4 months. They're attached to your natural hair with small silicone rings.

These types of hair extensions are a great way to add length and volume to your hair. They are less damaging to your natural hair than other methods - as long as they are correctly fitted by a professional!

Be sure not to pull on your micro-ring hair extensions because this poses the risk of damaging your natural hair. If you do, make sure you speak to your hair extensions stylist!

Hair Wigs

Wigs are a great way to change your look without damaging your natural hair. They come in all different colours, lengths and styles, and you can take your pick of synthetic or human hair wigs!

Wigs are a versatile option for those looking for a change - they can be worn temporarily or permanently, depending on your needs and can be styled in any way you desire!

Synthetic vs Human Hair Extensions

As well as different hair extension methods, you can either wear synthetic or human hair extensions. 


Once again, the type of hair you choose will really depend on your personal preferences.

Synthetic Hair Extensions

Synthetic extensions, as the name very well suggests, are made from synthetic man-made fibres (typically acrylics or nylons) that mimic real hair.


They’re much cheaper than human extensions, but they do have a shorter life span. Although they’re designed to look like real hair, you can tell the difference between synthetic and human extensions – hence the cheaper price tag.


If you’ve never worn extensions or you’re not planning on wearing them for long periods of time, they’re definitely a fab choice.

Human Hair Extensions

If you’re looking for a more long-term solution, human hair extensions are certainly the way to go. There are a few different types of human extensions, but the most popular are Remy hair extensions (which is what you’ll find here at RiRi).


Remy hair simply means the hair cuticle is still intact when the hair is collected. All of the strands are facing in the same direction, resulting in totally natural extensions.


They last much longer than synthetics, but they are a lot more pricey. The extra cash is definitely worth it if you’re going to be wearing them daily.

Synthetic Hair Extensions Real Human Hair Extensions
Cost less money Cost more money
Shorter lifespan Longer lifespan
Cannot be dyed or heat-styled Can be dyed and heat-styled (with lots of care)

Looking After Hair Extensions

If you’re looking for a more long-term solution, human hair extensions are certainly the way to go. There are a few different types of human extensions, but the most popular are Remy hair extensions (which is what you’ll find here at RiRi).


Remy hair simply means the hair cuticle is still intact when the hair is collected. All of the strands are facing in the same direction, resulting in totally natural extensions.


They last much longer than synthetics, but they are a lot more pricey. The extra cash is definitely worth it if you’re going to be wearing them daily.

So, What are the Best Types of Hair Extensions?

We hate to say it, but there’s no one answer to this question. There are so many factors that’ll determine which hair extension method or type is the best for you.


If you’re after a quick hair-fix that won’t take any time to install, then clip-in hair extensions or wigs are a great choice.


However, if you want a more semi-permanent solution to your hair prayers, then take your pick of tapes, sew-ins, fusions or micro-rings. 

FAQs

Which Types of Hair Extensions Are Best?

There is no definitive answer to this question because it depends on your individual needs and preferences. However, clip-in extensions are great for first-timers, or if you're looking for a more permanent solution, sew-in hair extensions are a great match.

What Are the Healthiest Hair Extensions?

The healthiest hair extensions are the ones that are fitted correctly and don't damage your natural hair. Clip-in hair extensions are considered the least damaging because they aren't permanently installed and can easily be removed.

How Can I Make My Hair Extensions Last Longer?

Your hair extensions will last longer if you take good care of them! Be sure to use a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner, and use a heat protectant spray before using any heated styling tools. You should also brush your hair gently with a soft bristle brush and avoid pulling or tugging on your hair.

How Do I Know What Type of Hair Extensions to Choose?

The best way to know what type of hair extensions to choose is to consult with a professional. They will be able to help you choose the right type of hair extensions based on your individual needs and preferences, depending on if you're looking for a temporary or more permanent fix.

Chat to RiRi's team of hair extension professionals today to get started on finding the perfect match for you!

Nancy Pinder

Nancy is our resident hair and beauty specialist at RiRi Hair Extensions. She advises customers daily in our Lakeside and Bluewater stores, helping them find the perfect look, length, and shade of hair extensions. 


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