Clip-in Hair Extensions vs Permanent Hair Extensions: Pros & Cons Compared

Written by: Nancy Pinder



Time to read 8 min

The world of hair extensions is a vast and varied one. The options of types of hair extensions can seem endless. Choosing between temporary and semi-permanent hair extensions can seem difficult – but it's not!

If you have never tried hair extensions before, it can seem like a daunting task to choose which type is best for you.

Permanent hair extensions can be installed in a number of ways, including tape-in, micro-bead, sew-in and fusion. Clip-in extensions, on the other hand, are a much more temporary option and are perfect for short-term occasions.

If you've made the decision that you want to dip your toe in the world of hair extensions, figuring out which type of hair extensions you want to go for is the first step.

There are pros and cons to both clip-in and permanent hair extensions, so it’s important to weigh up the options before making a decision.

Types of Hair Extensions



Clip-in Hair Extensions

  • Last less time than semi-permanent extensions

  • Clips can be visible if not installed correctly

  • May not be suitable for very thin or short hair

Tape-in Hair Extensions

  • More natural looking

  • Last longer than clip-in extensions

  • Good for thin hair

  • Need to be installed & maintained by a professional

  • More expensive than clip-in extensions

Sew-in Hair Extensions

  • More natural looking

  • Last longer than clip-in extensions

  • Easy to apply to thicker hair

  • Need to be installed & maintained by a professional

  • More expensive than clip-in extensions

  • Can damage natural hair if pulled out

Micro-Ring Hair Extensions

  • More natural looking

  • Last longer than clip-in extensions

  • Comfortable to wear

  • Need to be installed & maintained by a professional

  • More expensive than clip-in extensions

  • Lengthy installation

Fusion Hair Extensions

  • More natural looking

  • Last longer than clip-in extensions

  • Blend really well with your natural hair

  • Need to be installed & maintained by a professional

  • More expensive than clip-in extensions

  • Lengthy installation

What are the Pros of Permanent Hair Extensions?

If you're considering a more permanent solution to your hair extension needs, then permanent hair extensions may be the right choice for you. They provide great length and volume to your hair while being comfortable and lightweight.

Natural Looking Results

Permanent hair extensions are installed meticulously using different techniques, resulting in a natural-looking finish.

The permanent hair extensions are usually applied in small sections at a time, meaning that the extensions blend in with your natural hair for a seamless look.

You're less likely to have any bumps at the scalp, which you can sometimes get with poorly installed clip-ins.

Can Last for Months at a Time

Since permanent hair extensions are - well - permanent, they can last for several months at a time. This makes them a great option if you’re looking for an extension solution that offers longevity without the need to reinstall every few days.

To get the longest life out of your hair extensions, you'll have to make sure that you look after them properly. This means using specialised products such as shampoos, conditioners and oils to keep your hair extensions looking and feeling their best.

They're Much Less Likely to Get Pulled Out

Permanent extensions are tightly fixed to your hair (depending on the method you've opted for), meaning they're much less easy to accidentally get pulled out.

This is especially handy if you're an active person, and don't want to worry about your hair extensions coming loose when you run or jump around.

What are the Cons of Permanent Hair Extensions?

With any type of hair extension, there are some downsides. Here are some of the cons when it comes to permanent hair extensions:

Can be Costly to Install & Maintain

Permanent hair extensions cost in terms of installation and maintenance can be pretty high. While the name of these hair extensions implies that they are permanent – that doesn’t mean that you won’t have to incur maintenance costs.

Maintaining your hair extensions will mean trips to the salon every few months (this is dependent on the permanent hair extension methods used) to have the permanent hair extensions moved up and reinstalled. 

This can be a cost that many people don’t factor in when considering permanent hair extensions, so it's important to do your research into the costs associated before committing.

Make sure you book an appointment at a reputable salon to ensure you're getting the best possible service!

Could Damage Your Natural Hair (If Installed Incorrectly)

Permanent hair extensions need to be installed correctly to avoid any damage to your natural hair. As these extensions are attached directly to your natural hair, it is possible for damage to occur if they’re not applied properly.

This might result in breakages, thinning or even bald patches in the worst-case scenario.

To avoid this, take care of your extensions as well as you can, and don't neglect your natural hair! It's just important for your own hair and scalp to be kept healthy.

Must Be Installed by a Professional Extensions Stylist

It will be extremely difficult (almost impossible) to install permanent hair extensions on your own. 

This means that you will have to pay for a professional to do the installation for you.

This can be a costly and time-consuming proposition, but it’s also important to make sure that the hair extensions are installed correctly.

You shouldn't gamble when it comes to hair extensions – if they're not installed correctly, there is a chance that your natural hair could be damaged!

What About the Pros of Clip-in Hair Extensions?

Clip-in extensions are a more temporary alternative to permanent hair extensions and are a great choice if you don’t want to commit long-term.

Inexpensive & Quick to Install

Clip-in hair extensions are very affordable, costing only a fraction of what permanent extensions cost.

They can also be applied quickly and easily by yourself (or with help from a friend) at home, so you won’t have to pay for the installation service.

Great for Short-Term Use

Clip-in hair extensions are a great option for short-term use, as they can be removed quickly and easily whenever you want. 

This makes them perfect for special occasions or if you just want to try out an extra bit of volume or length from time to time.

They're also usually super easy to maintain, too. Always make sure to brush out any tangles and wash them occasionally to keep them looking and feeling their best.

No Damage to Your Natural Hair

The clips used to attach clip-in hair extensions to your head are very unlikely to damage your hair – unless you pull or tug at them too hard.

This makes clip-in hair extensions a great option if you’re worried about damaging your natural hair with permanent extensions.

The only way they might damage your hair is if you put them in very wrong, or you constantly pull them out of your hair. It's important to always follow proper maintenance and care to avoid this.

Are There Cons to Clip-in Hair Extensions?

While clip-in hair extensions might seem like the perfect solution, there are a few cons to consider before committing to the decision.

Not as Long-Lasting as Permanent Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions aren't meant to be used as a long-term solution.

They’re great for special occasions, but if you want to wear hair extensions all the time, then permanent ones might be a better option for you.

Not Suitable for All Hair Types

Clip-in hair extensions will work best on people with thicker, denser hair. If you have very thin, fine overy short hair, then the extensions might be quite visible and noticeable.

In short, there won't be enough for the clips to grip onto. You're best to consult with a hair extensions stylist to see which method will work best for you.

Can be Easily Visible if Not Blended Properly

If clip-in extensions aren’t blended properly, then they can be very easily visible and stand out from your own hair. The last thing you want is for people to point out that you're wearing extensions!

That's why it's important to practice blending and making sure the extensions remain undetectable.

The Final Decision: Clip-in or Permanent Hair Extensions?

Ultimately, the decision of whether to go for clip-in or permanent hair extensions should be based on your own hair needs and preferences.

Permanent hair extensions, like tape-ins and sew-ins, are a great choice if you want to commit long-term and enjoy having thicker, longer hair every day. Clip-in extensions are perfect for those who want to make a short-term change and don’t want the commitment that comes with permanent extensions.

Whether you go for clip-in or permanent extensions, RiRi Hair Extensions has got you, girl! Our synthetic clip-in extensions come in a range of colours, styles and lengths that are bound to make you look and feel utterly amazing!

And if you're after a more permanent solution, why not pop into our Lakeside Store, Salon & Blow Bar and have your tape-in extensions applied by our incredible team of hair extension experts?

Either way, you'll look fabulous!

There's nothing better than having gorgeous, long hair and achieving your dream look. So, why not give clip-in or permanent extensions a go?

It could be the best decision you ever make!


Can Hair Extensions Be Permanent?

There are many types of hair extensions that are considered to be permanent. These include tape-in, sew-in and micro-ring extensions. It is important that you bear in mind that all of these methods, while considered 'permanent', will need to be maintained and replaced over time!

Which Hair Extensions are the Most Permanent?

Fusion hair extensions are the most permanent type of hair extensions available. They involve a meticulous application technique, where natural strands are securely glued to your own hair. While this method is considered to be one of the most secure, it can also cause damage if not applied or removed correctly, so make sure to seek professional advice before opting for this method!

What are the Disadvantages of Permanent Hair Extensions?

The main disadvantage of permanent hair extensions is the potential damage they could cause to your own hair. They can weigh down your own locks, as well as be uncomfortable and cause irritation.

How Long Do Permanent Hair Extensions Last?

The longevity of permanent hair extensions depends on the type and how well they’re cared for. Generally speaking, tape-in extensions can last anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks with proper care, while micro ring extensions can last anywhere around 6 months.

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. 

Nancy also presents our TikTok live to thousands of viewers across the world. You can catch her on our TikTok every week!

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