What are the Best Hair Extensions for Your Hair?

Written by: Nancy Pinder



Time to read 7 min

The hair extension world is filled with different types of hair extensions and application methods. But how do you know which hair extensions are the best choice for your hair?

Well, the best hair extensions for your hair will depend almost entirely on your hair type, so we've selected some of the most popular hair extension styles to help you know what type of extension is going to work best with your hair. So, let's dive in!

Clip-in Hair Extensions

Suitable for… Maintenance Cost
All hair types apart from super fine

Wash and condition when removed from your hair once a week

Keep in a storage bag and hang up with clips when not being worn.

£15-£80 for synthetic 

£140-£220 for human hair

Clip-in hair extensions are incredibly popular and versatile. They're a breeze to apply and remove without the need for special tools or professional assistance. 

These extensions are perfect for those who want to temporarily add length and volume to their hair while also experimenting with different styles and colours.

However, it's worth noting that clip-in hair extensions may not be the best choice for individuals with very thin or fine hair. In some cases, they can feel a bit heavy and uncomfortable when worn. 

Additionally, hiding the clips can be a challenge, potentially affecting the overall appearance of the extensions.

How to Care for Clip-in Extensions

Maintaining clip-in hair extensions is super easy. They simply require washing with shampoo and conditioner that's specifically designed for hair extensions and laid flat to dry.

It's important to avoid using heat styling tools on clip-in extensions made from synthetic fibres, as this can cause damage.

Cost of Clip-in Extensions

The price of clip-in extensions can vary significantly based on the quality and type of hair used.

With RiRi’s, you get the best of both worlds. We have 2 types of synthetic extensions: Classic and Deluxe. Our Classic Synthetic Extensions are our more cost-friendly option and they’re great quality – these are priced from £19.99. Our Deluxe range takes it up a notch with softer and fuller hair, so you’re paying for more hair, starting at £34.99.

On the other hand, if you prefer a more premium option, human hair clip-in extensions are the way to go. Not only do they blend beautifully with your natural hair, but they also offer the flexibility to style, dye, and treat them just like your own hair. 

The cost of human hair clip-in extensions is between £140 for the 20" Ponytail Extensions to £220 for the 8-piece 20" Clip-ins in the our collection.

Tape-in Hair Extensions

Suitable for… Maintenance Cost
All hair types

Wash weekly with your natural hair

Require repositioning every 4-6 weeks to account for natural hair growth

From £150+, including fitting services

Tape-in hair extensions are a fantastic choice for adding length and volume. 

The application process involves securely sandwiching a thin strip of natural hair between two extension pieces using strong tape. This method is especially suitable for individuals with medium to thick hair who desire a long-term extension solution.

Maintenance of Tape-in Extensions

Maintaining tape-in hair extensions requires regular washing, brushing, and repositioning every 4-6 weeks as your natural hair grows.

If they're made from human hair, they can also be heat-styled and dyed, just like your own hair, although we'd recommend keeping this to a minimum to protect the hair fibres.

Cost of Tape-in Extensions

Tape-in extensions are more expensive than clip-ins due to the semi-permanent nature of the application process. Prices can range from £150 for the 22" Human Hair Tape Extension at RiRi.

(Psst! We also offer a tape-in extension fitting service at our Lakeside Salon!)

Micro Ring Hair Extensions

Suitable for… Maintenance Cost
All hair types, particularly good for thinner hair

Wash weekly with your natural hair


Will require adjustments with your natural hair growth

£190 - £600 depending on length and colour options. It must be fitted by a hair professional

Micro ring hair extensions, also known as micro link or micro bead extensions, provide a long-lasting solution for those who desire fuller and longer hair. These extensions are attached to small sections of your natural hair using tiny rings or beads, typically made of aluminium.

One of the reasons many people prefer this method is because it is non-damaging, as it does not require heat or glue during installation.

Caring for Micro Ring Extensions

The upkeep of micro ring extensions involves regular salon visits every 6 to 8 weeks for adjustment as your natural hair grows out.

Despite requiring a bit more maintenance, an advantage of micro ring extensions is that they can be reused multiple times, making them a cost-effective option in the long run.

Cost of Micro-Ring Extensions

Micro-ring extensions tend to be a more premium option, with prices reflecting the quality of the hair and the expertise involved in the application process. 

Generally, micro ring extensions can cost anywhere between £190 and £600 depending on the length of hair and how many extensions you want. These extensions can run as much as £800+ if you want long lengths and special colours.

Sew-in Hair Extensions

Suitable for… Maintenance Cost
Medium to thick hair Washing with extension-safe shampoo and conditioner £100 - £600 (depending on hair quality, length, and amount)

Sew-in hair extensions are a type of hair extension that is sewn directly into the natural hair using a needle and thread. Unlike temporary methods such as clip-ins, sew-ins are designed to be worn for up to several weeks at a time, with refitting only required to keep up with your natural hair growth.

These extensions can be used to add length, volume, or colour to your natural hair without having to use harsh chemicals or damaging processes, making them an attractive choice for many people looking for a long-term solution to their hair problems.

Maintenance of Sew-in Extensions

Maintaining halo hair extensions is straightforward. They require washing with a gentle shampoo and conditioner, followed by air drying to preserve them for longer. It's also recommended to use a heat-protectant spray when styling.

You should make sure you get a refit every 8-weeks to keep your hair looking gorgeous and your extensions in great condition.

Cost of Sew-in Extensions

The cost of sew-in hair extensions can vary depending on the type of hair being used, the length, and how many rows you get. Human hair extensions will always be more expensive than synthetics, but they’re higher quality and will last longer.

What to Consider When Choosing the Best Hair Extensions

As well as the features and benefits of each type of hair extension we’ve been through, there are some extra things you should consider before purchasing your extensions of choice.


These are our top factors to consider:


  • Your hair type – Your natural hair type is one of the most important factors to consider. For instance, clip-ins may not be the best choice for those with thin or fine hair, as they can feel heavy and difficult to hide. On the other hand, tape-ins, micro rings, or halo extensions may be a good fit.

  • Lifestyle – Your lifestyle can heavily influence the type of extensions most suitable for you. If you lead a busy life or prefer low-maintenance hairstyles, clip-in extensions could be a better choice since they can be easily removed and reinserted. If you're ready for a more permanent change and don't mind the upkeep, tape-ins or micro-ring extensions may be more suitable.

  • Styling preferences – If you love frequently changing your hair's length, colour, or style, certain types of extensions, particularly those made from human hair, may offer more flexibility.

  • Hair health – If your hair is damaged or weak, some extension methods (like those that require heat or glue) might exacerbate the problem. Opt for damage-free options like clip-ins.

If you’re unsure which extensions are best for your hair, you can always consult with a hair professional before making a decision!

Our Verdict on the Best Hair Extensions to Enhance Your Natural Hair

Selecting the right hair extensions relies heavily on your personal needs, lifestyle, and hair type. Use our breakdown above to help make up your mind, or get in touch if you have any extra questions!


What Hair Extensions are Healthiest for Your Hair?

Clip-in extensions are the least damaging, so would be considered the healthiest.

How Do I Choose the Right Hair Extensions?

Choose hair extensions that either match the length or are longer than your natural hair, and choose a colour that most closely matches your natural or current hair colour. In terms of the best type of hair extensions, you’ll need to think about your hair type, budget and how willing you are to spend time looking after the hair.

What Type of Hair Extensions Look the Most Natural?

Fusion hair extensions tend to look the most natural because there’s no obvious bond securing your natural hair and the extensions together. However, clip-in extensions are a beautiful, more budget-friendly option – and they’re really easy to blend into your natural hair.

What Hair Extensions Are the Most Realistic?

Remy human hair extensions are the most realistic looking – because it is real hair! Remy hair has a smoother, sleeker appearance than other types of human hair, and it blends beautifully with natural hair.

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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