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Which Hair Extension Methods Last Longer?

Which Hair Extension Methods Last Longer?

It's imperative to note that different types of hair extensions vary in terms of how they are applied and how long they last. In this post, we will provide simple instructions on different types of human hair extensions and indicate how long they can last individually. 
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Let's start with the basics. There are several types of human hair extensions, including:

Clip-in extensions (last a few hours) 

Clip-in hair extensions are temporary hair extensions that are attached to the hair using small clips. These extensions can instantly add length, volume, or color to natural hair. Clip-in extensions can be worn for a few hours at a time and can be removed and reapplied in minutes. They have to be removed every night before you head to bed, or you may feel uncomfortable.

Clip-in extensions are popular for people who want to instantly switch their hairstyle for short-term use. Moreover, clip-ins are easy to put in and take out in a few minutes, which makes them a wise choice for busy girls. 
clip-in hair extensions

Tape-in extensions (last 4-8 weeks)

Tape-in hair extensions are a type of semi-permanent hair extension method that uses small, double-sided tape wefts to attach the extensions to natural hair. The wefts are applied by sandwiching a section of natural hair between two tape wefts and then pressing the wefts together to secure them in place. Tape-in extensions can be easily removed and reapplied, which makes them friendly for beginners. They can last for several weeks or months with proper care. This type of hair extension is a popular choice for those looking for a quick and easy way to add length, volume, or color to their hair. This is without damaging their natural hair.

Here are some tips to prolong the duration of tape-in hair:

  1. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help prevent tangling and damage to your tape-in extensions.
  2. Avoid applying conditioner or hair oil to the bonding area, or they may loosen the adhesive and lead to sliding off.
  3. Brush the hair from the middle toward the ends, and avoid pulling or scratching the bonding area. 
  4. Wash less. You should wash your tape-in hair extensions no more than two times a week. 
  5. Avoid applying heat to the bonding area, or it can weaken the adhesive and cause the hair extensions to fall out sooner.

tape-in hair extenions

Sew-in extensions (last 6-8 weeks)

Sew-in hair extensions, also known as sew-in weaves, are a method of adding length and volume to natural hair by sewing in additional hair strands into small braids or cornrows. The extensions are attached to the braids using a needle and thread, creating a secure and realistic-looking result. They are more permanent than clip-in or tape-in extensions and can last for up to 2 months with proper installation and maintenance. Sew-in weaves come in different textures, lengths, and colors to match the wearer's natural hair. It is a popular choice for those looking for a long-term hair extension option that can be worn for several weeks or months at a time.

Tips to prolong the duration of sew-in hair extensions:

  1. Before you dive into the sewing process, brush your hair to minimize knots, trim the split ends, and wash & condition your hair thoroughly. Sew-ins last longer if the base is clean and healthy.
  2. Braid your natural hair tightly but not too tight, or it can lead to extra tension on your scalp and you may feel pain and have to remove the sew-in weaves ahead of schedule.
  3. Use a satin or silky pillowcase or wrap your hair in a scarf to prevent tangling and breakage while sleeping.

sew-in hair extensions

Micro-ring extensions (last 2-3 months)

Hair extensions that use micro-beads or rings to attach the extensions to natural hair are known as micro-ring extensions or micro-bead extensions. The extensions are threaded through beads or rings, which are then clamped onto a small section of natural hair strand by strand. Moreover, microbeads are placed close to the scalp, resulting in a natural and seamless look. The major disadvantage is that they take a longer time to install and remove than other extension methods. But microbead extensions can last around 2-3 months, which makes them ideal for those who desire a semi-permanent hair extension method.

Tips to make microlinks last longer:

  1. Cleanse your hair and scalp with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to ensure a clean and healthy base. 
  2. Avoid applying excessive heat to both the hair and the microlinks, or it may cause them to break and loosen.
  3. Gently brush your microlinks from the middle toward the ends. Avoid pulling or scratching the bonding area. 
  4. Wrap your microlinks in a satin or silky scarf at night before you head to bed to protect them from friction.
  5. Visit the salon regularly to re-tighten loose links.

microlink extensions

Fusion extensions (last 3-6 months)

Fusion hair extensions are a type of hair extension method where individual strands of hair extensions are bonded to small sections of natural hair using heat. The extensions are heated with a special tool to melt the adhesive, fusing the extension into the natural hair. Fusion extensions tend to last longer than other methods, typically 3-6 months and can be blended with natural hair for a seamless, natural look. However, this method requires regular maintenance and may cause damage to natural hair if not applied and removed correctly.

  1. Avoid using heat styling tools excessively, such as flat irons and curling wands, as this can cause damage to the extensions.
  2. Avoid washing your hair too often. The heat used to fuse the extensions to your hair can cause them to loosen or fall out if exposed to too much water. Try washing your hair every three to four days.
  3. Brush your fusion hair extensions starting in the middle and working your way up, gently detangling knots. Avoid pulling or scratching the bonding area.
  4. Regular touch-ups with a professional stylist are necessary to keep the extensions looking fresh and prevent damage.

fusion hair extensions

Beaded weft extensions (last 4-6 weeks)

Beaded weft extensions are hair extensions that are attached to natural hair using small beads and a special tool. The extensions come in a weft, or a strip of hair sewn together. They are secured to the head by looping the natural hair through the beads and pulling the beads tight. The weft can then be trimmed to the desired length and blended into the natural hair. Beaded weft extensions are a popular method of adding length and volume to hair without damaging natural hair. Beaded weft hair extensions will need to be maintained every four to six weeks.

Tips to make beaded weft extensions last longer:

  1. Gently brush your beaded weft extensions daily to prevent tangles and mats. Start with the tips and work your way up to the roots, using a wide-toothed comb or a paddle brush.
  2. Avoid excessive heat styling. Heat styling tools like flat irons, curling wands, and blow dryers can damage your extensions, so try to limit heat styling as much as possible. If you must heat style, use a heat protector spray in advance.
  3. Avoid excessive washing, which can strip the hair of oils, causing it to become dry and brittle. Opt for sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to clean your beaded weft extensions.
  4. To prevent tangles while you sleep, braid your extensions or put them in a loose bun before heading to bed. You can also use a silk or satin pillowcase to protect your hair.
  5. Visit the salon for professional touch-ups regularly. If you have any issues with your extensions or need to re-bead, it's wise to seek the help of a professional stylist. 

beaded weft extensions
We hope that this post is helpful to girls who don't know which hair extensions to choose. If you still have any doubts about choosing hair extensions, feel free to chat with our sales consultants online. We are pleased to help you determine which hair extension is appropriate for your hair type and desired look. Last but not least, no matter which type of hair extensions you decide to go for, make sure the hair extensions are made of 100% Remy hair (cuticle-aligned human hair). This type of hair extension will always ensure a longer lifespan and the most natural appearance. Click and explore 100% human hair extensions in a variety of lengths, textures, and colors at Ula Hair


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