Hair extensions are a great way to add length and open your styling options without having to wait for hair growth. And as extensions continue to be popular, stylists have developed multiple different types. If you are considering getting extensions, it’s important that you talk to your hair stylist about which option is best for you. The following are the most common types of extensions on the market today.

  1. Clip-In
    This is the least permanent option on this list, so they could be ideal if you are getting glam for a special occasion. The clips come with the hair already sewn in, and are available in a variety of widths. To put them in, you or your stylist simply clip them in to your existing hair. You might have to move them around until they look natural. Once you enjoy them for a day or evening, you can simply unclip them and put them back in another day.
  2. Fusion or Bonding
    These types of extensions are bonded to your natural hair with glue or another adhesive. It generally takes three to four hours to complete. Since it uses high heat, it can be damaging to your hair, so be sure to talk to your stylist first. Fusion hair extensions are best left to a professional, so head to your salon if you are interested in this type.
  3. Sew-In/Weaves
    Weaves are applied by braiding your natural hair into a tight corn row and then sewing the extensions in. While weaves take several hours to complete, they are the most popular type of extensions because they are permanent until you take it out.  Since this process is highly specialized, a professional should always perform it for you.
  4. Micro Link
    These extensions are inserted by looping the the hair piece through your natural hair. Then your stylist presses it into place with a heat clamp and bead. The process takes several hours, since your stylist will secure small sections of hair at a time. The heat from micro link extensions can also be damaging, so discuss safety with your stylist.

Women have 104 hair styles during their lifetime on average, and extensions can help you have fun with all of them. Remember that applying your own hair extensions at home can be damaging to your hair, so always go to your salon. Different types of hair may take better to different extensions, so always chat about your options with your stylist. By applying them safely and taking care of them, you can enjoy your gorgeous extensions for as long as possible.