Hair extensions are the top trends right now in the world of hairstyles. They are the most critical attribute to flaunt a hip hair makeover.  As one wants to go ahead with fashionably applying for the hair extensions, it is vital to know what are the main types of hair extensions available.  The basic types are based on the nature of the extension, and they include two forms, real human hair and synthetic hair extension.

A quick rundown on the differences between human and synthetic hair extensions


The human hair extensions are made of real human hair collected from a donor. The outer layer or the cuticle of these hair remains almost intact and run in the same direction. Hence, there are fewer chances they get tangled and also carry the smooth sheen through the lifetime of the hair. The synthetic extensions are, however, a blend of synthetic fibres made of fine plastic that imitate the texture of real hair. They come in various styles and colours but are often stiff in appearance and unless very high quality does not blend with the natural hair so easily. Human hair extensions are better options

Styling and Colouring

Extensions made of human hair are almost at par with the quality of natural hair. They can be washed, straightened, curled, blow-dried, and coloured like natural hair.

On the other hand, the heat from straighteners, curlers, or blow dryers can have a damaging effect on the synthetic hair. Even if you try to colour them, then the chemical agents like bleach or ammonia present in the dye can wreck the hair. Even harsh hair care product, friction, or sunray can harm synthetic hair extensions.

Quality and Longevity

The human hair extension bears almost the same condition as natural hair and with proper care can last for at least a year on an average. On the other hand,  synthetic extensions being prone to so many common damaging factors last for only a few months.

Now, let’s get into the different types of extension application.

1. Clip-in Hair Extensions

Also referred to as clip-in-wefts, they come as a strand of contoured pieces attached to the base with the aid of either silicon or fabric. They have clips connected to their base and hence are always ready to use and can be applied easily and quickly. They are least permanent as you can easily remove them after use and keep them safeguarded for future use.

2. Sew-In/ Woven Hair Extensions

They are the woven form of hair extensions. A hairstylist requires excellent expertise in sewing the extensions in the natural braided hair with needle and thread. It is a quite tricky process and takes hours to apply them. They even strain the scalp being at the heavier side. That is the reason they are used with thick hair and cannot be applied with thinner hair.

3. Tape-In Hair Extensions

They are the same thing as their name refers. They come as a pre-taped variety and are either taped or glued to either side of your hair. They take about 40 minutes to 1 hour in the application and requires a heated tool to be applied. When you want to remove them, you will need some glue remover to do so. They can be re-used only if they remain in good condition after removal.

4. Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions

They are also referred to as fusion hair extension as they are fused with natural hair using glue.  The application takes long, and only a hairdresser can do it. It requires a unique tool that looks like a hot glue gun to stick the extensions with each strand of natural hair. The use of numerous chemicals in the glue causes hair loss, irritation in scalp and hair breakage. So, this is not at all a type advised frequently by hair experts.

Now, you must be well aware of the different types and widespread application of hair extensions. If you want to try them, get in touch with Dawn Claire and the experience will be delightful no doubt.