Well, now that we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s look at the pros and cons of the different types of hair extension methods.

1. Tape-In Hair Extensions

If you’re looking for hair extensions that can easily be put on in a couple of hours, tape-in extensions are what you need. These extensions come in wefts that could be anywhere between 1.5 and 8 inches long. Each weft comes with either double or single-sided polyurethane tape tabs cut to fit its size. Your hair is essentially sandwiched and stuck between these extensions.

How Long Does It Take To Attach?

60-90 mins

How Long Does It Stay In?

4-6 Weeks

Pros

  • With an application time of less than 90 minutes, this is the fastest method of applying hair extensions
  • Easy to apply as no heat or other tools are required
  • Minimal damage to hair as there’s no application of heat required
  • Reduces the strain on your head as the extensions are spread over a large area of your head
  • Lend a natural look to your tresses as they lay flat against your head
  • The extensions can be reused for 6-8 weeks after being removed with solvent and reapplied with the help of more double-sided tape

Cons

  • The adhesive on the tape needs to cure for 24-48 hours, so you cannot wash your hair or undertake any strenuous activities that can cause you to sweat
  • You cannot apply any silicone based product or oil to your hair as they may cause the extensions to slip down
  • Not recommended for swimmers for aforementioned reason
  • Hair cannot be comfortably tied up when these extensions are in

2. Micro Ring Hair Extensions

Micro ring hair extensions come in the form of small bundles of hair that are looped through small sections of your natural hair. The extension is then secured by a metal bead clamped around it with the help of a pair of pliers. A more convenient version of these extensions are the micro loop extensions that come attached with a loop and bead beforehand. Hence, they do not require a loop tool for attachment.

How Long Does It Take To Attach?

4-5 hours

How Long Does It Stay In?

2-3 Months

Pros

  • Do not require heat or glue for attachment, hence reducing damage to hair
  • The extensions can be uncrimped and reused
  • You can slide the extensions up and down to adjust them the way you want
  • Blends seamlessly with your natural hair
  • Easy to wash

Cons

  • Not recommended for people with short or fine hair
  • Can cause discomfort and strain on your scalp
  • The clamping down of the extensions with the pliers can cause your natural hair to break
  • If not removed properly by a professional, it can damage your hair
  • Not possible to tie high ponytails

3. Weaving

The weaving method of hair extension involves creating a horizontal cornrow in your hair then sewing your hair extension into it with the help of a needle and cotton thread. So the extensions are quite literally “woven” through your hair. Weaves are usually worn by African women because they have the kind of super thick hair that is needed to conceal the extensions from view.

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