Hair Extensions: Clip-Ins, Sew-Ins, Fusion or Microbead?
If you wear hair extensions, you know you have a lot of choices. The four most popular types of hair extensions are clip-in, sew-in, fusion and micro bead and they are made with many different types of hair. Which do you choose?
Clip-In extensions are temporary and are the easiest extension to put in and remove and can be worn without damaging your natural hair, but they may slip out if you use cheaper clips. They can cost anywhere from $100 to $500.
Lexi Noel Beauty offers 8-piece, 16-clip-in synthetic hair extensions in 14 different colors, including purple, pink and blue. They can be curled with an iron under 350 degrees. These extensions are 17 inches long and all are soft, curly styles. Also, try the 26-inch straight style in dark purple. Our extensions cost between $25-$28.
Sew-In extensions are also popularly known as weaves and these are sewn into your own braided hair with a needle and thread and cannot come off. Weave hair extensions are predominantly used for people with thicker hair because of the way they are applied. Sew-ins also come in wig form, which is sewn into cornrows the same way, however, the hair comes in one piece as opposed to separate wefts. They can last six to eight weeks and prices can range from $100 up to $600 or more.
Fusion hair extensions (also known as bonding or pre-bonded) are fused to your natural hair using different adhesives such as glue. The application involves a machine that looks like a hot glue gun, which essentially glues the hair to individual strands of the natural hair. Another type of application for pre-bonded hair extensions uses a heat clamp to melt the glue to the natural hair. They are considered semi-permanent as they stay in your hair for up to four months. These can run anywhere from $200 to $1,000.
Micro bead extensions or microlink extensions may also be called I-tip extensions. These are a permanent solution for people who may want more volume or length on a daily basis. They are strands of extensions that are crimped to strands of your own hair with a micro bead without using heat or glue. They typically last for three to four months and need to be replaced as your hair grows out and the bead moves further away from your scalp. Micro bead extensions are more expensive because of the labor involved. They last up to four months and can cost $200 or more.
The type of hair extension that works best for you may depend on how much you want to spend and how much time you want to put into the application. They're a great way to change your look for a night or for a few months at a time. Just do you!