Whether you want to make your hair look more voluminous or you’re itching to have a new style this summer, hair extensions are a practical, instant solution to any hair woes. But with so many options out there, finding the right ones can be overwhelming. It’s also easy to fall victim to the dodgier kinds, which can actually damage your hair in the long-run. Not to mention that hair extensions can be pricey too, and you want to get your money’s worth without putting your hair at risk.
If you have thin hair, chances are you’re more concerned about the lack of volume than length. You may be hesitant to go for extensions because of the risk of damage to your natural hair. Luckily, there are hair extensions made specifically for people with thin hair. These extensions can solve your problems and keep your hair intact without any long-term harm.
The most common hair extensions are clip-ins. These are temporary extensions that you can put on and remove whenever you like. Clip-ins are popular for their convenience. And, with proper care, they can last longer than other types of average hair extensions.
Unfortunately, when it comes to thin hair, these extensions can be pretty detrimental. Each weft is heavy, and thin hair isn’t always able to hold it up. In a worst-case scenario, you might even end up with bald patches because of the strain – not a good option for very thin hair!
Other hair extension types include fusion and micro links extensions. With fusion, the extensions are keratin-bonded to your real hair, and with micro links, they are applied to your hair strand by strand. The downside is that neither of these is suitable for thin hair, either, because thin hair tends to be weaker and can’t hold the extensions’ weight.
The best option for thin hair is therefore tape-in extensions. Tape extensions are bonded to your hair with tape, as the name suggests, and the wefts are spread out over a larger patch of your natural hair. Most importantly, they can be worn for long periods without putting stress on your natural strands.
Tape-ins are better than most other extensions, not just because they are suitable for thinner hair, but also because they provide a quick and straightforward, long-lasting solution.
These extensions are easy to wear since all you have to do is tape them up between your hair. And, they’re easy to remove since no glues or chemicals are used to stick them. This also makes them safe for your natural hair.
While heavy on their own because of having more hair strands, tape-in extensions are often lighter overall, thanks to the technique used to distribute the weight around the hair. The tape clamp means that the natural hair is sandwiched between the clamp. This helps to hold the weight together, instead of leaving it to the individual hair strands alone. As such, they’re easier for thin hair to manage than other kinds of extensions.
Tape-in extensions are available in as many as 30 shades. If you’re looking to add length, choose a color that is the closest match to the last few inches of your hair. And, if you want to add volume, pick a color that matches the middle section of your hair. By doing so, you’ll make sure that your extensions look as natural as possible. The good news is that these extensions remain practically undetectable, no matter how you choose to style your hair.
On the downside, tape-in extensions can last only up to 6-8 weeks and are available in limited lengths – though the length can go up to 25 inches, which is still pretty long!
If you’re looking for a permanent solution to your hair problems, tape-in extensions might not seem like the best option. But when you consider the fact that other extension types can cause more damage to your thin hair in the long run, these semi-permanent extensions are the clear winning choice. After all, none of the other types will last forever, either.
Remember that making your hair look good isn’t just about finding instant solutions, but about finding solutions that last longer, and are safe to use. Damage to your hair is irreversible, so be mindful and make sure to do your research before choosing your hair extensions.