Over the years, hair extensions have advanced a lot. The beauty industry has seen a rise in demand for innovative styles, lengths, colors, and new designs. It is not surprising that cosmetologists as well as beauty professionals want to know which types of hair extensions are available and which one will work best for them.
Be Special Lady stocks the most in-demand hair extensions.
- Microbead (also known as I-Tip or I-Link).
- Fusion (also known as Kera-Link, Glue-In)
- Flat-Tip (also Hybrid).
- Clip-In (also known as Ready-To-Wear or DIY)
There are so many options, but which hair extensions work best?
Truth is, the best hair extension method or type is subjective. Each type of hair extension has its own unique benefits and drawbacks. Tape-in is the most widely used method due to its versatility and reusability.
Non-committal beauty gurus may choose to go for the simple, DIY option that a clip in extension offers. We’ve provided information below about each method and how to choose the best one for you or your clients.
Microbead hair extensions
Microbead extensions, also known as I-Tip and I-Link are tiny beads that attach extensions to natural hair. After the beads have been threaded onto the hair, they are crimped to secure the hair. The microbead extension can last up to six months, depending on its quality and care.
They offer some of the same durability advantages as fusion extensions, but they don’t require glue or heat to be attached.
Tape-In Hair Extensions
Tape-in extensions use a tape to attach extensions to the head. They are not individual strands but wefts. These extensions are preferred due to their quicker installation and seamless appearance when properly installed.
Tape-ins can be especially beneficial for thin hair, particularly if you use single-sided tape. If your hair is regularly exposed to heat-based treatments, tape-ins are less likely to cause damage than fusion and glue-in extensions. These are the reasons to make sure you have plenty of replacement tape.
Fusion Hair Extensions
This method has evolved over the years, but fusion extensions (also known as glue-in or Keralink at Be Special Lady ), use small keratin bonds to form a strong, long-lasting bond.
They are more difficult to remove than other methods, but require less maintenance overall. Even though glue is often used in fusion extensions, not all of them use glue. Be Special Lady is an example. She relies on the keratin protein link and fusion connector to install.
Maintenance is necessary every six to eight week as your hair grows.
Flat-Tip Extensions for Hair
Flat-Tip extensions is a hybrid of the microbead and tape-in methods. Flat-Tip extensions are installed in the same manner as an I-Link, so you will get 360-degree movement.
Below the Flat-Tip Extension’s bead attachment, there is a small, tape-in-like weft. They will generally be flatter against the head and cover a greater surface area.
Clip-In Hair Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions can be used to easily change the length or volume of your hair. Clip-ins are the least work because you need to place them every time you wear them.
They can generally be applied at home by a stylist in minutes. This is a great option for those who want to try different looks or to see if they like it before investing in a more permanent extension.
A good clip-in extension can last up to one year depending on how frequently you wear it and how well you take care of them.
Which one of these methods do you prefer? Tell us about it here and on social media!