What Are Clip-Ins, Tape-Ins, and Sew-Ins?

Learning how to use hair extensions is an exciting process. However, there are so many types to choose from and numerous factors that need to be considered. As such, it can quickly become overwhelming for someone who is just starting out! This can be a paralysing feeling because while you may want to go for it, you also want to make sure that you get good hair extensions for yourself. 

This article will cover the three ways extensions are made. It will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of investing in each look. Read on to find out more!

What are clip-in hair extensions?

Clip-ins have several contoured hair strands that are attached at the base with either silicone or fabric. Attaching the extensions is so simple that most people can do it themselves. All one has to do is clip it to their natural hair strands and then arrange it so that the extensions are not visible. 

This is the ideal choice for people who do not want to commit to getting and maintaining hair extensions. This method does not involve chemicals, heat, or pressure—and best of all, it only takes five to fifteen minutes to attach to your head. That’s what makes clip-ins a popular choice for many individuals looking to get thicker and longer hair.

How can I maintain clip-in hair extensions?

Maintenance for clip-in hair extensions depends on whether they are made of synthetic or natural hair extensions. It is recommended to go for extensions that are made from human hair because it is durable and more capable of blending in with one’s natural hair strands. 

Human hair extensions are low maintenance and can be washed once every fifteen to twenty wears, or if it comes to a point where there is so much product buildup that it becomes unmanageable. Clip-ins are expected to last anywhere between three months to a year, and even longer with careful maintenance.

What are tape-in hair extensions?

Tape-ins are taped beforehand and then attached or glued to the sides of a person’s hair. People usually go to hairdressers to have this attached because they need to align closely with the roots. These extensions are also applied with a heated tool that melts the glue to make it stick. 

Removing tape-in extensions also requires a trip to the hairdresser, because they will use a glue remover to loosen up the glue and reinstall it. The entire process will take around forty minutes to one hour. 

How can I maintain tape-in hair extensions?

Tape-in extensions require some commitment to using specific hair products while they are attached to the head. This is because certain shampoos or conditioners may contain ingredients that weaken the adhesive strength of the tape. Hairdressers already know this and will recommend special products that can be used while the extensions are attached. 

This type of extension lasts around four to eight weeks before they need to be removed and reapplied. 

What are sew-in hair extensions?

Sew-ins get their name because they are literally sewn into the natural hair. The first step is to braid natural hair into cornrows. The hairdresser then uses a needle and thread to sew in the weave. This extension is popular among people who have thick hair because of the way that it is applied.

Weaves take a long time to apply because of all the braiding and sewing involved. It can also be uncomfortable because of how tight the braids have to be. As a result, it is recommended for people who have thick hair, because other hair types may not have the strength necessary to carry the look. 

How can I maintain sew-in hair extensions?

Sew-ins are popular because they are permanent and seamless. 

People can care for their weaves by setting aside some time at least once a week to moisturise the scalp, nape, and edges of their hair. It is also recommended to wash the hair with a special protein product to help keep the strands strong and healthy. 

Conclusion

Depending on the type of extensions you are going for, these accessories can become a one-time thing to complete an outfit or a long-term commitment to enhancing one’s look. While learning how to care and maintain for extensions may be difficult at first, it does get easier to do over time. It is always recommended to have the guidance of a hair professional before investing in any drastic hairstyle changes. 

Foxy Locks offers natural hair extensions in the UK. We sell ponytail extensions and other hairstyling products to cater to a wide array of looks and styles. We are committed to helping people find their best look through our selection! Browse through our catalogues and see how we can help you jumpstart your hairdo.

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