Home  »  Human Hair Extension 101
  What is Hair Extension?
Hair extension installations are methods of lengthening one's hair by adding lengths of human or synthetic hair close to the scalp. Individuals can add extensions for extra length, volume, or highlights with the help of a talented stylist overnight to get the look you always wanted.
  Hair Extension installation Methods
Depending on the type of installation, there are extensions that lasts months while others for a few days. Extensions can be bonded, glued-in, woven in, and for temporary solutions, clipped-in. Each method of installation has its pros and cons so it is important to consult with your hair stylist in determining the best method for you.
Sew-In Extensions
Commonly known as a weave. Wefts of hair extensions are sewn onto your naturally braided cornrows with a needle.
Bonded Extensions
Also known as fusion hair extensions, i-tips, v-tips or u-tips, fusion hair extensions are strands of hair that are pre-bonded at the root with various type of adhesives. Some extensions use keratin, glue, or petroleum based adhesives.
Micro Link Installation
Hair extensions are looped through cylinders with one's natural hair and then clamped down using pliers. Some cylinders have threads on the interior to prevent slippage.
Adhesive Tape-in Extensions
Tape-in extensions are wefts of hair with an adhesive strip at the roots. They can be applied quickly and removed just as easily. Pre-taped hair extensions are typically sandwiched between the natural hair and results are seamless.
Clip-In Extension
Clip-in extensions are an excellent and extremely popular way to extend your look. Clip-ins are short-term solutions that can be applied or removed in minutes without the help of a stylist because extensions have tiny combs that attach to the root of the hair.
  Types of Hair Extension
Machine Tied Wefts
Machine tied wefts are similar to a long strip of hair that is like a curtain or a grass skirt. Loose or bulk hair is fed through a triple-head sewing machine and sewn together. At the root, hair is folded and sewn and then add a reinforced stitch for a stronger hold to the weft. Machine wefts usually are thicker than their hand-tied weft counter part and usually available in more variety of styles and textures.
Hand Tied Wefts
Each individual hair is hand-tied onto the weft which creates a very strong but much thinner weft when compared to machine wefted hair extensions. The end result is that the hair extension sits closer to the head and feels more natural. The only drawback to the hand-tied wefts is because of how thin the wefts are, they should not be cut when installing.
Tips Hair
Also known as I-tips or U-Tips, are individual extensions which resemble the tip of a shoe lace. Each tip of hair is usually secured with micro rings or cylinders to strands of hair. This allows stylists to more precisely add length to specific areas.
Tape Extensions
Also known as Adhesive tape-in extensions, tape adhesives are wefts of hair attached to an adhesive strip. It is easier and faster to install than most methods and are meant to be worn short term.
Clip-in Extensions
Strips of hair attached to clips with combs for easy installation and removal. These are preferred for people who want to add or remove extensions out daily or for special events.