With the holidays rolling in, you may be considering different hairstyles that require hair extensions. All of the gorgeous actresses wear them, so why not us?! I mean Jennifer Lopez, every Kardashian, and Heidi Klum looks great in them!
I’ve worn hair extensions for 9 years, and truthfully I love the look it gives to my hair!
I love the versatility of the extensions. Most people assume they are only for length. But they can bulk up the volume as well—an added bonus for us ladies with fine or thin hair.
I love that I can throw it into a high ponytail or bun, and it has enough volume to look thick… and envious.
I love that I don’t have to “do” my hair. A little bit of dry shampoo, and I’m good to go on most days. I am in a good washing routine of twice a week only, Sundays and Thursdays.
Unfortunately, it’s always been such a struggle to find the right hair extensions for thin hair! Picking the right extensions is a bit overwhelming because there are so many to choose from! If your hair is so thin that you can see your scalp, then perhaps a thickening powder to fill in at the scalp can be a quick fix for you!
Back in February, I wore clip-in extensions that were easily removable. They were great because I could take them out day or night, anytime I wanted.
There are many pros and cons of different types of clip-ins, and in this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about hair extensions for thin or fine hair!
According to a survey conducted by Great Lengths, 93% of women are open to considering wearing hair extensions in the future. (Stylist) If you’re in the 93%, then let’s start with the most essential question:
Can you get hair extensions with thin hair?
I can tell you based on first-hand experience that even with thin hair, hair extensions can be for you! But you need to be on the lookout for the type of extensions that suits you best. Previously I wore clip-ins, but there are plenty to choose from. Now, you might be wondering the following question:
What are the different types of hair extensions?
Before answering this question, we need to figure out if you want removable extensions, which are great if you are just testing the waters. Or maybe you’re more interested in a long term wear and commitment!
If you want to test the waters, then removable hair extensions are a perfect option! If you are thinking about changing up your look, but are not entirely sure, then try it out and enter a world where thick and luscious hair no longer seems foreign! These are the two I’ve worn in the past:
Bellami clip-ins: They are outstanding quality, and you get a lot of hair for the price. But you were also ordering online, so the color matching could be tricky. Thankfully I have always had good luck because I have such a variety of colors in my hair. You will still pay for quality, and these can be expensive!
Sally Clip-Ins: They are excellent quality AND a great price. You can get them in different lengths and so many different colors. You can, of course, walk right into a store and see them for the perfect color match.
If you want a semi-permanent solution, then keep in mind that sew-ins are a little bit more time consuming as they have to be put on and taken out by a professional each time.
As far as my personal experience, I wasn’t nervous about the process. I was already prepared because I knew how long it would take! The initial visit for me was about four hours. That is with two rows of hair and 8 wefts or pieces. The first time will always take longer because you have to do the initial set up.
Some people say the sew-in or permanent extensions can feel heavy. It really just depends on how much hair you have added. I did not feel any additional weight or heaviness. Still, some people do take Tylenol the day of installation just as their heads are adjusting. Once the extensions are added, they need to be shaped and cut to blend naturally with your existing cut. This step is absolutely crucial to how good or bad your extensions will look or how noticeable they will be.
Are you still unsure where to start? It’s okay; the next section is for you!
Which hair extensions should I start with for thin hair?
The perfect beginner set of extensions are clip-in extensions or a halo extension piece. Both can be put in and taken out by you whenever you want!
This solution’s beauty is that you can strategically place each throughout your hair to add volume and fullness throughout your hair.
You can take them out when you want or place them in a specific direction, depending on how you are wearing your hair. For instance, if you were wearing your hair in a high ponytail, you might actually clip the extensions in backward, so they lay flat when the hair is pulled up. But don’t you dare think of jumping in a swimming pool and getting your hair wet! Your secret will immediately be exposed!
On the other hand, a halo hairpiece is one piece of hair and typically has 3 or 4 clips to help keep it in place. You slide the entire amount under your hair, and it creates a seamless row of voluminous hair that you style to blend with your natural hair. The ease of application and removal allows you to wash and care for your hair as you usually would. The maintenance is easy to upkeep as long as you store the hair as recommended.
Okay, so let’s talk about semi-permanent extensions! There are tape-in extensions, sewn-in wefts, and individual extensions. Sewn-in wefts are in the image above.
After trying multiple types of extensions, I have found a new love for my invisible bead extensions! They are sewn into my hair to help me achieve that voluminous look I love! They are definitely a time investment initially, with the installation being a lengthy appointment. But after that initial appointment, the maintenance is easy! I can go 8-12 weeks before they need to be moved up with the growth of my hair!
Speaking of hair growth and maintenance, we should probably answer the final topic:
How do I maintain the health of my hair extensions and avoid damaging my hair?
Healthy Shampoo contains 23 botanicals to help hair stay strong and healthy, key while wearing any type of extensions. These ingredients will soothe your scalp with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants while protecting your natural hair and extensions from sun damage and fading. Healthy Shampoo is also color-safe, keratin safe and sulfate-free.
FiberFlex is a must-have if you wear clip-in extensions; this is a fibrous gel-based product in an aerosol can. Not only does it provide accuracy during the application, but the fibers also help provide a secure base for the extensions to attach to. Simply give your hair a little backcombing at the root, add a spritz of Fiber Flex, and you can clip the extensions in with confidence and know they will stay secure all day. If you have permanent extensions, you can use Fiber Flex before doing ironwork to ensure your waves last all day. (be sure to check that your extensions are heat resistant before using any hot tools)
Healthy Shampoo and Fiber Flex is the must-have Dynamic Duo for hair extensions! Watch a full video with more information about hair extensions below: