Types Of Hair Extensions

Learn about Types Of Hair Extensions. Hair extensions are a method of gluing or integrating foreign strands of hair (either synthetic or human) to your hair to either give them extra length, volume or a streaked effect. Got a party? Or an important function for which you need to look your very best? The best hair look is simply a salon away! This however is not as simple as it sounds: it is often very difficult to choose between the different types of hair extensions available in the market. Here are some basic ones:

Clip on-clip off Extensions

These types of hair extensions do not require any adhesive material to hold them: they come with a small clip that can be fastened to your strands at the nape and voila! You are Rapunzel for the next 12 hours. Moreover, clip on-clip offs are ideal if you simply want a new hairdo for a party or a meeting: they do not last more than a day.

Bonding and Fusion Extensions

These types of hair extensions necessarily follow a principally same procedure. Hair is sectioned into small divisions and the extensions are glued or bonded to each human hair with the help of heating equipment or a hot glue gun. These types of hair extensions are more permanent in nature and allow the wearer to wash and style their hair as well.


These types of hair extensions have small silicon rings attached to them, which are small enough to be inconspicuous from sight. These rings are fastened onto the original hair and tightened. Although safer than bonding and gluing (and also cheaper), these extensions need to be fixed time and again as the hair grow.


Shrink tube or ‘shrinkies’ apply much the same principal as micro-rings, except that they use tubes to hold the extensions to the natural hair. These tubes weave together tresses and are heated to shrink to hold the hair in a tight grip. These types of extensions are much the same as Microtube extensions, except microtubes are flattened by a different method.


Netting is a procedure which requires the hair to be braided and covered with a thin net to which the extensions are attached. Although more flexible and durable in nature, netting extensions require some serious hair-drying equipment.

Tracking/sewn in extensions are the types of hair extensions in which natural hair is first braided in a specific pattern to make the sections even. Usually in a horizontal pattern, the hair is then braided down to attach the extensions to them.