Choosing The Right Hair Extensions

Mar 02, 2017

The vast world of hair extensions can make choosing the right hair extensions seem impossible. The many different styles and types of hair extensions can make it difficult to select which is perfect for your hair and lifestyle.

When it comes to hair extensions, you want to make sure you are getting a high-quality product that won’t tangle or mat after the first wash. Hair extensions and wigs are an investment, the better quality they are, the longer they will last and the more realistic they will look.

From clip-ins to crown extensions to wigs, researching hair can be a longer process than growing it. To not get swallowed by the sea of extensions, know the types and products before shopping.

Read on to learn about the different types of hair extensions and how to choose the right hair extensions for you.

Natural Hair vs. Synthetic Hair

Before getting into the different types of hair extensions to choose from, it is important to know that they come in human hair and synthetic hair.

Human hair extensions are made out of real, human hair from top to bottom. Remy hair means that the cuticles are intact and run in the same direction. This makes the extensions look smooth and silky and ensures no tangling occurs.

On the other hand, synthetic hair extensions are made out of synthetic fibers and no human hair. These fibers are usually plastic fibers that are designed to mimic the look of real hair.

Both real and synthetic hair extensions come in a variety of colors, styles, and lengths. However, the quality of these hair extensions varies significantly. Synthetic hair extensions tend to be stiff and don’t fall as naturally as human hair extensions. Real hair extensions look and feel real (because they are) and ensure your hair stays looking beautiful and healthy all day long.

Human hair extensions can be colored and styled just like your natural hair, whereas synthetic hair extensions cannot. At the Lauren Ashtyn Collection, we understand that choosing the right hair extensions can be tough, but hopefully, we have made your decision a little easier.

Types of Hair Extensions


1. Clip-In Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are a popular type of add-in. These are easy to apply at home and make extra length and body accessible to many. All you have to do is clip the hair extension pieces to your natural hair and remove them when you please.

Clip-in hair extensions are the least damaging as they don’t involve any heat or pressure. However, clip-in hair extensions are not the item to choose for a full hair transformation.

While they come in several colors, clip-in hair extensions are used to add to the style, not create it. If you are looking for something quick and easy for a boost of glam, go for clip-ins. For a full hairstyle switch-up, try something else.

2. Tape-In Hair Extensions

Tape-in hair extensions are pre-taped and then taped or glued on either side of your hair. Since these extensions typically need to be applied with a heated tool, a professional should install and re-install them.

You need to be extra careful when washing your tape-in hair extensions because some products can cause the tape to come loose. Since they are made with human hair, you can style them any way you want, but remain cautious about the roots where the glue or tape is.

3. Wigs

Wigs are age-old hair extensions. Owning multiple wigs can be fun for an adventurous person or someone who likes to change their hair color or hairstyle more frequently.

For centuries, both men and women have opted for wigs to completely change their look. Wigs were used to show status in many eras and cultures. Modernly, wigs can be used to not only go from long golden locks to a short burgundy cut without actually chopping hair off but also to protect hair from daily manipulation.

For a complete hair 180, go for wigs that are opposite of your natural hair. Wigs are great for trying new daring looks without the commitment.

4. Crown Extensions

Crown extensions are the perfect investment for long-lasting hair extensions. If you are unfamiliar with crown extensions, they cover the crown or top of the head. They are a great solution for women with areas of hair loss or thinning hair.

Crown extensions are made of human hair and can be dyed for the perfect match to your natural hair. Crown extensions can be worn and styled like natural hair. This includes heat styling, washing, and daily brushing and combing.

These hair extensions are composed of human hair on a weft and can be installed by a professional stylist alone, blending the natural hair on top or, in addition to other extensions for a completely new look. Use crown extensions for long wear hair styling.

5. Clip On Updos

Clip on updos such as ponytails and buns are a great option for last-minute glam. For a red carpet worthy look without the time and accessibility to a hair and makeup team, clip on updos are perfect.

Clip on hair styles are often affordable and accessible to all. Save a little money at the salon and purchase a clip on hair bun or ponytail for the next upscale event. Accessorize with curls, rhinestone clips, and combs to achieve a chic, professionally styled look. Choose a clip-on ponytail or bun for a style needed for a one-day occasion.

6. Glue In Hair Styling

Hair extensions that are glued in can work for short-term looks that need to last longer than a day without the hassle of applying every morning. Applied directly to the root of the hair shaft, glue in extensions can be used to add length and volume to natural hair or to create a style on its own.

Glue in hair extensions use an adhesive created for bonding hair and are applied to hair near the roots, not at the scalp. It is important to have glue in styles professionally installed, as the wrong glue or improper placement can damage hair.

Choose glue-in hair styling for looks that need to last approximately one possibly two weeks.

7. Micro-link Hair Extensions

Micro-link hair extensions, also known as micro bead hair extensions, are applied to small sections of natural hair with a silicone-lined bead. If not installed by a professional, these hair extensions can be harmful to real hair.

You can treat these hair extensions the same way you would treat your natural hair. Micro-link hair extensions are great for longer-lasting styles, but they do need to be re-positioned every 2-3 months as the natural hair growth will make the beads move away from the scalp.

How to Choose the Right Hair Extensions

The right hair extensions for you will depend on hair loss issues and the style you desire.

Wigs are ideal for anyone who wants an easy, non-permanent hair change or wants to explore something new. They are also a great option for people experiencing hair loss who may not be comfortable with extensions alone.

Clip-in extensions and tape-in extensions can be damaging to your natural hair if they are not cared for properly, and they may not work as well if you have balding or thinning hair spots.

Wigs provide full coverage, and if you purchase a high-quality one made with human hair, you will achieve a natural, beautiful look.

Shop Wigs and Hair Extensions at The Lauren Ashtyn Collection

If your goal is to feel natural, confident, and attractive in your wigs and hair extensions, The Lauren Ashtyn Collection has just what you need.

Choosing the right hair extensions has never been easier. With expertly crafted wigs and hair extensions made with 100% human European Remy Hair, you can achieve the hair you’ve always dreamt of.

Choose from an array of colors, cuts, and styles. Attain perfect volume, length, color, and style in just seconds with our non-damaging, luxurious hairpieces.

Find the right hair extensions for you today!