Explained: Our 9 different types of hair extensions
Wefts, rings or tape; we sell 9 different types of hair extensions in our webshop. But what exactly are the differences and which extensions are best suited for your hair? In this blog we’ll tell you all about it.
Before you start reading a small disclaimer, just so you know; all our extensions are made of 100% human hair.
1. Tape extensions
Tape extensions are made of tufts of real hair that are attached to clear, double sided tape. They are lightweight and practically invisible because they lay flat on the head. Tape extensions are less bulky than clip-in extensions which makes for a more natural and semi-permanent finish. These extensions are a good option for people with fuller / thicker hair because they blend nicely and are less visible.
Tape extensions are sticky which is why there is no heat needed in application. To remove these extensions a removal solution is used which loosens the stickiness and makes it easier to remove the extensions.
I-tip extensions are hair extensions that are attached to the natural hair with the help of a micro or copper ring. The ring then gets pressed in place with what is called a connector tool. Our I-tip hair extensions have a keratin layer on the ring which not only protects your hair but because hair is also made of keratin, these extensions attach comfortably to your natural hair and are less prone to sag.
3. Flat tip
The flat tip hair extension is a hybrid that combines the benefits of the I-tip and tape extensions. The flat tip is made of wax and they lay just as flat as the tape extensions but have the ability to freely move 360 degrees. Just like the I-tips, the flat tip is connected to the hair with a ring which gets flattened with a connector tool.
4. Tape weft
Tape weft extensions are similar to tape extensions but are made in 1 long track which you can cut to the desired length. The nice thing about this is you can install these on the whole width of the head which makes for a quick application. Just like the tape extensions these are attached to the natural hair with a sticky layer. To remove these extensions a removal solution is used which loosens the stickiness and makes it easier to remove the extensions.
5. Hand tied weft
As the name implies, these extensions are woven by hand. This is done to create the flattest possible weave. Because these wefts are so flat, they blend in with the natural hair perfectly. This is why these hair extensions are perfect for people with fine hair. Important to note is that these hair extensions are knotted. It’s not advised to cut the tracks because the whole weft might unravel. The advantage of these hair extensions is that these can be applied to the full width of the head which makes for a quicker application. These extensions are also installed without heat or glue. Hand tied wefts mostly get sewn into the hair or are installed with micro rings. Some hair stylists combine the two aforementioned installation methods.
6. Flat weft
Flat weft hair extensions are attached to a flexible band with a double stitch. This ensures a minimal loss of hair - even when the weft is cut. The band ensures that the hair lies flat against the head which makes for a natural finish. The advantage of these extensions is that these can be applied to the full width of the head which makes for a quicker application. These extensions are also installed without heat or glue. Flat wefts mostly get sewn into the hair or are installed with micro rings. Some hair stylists combine the two aforementioned installation methods.
7. Machine weft
Machine wefts are one of the first hair extensions ever made. This blog alone gives a good overview of how the hair extensions market has developed and gotten better. The advantage of machine weft extensions is that these can be applied to the full width of the head which makes for a quicker application. Unlike the hand tied wefts, the machine weft does not unravel when cut. They are a lot bulkier and therefore more suited for a full head application or for people with thick hair. Do you have fine or thin hair? Our nano-wefts just might be the perfect match!
Machine wefts mostly get sewn into the hair or are installed with micro rings. Some hair stylists combine the two aforementioned installation methods.
8. Nano-ring extensions
Nano-ring extensions have a small metal loop or silicone bit at the very top of the extension. The install of nano-ring extensions is very much like the other extensions that use micro rings. The difference is that the nano rings are almost 90% (!) smaller than micro rings which makes them nearly invisible. The rings come in multiple different colors which makes for a seamless install. Because the rings are so small, these extensions are perfect for people with thin or fine hair.
9. Nano-weft extensions
The nano-weft hair extensions are a new, revolutionary and unique weft from Beauty by Echika. The nano-weft is an improved version of the hand-tied weft. The nano-weft is just 0.1mm thin which makes it nearly invisible. The nano-wefts lay just as flat and look just as seamless as the hand-tied wefts. But, the nano-weft is thinner, doesn’t have the infamous ‘mustache’ and can be cut to size without unraveling. You can stack 4 to 6 tracks on top of each other and the nano-wefts are suitable for all hair types!