How Long Do Hair Extensions Last?


How long will my hair extensions last before I have to take them out?

The most frequently asked question we get about hair extensions is how long they last. There are numerous factors at play, but one thing is certain: the longevity of your hair extensions will be determined by the type you select.

When it comes to how long your hair extensions will last, the material used to make them is by far the most important factor. The first decision you’ll have to make is between synthetic and human hair extensions, with synthetic usually being less expensive (but lasting a shorter time) than most human hair varieties. In most cases, human hair extensions are the best option. Human hair extensions, in fact, last three times as long as synthetic hair extensions, making them a much better value!

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Clip-In Hair Extensions Are Temporary and Reusable

Clip-in hair extensions, are the least damaging, easiest to use, and least permanent type of hair extension available. These are available in strands with clips attached to the base that are easy to clip into your natural hair.

How Long Do Clip In Hair Extensions Last?

If you use your clip-in hair extensions on a regular basis and take good care of them, they can last anywhere from 3-6 months to over a year. However, as with all hair extensions, how well you care for them will determine how long they last.

How Do I Take Care Of Clip-Ins?

After 30 wears, we recommend washing them with sulfate-free, natural products. Before brushing them out, make sure they’re completely dry. Failure to do so could result in breakage and damage, causing your extensions to wear out faster.

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Tape-In Hair Extensions

Tape-in hair extensions: There’s no misunderstanding about what tape in extensions are: they’re hair extensions that are literally taped together on either side of your natural hair using adhesive weft tape. They’re popular because they don’t require any heat and allow your natural hair to grow out freely.

How Long Do Tape In Hair Extensions Last?

Tape-in hair extensions can last anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. You can have the same extensions taped back in for a fresher look if you take good care of them.

How Do I Take Care Of Tape-Ins?

When your tape in hair extensions are wet, one of the most important things to remember is to never comb or brush them. Make sure they’re completely dry before brushing them through with a hair extension brush. This will prolong their life and make them appear more natural.

Fusion / Keratin Bonded Hair Extensions

Fusion hair extensions, also known as Pre-Bonded hair extensions or Keratin Bonded hair extensions, are attached to the root of the hair with a tool that looks like a hot glue gun and attaches hair to individual strands of natural hair for a fuller, more natural look.

How Long Do Fusion Hair Extensions Last?

Depending on how well you care for your hair extensions, they can last anywhere from 3 to 4 months. Because these extensions are attached at the root of your natural hair, this includes how you wash your hair, how often you style with heating tools, and even how you brush your hair.

How Do I Take Care Of Fusions?

While you don’t need to buy any special shampoos, conditioners, or other hair care products (you can stick to your regular routine), you will need to have these hair extensions repositioned every 2-3 months.

Sew In Hair Extensions

Sew in hair extensions, also known as Hand Tied hair extensions, you’ll need to braid your natural hair into cornrows first, then use a needle and thread to sew the extensions onto the braids. Hair extensions are usually sewn in for people who have thicker hair.

How Long Do Sew In Hair Extensions Last?

Sew-in hair extensions are semi-permanent, lasting anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. The maximum time you should wear a full weave is four months, as it may interfere with the growth of your natural hair.

How Do I Take Care Of Sew Ins?

It’s critical to moisturize your weave’s scalp, nape, and edges at least once a week with deep conditioning products that help moisturize the hair to keep it looking natural and healthy.

Natural Beaded / Microlink Hair Extensions

These hair extensions, also known as micro bead and micro loop hair extensions, are applied by taking small sections of natural hair and attaching tiny hair wefts to it. This method does not use any heat or glue.

How Long Do Beaded Extensions Last?

Depending on how well you care for these Natural Beaded extensions, they should last 3-4 months. Because these beads are attached at the roots of your natural hair, it’s crucial to treat them gently and with natural products.

How Do I Take Care Of Beaded Extensions?

You can style these extensions the same way you would your natural hair, but they will need to be repositioned every 2-3 months, just like fusion/pre-bonded hair extensions, because the natural hair will move the microbeads away from the scalp.

Are Hair Extensions Bad For Your Hair?

There are a variety of hair extension application methods available. But The correct answer is, no, hair extensions will not damage your hair if they are fitted professionally and are cared for well.

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