If you’ve been fantasising about full, flowing locks, hair extensions can definitely help you achieve your dream hair! A great solution for fine or thin hair, extensions can give you the volume and length you’ve always dreamed of, for a natural and enviable look. But just what are the best hair extensions for fine hair? In this guide, we offer our advice on the best choices to make to get Rapunzel style hair even if your hair’s on the thinner side, and the ones to avoid to prevent your natural hair from damage.
What are the best extensions for thin hair?
When choosing the best hair extensions for thin hair, you need to consider two main factors, weight and how well your natural hair can conceal them. Your hair extension technician will advise you on the best choice for your hair type during your consultation appointment but as a general rule of thumb, avoid weighty extensions as this will add stress and tension to your natural hair which could result in hair loss. We’ve rounded up the best types of hair extensions for fine hair, to give you an insight into what could work most successfully for your hair.
Tape hair extensions
Tape extensions are the best type for fine hair. Their flat bond offers a natural look that is easily blended in even the thinnest of hairs. Wefts are sandwiched between the natural hair and are secured in place with polyurethane tape secured close to the root. Easy and quick to apply and remove (the application process takes roughly 30-90 minutes), they are semi-permanent and last up to six weeks. Tape-in extensions can also be reused for up to eight weeks after the first application when a new tape is added. With even distribution across the head and no stress being placed on individual strands, they are thin and lightweight and don’t damage the hair. For very fine hair, the sandwiching method of application can even be adapted to bond a single weft in place with a piece of tape rather than with a second weft, to reduce the weight and thickness of each piece.
Things to consider: tape-in hair extensions need 48 hours for the tape to cure after application, so you should avoid bathing, showering or any exercise that would cause you to sweat during this time. Oil-based products can cause tapes to slip and if you’re a keen swimmer, it’s worth bearing in mind that tapes can weaken from the chemicals used in the pool.
Micro tape extensions
As an additional option to tape-in extensions, micro tape extensions are a great option for thin hair, if you want to add volume to a shorter style. The same rules apply to micro tapes as tape-ins, but coming in 10” lengths, with a 2cm width tab top, they’re perfect for adding extra thickness to a bob or any other short cut.
Remi Cachet Elegance Pro Tips®
Elegance Pro Tips® are part of the Ultra Tip® range but have been developed to be smaller and more discreet. Pro Tips® are joined to the hair with Remi Cachet Ultra Locks® which are a type of micro ring specially designed to take this type of extension. Fitted by threading natural hair through the Ultra Lock®, the Pro Tip® is then added and clamped into place, giving a secure and discreet bond. Because the extensions are lightweight, they don’t add strain to fine hair and their fan tips lie flat to the head, making it easy to conceal them under the natural hair. If correctly fitted and removed, Pro Tips® shouldn’t damage the natural hair and when cared for correctly with maintenance checks and fittings, should last over 12 months. Available in a multitude of colours and in both 16” and 20” lengths.
Nano Tips are another great option for fine hair because nano rings are roughly 90% smaller than most micro-rings making them discreet and seamless and very easy to blend with natural hair. Installed in the same way as Pro Tips®, the natural hair is threaded through the nano ring, before the unique tip of the Elegance Nano Tip extension is threaded through and clamped into place. Most nano tip extensions should last around 6-9 months but can slip if your hair is too soft or oily (Elegance Nano Tips by Remi Cachet, can last over 12 months with the correct aftercare, making them one of the best options of Nano Tip on the market). As they’re thin and lightweight, they don’t add too much weight or strain to the hairline making them a good pick for naturally finer hair.
Things to consider: you may read that micro rings can cause damage to finer hair, but this will only happen if they are improperly fitted. Your hair technician will know how much weight your hair can handle, so it’s important to get a consultation appointment first. Some micro ring extensions may be too wide or heavy for your hair to conceal, but as Pro Tips® and nano tips are quite discreet, they’re a safe bet if properly fitted and cared for.
What are the best hair extensions to avoid with fine hair?
As a general rule, any hair extensions that put unnecessary strain and weight on your head and hairline should be avoided if you have fine or thin hair. Your hair technician will be able to properly advise you on the best course to take when it comes to your extensions, so always seek professional advice before your first application or if you’re having problems whilst wearing them. Here’s a quick round-up of some types of extensions which can generally be difficult for those with fine hair to wear:
Although they’re semi-permanent, unnecessary pulling and tugging on the hair can make clip-ins a bad choice for those with fine hair as the clips can be difficult to conceal under your own locks.
Hot fusion hair extensions
A tried and tested traditional method for adding hair extensions to hair, extension hair is bonded to the natural hair using a heat tool and glue. Whilst modern extensions use keratin which dries clear and looks natural, the process of removing fusion hair extensions is incredibly intricate and sometimes requires pliers. If not removed correctly by a professional this method could cause damage and breakages to finer hair.
With correct fitting, care and aftercare, hair extensions can be a great option for anyone looking for a hair boost, regardless of their hair type. Whichever option you prefer, be sure to book a consultation appointment before your fitting, to make sure your choice is the right one for your hair.