What Are The Best Hair Extensions For Fine Hair?
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 you can make to get Rapunzel style hair even if your hair’s on the thinner side, and the ones to avoid to prevent your natural, thinner hair from damage.
What Are The Best Hair Extensions For Fine Hair?
When choosing the best hair extensions for your thin hair, you need to consider two main factors... weight and how well your natural hair can conceal them.
Your stylist will advise you on the best choice for your hair type during your consultation appointment but as a general rule of thumb, we advise you avoid weighty extensions as this will add stress and tension to your natural hair.
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 is one of the best type of hair extensions for fine hair. Their flat bond offers a natural look that is easily blended in even the thinnest of hairs so they are sure to be discreet.
The wefts are sandwiched between the natural hair and are secured in place with polyurethane tape secured close to the root.
They are both easy and quick to apply and remove (the application process takes roughly 30-90 minutes). They are also semi-permanent and can 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 your 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.
Another option of tape-in extensions is Injection Tape. From Remi Cachet's Elegance range, Injection Tape Extensions are very similar to Tape hair extensions but they have an injection process. This injection tape that imitates the root and hair growth on the 4cm wide backing. Designed to be discreet in the natural hair, the backing changes colour depending on the hair extension colour you used.
As an additional option, 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 the other types, but coming in 10” lengths, with a 2cm width tab top. So, if your hair is on the shorter side, these are perfect for you to add extra thickness.
Things To Consider With Tape-In Hair Extensions
Tape-in hair extensions need 48 hours for the tape to cure after application, so you should avoid bathing, showering or any exercise during that time as this would cause you to sweat.
Oil-based products can also cause tapes to slip so we recommend you avoid these types of products when wearing tape hair extensions.
Calling all keen swimmers...it’s worth bearing in mind that tapes can weaken from the chemicals used in the pool.
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Remi Cachet Pro Tips® are part of the Ultra Tips® 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.
Your stylist will fit these in 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 these 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... perfect.
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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 With Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions
You may have read that micro rings can cause damage to finer hair, but this will only happen if they are improperly fitted.
Your stylist will know how much weight your hair can handle, so it’s important to book a consultation.
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.
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What Are The Best Extensions To Avoid For 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 stylist 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 natural 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.
Overall, with the 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. Want to know more about consultation appoinments? Check out our journal post here.
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