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Which Type of Hair Extensions Are Right for You?

Hair extensions are an easy way to change up your look, but finding ones to fit your needs, lifestyle, and budget can be confusing—especially for a beginner. If you’ve been thinking about entering Rapunzel territory, check out our trusty guide before you book an appointment. We consulted with hairstylists at top salons to fill you in on the most popular hair extensions out there, along with everything you should know about them, including the cost, who they’re best for, and how long they last. Keep scrolling to find your perfect match!

Long-Term Extensions

Fusion Bonds

What They Are: Extensions that come pre-tipped with keratin bonds. A stylist uses a heating element to attach it to the hair.

Who Should Get Them: Anyone who wants a more permanent look—as long as you have three or four inches of hair. “These are the most natural and you can hide issues like breakage or if you have really thin hair,” says Ryan Trygstad stylist at Sally Hershberger Salon in New York City. There are wefts (small strips of hair) available for all different textures and hair colors—ombré highlights included.

Application Time: 2-4 hours

Bead Wefts

What They Are: Strips of hair that are measured and cut into custom sizes. The pieces are then attached with small metal beads that lay flat into the hair.

Who Should Get Them: They work on all hair types, from fine to thick.

Application Time: 1-3 hours, depending on the length and density of the hair.


What They Are: Wefts that a stylist tapes to the root of the hair—no tools needed.

Who Should Get Them: They work on all hair types, from fine to thick.

Application Time: 1 to 2 hours


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