types of hair extensions

The Different Types of Hair Extensions and How to Wear Them

Up to 93% of women say they would consider wearing extensions at some point in the future.

Your hair is a huge part of your appearance, and you can style it in a huge range of ways. The right hairstyle will help you express yourself and feel more confident, and it’s important to know what options are most suitable for your hair and lifestyle. If you’re considering hair extensions, there are a many different methods that are suitable for each hair type.

In this guide, we’ll go over the main types of hair extensions that will educate yourself on knowing the perfect method for you. Keep reading for more.

The Different Types of Hair Extensions

The way that different hair extensions work varies. Depending on your hair type and lifestyle, you should look into the types available so you can find something that works well for you and your hair.


Wefts are a popular choice and are available in different styles. The types of wefts that we offer are Hand-tied, Volume weft (machine weft) and genius weft.

Hand-tied wefts are suitable for people with finer-thinner hair. The wefts lay flat and are so seamless. Our hand-tied wefts are handmade and cannot be cut. These wefts are installed by a bead and thread. There are no adhesive or heated tools used when installing wefts. Hand-tied wefts are reusable for up to 8 months to one year and maintenance appointments should be followed.

Volume Wefts are suitable for people with thicker hair. These wefts are a collection of hair sewn together by a machine. The wefts themselves are ticker and weigh a bit more. Machine wefts can be cut making them more durable and sturdier. These wefts are reusable for up to 8 months to one year.

Genius wefts are the newest wefts on the market. They are now the thinnest, flattest and most lightweight weft. This virtually invisible weft can be cut for easy customization and has no return hairs that can irritate the scalp. They are also reusable for up to 8 months to one year.

Tape-In Extensions

tape-in extensions are one of the most popular methods on the market which are suitable for people with thin to very thick hair. They are sandwiched by two panels with double sided tape with your hair in between. It takes about 40 minutes to an hour to have them installed. Tape-ins are a reusable method and maintenance is required every 6-8 weeks. Tape-ins lay flat on your head and are very lightweight.

Micro and Nano Bead Extensions

Micro bead extensions use a silicone-lined bead to attach the extensions to your hair. Your hairdresser will do this and secure them using a special tool. This method doesn’t involve heat or glue, which is why many people love the beaded method. Micro beads are more suitable for people with medium to thick hair.

Nano bead extensions use a smaller bead than the micro method which is much more suitable with people with thinner hair. They are both installed the same way only difference is the size of the bead.

The process takes about 2-4 hours. In terms of hair care, you can wash them the same way you wash your natural hair. Over time, your hair grow will move the beads further from your scalp, so these typically need to be adjusted once every 2-3 months.


Fusion hair extensions (also called keratin tip extensions) use a keratin tip and heated tool to attach them individually to your hair. A hairdresser will usually take about 3-5 hours to put them in. These types of extensions are perfect for people fine to thin hair because of how discrete the bonds are. They are also very versatile when it comes to styling your hair and flexible when wearing your hair up. Fusion hair extensions will last in your hair for 3-4 months and must be removed by a professional.

How Long Do Hair Extensions Last?

This all depends on the type of extensions you get and how well you care for them. Wefts can be worn for 2-3 months before needing to get them adjusted.

Tape-in extensions are generally considered semi-permanent. They last for about 6-8 weeks when well looked after, and then you’ll need to get them lifted.

Micro and nano bead extensions they typically last up to about 3 months before needing them adjusted. Fusion extensions are similar, which also last for about 3-4 months if you take care of them.

Care is the key factor here. If you neglect your extensions, they won’t last nearly as long. Conversely, if you’re careful with them, wash them properly, use products recommended by your stylist and follow your maintenance appointments the hair will last its full lifespan.

What Type of Hair Extensions Should You Go For?

This varies from person to person. You will need to book an in person consultation with a certified hair extension specialist to know which method will be most suitable for your hair type.

Firstly, you will need to consider that getting hair extensions is a huge commitment when it comes to following proper after care.

Hair Extensions By eNVy has all of these types of hair extensions with a wide selection of colors to choose from. Take a look at our products page to find out more about what we have available.