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Types Of Hair

Types of Hair Extensions

Once you have decided that you want to get hair extensions, you must carry out some research to know what will work best for you. Some people prefer to go to a hair professional for advice and this will be sufficient to inform their decision. However, most people now like to have their own information. Once you know the truth about the types of hair extensions that you can get, you can also get to know about the prices and after care. This way, even if your stylist offers you advice, you know whether or not it makes sense. You can fully trust them with installation because they have proven that they ‘know their stuff’.

There are two broad ways to categorize the types of hair extensions. By:

Hair Type

Hair extensions are either synthetic or made from human hair. They include:

1. Synthetic Hair Extensions

These are made from plastic and acrylic fibers. They are the lowest quality and should not be an option. They might be as cheap as $50 but they are frizzy, matted and tend to cause damage to your hair. In addition to this, they tangle a lot and provide limited styling options because heat application is not an option. Although most companies now advertise that you can apply heat on this hair, put the flat iron, curling iron and blowdrier down; it is definitely a bad idea.

2. Non- Remy Hair

This type of hair ranks the second lowest in extension classification. The hair is not intact as it comprises of hair swept off salon and barber floors. Most companies also mix it in with some synthetic fiber or animal hair to make it look better and fuller. Getting low quality Remy hair extensions is not a good idea since the hair tangles, mats and sheds a lot. Applying heat and other styling tools on this hair is also not advisable.

3. Low Quality Remy Hair

Low quality Remy hair is the cheap version of human hair. It can last about one to three washes and costs anywhere between $80 and $100. These hair extensions are covered in silicone to make them appear shiny. Most manufacturers tend to stick with this type of hair in order to get a higher profit margin.

4. High Quality Remy Hair

High quality Remy hair has the cuticle intact, which makes it good for use. It costs over $100 but is sure to last you anywhere from five to eight months and is thus a worthy investment. You can style the hair and use a variety of products to preserve it since it is human hair. Additionally, check for double drawn hair, that is, hair with thick ends, to get the best quality of extensions.

5. Virgin Remy Hair

This is the highest quality of human hair as it is barely processed. It is handpicked from donors who have never chemically processed their hair, cut, sorted and washed. The hair is then processed in a bath to ensure that it does not go through any chemical processing and maintains its quality in addition to keeping the cuticle intact. This is the best hair to use but it is also rare and expensive. However, it does last over a year and is therefore worth the investment.

Method of Installation

Hair extensions can be classified by mode of installation as well. There are:

Each of these types of extensions has their pros and cons. While choosing which type you prefer, the hair extension price as well as the duration you will have and use them must be considered.

Types of Hair Extensions Celebrities Use

There is no specific type of hair extension that celebrities use. Being celebrities, they will go for the high quality type of extension such as virgin or high quality Remy hair. They are known to have unique style and stand out from the crowd by starting, not following, trends. Most of the extensions that celebrities use are therefore custom-made. They density, color and installation is specific to their hairs’ characteristics and based on their celebrity hairstylists’ expertise.


Hair extension types are quite a few. Knowing what each type entails will help you make a better decision as to which you would want on your hair. Additionally, picking the best type suited for your hair can play a critical role in avoiding hair damage.