There aren’t just different hair extensions, there are also differences in how they’re applied. Common hair extension applications include micro-link hair extensions, weave hair extensions, tape hair extensions and pre-bonded/fusion extensions.
Micro-link hair extensions:
These are also known as micro-bead or loop hair extensions. Malmquist says they’re applied by looping the extensions through natural hair and clamping it down with a pair of pliers and a metal bead.
Weave hair extensions:
“Weave” is a common term used to mean hair extensions, but there are specific weave extensions. They are applied by braiding the natural hair into a cornrow and using a needle and cotton thread to attach the extra lengths.
Tape-in hair extensions:
These are classified as semi-permanent extensions. They’re pre-taped and sandwiched on either side of natural hair.
These are also referred to as fusion hair extensions. They are attached to natural hair using different adhesives, such as keratin and glue.
Waajid reveals that these can be the least damaging to hair if applied correctly because they are not attached to a braid. They are clipped to hair and quick to install.
Net weaving extensions:
Net weaving is another weaving technique where a net is sewn on the base of the cornrows, then the weave weft extensions are sewn to the net. This prevents additional stress on the hair.
Crochet extensions are done using the same technique used to apply weft weaving, but the extensions are not sewn on to the braids. They are applied using a latch hook needle.
By: Heather cichowski