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How Long Can Your Hair Extensions Last?

How long can your hair extensions last?

We all know that how long hair extensions last on your head depends more on how you care and what types of hair extensions you go for. Here in this post, we are going to talk about the duration of different types of human hair extensions. 

Sew-in weave can last for about 2 months

Sew-in weaves is a weaving technique to braid your natural hair into cornrows, and then use thread and needle to attach hair weaves to the braided hair. This weaving technique requires no adhesive, no tape, and no heat. You won't have to worry about your hair extensions falling off with this safe and secure option. With proper dressing technique and care, sew-ins tend to last about 6-12 weeks. 
sew in weaves

Glue-in weave can last for about 1 month

Glue-in weave is also known as the quick weave. It's a weaving technique used to glue hair weaves to a protective wig cap. This weaving technique requires less work to pre-style your hair, thus it's typically cheaper than other weaving methods. Quick weaves can last for about 4-5 weeks with proper care. 

Clip-in hair extensions should be taken off before heading to bed

Clip-in hair extensions can be easily attached to your natural hair to add length and volume by pressing down multiple small clips. This extension method can be easily done within minutes, friendly for beginners and busy girls. Since they are not permanent hair extensions, clip-in hair extensions allow you to wear them temporarily. You'd better take them off before you head to bed or you may feel uncomfortable and the clips may tangle with your hair at night. 
clip in hair extensions

Tape-in hair extensions can last one month and a half on average

Tape-in hair extensions are 4 cm wide wefts that are pre-taped. There is a sticky tab on the top of this type of hair extension. Simply peel away the tab on the top and sandwich the tape-in hair between your natural hair. It's easy to handle and flexible. With proper installation and maintenance, tape-in hair extensions can last about 6 weeks. The duration varies depending on the frequency you wash your hair and your hair texture. If you have an oily hair texture or if you wash your hair daily, expect that it can last on your head for about 4-5 weeks.

Hot fusion hair extensions can last from 3 to 4 months

In hot fusion hair extensions, keratin bonds are fused with heat irons to attach hair extensions to your natural hair strand by strand. Although it takes several hours to install, fusion hair extensions can last for a very long time. Hot fusion hair can last up to 3-4 months depending on how well you take care of them and how fast your natural hair grows. 
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Microlinks can last up to 2 months

Microlinks are also known as cold fusion hair extensions and microbeads. These types of hair extensions are secured to hair strands using small silicone beads. It's a technique to add length and volume without using heat and glue. Microlink hair extensions can last for about 2-3 months, depending on how well you care and how fast your natural hair grows. This extension method is best suited to healthy hair. If you have damaged hair or weak hair, wearing hair extensions can bring excess stress and pull to your scalp.  
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Which extension techniques last longest?

Fusion hair extensions (hot fusion hair and cold fusion hair) are more flexible and last longer than other extension techniques. But fusion extensions typically take a long time to install. You'd better prepare yourself that you will sit in a salon seat for several hours wearing fusion hair extensions.

Clip-in hair extensions are temporary and more DIY friendly. If you desire a temporary extension method that allows you to rock in a few minutes at home, clip-in hair extensions are ideal for you.

Sew-in weaves can last for quite some time and offer more security. With sew-in weaves, you will never have to worry that your hair extensions will slide off. Tape-in hair is safer and easier to handle than glue-in hair. It's perfect for short, thin hair. 

To determine which hair extension types you should opt for, depending more on your lifestyle and your preference. No matter which hair extension type you go for, you'll love the voluminous and beautiful look they bring.

When to remove your hair extensions?

No matter which extension solution you go for, once your scalp feels unbearable itchy, or your natural hair starts shedding, it's time to take off the hair extensions from your head and give your natural hair a break. Here are five signals that it's time to take off your hair extensions and give your natural hair a break:

Unbearable itching: If you feel your scalp has an unbearable itch and it doesn't seem to be easing up after shampooing, it may be time to remove your hair extensions, release your natural hair, and give your natural hair a deep clean. 

Hair sheds a lot: Improper installation and too long durations of hair extensions can lead to hair sheds. If your braided hair underneath won't lay flat any longer or starts to get loose, it may also signal to remove your hair extensions to give your natural hair a break. 

Very dry: You have moisturized your hair every day but your hair is still as dry as the desert. It's time to consider whether your hair extensions have been kept on your head for too long. 

Unpleasant odor: If you observe an unpleasant odor coming from underneath your braided hair, you should remove your hair extensions and give your natural hair a deep wash. 

The tracks start to expose: with hair extensions on, your natural hair keeps growing. If your natural hair grows too fast or too long, your braids underneath may start to get loose and the bonds may begin to get exposed. You need to reinstall your hair extensions to maintain a seamless result.
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How to make your hair extensions last longer?

We all know that how well you take care of your hair extensions also affects their duration and lifespan. Here are some extensions hair care tips that can be easily handled at home:

  • Tip 1: Detangle daily: Detangle your hair extensions regularly with a wide-tooth comb, especially before washing your hair, styling your hair, and sleeping. Gently comb your hair from mid-length toward the tips, and avoid combing your roots while using microlinks or tape-ins. 
  • Tip 2: Separate the bonds daily: Gently detangle the bonds with your fingers. Although it seems a bit fussy, it is very effective at preventing hair loss and tangles. 
  • Tip 3: Wash less: Despite clip-in hair extensions that have to be removed every night before you head to bed, with other hair extensions on, you'd better reduce the frequency you shampoo your hair. Washing too frequently may loosen the bonding area between hair extensions and your natural hair. Between two washing days, opt for dry shampoo as an alternative.
  • Tip 4: Invest in mild hair care products: Opt for sulfate-free and silicone-free shampoo and conditioner for your extension care routine. Or you can invest in mild shampoo that is designed for hair extensions. These types of hair care products do not contain sulfates and alcohol. They can not only clean and moisturize your hair but also prevent the bonding area from getting loose.
  • Tip 5: Wash correctly: Before washing your hair extensions, detangle your hair extensions with a wide-tooth comb to minimize tangles and dirt. If you wash your hair extensions, let the water flow down them. This will prevent your hair extensions from getting tangled. Never neglect your scalp while shampooing your hair, and gently massage the shampoo into your hair roots to remove oils and buildups with your finger pads. Please do not apply conditioner near the bonding area to avoid slide-off. By the way, ensure your hair is completely dry before heading to bed. Never sleep with wet hair, or it may lead to headaches and hair shedding.
  • Tip 6: Minimize heat treatment: Blow your hair dry on the lowest heat setting. Avoid styling your hair with hot tools too often. If necessary, set your heat styling tool at the lowest temperature or spray your hair with a heat protector to minimize heat damage. You should not apply heat near the bonding area (tape hair extensions and microlinks). 
  • Tip 7: Protect your hair while sleeping: Wrap your hair up with a satin scarf or a silky pillowcase to protect your hair from friction and getting tangled. You can apply some light oil or hair conditioner to your hair from mid-length toward the ends to add moisture. 
  • Tip 8: Moisture your hair: Massage a small amount of natural oil or leave-in hair conditioner to keep your extensions nourished. Never apply oil to the roots or it may lead to sliding off. You should deep condition your hair regularly as long as you don't apply hair conditioner to the roots. 
  • Tip 9: Take off your hair extensions in time: Wearing hair extensions for a long time can ineluctably bring stress and tension to your scalp. Never wear your hair extensions past their shelf life. Once you feel unbearable and itchy and start to get hair shed, it's a signal to remove your hair extensions and give your natural hair a break. 


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