What are the Best Hair Extensions for Thin Hair?

hair extensions for thin hair

Are your natural locks not as luscious or thick as you’d hope? Don’t feel too discouraged. There are a few different ways to amplify your hair and give it the boost to achieve the hair of your dreams. Hair extensions have become increasingly popular in modern times and are a great option to spruce up thin hair. Revela has compiled a list of the best hair extensions for thinning hair, as well as tips to keep in mind when it comes to picking a technique. 

Thinning Hair Causes

Genetics is usually the main reason for naturally thin hair, but developing thinning hair later in your life can be accustomed to a few different reasons. Whether it be underlying medical conditions or hormonal changes, know that you are not alone, and many people naturally have or later develop finer hair. 

Key Benefits of Hair Extensions for People With Thinning Hair

Hair extensions can provide many different benefits. Whether your hair is thinning, or you’re just looking to change up your look - they can provide an opportunity to boost your confidence!

Immediate Results: Rather than waiting for your hair to grow out (which can take months), hair extensions can provide an instantaneous result.

  • Volume: Those with a finer hair texture can easily achieve a more voluminous look that their natural hair can’t provide. 
Versatility: You are able to try varying colors and lengths when using hair extensions. You don’t have to be tied down to a specific look for too long if you’re looking to jazz things up.

Different Types of Hair Extensions

Hair extensions have been around since 3400 BC in Ancient Egypt, and it's needless to say application techniques have further developed since then. The many different methods and techniques that have been developed favor different types of hair. 

Tape-In Hair Extensions

There are two different methods of applying tape-in extensions; regular tape-in hair extensions and the single method:

  • Regular Tape-In Extensions: This type is applied by bonding hair between the tape extensions. 
  • The single method: In this method, one tape weft extension is placed on the hair and the other side is sealed with a single-sided piece of tape. Single-sided tape extensions are one of the best techniques for thinning hair. 
tape-in hair extensions for thinning hair

Tape ins are typically 1.5” wide wefts that are applied to the hairline row by row. Tape in wefts are thinner and more lightweight than other hair extension options so they tend to blend more seamlessly into thinner hair. There are no required tools or chemicals for tape-in hair extensions. 

Clip-In Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are applied directly to your hairline. Your natural hair then lays on top to cover the clip-in wire. They are a great temporary fix if you aren’t looking for long term usage. You are able to remove and add them in as often as you’d like. The downside to clip in extensions for thinning hair is that they can be quite heavy on the hairline, which isn’t ideal for hair that is already less voluminous. Removing and applying clip-in extensions can also be taxing overtime on your roots. 

Hand-Tied Hair Extensions

Hand-tied hair extensions are another great option for thin hair. Hand-tied extensions are applied by attaching a row of beads to one’s natural hair line. Wefts are then hand-tied onto the row of beads with a thread. The amount of rows placed and wefts used really depends on the desired end result. Thinning hair is compatible with this technique because it’s less taxing on the hair line and the beads lay flat against the scalp.

Micro Ring Hair Extensions

Micro-ring hair extensions are applied strand by strand with a looping tool. This type of extension isn’t the most advantageous, nor is it the worst option for thinning hair. The loops of this hair extension are easy to hide in thinning hair as they are lightweight. One precaution to take is to not be too aggressive in brushing your hair, as the loops can be pulled out, damaging your hair. Another precaution to note is that the removal process of micro-rings can damage thin hair. 

Nanoring Hair Extensions

Very similar to micro ring hair extensions, nanoring extensions are placed individually into small sections of hair, and secured with a small metal "nanoring" that is about 90% smaller than the aforementioned micro ring, making it more suitable for thinner hair as they can be easier to hide with thinning/sparse hair.

Keratin Fusion/Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions

Pre-bonded hair extensions are added by using a heating gun in which special Keratin bonding is applied to a part of hair, from there the hair stylists soften the keratin to bond to your natural hair by rolling it between their fingertips. This is an older method of hair extensions. The biggest warning for pre-bonded hair extensions is to avoid styling, dying or washing your hair before the initial 48 hours since application, as your extensions can fall out. This option isn’t the most optimal for thinning hair as the application process uses heat, while other methods do not. The removal process also requires harsh chemicals; this combination of heat and harsh chemicals is not great for thin hair.

Key Points To Look For in Thinning Hair

The most important thing to consider if you have thin hair and are looking to apply hair extensions is how much stress, damage, and weight is being placed on your strands from the hair extensions. People with fine hair should always look for extensions that have the lowest density, least damaging processes, and impose the least stress on your roots. 

A Final Word on Hair Extensions for Thinning Hair

With our list of different hair extensions, we hope you were able to discern which types may be the best fit for your hair type. Being aware of what type and texture you have is important when choosing which hair extension technique you pick. Those with thinning hair should be extra careful when deciding which hair extension method to go about. If you feel overwhelmed making the decision for yourself, consider discussing with a salon professional to see what their opinion is.

If you’re looking for a more lasting way to add volume and thickness to your hair, Revela’s Hair Revival Serum helps to nurture your hair follicles and assist in boosting your natural hair’s overall health to its prime. The lead ingredient in our formula, ProCelinyl™, was discovered through rigorous AI research in order to search for the highest level of efficacy when it comes to supporting the appearance of fuller hair.
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Reviewed by: Avinash Boppana, BS

Avinash is a computer scientist. He completed his BS from Princeton University, concentrating in Statistics & Machine Learning. He has deep experience in computational research, working for reputable institutions, including Harvard Medical School, the Flatiron Institute, and the NIH.

Written by: Revela Editorial Team

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