Having thin hair can be both a blessing (allows you to save more money) and a curse. Although fine strands are easier to handle, sometimes the lack of density limits you as to what you can do with your hair. Fortunately, we have an incredible team of passionate individuals that will help you to buy the best hair extensions!
There are many hairstyles that simply don’t look as good on thin hair. Achieving significant length may also be troublesome for women with fine strands because they usually get too thin at the ends and stop growing at a certain point. If you are one of these women, then there are certain aspects that you should know before buying hair extensions.
What is Thin or Low Density Hair?
First, thin hair can be defined in a couple of different ways. It can refer to the number of hairs that you have on your head. So, if the number is low that means you have low density hair. The other definition describes how thick the individual hairs are. You might not have low density hair, but the individual hairs could be weak or thin.
Women have thin hair for different reasons. It could be genetics, or maybe your hair was damaged because of the use of hot tools, different chemicals. Another cause for thin hair is incorrect or too aggressive hair dyeing and or bleaching. Please be very careful with your hair because it might cause thinning issues.
It’s also very problematic since hair is so fragile that you can’t really dye it. Same goes for the use of curling irons or cool, trendy hairstyles. That can be a real bummer or the reason for a lot of frustration and disappointment. Sadly, there is no natural way that you can make your hair much thicker, so many girls feel kind of stuck with it. There are shampoos, conditioners and vitamins, but these usually work best if the root cause is not genetics. Even then it can take months if not years to fix the root cause, especially if you continue to dye or curl your already fragile hair.
Luckily, extensions exist and are the perfect way to add volume to your hair!
Do All Hair Extension Types Work?
Around half of available methods are suitable for your hair type and that’s good news! Why not the rest of them? Many extension types use attachment methods that would put too much strain on thin hair and make the matters worse. Also, if the extensions are too heavy, you might end up with some of the hairs falling off because they can’t stand the weight of the extensions.
So, you need to be careful when choosing extensions for fine strands because you might end up with a bigger problem than you started with.
What Hair Extensions Don’t Work?
There are essentially four types of extensions that are not suitable for fine or very thin hair.
- Beaded types such as micro-rings and micro-link loops that crimp extensions to the hair. The strain will be too much.
- Cold fusion extensions like i-tips that require securing hair onto every strand.
- Keratin or u-tip methods since you are adding too much pressure on individual roots.
- Sew-in or hair wefts that are too complicated for thin hair.
Best Hair Extensions for Thin Hair
Now, it’s time for the best part! Let’s go with best hair extensions you can buy, even for thin hair! And some tips or tricks on how to install them for best possible results.
1 Flip-in Style Extensions
Looking as if it were halo like extensions, flip-ins work great on thin hair for a couple of different reasons.
- They give you the needed volume. Since they come in one big weft that is connected with a thin silicone loop, they are not visible even on fine hair. That is why they are also known as invisible or even secret extensions.
- There are no metal clips that can poke you! It’s just a silicone wire that you will place on your head (like a crown or a halo) and then pull out all the hair above it. That way the top part of your hair covers the extensions, and nothing is visible. This method also works great if you have short hair because it adds length as well as volume. Please know that not all clips are also made of metal, so don’t eliminate this method just yet!
- Flip-ins don’t add strain to your roots. Since all weight is supported by your scalp rather than roots, you are not putting any pressure on the parts that matter (your hair).
- A non-permanent solution. That’s good news! If you have thin hair and just starting, we don’t recommend going all-in with permanent hair just yet. You can also remove wire extensions while at home and let your natural hair loose.
Best Flip-in Options for Thin Hair
It’s all about thickness, which is very important. You don’t want flip-in extensions to be too thin since there will not be enough volume. However, going overboard will cause blending issues, making your hairstyle look unnatural. Low to medium thickness is an optimal choice, which will give you the best results.
Recommended Weight: 100g
Number of Bundles: 1
2 Clip-in Hair Extensions
Likely the most popular and the easiest option to work with. Unlike secret hair extensions that use a silicone string, clips rely on clips. Whether or not this method is better depends on your needs, but it has few major advantages.
- Clip-in extensions fit everyone. The thing with flip-in style hair extensions is that they can sometimes be fiddly. It’s basically a one design to fit them all. Some women have smaller or larger scalps, causing
- Controlled volume. You can add as many or as few clips as you want. 6 to 8 piece bundles contain multiple size wefts that you can even cut into smaller pieces.
- Proven attachment type. Even if you go swimming or dancing in the rain during strong winds, the clips will hold. If you are self-conscious about extensions moving out of place, this is a good place to be.
- Silicone clips are gentle. Yes, we’ve said that metal clips could poke your head, but there are alternatives! AiryHair and other premium extensions example come with a silicone coating, which is softer than metal.
Best Clip-in Options for Thin Hair
For silicone clip-in extensions, we suggest going with the 50 to 70-gram extensions. Why, you ask? Mostly because the thickness is perfect, and you can stack pieces if desired. Need more volume? Just add another one!
Recommended Weight: 30 – 70 g
Number of Pieces: 6 – 8
3 Tape-in Hair Extensions
Tape-ins is one of the best methods for people with low density hair. Extensions are easy to install and put a low amount of strain on the hair by weight on a greater surface area. They are also rather easy to install and maintain.
- As discrete as you can get. The way tape-ins work is by sandwiching a thin layer of your hair between two extension tapes. They camouflage really well and won’t be visible on your fine, especially the transparent tape type that AiryHair uses by default.
- The best permanent option for thin hair. Now, not only is this the only permanent method, but the best one too! In fact, tape-in extensions are the most popular among all women. So, even with very fine hair, you get to use the best fusion method there is.
- The most versatile method. Since there are no big and thick wefts of hair, you can place tape-ins in strategic places that fit your hair best. Additionally, you can even cut tape into as many little pieces as you want. Shorter tapes use less hair which means there is less weight. That is perfect for fine hair.
Best Tape-in Options for Thin Hair
Start with 30 to 70-gram tape pieces. Each bundle contains 20 tapes, allowing you to create 10 sandwiches. If you confused about the terminology, head over to our easy to understand yet extensive hair extensions guide.
Keep in mind that transparent tape extensions are for long term volume seekers. Once you try invisible tape, there is no going back. You’ve been warned!
Recommended Weight: 50 – 70 g
Number of Pieces: 20 – 40
4 Safe Alternatives: Wigs and Toppers
This is the best option if you have both very low-density hair and balding issues. Bald spots can happen naturally, because of illness or due to certain medications. It’s a very devastating thing to have to go through and many women completely lose their confidence because of it.
Wigs are a great fit if your hair is so weak that it can’t handle any type of extensions. The best option is what is called a hair topper. It puts hair on top of your natural hair and covers baldness or thinness. It’s not a full wig which makes it easy to install and maintain.
Hair toppers are held in place with a couple of clips, but since it’s on the top of your head, there is no strain or pulling of the hair. You can put it on and remove in seconds.
For best results, make sure that you buy a wig that is made from real human hair.
It’s not that bad now, isn’t? Hopefully, your newly acquired knowledge will give you that extra boost of confidence you need! Re-read the best extension types for thin hair or contact us if you still have questions. Now it’s all about choosing the correct hair color that can match your beautiful hair. No-one will suspect a thing!
In the end, it does not really matter what is your hair type since you still get to use some of the best hair extension methods there are.