Whether you have already decided to buy hair extensions or not, there are few factors that one should know. Yes, we are talking about the lifespan of hair extensions. A lot of the questions we get from our customers are related to this topic because longevity of extensions has a big role in the decision-making process of buying new hair.
It is only logical that women want to purchase a product that they can wear and enjoy for months and months to come. Unfortunately, dishonest sellers and low-quality brands will often mislead shoppers. As a result, some women now even doubt about the quality of all hair extensions.
That’s perfectly understandable. That’s why we have decided to publish a detailed article covering the lifetime of all hair extensions. How long do tape-in hair extensions last? What about clip-ins? Let’s cover all fusion types and at the end learn how to make hair extensions last even longer!
1 How Long Do Hair Extensions Last?
The average quality human hair extensions last 3 to 6 months while synthetic hair extensions last 1 to 2 months. Depending on hair care and fusion type, you can extend extensions lifespan by up to 12 months.
Now, while we can give you general timeframes on hair extensions lifetime, there are far more factors that contribute to your strand’s health. For better estimates, check hair extensions lifetime statistics grouped by fusion type.
How Many Washes Do Hair Extensions Last?
For even further analysis, let’s group hair extensions by price and a number of washes.
- Cheap Hair Extensions: 1 to 3 washes
- Regular Hair Extensions: 5 to 15 washes
- Remy Hair Extensions: 10 to 30 washes
- Premium Remy Extensions: 20 to 40 washes
- Virgin Hair Extensions: 60 to 100 washes
Keeping that in mind, let’s dive deeper into each fusion type.
How Long Do Tape-In Extensions Last?
The average lifespan of tape-in human hair extensions is 3 to 5 months. This assumes that you are using higher quality, Remy human hair. This might not sound much, but these are today’s averages, for better or worse.
However, unlike other fusion types, tape-in hair extensions will stay intact for months. In other words, the shorter lifespan is due to constant hair washing, drying, curling and other procedures. Since these extensions are attached using a tape, which may peel off, get some double-sided tape can be bought here with free shipping. This will allow you to re-attach and re-apply extensions when needed. This is a cool trick because it allows you to significantly extend the life of your extensions.
How Long Do Clip-in Hair Extensions Last?
Remy quality clip-in extensions when properly taken care of will last from 9 to 12 months. This assumes that a buyer follows all the maintenance instructions detailed below. That’s why we always stress the importance of proper hair care.
Synthetic clip-in extensions lifespan is around two years on average. Mostly because girls don’t wear them more than twice per quarter. For women that use human hair clip-in extensions every single day, the average lifespan is around 60% less, and goes to 4 months.
How Long Do Cold Fusion Hair Extensions Last?
The human hair of micro ring loop and i-tip hair extensions will last from 3 to 6 months. However, your stylist will have to move strands higher up every six to eight weeks, depending on the speed of the hair growth.
The best thing about cold fusion hair extensions is how easy they are to refit. You can do it at home in less than 20 minutes. You should never use syntenic extensions of this type. Unless you don’t want to avoid hair damage or itchy scalp.
How Long Do Hot Fusion Hair Extensions Last?
Keratin hair extensions will last from 4 to 6 months while glue-in u-tip strands lifetime is 2 to 3 months. Manufacturers will often use higher quality hair with keratin tips. In other words, glue-in hair is targeting cheapest buyers hence shorter lifespan.
Synthetic and low-quality extensions won’t last more than a month. We recommend that you avoid those if you need something permanent. It’s important to note that although Remy strands, like those from AiryHair, can last up to six months and more, that doesn’t mean you can wear them continually. It’s a method where your hairstylist will have to refit strands every month or so.
How Long Do Weft Hair Extensions Last?
These extensions tend to be made of Brazilian hair and last from 6 to 9 months. Since wefts can be transformed into any given type, it also applies to sewn-in hair. While women might be appreciative of higher quality hair (these are averages, after all), refitting hair is troublesome.
Our general recommendation is to go for tape-in or clip-in hair extensions, depending on your fusion preference. We have a full hair extension buying guide that dives deeper into fusion topic.
How Long Do Flip-in Style Hair Extensions Last?
Just like clip-ins, it depends on how often your wear the extensions and how much you care for them. With everyday use and correct maintenance, you can expect your flip-in style hair extensions to last for 8 months or more.
Occasional use extends that timeframe significantly. Of course, this applies only to human hair extensions, synthetic ones can last for around twenty wears.
2 How to Extend the Lifespan of Hair Extensions?
If you have ever worn any type of hair extensions, you know how awesome they are. Extra inches of hair, gorgeous fullness and density, and stunning colors are just some of its amazing features. Most people cannot afford to buy new wefts every couple of weeks so it’s understandable to want to get as much life out of them as possible.
The longevity of any type of extensions is determined by the condition they’re in. Many of you have probably seen girls who don’t take care of their new strands at all, so it all looks like a huge tangled mess. In that case, the days are numbered, and those extensions are very soon going to become unwearable. Not only that, but damaged extensions are definitely not a pretty sight and it’s better to simply take them off.
So, if you’re wondering how to make hair extensions last for a long time and get the most out of them, read on. By applying these simple tips, you can extend the life of your extensions for at least month or two, if not more.
Avoid Synthetic Hair
When talking about longevity of extensions, we first need to talk about different hair types because that is the first thing that determines it. Synthetic and real human hair are completely different and have a different expected lifespan. As you might know already, synthetic hair is not really known for its longevity and quality.
It doesn’t look as good in the first place, but then it becomes even worse when it tangles and becomes really frizzy. If you have extensions made out synthetic hair, don’t expect to wear them for more than few weeks.
Choose the Right Extension Type
Not all types of extensions last the same because some are more prone to damage because of the application method than others. Pre-bonded types like I-tips and tape-in have a pretty good lifespan of usually about four to six months. However, because of the glue used, they are more prone to tangling near the roots and that shortens their life expectancy.
Also, both are semi-permanent methods that you don’t take off every day which also contributes to that. Micro ring extensions also have a decent lifespan of about six months, but like pre-bonded types, they must be refitted regularly.
The extensions type that has proven to last the longest out of all others is clip-in. It is no wonder it is still the most popular method ever. Clip-in wefts are also extremely simple to put on and maintain and that’s what makes it a great method for beginners and advanced users alike.
Correct application also influences how long will extensions last. Incorrect installation will case a lot of different things go wrong. First, the wefts or strands might fall off or detach, and nobody wants that. It can also create friction which makes the tangling more severe and you end up with unusable, tangled mess.
Be very careful how you apply the extensions, especially when using hot fusion method which involves glue and heat. If it’s not done right, the glue will cause damage to extensions. If you are not that confident in applying the extensions yourself, contact a hair professional and have it done at a salon.
Reinstall Semi-permanent Extensions Regularly
Semi-permanent extensions require regular refitting every 4 weeks. Don’t forget to do that. Otherwise, extensions will tangle up. This is because you attach wefts near the roots. Meaning that when hair grows, they are moved further down which over time increases the possibility of breakage. If you want to get the most out of your new strands, move them up regularly and don’t wait too long to do so.
This is a key point something as simple as brushing can significantly extend the life of any extensions. The main cause of damage to hair is tangling, matting, and frizz. This can kill extensions very quickly and make them look horrible and unusable. Brushing daily gets rid of tangles easily and keeps the extensions in a pristine condition.
Washing doesn’t have to be done that often when it comes to extensions, but it does need to be done with care and patience. You can wash non-permanent wefts like clip-in or flip-in separately and it’s quite easy to do. Semi-permanent extensions are washed along with natural hair since they can’t be taken off.
With high quality extensions, this is less of an issue, see video above.
Don’t Overuse Hot Tools
Another thing that reduces the lifespan of any extensions are hot tools like a flat iron or a curler. Although those tools are great for styling and blending the hair with the extensions, heat can damage strands over time. Avoid using hot tools every single day and remember to spray some heat protectant before.
We know everybody is usually in a hurry after they wash their hair! Women want it dry as quickly as possible. A blow dryer is the perfect tool for that. Although we advise you to minimize its use if you wear extensions. Frequent exposure to heat may damage the extensions over time and shorten their lifespan.
Do you want to do everything in your power to keep the hair flawless and wearable for a long time? Then stay away from the blow dryer and instead dry your tresses naturally.
Avoid Hair Dyes
Although you can dye and bleach AiryHair extensions, we recommend that you skip that if you want to be able to wear hair for more than three months.
Hair dyes, and bleach especially, contain very strong chemicals which dry out the hair and often cause breakage and thinness. We know that changing the shade of your extensions is fun but be aware of the possible consequences.
While hair extensions can last around 3 to 12 months, it does not mean that they won’t be damaged within first month. A cause of constant over-drying, hair straightening using bad temperatures, not brushing and so on. Some of our clients have managed to extend the hair extensions lifespan by few months, making a total closer to 8 months. It’s all up to you. We can only try to make the best extensions possible, but care and maintenance is your job, and a very important one at that.
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