The Pros and Cons of Flip / Wire Hair Extensions

The Pros and Cons of Flip / Wire Hair ExtensionsAlso known as flipped hair extensions, wire extensions are known to be one of the easiest and quickest ways to extend your tresses and add a bit of extra volume. Beginners love them because they’re incredibly easy to use and are not permanent. If you have never worn extensions and want to try it out, flip-in is the perfect method. Because these extensions come in just one piece, they are easy to handle and attach because you don’t have to struggle with multiple wefts or tapes. Their non-permanent nature also makes wire extensions a great choice for special occasions like weddings, parties, birthday celebrations, graduations, etc.

Wire extensions can be made out of synthetic and human hair. Synthetic hair is the cheapest option out there but the downside is that it doesn’t have a long lifespan and may not blend in that well. Human hair, especially high-quality Remy hair is known for its natural and realistic appearance, as well as its longevity. It does cost a bit more, but if quality is something you’re looking for, we definitely recommend human hair wire extensions.

If you want to explore some of the positive and negative features of wire extensions, take a look at the list below. These wire hair extensions pros and cons can certainly help you in deciding whether they fit your needs. If it turns out that wire extensions are not the right fit for you, there are other extension types that you can look into like clip-in, tape-in, I-tip, U-tip, and wigs.

Wire Hair Extensions Pros

Let’s start with pros because there are so many of them. Here you can explore all of the amazing features of wire hair extensions that will certainly peak your interest!

Perfect for Beginners

Along with clip-ins, wire hair extensions are the ones we always recommend to beginners. If you don’t have any extensions experience, methods like fusion, tape or micro loop might be too complicated. Flip-in extensions are very beginner friendly and are a great introduction to the extensions world.

Can be Installed in Minutes

If you want extensions that can be attached in a manner of minutes, flip-in should be your choice. These are the only extensions that come in one big weft which makes them a breeze to install. Simply take the loop and place the weft on top of your head. The weft should sit comfortably on the crown area. Adjust the width so that the hair fits snugly. Then you need to use an end of a comb to pull out all of the hair above the wire/loop. Now the top part of your hair will hide the loop and the weft and everything will blend together, creating a finished look. Taking off the weft is even easier and takes seconds. Simply locate the wire and pull it off. It can’t be easier than that! When you’re not wearing the hair, store it so that it doesn’t get all tangled up.

Boosts Volume and Creates Length

The Pros and Cons of Flip / Wire Hair ExtensionsThere are many hair types and some, unfortunately, have very thin and fine natural strands. That can be very annoying because there are less styling options and the overall look is far from full glamorous locks. Wire extensions are quite good for adding that much needed extra thickness, as well as for making the strands appear much longer. Adding a layer of wefts elongates the overall hairstyle which is what all women want.

Natural Look and Feel

Wire extensions made out of Remy hair are virtually indistinguishable from real strands. They’re shiny and soft to the touch, and blend in perfectly. After they’re installed, they will become a part of your natural hair. Nobody will ever suspect that those are not real strands. In order to get that realistic look, choose the color of the wire extensions wisely. You want to get a close match to your natural strands. There are hundreds of shades available so that shouldn’t be a problem.

No Heat, Glue, or Tape Required

Another pro of flip-in extensions is that no special tools are needed to apply the weft and no heat, glue, or tape is used. This is a big advantage because taping or gluing hair is not that easy, especially for beginners. And since the hair is not glued on, it can be taken off whenever you please to. Some women only wear wire extensions to work or when they go out, although you can wear them throughout the day.

Very Durable

Human hair wire extensions are known to be very durable and are not easily damaged. There are a couple factors that influence how long they actually last. The first one is proper use and care. If you keep the extensions in a pristine condition, they will stay that way for many months. Also, if they’re used only occasionally and not every day, their lifespan is extended significantly. That cannot be said for synthetic wire extensions because they’re simply not made to last that long and are more prone to damage.

Safe for Hair

If you’re worried that wire hair extensions will harm your precious locks in any way, don’t be. They’re absolutely safe to wear and there have not been any instances where they damaged the hair. This is largely due to the fact that no glue or heat is used for attachment and even if you don’t install the extensions correctly, there’s still little chance of damage. So you should have no fear of trying it out and wearing the extensions daily.


Flip-in extensions are relatively cheap, even those made out of high-quality Remy hair. So you can get top quality hair even if you’re on a budget. But be wary of products that are suspiciously cheap. Although wire extensions are not the most expensive ones out there, you still can’t buy them for $10. A reasonable price for 10 inch strands is about $30 to $50 so take that into consideration. Some sellers are dishonest when it comes to labeling and are trying to sell synthetic strands as real human ones. They are then able to put up a very low price that seems enticing and label the extensions as “human hair” although they’re not. When purchasing hair, do so from trusted sellers and online stores that have good reviews.

Comfortable to Wear

Wire extensions are very light which makes them comfortable to wear. Since they come in one piece and are attached using a wire/loop that sits on the head like a crown, you can barely feel that you’re wearing them. There are no clips or tapes that are attached to the hair and all of that increases the level of comfort significantly. So in this regard, you won’t find an extension type that is easier and more comfortable to wear.

Perfect for Special Occasions

Some girls are into wearing extensions all the time and want them only for special occasions when they want to look exceptionally good. Along with clip-ins, wire extensions are the most common choice for special parties, weddings, graduations and such. You simply need to attach the flip-in (which is a breeze) and then proceed to style your locks however you prefer to. When your strands are longer and more voluminous, there are so many more styling options and you can try out all the fancy hairstyles that you never had the opportunity to. Wire extensions can be perfectly incorporated in any look and many women choose it for their wedding hairstyle. When the special event is over, the extra hair can be taken off in minutes and you’re instantly back to normal.

Great for Travel

Wire extensions are so easy to bring along wherever you travel to. Because they’re all in one piece, they can easily be packed in a suitcase. Just make sure to place them in the box they came with or something similar to keep them nice and safe. Because they’re so comfortable, you can even put them on and wear them in an airplane or car.

Different Styles Available

Matching the texture and shade of your natural tresses to the wire extensions is crucial. This ensures a flawless blend and a realistic look. This is not that hard to do because there are many different flip-in extensions to choose from. Textures usually range from straight, body wave, deep wave, loose wave, deep curls, kinky curls, funmi and yaki. There are also all kinds of natural shades of blonde, brown, and black, as well as some unusual colors like teal, violet, rose, and pink. Some stores even offer ombre and three tone wire extensions which allows you to experiment with different color combinations.

Easy to Store

Storage is quite simple when it comes to flip-in extensions because they consist of only one big weft. Before storing them away, brush thoroughly and remove any frizz. If you have the original box it came with, that’s the simplest way to store it, but you can also use any other box or bag. Carefully fold them and place in your container of choice and then put in your wardrobe or shelf. Just make sure it’s in a cool and dry place. That way, when you decide to wear the hair again, the extensions will be in perfect condition and ready to wear.

Wire Hair Extensions Cons

In order to provide you with truthful information, we have to mention a couple of wire extensions cons. It’s up to you to decide whether these are a deal breaker or not.

Must Be Taken Off Every Day

The Pros and Cons of Flip / Wire Hair ExtensionsAlthough most women love wire extensions because of the fact that they’re not permanent and can be taken off in an instant, others might disagree. Flip-in extensions must be taken off before going to bed because they’re not designed in a way that allows you to sleep with them. That also means that you have to attach them each morning. While that might seem like a lot of work, wire extensions are so incredibly simple to remove and attach that it won’t take you more than five minutes in the evening and morning.

Can Slip of If Not Installed Correctly

Because wire extensions are not permanently attached using glue or tape, there is a chance that they might come off. While we know that sounds like a real nightmare, we can assure you that it really doesn’t occur that often. That mostly happens because the hair is not attached properly or the wire is too big. So make sure that the wire fits snugly and attach all of the clips at the back of the head. That should keep it on.

Not Suitable for Very Thin or Short Hair

It is much harder to conceal extensions on very thin and fine locks. While some extensions types are more suitable for that hair type (tape-in), wire extensions are not one of those. The big weft of hair is simply hard to blend in naturally with thin strands. Very short hair might also be a problem because flip-in extensions require that you have long enough strands on the top that will cover the weft. Medium to long strands with normal density work best with flip-in extensions and produce the best results.

Needs Maintenance and Care

If you decide on purchasing wire extensions, you need to know they need care just like real strands. We doubt that you neglect your natural strands by not brushing or washing them so you need to form good maintenance habits for the extensions as well. Frizz and tangles are the killers of extensions so don’t let them become all tangled up. That is easily avoided by gentle brushing a couple of times a day. You may also wish to purchase a detangling brush which is much safer. Wire extensions need to be washed, but not as often as natural strands. Definitely avoid washing every day. And that’s pretty much it regarding maintenance so you can see it’s really not that much work.

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The Pros and Cons of Flip / Wire Hair Extensions

by Sam Fisher time to read: 8 min