Thick, Medium & Thin Hair Extensions Difference Explained (2019)

What's the Difference Between Thick, Medium and Thin Hair Extensions?


Even though we have written hundreds of articles about hair extensions, there are always new and interesting questions that our community asks. Today, we are going to talk about the differences between thin and thick hair and which configuration one should buy.

First, if you really want to know all there is to the thickness of the hair as well as gain more knowledge about hair extensions, please see our detailed guide about buying hair extensions. It goes into a great detail and includes information about textures, colors, attachment types and more.

As for everyone else, here is s summarized version that will help you out. It’s also important to check our cheat sheet at the end of article.

1 The Difference Between Thick and Thin Hair Extensions

Thick & Thin Hair Extensions Difference Explained (2019)

The thickness of hair is determined by hair extensions weight (in grams) and length. We’ve seen so many guides that don’t necessary draw a complete picture. The thinner the hair, the lighter it is and wise versa.

Thin Hair Extensions Increase Length

If you simply want to increase the overall length of your hairstyle, then thinner (and lighter) hair extensions will do the job. Light hair extensions weight less than 100 grams.

This is usually the cheapest option and might not give you the results one was hoping for. That unless your own hair is extremely fine. Only a very small percentage of women have fine hair. If you are unsure, go with the next option.

Weight: 40 to 90 grams per set
Price range: $25 to $50

Medium Thickness Hair Extensions Add Length & Volume

The second option is somewhere in between. If you also want to slightly increase your hair volume and have a healthier look, then consider hair that weights 100 – 130 grams.

These are the medium thickness extensions that will suit the majority of women. Our clients sometimes tend to draw a far worse picture than it really is; rating their hair fine despite rocking medium thickness strands. Medium thickness hair is also the easiest to blend.

Weight: 100 to 130 grams per set
Price range: $50 to $150

Thick Hair Extensions Makes You a Hair Goddess

On the other hand, if you really want to have a massive hairstyle that looks like from one of those shampoo commercials, then go with thick hair extensions. Such extensions are the most expensive and weigh in the range of 200 grams.

Some women want to be discrete about additional layers of hair on their head. Other just go all the way in, with the most drastic look. If your budget allows it, go for it!

Weight: 150 to 200 grams per set
Price range: $100 to $250

2 Hair Extensions Thickness and Weight Cheat Sheet

Hair Extensions Thickness and Weight Cheat Sheet

We are not yet ready to let you go. There are few other things one must know before ordering hair extensions.

  • What if there is no weight info? Some hair stores will use grams per strand instead of total weight. For example: 26-inch extensions (1g / s). What does that mean? It means that each strand weighs one gram. To get an idea about hair thickness, simply multiple grams per strand with a total number of strands (usually 50 or 100).
  • Don’t forget hair coverage. Keep in mind that thinner hair will not cover as much head as thicker extensions. Most of the time, thin hair is used to add few additional strands of colors to the overall hairstyle or cover damaged hair.
  • Don’t forget about hair shape. Having learned the difference between thick and thin hair extensions, you might just get thick hair and call it a day. However, while weight describes hair thickness, it does not identify shape. Do you want your hair to have a V shape on the back (with thinning ends) or flat shape? For the second option you need to select double drawn hair extensions during checkout. Follow the link to read more about the single and double drawn hair.
  • It’s actually weight vs. length ratio. We wrote the guide with the 20-inch or 50 cm extensions in mind. It’s fairly obvious that 10-inch hair extensions will be thicker than 30-inch hair, assuming they weigh about the same. To learn more about the calculations, see the third section of our hair extensions guide.


To to sum it up all up, most women should get hair extensions that are of at least 100 grams in weight. That will not only transform your look but do so on a medium budget, which will not only increase the overall length but volume too. Buy thin extensions only if you have extremely thin hair or want to add few color popping strands to your look. Thick hair extensions are for women that don’t care about the price and want the best thing there is.


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