The Complete Guide for Buying and Wearing Hair Extensions
The Complete Hair Extensions Guide
When it comes to buying hair extensions, especially if you never used them before, picking the right texture, color, and length can be much more difficult than you might have thought. However, that should not stop you, as we have covered pretty much every scenario imaginable below.
Hair Extension Attachment Types
We have already covered hair extension attachment types on our home page so please click here to read a more detailed version of very topic - but to sum it up:
- Clip-in Hair Extensions
The most popular extensions in our store and with good reason: they are super easy to attach and remove without damaging your hair. Usually bought for special occasions but can be worn throughout the day too.
- Cold Fusion (Stick) Hair Extensions
As the name implies, these cold fusion extensions are for long-term results. Your hair is inserted through a small ring and then attached using pliers. There are three different types of i tip hair: regular tips, nano rings and flat tips. We stock all these types too.
- Hot Fusion (Keratin) Hair Extensions
The most natural way to give your hair volume as these extensions are applied by melting keratin (a natural protein) and fused with your own hair. Used by clients who want long lasting results.
- Micro Ring Loop Hair Extensions
The attachment method of these extensions is similar to that of a stick hair extensions and is preferred by women who love to “do it yourself” and save money by not visiting a stylist. Need to be readjusted from time to time as the hair grows.
- Tape-in Hair Extensions
Our second most popular item in the store, and here is why: they are easy to apply (just like clip-ins) but are fused using a tape, which guarantees longer term results. if the tape starts to wear down, a new one can be purchased without buying a whole new set.
- Hair Wefts
Hair wefts are for women and stylists who already have at least some experience with hair extensions, as they don’t come with any attachment. You can sew them, use glue or clips, all up to you
- Instant Flip-ins
Now these extensions have many different names, but the idea remains the same: it is a single weft (held with a loop / wire) that is placed at the top of your head. After few minutes of raising your own hair and masking the wire, you can achieve a new look in minutes.
- Hair Wigs
While not hair extensions, many clients also turn to wigs, especially if they are suffering from hair loss or other health related issues. AiryHair sells all the most popular wigs with density from 120% to 200%.
What Texture Hair Should You Get?
You might laugh at us for being “captain obvious”, but this is one important thing women should consider, especially if they have curly hair:
- Straight Hair
This one is pretty simple, if you have straight hair and love the way it looks, go with the straight hair extensions.
- Wavy and Curly Hair
Now this is where the situation gets a bit tricky. If you have straight hair, then wearing wavy extensions should not be a problem, as they will blend in with your own hair. The same applies for women who have wavy or curly hair.
So where does it get tricky? Some women are naturally curly and have a very specific hair texture, which prevents extensions from blending in properly. Of course, you can always use a hair weaver and style both your hair and extensions so they match. However, if you are one of the lucky ones, consider going with straight hair (yes, straight) and then asking your hair stylist to curl it. The result? An awesome hairstyle!
The texture topic requires a separate discussion, this is why we have created another guide, for the hair textures alone.
What Length Hair Extensions Should You Get?
When it comes to hair length, there is no single piece of advice that will suit everyone. However, we can still give you some guidelines that should help you along the way.
The picture above is pretty much self-explanatory but our rule of thumb is:
- For Body Wave
Add an additional 2 inches (5 cm) to the length of the hair extensions to achieve a similar look.
- For Curly Hair
Add an additional 4 inches (10 cm) to the length of the hair extensions to achieve a similar look.
- For Women Who Are 5.2 Feet (1.55m) and Shorter
Take a look at the guide and subtract two inches (5 cm) for every 0.3 feet (10 cm).
- For Women Who Are 5.3 - 5.5 Feet (1.6 - 1.65m) Tall
Please use the picture above as your guide, keeping in mind that the hair length may vary per person.
- For Women Who Are 5.6 - 5.9 Feet (1.7 - 1.8m) Tall
Using the picture above, add around two more inches (5 cm) to the length of the hair extensions to achieve a similar look.
- For Women Who Are 6 Feet (1.85m) and Taller
Just add two more inches (5 cm) for every 0.3 feet (10 cm).
Now that you know how the hair extensions will look on you, we are back to the original question: what length hair extensions should you get?
- 14 Inch (35 cm) and Below
This length is great if you have shorter hair and simply want to add volume.
- 16 - 18 Inch (40 - 45 cm)
If you have never used hair extensions before and don’t want to increase the length of your hair that much, considering going with the 18-inch version.
- 20 - 22 Inch (50 - 55 cm)
This is our most popular length and there is a reason for that: these extensions look amazing on pretty much everyone and create the “hair goddess” effect.
- 24 Inch (60 cm) and Above
For women who want to achieve the “wow” factor and look like a model from a shampoo commercial.
What Weight Hair Extensions Should You Get?
We are almost done, but we can’t let you go just yet. The next question that many women (and men) ask us is this: what weight hair extensions should I get? Here is your answer:
Most of the time, more weight means thicker hair. However, one should also keep in mind that 20-inch (100g) extensions differ from 16-inch (100g) hair. Below you will find a guide for 18 - 22 inch (45 - 55 cm) extensions.
- 30 - 70 Grams (0.3 - 0.7g / Strand)
With the exception of tape in hair extensions (see why below), we advise you to only buy clip-in or other types of low weight extensions if you have either extremely thin hair or are just need some additional hair for styling. Otherwise, it might not cover your full head or would just look weird.
For tape-ins, we recommend either 50 grams (0.5g per strand) or 100 grams (1g per strand) extensions. Since you can combine them into any bundles you want, the weight does not matter that much.
- 80 Grams (0.8g / Strand)
Mostly used by women with thin hair who want to add volume or length.
- 90 - 120 Grams (0.9g - 1.2g / Strand)
One gram per strand is the “industry-standard” and is perfect for women with thin hair or hair of average thickness. Not only do these extensions add length, but they also increase your hair volume. For those with thin hair, the news is even better as they give much more dramatic results.
- 130 - 190 Grams (1.3g - 1.9g / Strand)
These hair extensions are used by women with thick hair or by women with average hair who want to achieve a dramatic look. They are perfect for adding significant volume and length.
- 200 Grams and Above
Although some suppliers offer extensions that weigh 200 grams or more, we don’t recommend wearing them (and we have been in the business for more than 11 years). The reason? Such thick and heavy hair tends to put a lot of stress on your existing hair, as well as your scalp, resulting in faster hair loss and overall discomfort.
How Do You Choose the Right Color For Your Hair Extensions?
Have you ever had trouble picking the right color for your hair extensions? Mostly because the color palette pictures were too small or did not look that good?
Don’t worry! We have taken a bunch of high-quality pictures in direct sunlight using professional equipment. Simply visit our color guide page and find the right color!
As far as the colors themselves go, the age old rule of thumb still applies here: lighter colors tend to make people look younger while darker colors will give you a more mature look.
Hair Extension Grades (AAAA, AAAAA+) Explained
As we mentioned earlier, we have been working in the hair industry for more than 11 years, and here is the truth: there are no grades.
A long time ago, some Asian hair suppliers started marking their hair extensions “AAA” grade, indicating the highest possible quality. Then smarter people decided to copy this very method, but add one more “A”, to indicate that their hair is of even better quality.
Fast forward to now and we have, AAAAA+ and even 7A grade hair, but here is the real bummer: these grades mean nothing and were created merely for marketing purposes. A supplier may supply higher quality “AAA” hair than someone selling 8A or 10A premium hair.
Our advice? Ignore this marketing fluff and rely on real facts: weight, whether hair extensions are Remy or not (ours are), and customer reviews.
Double Drawn vs. Single Drawn Extensions
By now, some of you will already be familiar with the double drawn hair extensions, if not, don’t worry, the picture above speaks louder than a thousand words.
Basically, the double drawn extensions are trimmed (by hand) in a way, which eliminates shorter hair and gives your hairstyle a much more defined look. That’s pretty much it. If you were to take 28” single drawn hair extensions and cut the last six inches (thinnest part), you would end up with hair that is similar to that of 22” double drawn.
Still want to learn more? Check our double vs. single drawn post.
Reward Yourself and Get Sexy!
That's it! Reward yourself with a delicious piece of chocolate or your favorite food. Why? Because you have just finished our guide and learned pretty much everything (and more) about buying and wearing hair extensions.
So what should you do now? Use that knowledge and pick from some of our awesome hair extensions!