Clip In vs Glue Hair Extensions

Thinking of getting hair extensions? You may have already seen that there are a few types of hair extension products which you can use to get yourself a new style.

The two main popular methods of attaching hair extensions are by using a clip, or a glue solution.

No matter why you may be looking into wefts and hair extensions, it is always worth considering which of the options are likely to work best for you.

But which option is, on the whole, better than the other? Should you invest in glue hair extensions for fine hair? Which hair extension method is likely to hold up through months of use? Let’s take a closer look in this post

Clip In Hair Extensions

For many people, clip-in hair extensions are likely to be some of the simplest. That’s because these extensions already come with clips attached.

This means that you can simply attach them to your existing hairstyle and won’t need to ask for any professional help.

Providing you look after clip-in hair extensions well with the best hair care products and tools, there is nothing to say that you can’t get months of use from them.

In fact, on the outside, it’s difficult to tell clip and glue hair options apart! Wefts of hair you can clip into your style are likely to be the easiest and most efficient to set up, meaning they will likely appeal to newbie self-stylists.

But, there are a few downsides to using the clip in hair method. One of the biggest ones is that this type of hair extension fixing is only supposed to be used during the daytime.

That’s because it’s not considered safe for your hair to wear them overnight (whether people follow this advice is something else though – we’ve all been there after a long day!)

So, some people may not feel like a clip-in option is much like real hair at all. But this really will differ from person to person.

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Glue Hair Extensions

Of course, the other popular hair fixing method is through applying glue. Don’t worry – your hair and scalp are perfectly safe!

Unlike clip in hair extensions, you will normally need to approach a professional at a salon to help apply these hair extensions safely to your scalp and roots.

If you’ve never used hair extensions before, this method might seem a little scary. However, it is perfectly simple to put to work.

You must remember that these hair extensions are considered more permanent than clip-in options. That’s because you are effectively gluing natural hair into your own style.

Usually you will actually need to readjust and reapply these hair extensions every few weeks though.

So while they can look great, offering you fantastic volume and a great silhouette and aesthetic, you may need to replace them a fair bit.

What’s more, although we mentioned the method is safe, that’s assuming you’ve got high quality product or professional help. Certain glues could do damage to your skin and scalp.

For those worried and wanting to avoid any risk of damage to your hair or otherwise, it’s perhaps worth considering the clipping angle instead. Or making sure you do your research on the professional who has been trusted with your precious hair!

In the battle between clips vs glue, it’s safe to say that temporary hair extensions appear to be the most flexible.

Which of the two Hair extensions are least damaging?
There are all kinds of reports out there that suggest hair extensions cause hair to face all kinds of damage. You’re going to need to be careful with your sources! Some articles you read online will be pure opinion, based on not much real evidence.

The fact is, a different hair extension option that works for you, might not work for the next person. However, glue hair extensions are generally seen to be the more damaging of the two types of hair extensions.

While you can fix in wefts of hair for extra volume and a natural sheen with glue, it could irritate your skin or even damage your hair in the long run.

Clips are flexible and are less likely to cause you pain, too. Many hair pros will tell you that there’s positives and negatives to either side.

Regardless of the hair style or hair extension brand you look into, go to great lengths to consider how safe your options might be and ask these questions:

Are you already allergic to adhesive?
Unsure about a needle going anywhere near your skin?
How long do you want to wear your extensions? For a day or a few weeks plus?

When you’ve answered these questions, you’ll be in a better position to choose correctly.

Can you glue in clip in hair extensions?
Yes, in some cases. A hair stylist may not always recommend that you do so, but for sturdier styling, you can use some adhesives with a hair weft to secure it in place.

But as discussed, this might not be safe for you depending on your hair type and more besides. You need to look after your hair from strands to tips and roots!

Many salons will likely advise you to look for one option or the other. In my opinion, you should look into clip-ins for the flexibility and ease of maintenance, but glue also has its place if you need something a bit longer lasting.

What works best will vary from hair wearer to hair wearer, of course.

Ultimately, gluing clip extensions with keratin glue or otherwise somewhat defeats the object.

Be sure to look for the best quality glue options if you want a permanent, high-volume look.

Glue or Clip in hair extensions? Which is best?

Crucially, it’s down to the individual wearer.

Hair extensions themselves last longer when clipping in because they don’t permanently live on your head, but those who prefer more hair styling options using glue will likely appreciate the thicker strands, a longer time without having to remove the hair and the hair color choices.

There are definitely pros and cons to both human hair clips and glue.

If you’re worried about hair extension methods and their likelihood of causing hair damage, it is always worth talking things over with a specialist.

A hair extension technician will be able to help you find a method of application and style that is safe for your needs! There’s a learning curve to both methods – make sure you are certain which option is likely to make the most sense to your style and everyday needs!

Synthetic hair, natural hair, micro-links, and sew-ins – there’s a lot more to take in even past just the choice between glue or clip-in hair extensions!

But hopefully this piece has cleared up the debate a little bit on glue vs clip-in hair extensions. You can get more advice and guidance for your specific hairstyle with glue-ins, clips, and more from an experienced hairstylist.

About the Author Alesha Ware

Hey! I'm Alesha - just your average girl from Ohio who has had her fair share of bad hair days...and lived to tell the tale. I started this site to help women skip my mistakes and have a positive hair experience

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