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How to Put in 6 Types of Extensions – The Ultimate Guide

Hair extensions speak the message of hope to short and shaggy natural hairs. They add volume and versatility to your natural hair, giving it an edge in both length and the style options you have.

Modern women are looking to have quality and massive hair, but since not many can countdown months of beauty punitive until they grow enough hair, they are turning to extensions for refuge. But some don’t know how to put in extensions.

Hair extensions are the melody that blesses the moods and feelings of women searching for beauty in their short and unattractive hairs. They’re the ultimate stress relievers to women mocked and unappreciated because of their short hairs.

But even at that, do you know how to put in extensions? It may not be as easy as you think. Here’s our quick guide on how to put in the different extensions available. Based on the difficulty in installing your new hair, it might help you decide which are the best hair extensions for you. 

Clip-in the Extensions

Most of us are looking for a quick and practical way to fix our extensions, so that we can beautify our look without wasting much of our precious time, of course.

Clip-in extensions are a good solution in this regard. They aren’t so sophisticated or complicated to make this dream of quick, flowing locks unrealizable.

Clipping in the extensions, close the chapter of short hair and introduce a new one characterized by long, flowing, and lovely locks.

How to install clip-in hair extensions

You can quickly and securely clip in the hair extensions to your natural hair.

  • Lock the hairs horizontally across your head for the best possible look (unless your particular hair bundles advise you otherwise).
  • You can use all or a percentage of the hair bundles in your package, depending on your hair volume and length.
  • Installing clips is not something you would need to call a pro hairstylist for (but the option is there if you need it!).

You can usually easily do it in person in the comfort of your home which is why clip-ins are so popular. 

Tape-In Hair Extensions

Want something simple and fun that won’t cost you much time or money? Consider using tape-in hair extensions.

Tape-in extensions use almost the same fixing technology as clip-in extensions but aren’t quite as effective – but still a very good option on a budget and more versatile than clips.

Wondering what makes tape-in hair extensions great? The extensions come with double-sided tape that offers a robust and functional clipping solution.

  • Fix the weaves to the roots of your original hair
  • You can also install the extensions over each other to create a fuller look with more volume.

Gluing the Hair Extensions

I’m sure you have used glue to attach different kinds of stuff. But, have you ever thought of it as effective fasteners for hair extensions? Fastening hair extensions to your head using glue is quick and easy.

Gluing lets you fasten your hair extensions via laying or braiding the natural hair. You’ve to weave a cap that would bar the hair and glue from coming together. Measuring the required track per layer, gluing, and pressuring it would leave you with that desired hair look.

Braiding is all free from the cap as it connects directly to the hair. The work is made easier because of the special glue designed for that very purpose. The problem with this technique? It can be quite damaging to your natural hair.

How to Put in Extensions – Micro Linking

For clarification, micro links are loops applied to every natural hair strand, offering a secure and strong tie.

Micro links add sophistication to the entire weave installation process. Though micro-links are especially challenging and time-demanding to fix in and would likely be better if done by a trained hairstylist as that minimizes mistakes.

In micro-linking, the hairstylist (or you, if you’re brave enough to go it alone!) clamp the extensions before they start the linking process. 

Hair extensions installed via micro links can be washed, styled, colored, and cut as you desire. This method of extensions offers a lasting, seamless look which makes them very popular, but also expensive.


Crocheting is the darling of most beauty enthusiasts and hairstylists. Locking hair extensions through crocheting is simply fun and quick.

Crocheting involves using crochet to apply the extensions and braids to braid it straight back.

Women with shorter hairs and who want to achieve big curly or other larger-than-life hairstyles should, without a doubt, consider crocheting.

Yes, the loop will be visible, but if installed right, this can be minimized and can look really good!

This installation method is as simple as: 

  • sliding in the needle to the braid
  • opening the needle latch
  • adding weaves
  • closing the latch.

It’s a fun and easy way to get your extensions put in. You can even do it while watching a movie or a favorite TV episode…but only when you get really good at it!


Ever tried sewing something or watched a friend do? It’s interesting, right!  Sewing isn’t only about fastening clothes and other stuff using stitches threaded with a needle. Women sew their hair weaves to achieve longer and more voluminous hair.

Hair sewing requires the use of a needle, braids, and thread. You’ve got the option of deciding between circular and straight back brain patterns.

The perfect braiding pattern would mostly depend on how and where you want to lay the extensions. Consult with your hairstylist to help you decide how and where to sew the hair for better output.

After braiding the hair, get your thread and needle ready to tie the knots and secure the thread. Sew the needle throughout the braids while pulling the thread out. Repeat the method until all the hair is done.

The method is simply about locking the tracks to your braids using the thread. The quality and durability of the final artwork are guaranteed, thanks to the secure knots.

You could also read about Mongolian hair vs Brazilian Hair.

How to Put in Extensions – Conclusion

Finally, you’ve learned how to put in extensions and have got those lengthy and voluminous locks. But one thing is remaining, the regular hair extension care and maintenance to ensure the hair serves you longer.

You don’t want to have great looking hair locks that look lifeless and damaged at best, or at worst, fall off within a few days because it was poorly installed or maintained. It would be a total waste of your money and time.

A chat with a hair specialist could be the assurance you need to add durability and prestige to your newly created hair look.

Don’t be shy to use high-quality hair care products if you can afford them, or you can find cheaper hacks that also work to nourish hair.

Be sure that you research or ask your stylist to assure you that the products are okay with your hair type and size.


About the Author Natasha Banks