Understanding the Different Types of Hair Extensions

Understanding the Different Types of Hair Extensions

November 30, 2018

Understanding the Different Types of Hair Extensions

If you’re new to hair extensions, you may have heard the words Clip In, Tape In, Wigs, or Sew In/Weaves thrown around without knowing what they mean and what the differences are between them. In this blog post, we’ll break down the different types of hair extensions and help clear up some confusion.

How Hair Extensions are Made

Before we get into the different types of hair extension installation methods, the first thing you need to know about hair extensions is that they come in real human hair extensions and synthetic hair extensions. What’s the difference you might ask? Well, human hair is exactly what it sounds like. These extensions are made from actual human hair and are collected from a donor. Remy hair is human hair collected from a single hair donor, cut as a ponytail with the cuticles in the same direction. You can read more about Remy hair and what it is here! Endless Hair Extensions are made from 100% Remy human hair.

Synthetic hair is not human hair and is made out of various synthetic materials. These fibers are very fine and are manufactured to imitate real human hair. Although synthetic hair extensions are often times cheaper than Remy human hair extensions, they don’t last nearly as long and don’t feel like your own natural hair.

Look and Feel

As we wrote about in this blog post about Remy Hair Extensions, Remy extensions are far superior to synthetic hair extensions. The reason for this is due to the very nature of synthetic fibers: they are generally stiff and thus move differently than real human hair and don’t blend nearly as well with your own natural hair.

Coloring and Styling

Remy human hair extensions can be treated just like your own natural hair. You can style and apply hair products to them however way you’d like just like your own natural hair. The opposite is true for synthetic hair: you cannot color or style the hair without washing the silicone off, and ruining both the beautiful shine and glossy appearance. The texture is achieved through a steam or chemical process which can again be easily washed away.

Quality and How Long Hair Extensions Last

Because synthetic hair is cheaper than real hair, it is usually of lesser quality and won’t last nearly as long as human hair even if properly taken care of. Endless Hair Extensions Malaysian hair should last 6 months-year, Brazilian hair should last over a year, Vietnamese hair should last 2-2.5 years, and Indian hair should last 2-2.5 years. To conclude, Remy human hair can be treated and styled just like your own natural hair and will look and feel the most natural while also blending in the best.  

So now that we understand the difference between real hair vs synthetic hair, we can talk about the different types of hair extension installation types.

1) Clip In Hair Extensions

Clip In hair extensions is made from a strand of contoured pieces, attached at the base with either fabric or silicone. Clips attached are attached to this base and come ready to use. At this point, it’s as easy as clipping in the pieces to your own natural hair and you’re done! Each clip snaps open and closes easily. See this video to see how simple it is!

Clip In hair extensions is the least permanent style of extensions because you can quickly remove them and put them back on whenever you want. The great thing about Clip Ins as well is that unlike some other installation methods, there is no damage whatsoever to your scalp or hair because there aren’t any chemicals, heat, or pressure - they simply clip right onto your hair! You can also install Clip In extensions in a few minutes by yourself without the need for a hairdresser.

As with all Remy human hair extensions, Clip Ins are no different in that they are low maintenance and only need to be washed every 10 wears or when there’s enough product buildup that it interferes with wearing the extensions. Treat them like your own natural hair and simply wash, brush, shampoo, condition, and air dry them. See this blog post on how to wash and care for your Endless Hair Extensions. In terms of styling, you can do everything you can to them as you can to your own natural hair with the added benefit more length and volume! As mentioned previously, depending upon how you well you care for them, and the type of hair you purchased, the length of time varies from 6 months to 2.5 years. Our Malaysian hair should last 6 months-year, Brazilian hair should last over a year, Vietnamese hair should last 2-2.5 years, and Indian hair should last 2-2.5 years.

2) Tape In Hair Extensions

Tape In Hair Extensions are self-explanatory: they are extensions that are pre-tapped and then taped or glued together on either side of your own hair. Unlike Clip Ins, Tape Ins require a hairdresser to install them because you need to align and glue them with the roots and this is difficult to do without another pair of hands. Of course, when you apply heat to your roots and any adhesive product such as tape or glue, this can damage your hair. Thus unlike Clip Ins, Tape Ins are potentially more damaging. The process of installing Tape Ins usually takes an hour and if the extensions are in good condition they can be re-used.

Because you use tape and/or glue with Tape Ins, you have to be careful when using conditioners or hair products to prevent the extensions from slipping off or become loose. Often times it’s best to use shampoos or conditioners that aren’t as oily to ensure the glue continues to stick. Endless Hair Extension’s Tape In extensions are made from Remy human hair so they can be styled any way you want. Tape Ins are a more permanent style and usually last 4-8 weeks before needing to be removed and re-installed.

3) Sew In Hair Extensions/Weaves

These types of hair extensions are applied by braiding your natural hair into cornrows first, then using a needle and thread to sew the weave into the braid or cornrow. Sew In hair extensions are mostly used for people with thicker hair. The installation process is often several hours long and the tight sewing method usually puts a strain on the scalp making it feel heavy and uncomfortable.

Sew Ins/Weaves are installed by experienced hairdressers and is something that cannot be done by yourself as not only is it a lengthy process but also difficult. Sew Ins come in wig form as well which is sewn into cornrows the same way, however, the hair comes in one piece as opposed to separate wefts. This is installation method is popular because it is the most permanent and seamless as the hair is literally sewn into your own hair and cannot come off.

If you have a weave, you need to moisturize the scalp, the nape and edges of the hair at least once a week as well as use deep conditioning products. It’s also a good idea to wash the hair with a special protein product to minimize damage and weakening of the hair.

It’s recommended to remove the weave every 6-8 weeks, especially if you are trying to grow your own natural hair. You should, however, have the weave in no longer than 4 months as to not affect your natural hair’s growth.

4) Wigs

Wigs and hairpieces come in many different forms and are made to cover your entire head. You may have heard the term “lace fronts” or “netting” and these are just two ways wigs are made. Wigs are great if you’re having issues with hair loss, balding, or to even give a completely different look to your style. Hairpieces are more like accessories and can come in the shape of a ponytail or bun. They are best used on a specific area of your head. For an example, if you’re thinning you can use it to cover that particular spot.

Wigs and hairpieces are a bit tricky to wash and if they’re not human hair, extra care should be taken. Not only that but because full hair pieces are typically attached to either plastic or other material, you should modify the way you wash and treat the hair. Naturally, the type of hair determines the lifespan of the wig and how well you take care of them.

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Hopefully, we’ve given you enough information to better understand the different installation types and help you make an informed decision on the right kind of hair extension would be best for you. If you have any questions about Endless Hair Extensions or want to learn more about our company, feel free to email us at info@endlesshairextensions.com or read our story here. We’re always happy to help you!

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Shipping and Delivery

We Ship Internationally!

FREE standard domestic shipping (3-5 business days) and calculated worldwide shipping offered. Your Endless Hair Extensions are shipped from our warehouse located in Florida. 

You also have the option of picking priced USPS Priority Mail, UPS® Ground, USPS Priority Mail Express, UPS Next Day Air Saver®, UPS Next Day Air®, and UPS Next Day Air® Early

It will take 1 business days to process your order, regardless of the shipping option selected at checkout. We ship Monday through Saturday, excluding Sundays and holidays. We cannot guarantee Saturday delivery, even if your shipping is upgraded to express. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with the tracking link once your order ships.

Please note that if an inaccurate or incomplete address(es) are provided, or if there are unverified details with your order, it potentially will delay processing by an additional 1-2 business days. Please be sure to double check your shipping and billing information prior to checking out to ensure any possible delays are avoided. 

Your package will not require a signature unless asked to. Most packages will be delivered to the mailbox or front door of the address provided. It's up to the delivery courier to decide if the package is safe being left in the open. If they decide it is unsafe, they will hold the package at a local post office or re-schedule another delivery. Our best recommendation is to input a shipping address where you know your or someone else will be available to accept the package (a work address or a friend's address).


You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your order has been processed to the e-mail address provided at the time of checkout, which can take up to 48 hours. You will receive a second e-mail once your order has shipped, which will include your tracking number and a link to follow the journey of your package. If there is a problem with your tracking number or package delivery, please contact the courier directly prior to contacting us. Please allow 1 - 4 days for the tracking information to show. In some rare case, the tracking information may not update but you will still receive your order. Please contact us after the estimated delivery time.


International customers (outside of the United States) are responsible to pay any applicable inbound duties, taxes, and any other fees which your local Customs authority deems appropriate. These fees are paid to your local carrier or government and are not collected by Endless Hair Extensions, and thus cannot be refunded. 

We ship international packages DDU (duties and taxes unpaid), meaning that these fees are not included in the price of the goods you purchase from our website. All applicable fees must be paid by the recipient in order to receive the parcel. As we are unable to advise the amount of what these fees might be, we recommend contacting your country's customs office or tax agent for respective charges and rates on a package coming outside of your country.

Please note that DHL pays on your behalf for any duties and taxes that are due on the goods, as soon they enter the country. This simple process ensures that the courier can deliver your package in shortest possible transit time. The goods are released to you only upon the full repayment of any duties and taxes that were paid on your behalf. On some occasions, you may receive an invoice from DHL after the delivery of goods, for the charges they have paid on your behalf at the destination, plus a small administration fee. 


It is the responsibility of the buyer to make sure that she or he enters the shipping address correctly. We do our best to speed up processing and shipping times, hence there is a very small time gap to cancel/change your order or to change the address of your order. If you decide to cancel your order or change your shipping address, please write to us at info@endlesshairextensions.com as soon as you place your order. We will do our best to make the change, however, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so, as there are varying time limits in which we are able to do so.

If it's too late for our team to cancel your order, you can return your order to us once you've received it. For more information on how to return your order click here. The only thing we can do is wait to see if the package gets returned back to us. If it does get returned back to our warehouse, we can then ship it to the correct address or provide you with a full refund.

Extra Shipping Charges: If you upgraded your shipping and the package was returned to us due to an incorrect address and if you would like a refund, you will not be reimbursed for the upgraded shipping fees.



Yes! We are happy to accept your set back for an exchange or refund within 60 days, as long as they haven't been worn or altered or installed. Please read our Return Policy and then e-mail info@endlesshairextensions.com when you are ready to proceed with your return or exchange. You must contact us prior to sending your return to obtain an RMA number and confirmation of such a return or exchange. Please note that refunds for extensions returned without contacting us cannot be guaranteed.


Yes, customers wishing to return or exchange their extensions will be responsible for all return shipping costs. We recommend that you send your return with a tracking option because Endless Hair Extensions will not be responsible for lost packages. Note: please indicate "RETURN, NO DUTIES" on the package, otherwise the package may be returned to you.


We will send you the different extension(s) after we have received, inspected and confirmed that the returned hair extension(s) were not worn or altered. All customers must contact us after sending the package back and provide us with the tracking information of the set being sent back, in order for us to place the order for your exchange. It takes 1 business day to process all orders from the moment we place it in our system. US orders take 3-5 business days to be delivered with standard free shipping, and international orders may take anywhere from 6-20 business days. For more shipping details, please click here.


A full refund will be provided to the original method of payment after we have received, inspected and confirmed that the returned hair extensions were not worn or altered. All customers must contact us after sending the package back and provide us with the tracking information in order for us to process the refund. Note: most financial institutions will take an average of 3-5 business days to process the refund, however, it could take longer. Please allow up to 7 business days for your financial institution to reflect the refund on your statement prior to contacting us. For more information, we recommend contacting your credit card provider.


We're sorry to hear your Endless Hair Extensions were not a good match! In order to initiate a return or exchange, please e-mail info@endlesshairextension.com with your order number and the following information, and we'll be happy to provide you with our return address and an RMA label if you qualify for a return. 1. Please read about our refund policy here or our exchange policy here. 2. By purchasing our product(s), you by default agree to our refund/exchange policy and guarantee that the item has not been worn or altered. Please e-mail us and copy/paste the following statement: "I, (insert your full name), agree to the Endless Hair Extensions refund/exchange policy and understand if Endless Hair Extensions finds that the item has been worn or altered, I will not receive a refund, and I will have to pay the needed shipping fees in order to get my worn or altered item back." Also, if you have any feedback as to why you are returning your set - we'd love to hear it! Customer feedback is what helps our company learn and grow.


We will provide a full refund or exchange on unworn and unaltered hair extensions within 60 days of the date that you receive your Endless Hair Extensions.



All of our shipments include tracking with delivery confirmation. If the tracking information confirms that the item has been delivered to your order address but you have not received your order, please contact couriers at numbers above in order to investigate this issue. We cannot be held accountable for packages where tracking information states the package has been delivered to your order address. 

If you have previously experienced lost or stolen packages where you reside, we encourage you to instead have your package delivered to a work address to ensure that you receive it safe and sound. 


Please note that Endless Hair Extensions charges state sales where applicable at the rate applicable for the county of the purchaser. These collected taxes are mandated by the local state governments and Endless Hair Extensions in no way benefits from this and directly pays this amount collected to the state.


Please note that Endless Hair Extensions charges a 20% VAT on all orders shipped to a country within the European Union (EU). These collected taxes are mandated by the Dutch government and Endless Hair Extensions in no way benefits from this and directly pays this amount collected to the government. 


We do ship to military addresses. All mail is shipped via USPS to a military base who is then responsible for delivering the package to your final destination. For military orders, delivery times can be upwards of 15-20 business days. 

At check-out, please select United States as the country, and in the state drop-down menu, you will have the option to select one of the following: Armed Forces America, Armed Forces Europe, or Armed Forces Pacific.