A Beginner's Guide To Hair Extensions For Thin Hair

It may seem like most hair extensions or hair products on the market are targeted for those with thick, voluminous hair.

But what about hair extensions for those with fine, thin hair? With shampoo commercials constantly flaunting long, thick locks, it seems like thin hair doesn’t exist.

Indeed, it can be overwhelming and even scary to shell out for a product you’re unsure of. But fret not–we’ve compiled a few things that we think will help you navigate the world of hair extensions if you've got thin hair!

Hair Extensions for Thin Hair

Hair extension choices for thin hair

Before we tell you the perfect type of hair extensions to use for your thin hair, it's important that we tell you some of the different types that exist on the market first.

Knowing the difference between these types will make your choice of hair extension easier. It's up to you to choose which one you’ll pick but we’ll make sure to note the pros and cons of each type.

1. Clip-in hair extensions

Clip-in extensions are the most common type of hair extensions out there, as well as some of the most affordable. They're very easy to wear and style, as you just have to clip them on. They are highly customizable, too, and a quick trip to your stylist can instantly change them to your liking.

We recommend our 5-piece set for thin and fine hair types for everyday length and thickness. Try not to use heavier sets, as it can cause negative effects on your hair. Since they're clipped onto your natural hair, this means that they can tug on the strands and even cause hair loss. Although cheap and accessible, we can't recommend them for people with extremely thin hair as they will only damage your hair if used constantly.

2. Weave-in hair extensions

Unlike the clip-in extensions that need to be removed after a few hours, this type of extension can last for months and is a semi-permanent solution.

That said, unlike clip-in extensions, weave-ins, also known as weft bundles, typically need to be applied by a professional hairstylist, and thus require more money and effort. It's also not highly recommended for thin hair since, if you don't have enough hair on your scalp, it might be hard to sew or weave them in. Thin strands may also get damaged by the pulling action caused by the weaves.

3. Tape-in hair extensions

Tape-in hair extensions are perfect for thin hair.

Unlike traditional clip-in hair extensions that usually have a semi-thick band at the root of each weft, tape-in hair extensions just have a sticky tape. This means that they are much more lightweight and thus, less damaging to thin strands than other types of hair extensions.

The only downside is that they don't last very long. Depending on how you take care of your extensions, they might only last for around 6-8 weeks. As you can imagine, it could get pretty pricey in the long run.

What are the best hair extensions for thin hair?

Out of all the hair extensions out there today, we highly suggest that you go with the tape-in hair extensions for a semi-permanent solution or 5-piece clip ins for a shorter term solution for your thin hair.

Not only does this type look more natural on your strands, but it also won’t damage your hair as much as the other types of hair extensions. Thin hair is already prone to breakage and we don't want to worsen it by telling you to put on hair extensions that may pull at your strands while you’re wearing them.

However, with tape-ins we do understand that not everyone has the financial capacity to afford monthly or bimonthly replacements.

With that consideration in mind, here are several tips if you do decide to go with the more affordable and more accessible clip-in hair extensions.

Make sure to create a good base

Aside from the struggle of frequent breakage, people with thin hair may often find their hair products slipping away due to the lack of hair.

When putting on your clip-in extensions, it’s a great idea to create a solid base at the back of your head which will be later used to clip on the extensions. You can create the base by spraying a dash of hairspray to the root or using Zala’s Mad Matter Hair Extension Volumizing Powder and then tease your hair for extra volume. This is to avoid the possibility of your extensions sliding away from your head.

Always remember the safe zone

When applying hair extensions, it’s easy to get carried away by the thrill of adding more and more locks.

However, as someone with thin hair, you have to remember that the top of your head will have less hair and volume than your extensions. If you put the extensions up too high, your natural hair won’t be able to conceal them properly.

To fix this, always put your extensions below the eyebrow line, a.k.a. the safe zone. This will ensure that your natural hair will be enough to cover the roots of your clip-ins.

You don’t have to use the full set

Hair extensions usually come in sets of several wefts that may vary in width.

If you find yourself confused on where to put the remaining wefts, it is a sign that you don’t need to use all of the wefts included in the set. If your hair is looking good already even with just three wefts, then that’s all you need.

We understand the struggle of not having what is deemed as regular. But we hope that you will be able to fulfill your shampoo commercial dreams with our suggestions. Have fun with those locks!

For more hair tips and tricks, don't forget to check out our Zala blog!

September 15, 2020
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