What's the Difference between Tape and Clip Hair Extensions?

Hair extensions are all about versatility. They’re about wearing whatever hairstyle you want with minimal fuss. And with tape and clip hair extensions, we can maximize this versatility – these extensions give you relatively direct access to the scalp, and let your hair breath between installs.

So what’s the difference between them?

What are Clip Hair Extensions?

Clip hair extensions refer to hair with attached wig clips attached. They can be made with any hair at all. You can even make these yourself, by adding clips to the base of your hair extension’s weft. It doesn’t take long to install clip extensions – simply part your hair for the style you want, and then install your longer clip-ins back to front.

Clip the hair between two sections of your natural hair and comb it out so the wefts are invisible. The whole process should take no more than half an hour, unless you’re using many small clips. This also makes clip hair extensions relatively cheaper than tape extensions, since you can do it yourself.

What are Tape Extensions?

Tape extensions refer to extensions whose wefts have polyurethane tape. These are made using tape strips at the top of the weft. The tape strips are made of clear polyurethane panels, which allow for excellent adhesion. The tape can be either single or double sided, and melds into the weft base. However, these extensions are only suited to high quality remy human hair extensions.

The tape installation needs professional hands, since a strong adhesive is involved here. The entire process can take up to two hours, and it is vital that the process not be rushed. Since you have to buy hair extensions and pay a stylist, this tends to be costlier than the clip hair option.

Pros and Cons of Clip Hair Extensions

Clip hair extensions are easily removable, and the hair can be bleached or dyed as long as it’s virgin Remy hair. The installation time is short and causes no damage to your real hair. It allows for greater versatility, and is extremely comfortable. Since you can DIY this, it is also cost effective.

However, it is possible they irritate sensitive scalps, and they cannot be worn over long periods of time. The placement may also prevent you from sleeping with them in.

Pros and Cons of Tape Extensions

Tape extensions do not require any heat or tools during installation, and it takes less time than sew-ins. The installation can last for up to 3 weeks, and the extensions remain usable. You can be sure the hair is virgin Remy with tape extensions, and with proper care, the extensions can last for up to three years. The extensions can also be bleached, permed or dyed.

On the flip side, however, these can damage your real hair, and so tape extensions are not ideal for thinning hair. Plus, you have to wait for a couple of days to wash your hair, since the tape will take some time to set. Tape extensions are not easy to remove – they require a solvent. You can’t DIY this, and it can be expensive to buy the extensions and pay for the install. You also cannot use any oil.

Which do you prefer?


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