Thinning hair impacts people at any age. Among the products that can help with coverage, hair extensions may be among the most effective and versatile for thinning hair. From tape-in hair extensions to clip-in options, there are more than enough choices to suit even the most finicky tresses.
Here are our top picks for the best type of hair extension to get. But first, a little background.
Causes of Thinning Hair
There may be many reasons for thinning hair, ranging from typical aging processes to health-related conditions. For instance, your hair may thin if you are not getting adequate nutrition in your diet or if you suffer from hormonal imbalances. Certain diseases or health conditions may cause your hair to thin, and even medications meant to help you may thin your hair as a side effect.
Hair thinning can can also be hereditary, not always but in some cases. One tip is to check with close relatives that are older in age as they may be already impacted by thinning hair; especially in the crown area or edges. As always, please consult your doctor first before self-diagnosing the cause of your thinning hair.
Understanding the Struggles of Thinning Hair
Whatever the reason for the thinning, the struggles relating to this issue can be detrimental to your self-confidence. It is important to remember that thinning hair is a common issue and you are not alone.
Hair extensions can be a viable solution for people with all hair types, whether your hair is extremely short or lacking density. Overall, there is an option for you, and a great stylist can help you decide which hair extension to try.
The Power of Hair Extensions in Boosting Confidence
Because they add instant volume and length, hair extensions can go a long way toward boosting your confidence when your hair is thinning. They can help you to feel comfortable in social settings and give you a more natural appearance, which is what we specialize in at Go Sleek. Our premium quality hair extensions are made from the finest and ethically sourced human hair, ensuring a natural and seamless blend with your natural hair.
Preparing Your Natural Hair for Extensions
Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair before styling with extensions. You should also take time to assess your needs before choosing a product. Considerations include:
- Hair length: You have some leeway on this decision, as shorter extensions can create a layered look if your locks are longer. Your chosen clip-in extension length will be determined by the style you want to create using your faux locks.
- Thinning area: Your choice of clip-in extensions will also be determined by the area in which your hair is thinning. For instance, if the thinning occurs in two places, such as towards the front of your hairline and the crown of your head, consult with your stylist about whether you'll need a different type of hair extension for those areas.
Once you have narrowed down your hair extension needs, you can begin considering specific products.
Best Hair Extensions for Thinning Hair
1. Clip-In Hair Extensions
These are ideal for thinning hair because they offer a temporary solution that allows you to try different styles. They also don't tax your hair as much as more permanent options. While most people opt for color as close as possible to their natural hue, you can also mix it up and use clip-in extensions as a highlight or added pop of color.
At Go Sleek, we offer two options for clip-ins: Classic Clip-Ins and Seamless Clip-Ins. While both are great, the Seamless Clip-Ins are flatter which appears even more natural. These hair extensions are perfect if you have naturally fine hair or love the idea of throwing your hair into a pony at a moment’s notice.
Clip ins are great for people with thinning hair because they can be easily installed and removed. Most people with thinning hair prefer this to ensure they are not tied down to permanent heavy hair extensions. Clip ins are great to add if you are growing out a bad hair cut or areas of hair that may be damaged or thinner than certain parts of your hair.
However, if you are experiencing thinning at the crown we wouldn't recommend clip-ins or Tape-ins. Opt for a closure unit which we talk more about below.
Learn more about the difference between Classic and Seamless with video.
2. Tape-In Hair Extensions
Tape-in hair extensions run a close second to clip-ins. They are as easy to install as their clip-in counterparts, and are lightweight as well, which means they don't pull on your hair. They are a bit more permanent than clip-ins, lasting several weeks at a time.
While some people opt to install them at home, many others work with a professional to ensure the most seamless look. While some have debated how healthy tape-ins are for your hair, we’ve broken down the details on whether tape-ins are bad for your hair. Our short answer is no, when installed and removed correctly.
NOTE: If you are experiencing thinning at the crown we don't reccomned clip ins
Looking for other options? If you feel like Tape Ins or Clip Ins will not work for you, you might like a wig install instead. Our Wig collection at Go Sleek offers a choice between the V-Part Unit where a very small portion of your hair is left out to blend. V-Parts are great for women who like the look of a sew in but their thinning hair can’t take it - a V-Part would work best.
Or the full Deep Wave Lace Closure Unit can serve as the ultimate protective style as none of your hair is left out and the hair is completely covered. Our Closure wigs will still offer a very natural look when installing slightly behind the hair line as you can see in our video below.
Unlike Clip-ins or Tape-Ins, Closure Units are highly recommended for anyone who may be experiencing thinning at the crown.
Either option is a great choice for thinning hair as long as the hair is properly treated underneath the wig.
Hairstyles for Thin Hair with Extensions
Try to match up your hair type to the extensions you choose. Coarse hair would do best with a kinky curl clip-in extension product, while those with a few silver strands might benefit from a salt-and-pepper hair extension look. Use clip-in ponytail extensions for an updo or longer extensions under shorter hair to add layers to your style.
Options for tape-in hair extensions are fairly versatile, similar to that of clip-in hair extensions. From thick, curly tape-in extension products to lush, wavy invisible tape-ins, there are enough product offerings available to ensure that you can easily supplement your thinning tresses with additional hair that is taped in for added security.
Dos and Don'ts for Thinning Hair with Extensions
When it comes to dos and don'ts for thinning hair, the biggest "don't" is pulling your hair too tight in any style using extensions. The tighter your style, the more it will pull at the hair and cause the thinning to worsen.
In terms of "dos," one of the most important things to remember is that hair extensions are a great way to experiment with new styles. Do venture outside of the box to experiment with different hairstyles. Also a huge DO - please do give your hair a break in between extension styles installs.
Boosting Hair Health While Wearing Extensions
Boosting your hair health while wearing extensions is best done by washing and conditioning your hair on schedule. Don't leave clip-in extensions in longer than single-style 'dos and remove tape-in extensions according to a schedule set by your stylist. It is even better if you allow a professional stylist to remove tape-in extensions for you.
There are many different options when it comes to the best extensions for thinning hair. The best part is that the two best ones are not permanent, which means you can try more than one thing to see which works best for you. So, which one will you choose?