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Clip-Ins vs. Tape-Ins: A Guide to Hair Extensions

Updated: Jul 15, 2023


A woman with stunning wavy hair extensions. Her hair is a deep chocolate brown color and is highlighted with caramel streaks. She has a strong jawline and a piercing gaze.
This woman's hair extensions add volume and body to her natural hair. The wavy style is flattering and easy to maintain.

Looking for the perfect hair extensions can be daunting, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the different types and what works best for your hair type.


Luckily, several options are available, each with its own pros and cons.


In this article, we'll explore tape ins vs clip ins and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each.


We'll also highlight the most popular hair extension companies to help you make an informed decision.


Hey, it's me, Vered Valensi! I've been the proud owner of my own little haven on the Sunset Strip, Vered Salon, since 2001.


But my love affair with hairstyling began way back in 1990. I've seen trends come and go, but one thing that never goes out of style is a beautiful, voluminous head of hair!


And that's where hair extensions come in.


In the 22 years since I first opened my doors, I've become somewhat of an expert in hair extensions. And I'm not just talking about learning the ropes—I've watched, experimented, and mastered the art. I've seen firsthand the transformative power a few wefts of hair can hold, and let's not forget the delighted faces of clients when they catch a glimpse of their new, luscious locks.


So, you're interested in extensions but feeling a bit overwhelmed by the choices?


No worries, I've got you covered. I want to make things simple for you, and that's why I'm here to share my knowledge.


Let's talk about tape ins vs clip ins extensions.


These are two very popular types and for good reason! I'll also throw in some useful info about the top hair extension brands.


Ready to delve into the world of hair extensions? Let's go!


Tip #1 - Let's Start Simple


First things first, let's get to know what we're dealing with.


Clip-in extensions are wefts of hair that you can easily clip onto your own. They're great for switching things up without any commitment.


Tape-ins, on the other hand, are a bit more permanent. They're hair pieces that a stylist sticks onto your hair using a special kind of tape.


They're both awesome, but let's dig a bit deeper into the good and not-so-good sides of both.


Tip #2 - The Nitty-Gritty of Tape ins vs Clip ins


Clip-ins are super versatile. You can pop them in for a party and take them out before bedtime.


But just a heads up, getting them to sit right on your head might take some practice. I


f they're not put in properly, they can be uncomfortable and might even tug at your hair.


Tape-ins are more of a 'set it and forget it' kind of deal.


They're applied by a pro and stay put for 4-8 weeks.


They're pretty much invisible because they lay flat on your scalp, but they need a bit of babysitting.


You'll need to keep oils away from the adhesive to prevent them from slipping.


As one wise hairstylist said, "Choosing the right extension comes down to your everyday routine, your hair type, and what you want your hair to look like."



Tip #3 - From My Experience


Over my career, I've seen all kinds of hair and all kinds of needs.


Some clients want a glamorous look for a one-time event, and others need a different hairdo for a film role.


That's taught me that there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to hair extensions.


Tip #4 - Mix it up


The fun part about hair extensions is the ability to change your hair without making a big commitment.


Don't be scared to play around with different types of extensions and brands.


You might start off with clip-ins and find out that tape-ins are more your style, or vice versa.


The best choice is what makes you feel fabulous!


Tip #5 - Trust in the Pros


This guide is a good start, but nothing beats sitting down with a pro.


A stylist can help you decide based on your hair type, daily routine, and your hair goals.


And always remember, looking after your extensions and natural hair is a must to keep them both healthy.


Most popular hair extension companies:

Bellami Hair: Known for its high-quality clip-in extensions, Bellami Hair offers a wide range of colors and lengths to choose from.


Luxy Hair: Luxy Hair offers clip-in and tape-in extensions in a variety of lengths and shades, catering to different hair types and textures.


Glam Seamless: Glam Seamless is known for its tape-in extensions, which are made with high-quality, ethically sourced hair.


Hidden Crown Hair Extensions: Hidden Crown Hair Extensions offer a unique halo-style extension that's easy to apply and remove. They also offer clip-ins and tape-ins.


Zala Hair Extensions: Zala Hair Extensions offers a wide range of clip-in extensions in different lengths and shades, as well as tape-ins and ponytail extensions.


Wrap Up


Stepping into the world of hair extensions doesn't have to be scary.


With a bit of knowledge and help from a pro, you'll be on your way to finding the perfect type of extensions.


Need more help or looking for a pro? Feel free to get in touch with me at:

Vered Salon @ 310-659-3030 or Book an appointment online




Whether you're thinking about clip-ins, tape-ins, or just starting to think about extensions, we're here for you. Let's create your perfect hair look together!




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