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Advantages and disadvantages of Choosing A Wig, Weave Or Clip-in Extensions

Apr 26, 2017

For women who have taken the plunge and decided that wearing hair extensions is for them, some have had a hard time choosing between wigs, weaves, or clip-in hair extensions. 

They do not know what type of hair extension would suit them best in terms of their lifestyle or whether that hair type would blend well with their natural hair.

Now with the extensive variety that hair extensions on offer, many women are confused as to which way to go. Should they choose a wig, opt for the weave or should they consider clip-in hair extensions? It’s not an easy decision. However, if you are one of these woman and you too are confused as to which hair extension method is best suited to you, why not just take a leap of faith! Regardless of which one you choose, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Knowing both can help you make a well-informed decision.

Here are some things to consider…

Using Wigs to Change Hairstyles


Advantages and disadvantages of using the modern wig:

  • Wearing wigs can be used to change hairstyles quickly and for brief periods of time. Wear it for 5 minutes or 5 hours. It’s a quick and easy way to change your style! Can change hairstyles quicker than if you were wearing a weave or clip-in extensions.

  • More often than not, wigs are very useful to cancer patients or those suffering from hair loss issues. Instantly add hair in a moment’s time!

  • Hair color and hair style can be change easily to suit the occasion.

  • Some wigs can look undetectable and natural once worn. The human hair extensions look more real than the synthetic ones. Concentration needs to be placed on how the sectioning was created on the wig. Better quality wigs have hair parting/sectioning that looks more natural than other quality wigs. Research your brands first before you invest.

  • Proper placement is essential for a more natural and authentic look.

  • You must ensure the wig is securely placed on the head to ensure snugness and to avoid any mishaps.

  • Wigs have a longer lifespan compared to weaves or clip-in hair extensions because they can be taken off at night thus reducing hair friction leading to quicker aging of the hair.

  • It is quick and easy to put on compared to the others.

  • Available in synthetic and human hair

Using Weaves to Change Hairstyles


Advantages  and disadvantages of using weaves

  • Weaves are usually utilized by hair parlors and hair stylist to extend hair length.

  • More time consuming to install.

  • Risk of natural hair damage (braids that are too tight during the install can cause hair thinning and/or hair loss). And glues can cause allergy issues or other health related issues).

  • Weaves are light-weight and look natural if done properly.

  • Hair can look like it’s growing from your scalp.

  • Weaves installs can last up to three months. After that, you can take take it down to re-braid your hair and reinstall if you desire.

  • Maintenance is very simple and easy.

  • Can increase current hair volume, texture, and length.

  • It can improve confidence.

  • Weaves allow every day people to achieve celebrity hairstyles!

  • Many weave methods available – sew-in, beads, glue etc.

  • Available in synthetic and human hair

Using Clip-in Hair Extensions to Change Hairstyles


Advantages and disadvantages of using clip-in hair extensions:

  • Clip-in human hair extensions can easily be curled, straightened, and/or styled according to the desired hairstyle.

  • There are various guides offline and online on how to install and style them.

  • Blends with natural hair if it’s the same texture.

  • Can suit numerous hair styles.

  • Clip-in hair extensions are available in different colors, shapes, length and textures.

  • Natural looking because they work with your existing natural hair. It just adds extra volume and/or length

  • It can improve the overall appearance of your natural hair while adding beauty and confidence for the individual wearing them.

  • Available in synthetic and human hair

  • With windy weather it’s possible that clips at the root may show, revealing that you’re wearing extensions.

  • Can only part the hair where there are no clips installed; thereby limiting styling options.

Before you choose what kind of hair extension would suit you best, know your preferred benefits first, and then determine what suits your needs. Consider the points mentioned above. In the end whichever you choose, you will still see fantastic results!

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