When it comes to hair extensions, the options are vast. From clip-ins to tape-ins, wavy, straight, ponytail, ombre styles, and more, extensions mean that your hair dreams can easily become a reality without having to step foot in a salon. If you asked me a year ago, extensions seemed daunting, difficult, and unnecessary. But, when I started trying to save money on salon blowouts and decrease the amount of heat I use on my hair, I decided to give some extensions a shot. Now, I swear by them—I even own three different sets that I rotate depending on the look I’m going for.
The first thing to know is that if I can easily put in hair extensions, anyone can. I’m far from a professional, and it takes me less than five minutes to put in my clip-in extensions or ponytail. More than my hair health, they’ve saved me so much time and money that I’ve even convinced several of my friends and family members to get on board with them.
But, there are so many options out there when it comes to extensions that it’s hard to know where to start. The three important factors to be mindful of are your budget, hair type, and hair goals. Ask yourself if you have fine or coarse hair, then get out a ruler and actually measure your strands. Are you just looking for volume, or do you want length, too? If length is what you’re after, make sure to learn from my mistake and don’t go too much longer than your natural hair. The goal is to ultimately let the extensions blend in to your hair seamlessly for a glam, salon-esque look nobody will believe took you less than 10 minutes.
See below for the 13 best hair extensions—you’ll want at least a few in your new style rotation.
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Halo Hairpiece Hidden Wire Adjustable Headband Extensions
There’s a reason these are Amazon’s bestselling hair extensions. The halo-style insert means that this doesn’t even have clips you have to put in.
For under $10, simply wear this like a headband. Plus, they come pre-styled, so these are perfect if you’re low on time (or want a frizz-proof style).
Best Twist Extensions
Passion Twist Hair Long Inch Crochet Braids Extensions
This versatile set of water wave braiding hair actually comes with a crochet hook and cute clamp accessories for a fully customized look that you can turn in to anything from passion twists to flat twists or even a fun faux lock bob.
Best Ombre Extensions
hotbanana Ombre Natural Balayage Clip Extensions
Been wanting to experiment with an ombre or balayage look, but afraid of pulling the plug on an expensive treatment you may not end up liking? Because they’re not heat-resistant, you can style them to blend in seamlessly with your unique style, too.
Best Quality Extensions
Magnifica Hair Extensions
If you’re looking for something to wear on your wedding day or just know that you’re ready to invest in some of the highest quality extensions out there, you won’t regret Bellami’s iconic clip-ins.
Plus, they don’t budge—I wore mine comfortably for 12 hours straight at my sister’s wedding and got tons of compliments.
Best Bang Extensions
AISI QUEENS Clip in Bangs 100% Human Hair Extensions Reddish Brown Clip on Fringe Bangs with nice net Natural Flat neat Bangs with Temples for women One Piece Hairpiece (Air Bangs, Medium Brown)
Haven’t all of us tried and regretted bangs at least once in our lives? Next time you start getting the urge to replicate Zooeu Deschanel’s ‘do, try these first. For under $12, you have nothing to lose.
Best Ponytail Extensions
Insert Name Here Brit Ponytail
If you’re looking to channel your inner Ariana Grande, this ponytail is all you need. Simply clip the pre-waved pony in to your hair for a universally-flattering look.
Best Bun Extensions
Feshfen Hair Bun Extensions
Consider this easy, versatile bun the LBD of hair extensions. Fluff it up for a casual messy bun, or keep it tight with some bobby pins for a super elegant updo you could pair with any evening gown.
Best Ethical Extensions
Luxy Hair Halo Extensions
Luxy works with verified distributors in China who are all paid a fair salary with normal working hours and holidays—you can even take a virtual tour through their factory.
More than that, these extensions are made with top quality 100 percent remy hair (meaning it’s minimally processed and super high quality). And, if you have any questions, simply slip in to Luxy’s DMs on Insta. They’re super responsive and always willing to help get you the perfect match.
Best FUBU Tape-In Extensions
Mayvenn Straight Tape-Ins
Made for and by women of color, Mayvenn’s 100 percent virgin hair from India, Peru, Malaysia, and Brazil has garnered a serious following amongst hair stylists and beauty influencers alike for blending in to hair naturally while being super easy to install.
Best Extensions For Short Hair
Locks & Mane 12” Clip-In Human Hair Extension
If you have short hair and are just looking for a bit of extra volume, these clip-in extensions are super lightweight and easy to style. Some of the colors even come with highlights if you really want to switch up your look.
Best Straight Extensions
Straight Long Clip-In Hair Extensions
There’s nothing like a sleek, dramatic pin-straight look, and these pre-styled extensions make that easier than ever.
This set comes in four pieces that you can strategically place along your hairline and base of your neck to get the exact look you’re going for, too.
Best For Fine Hair
Clip-In Hair Extensions Double Weft
Made with super fine strands of human hair, these clip-ins are perfect if you have thinner hair that you’re wanting to add some volume to. It comes in a five-piece set, so you can easily wear the larger piece on a daily basis, then add in the other four for a more dramatic look on occasion.
Best Extensions For Coarse Hair
Insert Name Here U-Clip Extensions
For more coarse strands, this easy, one-piece clip-in will easily transform your hair. The natural wave to the style adds some natural volume that doesn’t look like extensions, too.
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