Hair Extensions vs. Hair Toppers

As a woman with thinning hair, I've spent a LOT of time researching alternative hair options. The most obvious solution for thick, long locks is hair extensions. But, is this really the BEST solution? We're going to unpack the similarities between hair extensions and hair toppers.

What are hair extensions?

Hair extensions are designed to add length and volume to your hair. There's a few different types of hair extensions.

  1. Tape in hair extensions: Taped into your hair and able to be reused 2-3 times. These are taped in at a salon appointment
  2. Clip in hair extensions: Easy for installing yourself at home.
  3. Bonded hair extensions: Can be worn for 2-4 months at a time and are installed by a stylist.
  4. Halo hair extensions: Attached with a thin, transparent string which goes around the head like a 'halo'. Easy to put on at home.

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Who are hair extensions best for?

Hair extensions are best for those who are looking to add extra length or volume to their hair- but do not have hair loss around the crown. As hair extensions only add more hair to the lengths- not the scalp- women experiencing hair loss usually find that hair extensions don't give them the volume or coverage they need.

What are hair toppers?

Hair toppers are designed for women with thinning hair, fine hair or hair loss. Unlike hair extensions, hair toppers also cover the crown of your head (the area where most women experience hair loss). Hair toppers clip softly into your crown to provide length, volume and coverage.

Who are hair toppers best for?

Hair toppers are best for women who are experiecing hair loss or want more volume. They're made specifically for women who are experiencing hair loss, so the clips are super soft so they don't cause more hair loss.

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Hair extensions and hair toppers both have their place, and we love both for different reasons. But, if you're experiencing hair loss, we definitely reccomend joining the hair topper club!


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