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The Best Hair Extension Method For Fine Or Thinning Hair

When your hair is fine or thin, you want to do everything you can to avoid damaging it. Here we discuss the BEST hair extensions for fine hair, and the extension methods you should avoid if you want to protect your hair from damage. Consider your hair extension questions answered!


Quality hair extensions are a fast way to add texture, volume, length, and dimensional color to your hairstyle, with the fullness you’ve always wanted. They can be especially helpful for anyone who has fine and/or thin hair, filling in thin spots, camouflaging damage and allowing for the creation of styles they didn’t think their hair could achieve.

Unfortunately many hair extension methods come at a cost, they weigh hair down… create tension… and can cause damage not only to your hair, but the hair follicles as well often leading to traction alopecia and potentially permanent damage. If you already have thin hair, this is the last thing you want!

As a result, many women with thin hair have avoided getting hair extensions over not just these concerns, but also fears the extensions wouldn’t adhere properly, wouldn’t look natural, or simply wouldn’t work. For a long time these concerns were justified, and if you had thin hair there wasn’t much you could do about it. That is, until now!

While they can make your hair stunning, hair extensions can also lead to long-term damage. If you have fine or thin hair, it’s important that you choose the right extensions and treat your tresses well so you don’t cause hair breakage and loss. Ready to find the perfect extensions for you?

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Hair Extensions For Fine Hair

Thanks to advances both in hair extensions and attachment techniques, we now have not one, but two hair extension solutions that provide the most natural, light-weight and comfortable hair, with the fullness and volume you’ve always dreamt of. Best of all… these methods WILL NOT damage your natural hair (if installed properly)!

These new methods of attaching hair extensions to fine or thinning hair are MicroLink (Strand By Strand) Hair Extensions, and the Tight-Line Hair Extension Method. Both techniques allow you to can take care of your real hair, while giving you your dream hair in the meantime. These methods have helped thousands of women regain their confidence, while creating a dramatic new look for their hair!

Before We Discuss These Two Hair Extension Methods, Let’s First…

Define Thin Hair
3 Important Considerations When Choosing Hair Extensions
MicroLink (Strand By Strand) Hair Extensions
Tight-Line Hair Extension Method
Other Hair Extension Methods And Their Downsides

What Is Thin Or Low Density Hair?

First, thin hair can be defined in a couple of different ways. It can refer to the number of hairs that you have on your head. So, if the number is low that means you have low-density hair. The other definition describes how thick the individual hairs are. You might not have low-density hair, but the individual hairs themselves could be weak or thin.

Women experience thin hair for different reasons. It could be genetics, or maybe your hair was damaged because of the use of hot tools, different chemicals, stress, or health conditions (such as a thyroid disorder) and the medications used to treat them. Another cause for thin hair is incorrect or too aggressive hair dyeing and or bleaching.

Unfortunately, there is no natural way to effectively enhance the thickness of your hair. While there are shampoos, conditioners and nutritional supplements, these typically work best if the root cause is not genetics. Even then it can take months if not years to fix the root cause, especially if you continue to dye, and heat style your already fragile hair.

Hair extensions offer a solution to instantly address your fine, thin hair, adding volume, texture, length and dimension to your hair!

4 Important Considerations When Choosing Hair Extensions

1. Make sure the hair extension method you choose doesn’t cause hair damage.

Hair extensions should be a solution for fine hair. NOT a cause of fine hair.

If your hair is already thin and delicate, the last thing you want to do is apply hair extensions using a technique that doesn’t support the health of your hair, and one which is likely to cause further hair loss and breakage. (more on this later)

2. Opt for hair extensions that hide well.

This is trickier with fine hair, however some extensions methods are better than others when it comes to invisibility, and seamlessly blending with your own hair..

Clip-in hair extensions for example are made of real or synthetic hair, with wig clips attached at the weft so that you can easily clip them in your hair and take them out in minutes. As a result, Clip-Ins can get a little chunky, making it more difficult to disguise them with thin hair.

Tape-In Hair Extensions are bonded to your natural hair with tape and are usually 1.5” wide wefts applied row by row. The tape wefts cannot only be seen through the hair, but also create bumps, also known as tracks on your head which aren’t as visible for user with thick, full hair, but tend to stand out on those with thin hair.

3. 100% Remy hair extensions are best.

Never buy synthetic extension hair. Synthetic means plastic as it relates to extensions and it does not blend with human hair. Do you remember how ratty some of your Barbies’ hair became? It’s like that.

It’s best to opt for extensions made with human hair. This goes for anyone looking to buy hair extensions.


You want your extensions to look natural when combined with your own hair.

And you also want to be able to treat your extensions like your real hair.

With Remy hair extensions you can use heat styling tools just as you would style your own hair.

Also, we recommend selecting a company that source their hair ethically, meaning they pay the donors (women in poor, underdeveloped countries) more.

Find out more about hair extension quality here.

4. Locate a certified hair extension specialist.

If you want to wear extensions without the damage to your hair follicles, you must be diligent about locating a certified hair extension specialist, follow their instructions and committed to getting your extensions re-fit regularly to keep your extensions looking their best, as well as to ensure their proper wear and the overall health of your hair.

Other Hair Extensions Methods

While MicroLink (Strand By Strand) and Tight-Line™ Hair Extensions are best for thin hair, there are hair extension methods that have been touted as such and here we will explain why these methods are not as effective. The reason these stylists recommend and prefer these alternative solutions is a simple one, these are the methods they know and offer.

Clip-In Hair Extensions.

Clip-In extensions are temporary extensions with comb-like clips on a ream of hair, that attach to your natural hair.

Clips adds a lot of weight on your hair follicles.

There are a few reasons to avoid Clip-In extensions if you have fine hair.

• If you already have fine or thin hair, clip-ins won’t have much hair to hold onto.
• The weight of clip ins means they will pull at the roots of your hair. This may cause hair to fall out or break.
• As I touched on before, it’s also tricky to hide clip ins when your hair is already fine. There are other extension options that allow your extensions to be more hidden.


• Time to put in: 15-30 minutes
• Time to take out: 5 minutes
• Hair damage: Moderate
• Cost: $150-$1,200
• Maintenance: Low
• Irritation: Low
• Rating: 3/5 stars

Tape-In Hair Extensions.

Tape extensions are wefts of hair applied to your natural hair using adhesive.

They are easily detectable as your hair moves and tend to show up more as your hair grows out.

They’re high maintenance, as you generally need to get them re-applied at the salon every 4-8 weeks.

The repetitive process of removing and reapplying adhesive on your hair can cause major damage to your hair overtime as the chemicals used in the adhesives and the anti-adhesives (used when taking them off), they tend to cause your hair to dry out and become brittle, typically leading to breakage. Adhesives also suffocate the hair follicles, preventing hair growth.


• Time to put in: 90 minutes
• Time to take out: 60 minutes
• Hair damage: Moderate – Major
• Cost: $150-$1,200
• Maintenance: High
• Irritation: Moderate
• Rating: 3/5 stars

Halo Hair Extensions.

Halo hair extensions are a one-piece hair extension held on by a clear, thin wire and worn by placing it on your head like a halo with your own hair pulled through and over.

Thicker than most other hair extensions they make a great option for achieving length, volume or both.

While they are good for everyday use, halo hair extensions are also great for special events like weddings where you don’t want to worry about your hair extensions showing.

The only downfall of the Halo Hair Extension is that because of the complexity in manufacturing, the per-gram cost tends to be 5-10% higher than other methods.

Halo Hair Extensions is a great option for fine hair, for two important reasons.

1) Halo hair extensions don’t damage your hair.

The halo is a one-piece hair extension with an invisible wire, that secures on your head like a headband.

It doesn’t bond or glue to your hair, meaning there’s zero risk of your fine hair getting pulled out or breaking.

2) The halo lets you grow your real hair.

The ultimate hair goal is to grow your natural hair to it’s healthiest, thick, luscious state.

We’re being real – you don’t want to have to rely on permanent hair extensions for your entire life.

That’s way too much time, money and maintenance.

Halo extensions can be put on and taken out whenever you like.

Because there’s nothing damaging about wearing the halo, or the removal process, it allows your natural hair to continue growing while you wear your halo extensions.


• Time to put in: 20 seconds
• Time to take out: 3 seconds
• Hair damage: None
• Cost: $229-$500
• Maintenance: Minor
• Irritation: Minor
• Rating: 4/5 stars

Our hair extension services allow you to have the hairstyle you want, when you want it. We offer a complete range of hair extension methods, and will assist you in selecting the technique that’s best for you.

If you’ve been considering hair extensions as a solution to your thin and/or fine hair, but have hesitated, you’ve found the right methods, now let us try to help you determine which is likely to be best for you. We have the hair extension solution to the most natural, light-weight and comfortable hair you’ve ever had, with the fullness and volume you’ve always dreamt of. Best of all… our methods WILL NOT damage your natural hair!

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