Extensions methods: The 5 best ways to your dream hairstyle

Which extension methods are actually available? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different variants and what are the differences in costs? In this article we will look at the most popular methods of hair extension and thickening and clarify which one best suits your needs.
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The best extension method does not exist

Depending on your needs, your hair type and the size of your wallet, different extension methods are possible. Basically you should ask yourself the following questions before buying:

  • Do you want a hair extension or a hair thickening?
  • Do you want to wear hair extensions permanently or stay flexible?
  • Do you have rather thin or thick hair?
  • How much do you want to spend on it?

Basically you should not only pay attention to the price of the extension methods. This is especially true if you want a long-term change (for many months or several years). Cheap hair simply breaks down quickly and therefore needs to be replaced more often. You should only consider artificial hair if you have a very small budget and if you are looking for a short-term method. With Clip-ins for example, you can achieve beautiful results with synthetic hair at a reasonable price.

Pay attention to the hair quality

With other extension methods, such as Tape Extensions, Bondings or Microrings, you should pay attention to high human hair quality. There are significant differences when talking about human hair. Cheap human hair, may sound like a good deal at first, but it breaks down much faster and must therefore be replaced more quickly. Especially when you think about a long-term change, the quality of the hair plays an important role.

Make sure that Remy human hair is used in these extension methods. This can extend the duration of use by three to four times and is therefore cheaper in the long run. Tape Extensions by gobella , for example, use Russian Remy human hair and can therefore be reused much more often than cheap alternatives. If you want to know more about hair quality, take a look at this article.

Extensions methods at a glance - The pros and cons

Before we look at the different extension methods in detail, here is a short and concise overview of the advantages and disadvantages of Tape extensions, Bondings, Microrings, Clip-ins and Softclick Extensions.

TapesBondingsMicroringsClip-InsSoftclick Extensions
Duration of use2-3 months3-5 months2-3 monthsinsert in the morning, take out at nightinsert in the morning, take out at night
Damage to the hairgentle on the hairdamages hairdamages hairdamages hairgentle on the hair
suitable for+hair extension
+hair thickening
+ all hair types
+ also for pre-damaged hair
+hair extension +hair thickening
- not for thin or pre-damaged hair
+hair extension
+hair thickening
- not for thin or pre-damaged hair
+hair extension
+hair thickening
-not for thin or pre-damaged hair
+hair thickening
- not for hair extension
+ good for pre-damaged hair
+ for thin and thick hair

Extensions Method 1 - Tape Extensions

Tape extensions are glued into the wearers own hair. This may sound strange at first, but among the long-term extension methods it is considered the gentlest and healthiest way - long before Bondings, Microrings and Clip-ins. Tape extensions have adhesive strips attached to them, which are inserted at the base of the own hair. Often the insertion of tape extensions is also called "sandwich method" , because the strands of own hair lie between the two adhesive strips - like a sandwich.

Tape extensions are removed by applying a special adhesive remover to the sandwich and loosening the extension adhesive. Good Tape Extensions can also be reused multiple times. The closure can be easily reattached. Make sure that only remy human hair is used. This increases the duration of use enormously.

For whom are tape extensions suitable?

Tape Extensions are basically suitable for all hair types. In comparison to the rather noticeable method of microring and the slightly wider closures of Clip-In extensions, the hair connections of Tape Extensions are very flat. This ensures that they are hardly visible even with very fine and thin hair. They are also considered particularly gentle and prevent the hair from breaking off. Therefore, they are also recommended for already pre-damaged or brittle hair.

Cost and durability of tape extensions

With Tape Extensions you should always pay attention to a high hair quality. The gobella Tape Extensions , for example, are made of 100% Russian Remy human hair - the highest quality level for human hair extensions worldwide. The high quality means that, with good care, the strands can be reused up to a year without any problems. It is recommended to remove the tapes after 6-8 weeks, reapply and reinsert them.

A hair extension can be expected to cost between 320 and 540 GBP, while a mere hair thickening is already between 220 and 450 GBP. If extensions are only reapplied at the hairdresser, this usually costs only about 90 GBP. Compared to other extension methods, tape extensions are applied quickly (about 1h), which results in a lower price.

Extension Methode - Tape Extensions by gobella

Extensions Method 2 - Bondings

Bondings, also known as hot-fusion or U-tip extensions, are considered the most durable but also the most expensive method. They are applied without gluing or clip closure. Bonding Extensions come with a small solid platelet of wax or keratin, the main component of human hair, at the base. The platelets are softened with heat tongs or ultrasound and then welded to the base of the wearer. Between 100-150 extension strands are used. The exact number of bondings required depends primarily on the wearer's own hair structure.

For whom are bondings suitable?

Bondings are particularly suitable if you want a change that lasts as long as possible. They can stay in the hair for up to four months with fine hair and up to six months with normal hair. Then they are removed. High-quality bondings can also be reused and reapplied, but that's a very challenging task for hairdressers, therefore very expensive and often not possible, due to damaged joints. Bondings are not suitable for already damaged or very fine hair. Bondings can lead to the breaking off of the own hair and are not recommended in the long run. Another point you should consider is the comparatively high price.

How much do Bondings cost?

Bondings sind die teuerste unter den Extensions Methoden. Für Haarverlängerungen muss mit einem Preis zwischen 500 Euro und 1500 Euro gerechnet werden. Das liegt vor allem daran, dass extrem viele Strähnen vom Friseur angebracht werden müssen, wodurch der Salonbesuch viele Stunden dauert, die natürlich bezahlt werden müssen. Haarverdichtungen kosten je nach Anbieter und Menge zwischen 200 Euro und 500 Euro. Achte unbedingt darauf, dass Remy Echthaar verwendet wird. Günstige Non-Remy-Haare sind nicht geeignet, da die Bondings lange im Haar bleiben und daher Einiges aushalten müssen. Das erneute Hochsetzen der Extensions beläuft sich je nach Friseur auf 350 – 500 Euro.

Extensions Method 3 - Microrings

In this method, individual thin strands are threaded through 3 millimeter wide metal rings, which are pushed up to the hairline. Extension strands are then clamped under the rings before the microrings are closed with special pliers. This method also works without glue, wax or keratin.

Allerdings sind die Verbindungsstellen auffälliger als bei alternativen Extensions Methoden und ziemlich strapazierend für die Haare. Bei dieser Extensions Methode bricht das Eigenhaar vergleichsweise schnell oder reisst aus. Es sollte daher unbedingt darauf geachtet werden, dass nicht zu viele oder dicke Strähnen angebracht werden. Für Frauen mit dünnem Haar sind Microrings hingegen eher ungeeignet.

For whom are Microrings suitable?

Microrings are especially suitable for women with thick hair who want a change for a few months. You have thin hair? In this case we advise against Microrings, because the metal rings could probably attract attention. In this case it is better to use other extension methods, such as Tape Extensions or Nanorings. Nanorings are significantly smaller and less noticeable. However, the application is more complicated than the insertion of Microrings, since considerably more strands are applied. This means that hairdressers need more time for it and the price in the salon increases.

Cost and durability of Microrings

Microrings are usually cheaper than Bondings, but more expensive than Tape Extensions. This is partly due to the hairdressing costs that must be expected. Microrings require quite a lot of strands to be applied individually, which of course increases the price for attaching and re-attaching them. With a lot of practice and tact it is also possible to apply the Microrings yourself. In general, we recommend that you leave this task to a professional to get the best results.

Extensions Method 4 - Clip-Ins

Clip-In Extensions are an extension method that works without gluing or welding. Clip-In tresses have a clip attached to the upper end of the hair. The extensions are clipped under the top hair and thus easily attached to the wearer's natural hair. The help of a hairdresser is not necessary for the attachment. With a little practice the clip-ins can be applied by hand and very quickly.

For whom are Clip-Ins suitable?

You want to dress up in the evening and give your hairstyle that certain something? Then you are well advised to use Clip-Ins. They are very popular as a temporary addition, e.g. for updoes or bridal hairstyles. They are not intended as a solution that stays in your hair for several weeks or months at a time. Clip-In Extensions should be removed in the evening, because they can damage your own hair by twisting and turning while sleeping and the fasteners are quite uncomfortable when lying down.

Since usually a lot of weight is attached to the clip closure and it bends off the own hair, Clip-Ins are not optimal for severely damaged hair. Compared to other extension methods, the damage is limited - so don't panic. Softclick Extensions are a good and gentle alternative for extremely damaged or broken hair.

Cost and durability of Clip-Ins

Clip-In Extensions can be found online from about 30 GBP. The decisive factor in the price is of course the hair quality. Synthetic hair is especially cheap and no problem with clip-ins. For high-quality extensions, you should plan on about 90 to 180 GBP for a complete set. The durability of Clip-in Extensions depends strongly on how often they are used and how well you care for them. If the extensions are not worn constantly, a durability of one year or longer is possible.

Extensions Method 5 - Softclick Extensions

Softclick Extensions are a world novelty from gobella and intended as an alternative to Clip-In extensions. Softclick strands are clicked into your own hair by a thin and flexible magnetic closure. The own hair lies in the sandwich between the front and back of the 3 mm thick and 4 cm wide closure. The magnetic closure encloses the hair instead of pinching it like clip-ins. This offers the great advantage that the own hair cannot bend or tear out, which makes the Softclicks the most gentle of the short-term extension methods.

For whom are Softclick Extensions suitable?

Softclick Extensions are suitable for everyone who wants hair thickening or color accents that are inserted in the morning and removed again in the evening. The gentle closure makes them the perfect Clip-in alternative for wearers with stressed or brittle hair. For hair extensions, Clip-ins should rather be used, because for a complete extension many Softclick strands have to be inserted individually, which costs a lot of time.

Kosten und Haltbarkeit von Softclick Extensions

Softclick Extensions sind grundsätzlich teurer als Clip-Ins. Der hochwertige Magnetverschluss schont das Eigenhaar, ist in der Herstellung aber natürlich mit höheren Kosten verbunden, was das Produkt hochpreisiger macht. Friseurkosten werden jedoch gespart, da sie ohne fremde Hilfe angebracht werden können. Wie bei den anderen Methoden, hängt die Haltbarkeit von der Haarpflege ab. Werden Softclicks gut gepflegt und nicht ständig getragen, können sie problemlos ein Jahr oder länger verwendet werden.


As mentioned at the beginning: The best extension method does not exist. Depending on your needs, other extensions may be possible for you. Tapes, Bondings and Microrings are interesting if you want a long-term or permanent change for several weeks. Clip-ins and Softclick Extensions are possible if you want to be flexible and decide whether you want to wear your hair extension or not. If you have damaged, fragile or thin hair, we recommend Tape Extensions or Softclick Extensions.

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