Better to Know the Different Types of Hair Extensions Before Picking the So-called Best One

The global female hair extension market was valued at $3.71 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow from $4.06 billion in 2022 to $7.63 billion by 2029, displaying a CAGR of 9.44% during the forecast period.

Every hour, every minute, demands for hair length and volume are increasing. It is indisputable that starting a hair extension business in the next few years will be highly profitable.

Before stepping into the game, getting to know the various types of hair extensions and what’s new on the market is surely a must-do.

If you are planning to start a hair extension business and are still confused about the different types of hair extensions or what’s best for your clients, this post will be the ultimate answer to all your questions.

Getting to know the types of hair extensions on the market

There is more than one way of classifying hair extensions.

Hair specialists and stylists may each have their own way of categorizing different types of hair extensions. 

The ultimate purpose is to let people understand the types of hair extensions their functionalities, plus the names they are known by to avoid confusion.

Synthetic hair extensions

Firstly, human and synthetic hair is used to make hair extensions. 


Forgive me for being blunt, but “synthetic” is another word for “fake” or “man-made.” Artificial hair is made from artificial fibers like acrylic, nylon, etc.

Synthetic hair extensions are easily maintained, have a vibrant, lasting color, and are cheaper than human hair ones. 

But synthetic hair extensions can’t be washed or styled with heat and always have an unnatural shine; they can never last as long as human hair extensions and never be recolored.

Human hair extensions

Raw human hair is generally classified into three categories: normal human hair, Remy hair, and virgin hair.

Remy Hair

The most commonly used hair for making all different types of hair extensions is Remy human hair. That’s exactly what we use to make most of our hair extensions and wigs at New Times Hair.

Remy human hair all hair cuticles in the same direction.

High-quality Remy human hair extensions can last over a year with proper care.


Why choose Remy human hair?

  • Human hair extensions look and feel natural and authentic.
  • They are very flexible in styling, you can bleach, dye, or perm them just like natural hair.
  • Though each unit costs slightly higher than synthetic hair extensions, they last a lot longer, and in the long run, they tend to beat their synthetic counterparts in cost.

Virgin Hair

Virgin hair in a way is also a type of Remy human hair, but it is purely collected from a single donor, never been bleached, colored or processed in any way. Virgin human hair is unaltered in anyway that they are very rare, making it the most expensive type on the market.

Normal Hair

Human hair, if not particularly mentioned to be Remy hair or virgin hair, may be collected from all types of donors, even from the hairdresser’s floor.

Normal Hair or non-remy hair needs to be processed with acid to get rid of its hair cuticles, so they won’t last as long as Remy human hair or virgin hair; most manufacturers usually don’t use them.

In terms of functioning, hair extensions are conventionally classified into temporary hair extensions and permanent hair extensions.

Temporary hair extensions

Another word for temporary hair extensions is portable, meaning the wearer can put it on or take it off whenever she wants. 

Clip-in hair extensions


Clip-in hair extensions, also known as clip-in weaves, an attachment method: wefts of hair are installed into the wearer’s natural hair by slight pressure-sensitive clips.

The wearer just needs to snap open the clip and close it to put it on; all they need to be aware of is following product instructions, and clipping the hair extension to the right place. 

Pros of clip-in hair extensions

  • Quick install & removal: Unlike other hair extensions, clip-in hair extensions usually take only 5-15 minutes to apply at home.
  • Temporary change of look: if the wearer only wants a quick change of her hair looks.
  • Easily maintained: Clip-in hair extensions come with significantly less hair than wigs, which shortens the time spent on Maintenance. 

Cons of clip-in hair extensions

  • Causing stress on the scalp: This also applies to wearers having long days. The hair extension may cause stress around where the hair is clipped. 
  • Uncustomisable: Another disadvantage of clip-in hair extensions is that they are not customizable, except for thick clip-in human hair extensions.

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Halo Hair Extensions

Halo hair extensions(invisible wire hair extensions)use the natural curvature of the wearer’s head and sit on her crown comfortably like a tiara with a hiddle wire (this is also why halo hair extensions are also known as invisible wire hair extensions).

The wearer’s natural hair sits on top of the halo, firmly in place. This is in contrast to all other hair extension methods that attach to her natural hair in some way.


Halo hair extensions are so far the only hair extension method that is not attached to the wearer’s natural hair; here are some excellent advantages of halo hair extensions.

Pros of halo hair extensions

  • Perfectly harmless to natural hair
  • Quick and easy to wear and remove.
  • Add instant volume to the wearer’s hair.
  • Absolutely undetectable.

Cons of halo hair extensions

  • Unsuitable for sports, like swimming.
  • The wearer can’t sleep in it.
  • Unsuitable for hairstyles like”updo.”

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Ponytail Extensions 

Ponytail hair extensions add volume and length to the wearer’s existing ponytail, whether her natural hair is long or short. 

A typical ponytail hair extension is usually 14-28 inches long and can be put on using a concealable clip. 

The wearer only needs to tie up her natural hair into a high bun, and wrap around the ponytail extension around it and fix it with bob pins; the whole process only takes less than 15 minutes.

At New Times Hair, we supply 100% top-quality human hair sourced ethically from single donors that is double-drawn.


Pros of ponytail hair extensions

  • Comfortable to wear.
  • Easy to put on and take off.
  • Instant change.

Cons of ponytail hair extensions

  • Wearers can’t afford to be too active, as it potentially falls off the head.

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Permanent hair extensions

Permanent hair extensions only mean that they will stay in the wearer’s hair for an extended period; usually, it is a hairdresser’s job to put it on or remove it.

Tape-in Hair Extensions

Tape-in extensions are measured in one to one and a half inches (or other sizes) of sections of hair pre-taped with medical-grade glue to the wearer’s hair.

At New Times Hair, we use American white glue for the tapes, which is chemical-free and safe.

Tape-in hair extensions are the most commonly used hair extensions worldwide, purely for their easy and quick installation, low maintenance, and cost-effectiveness.


The stylist simply needs to wrap around the tape around the wearer’s hair strand, clip it tight, making a hair sandwich, and it’s done. For wearers who prefer thinner hair, there are also mini-tape or one-sided tape-in hair extensions available.

Quality tape-in hair extensions can last up to 6 months. Plus, they are reusable. 

Pros of tape-in hair extensions

  • Easy to attach and remove.
  • Does not damage the wearer’s hair:
  • Long-lasting & reusable
  • Affordable
  • Numerous styling options
  • Adding colors and highlights without chemicals

Cons of tape-in hair extensions

  • Need help from professionals, DIY at home can damage the natural hair.

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Fusion hair extensions


When we say fusion hair extensions, we mainly mean hot fusion hair extensions, pre-bonded hair extensions, or keratin hair extensions; they all mean the same thing.

With hot fusion hair extensions, there are also different sub-types of hair extensions, categorized by shape: such as I-tips, U-tips, V-tips, nail-tips, flat-tips, ultra-tips, etc. All these tips are for the easiness of installation.

The hairstylist will need to melt the tips with a heating tool, and fuse them with the wearer’s natural hair. When it cools down, a firm and permanent bond will be formed.

Apart from the use of heat, some of these tips can also get attached to the wearer’s natural hair by little beads, loops or rings; this way we call it cold fusion; we’ll talke about cold fusion in a later section.

Following the stylist’s recommendations and taking proper care of them will last 9-12 months. 

 Pros of fusion hair extensions

  • Long-lasting.
  • Suitable for any hair type.
  • Will not damage the natural hair.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Blend perfectly with the wearer’s natural hair. 

 Cons of fusion hair extensions

  • Time-consuming: it takes at least 3-4 hours to finish installing a full head of fusion hair extensions.
  • Can be done only by professionals, DIY at home can ruin the natural hair

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Cold Fusion Extensions

Known by various names, and it doesn’t matter, as people just enjoy calling different types of hair extensions by different names; for us, it’s better to help people understand clearly what they are and how they work, and then get the names right.

Cold fusion uses beads or loops.

According to different hairstylists and hair extension makers, cold fusion are also known as micro-links, micro loops, microbeads, nano rings, and different shaped tips, such as I-tip, Y-tip, etc. However, a lot of people just think that they are all different types of hair extensions.

Some UK hairstylists prefer to call cold fusion micro ring (not micro link). 

Putting on cold fusion hair extensions is also quite time-consuming, and a professional hairstylist must do it at a salon.

Cold fusion / hot fusion transferrable.

Some types of hair extensions can be both hot fusion and cold fusion methods, such as i-tip or Y-tip (or ultra-tip); they can either be melted with heating tools and form bonds with the wearer’s natural hair or bonded with natural hair using beads or loops.

Pros of cold fusion hair extensions

  • No heating or glue is required. Safe for natural hair.

Cons of cold fusion hair extensions

  • Shorter lifespan.
  • Need help from professionals, the wearer can not DIY at home.

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Weft Hair Extensions

Weft hair extensions are also known as weave hair extensions. 


They can be sub-classified into machine wefts, hand-tied wefts, PU skin wefts, etc. 

Sew in weft is a process in which the wearer’s natural hair is braided down into cornrows, and weft of hair gets sewn onto the braids.

Sew in weft on braids

Similar to installing sew-in wefts using braids, some hairstylists prefer to use beads to fix the hair, by which a weft of hair gets sewed to the natural hair braided using beads.

Sew in weft with beads:

Machine Weft

Just as its name suggests, machine wefts are the wefts that hair gets tied on by a machine. They are thicker wefts and can be cut to smaller portions without fraying and tied one by one to the wearer’s natural hair.

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Hand-tied Weft Hair Extensions

Compared to machine weft, hand-tied weft has all hair gets manually tied by manufacturing staff.

As they are 100% hand made, thus they are much pricier.

Hand-tied wefts are thinner and lighter wefts that won’t weigh down the wearer’s natural hair. That’s why they are often recommended to fine thin hair clients, according to professional hair stylists.

Hand-tied wefts are tied into weft, and you should never cut them into small pieces otherwise the hair extension will unrael.


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PU Wefts

Simply put, a thin, sleek, single row of hair gets tied along a weft from PU skin. It has all the good qualities of hand-tied wefts, plus it can be cut into smaller pieces to install one by one. 

Similar to tape-in extensions, skin weft can be attached with tape or glue. They are very flexible to use, cutting them into small pieces, and you can add volume or density to the problem areas of your clients.

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Flat Wefts

Flat Weft Extensions are considered a hybrid weft with the thin attribute of hand-tied wefts while allowing the weft to be customized and cut into smaller pieces like a machine weft. 

Hair gets tied to a thin, silk weft. This flat track weft hair extension by New Times Hair is an update of the old version of weft hair extensions. 

They have a great undertone in gradient throughout the extension, giving the wearer a natural, flattering look.

Genius Wefts

The Genius Weft hair extensions presented by New Times Hair are a revolutionary masterpiece.

It is an upgraded whole new generation of weft hair extensions; thinner, lighter, tangle-free, with absolutely NO return hair; ideal for wearers with thin fine hair or those who delight in a fine, sleek hair structure.


100% Remy human hair, unfolded, is hand-tied to a thin weft, allowing it to be cut into smaller pieces without fraying; if you like, you can call it the best of the best.

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Pros of weft hair extensions

  • Cause most minor damage to the wearer’s natural hair. 
  • Long-lasting.
  • Chemical, adhesive, and heat-free.
  • Lightweight, less tension to the hair and scalp.
  • Low Maintenance and upkeep.

Cons of weft hair extensions

  • Time-consuming: It could take up to 4 hours to finish stitching a weft to the wearer’s hair.
  • It is never easy to find a qualified hairdresser who can professionally sew the hair weft to the wearer’s hair.

Final words

This is perhaps the most comprehensive post about the classification of hair extensions and their types. 

Before choosing the most suitable or best hair extension(s) to wear, it won’t hurt to know them a bit more first. 

When talking about a particular type of hair extensions, we know clearly what they are talking about and what to get. 

Good luck!

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June Chen

Sales representative


June is detail-oriented, excellent at simplifying complex issues, making them understandable to all our clients, particularly those new to our services and products or unfamiliar with China.

Originally from Weifang, China, known as the hometown of kites, June moved to Qingdao in search of a better work-life balance. This has been her first job ever since. Over the years working at Newtimes Hair, she has cultivated a friendly demeanor and a sense of humor. June considers Newtimes Hair her second home, a place where she invests her passion wholeheartedly.

Her role extends beyond just solving problems; June acts as a bridge between our team and our clients, embodying our commitment to impeccable customer service.

● What hobbies and interests do you have?

I enjoy exercising. That’s a very important part of my life. I’m a super active person.

● Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

No, not that I know of. I’m a very realistic person. If you mention outlandish stuff like aliens, monster in the bush, I’d be out of my mind.

● What is something you would love to do in the future?

I want to learn how to swim. I know it might sound a bit sarcastic, as I just mentioned that I enjoy doing exercise. Unfortunately, swimming hasn’t been on my list. I think I better catch up on that.

● What wig would you wear if you wore one and why?

I’d give HW1 a try. It looks natural and beautiful. Though we categorize it as a medical wig, almost any female can wear it. It’s got a lace mesh base, breathable, and flexible. You don’t need glue or tape to fix it to your head. Pretty easy, and it gives you all the long hair look a girl could want.


Sherry Sui

Sales representative


Are you new to China or the hair-making industry and feeling a bit lost about where to start? Sherry is your go-to expert. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of our products and services, Sherry will help you identify the perfect product combo aligning with your business needs and client requirements.

Grew up in Yantai, and moved to Qingdao in 2015 with a medical background, Sherry’s thoughts are beyond simply selling hairpieces. She cares about the end user’s health, too. In the process of sourcing the most suitable hairpieces for your clients, it’s worthwhile to pay attention to what Sherry says in terms of scalp health and hairpiece maintenance. You can think of her as a comprehensive, yet concise hairpiece encyclopedia, equipped to offer you top-notch recommendations and ideas for exceptional customer service.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

At our end-of-year conference, my colleagues agreed that I’m a warm hearted, positive, and easy-going teammate. It gives me a sense of reward.

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I don’t like being confined in a very small space. I believe it was due to a childhood experience. When I was six years old, I accidentally tripped and fell into a shallow well. I had to wait for two hours before I was found. Since then, I’ve found I just can’t tolerate the idea of being alone. I guess that makes me an active team player.

  • You are happiest when…

This may sound boastful, but it’s true. It’s just part of my nature to help others. When I actually see that what I did for them has helped them achieve something, it just makes me excited.

  • Which mens/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

I recomend HS25V. Oftentimes I’d introduce this model to my new clients to start with, so they can introduce this to their new clients see if hair systems are what really suit them, before they carry on with lace or mono hair systems.


Winni Yu

Sales Representative


Born in Weifang, China’s kite capital, and moved to Qingdao in 2013, Winni has never looked back. Since joining Newtimes Hair, Winni has been a dynamo of efficiency and innovation. She is a problem-solver brimming with ideas and has become a vital part of our team.

From your first contact with Winni to the moment your orders are delivered, Winni ensures a smooth and exciting experience. With her at the helm, the business isn’t just easy but exhilarating, and every challenge becomes an opportunity for innovation.

Transitioning from a client developer to a retention specialist, throughout the years, Winni has successfully assisted numerous clients in solving their issues, particularly concerning product details, logistics, or custom hiccups.

  • What hobbies and interests do you have?

I’m into so many things. All the popular stuff you name: Swimming, badminton, running, all for keeping me in good shape.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

They keep calling me “pretty Winni pretty brainy.” I’d take that as a compliment. I’d say I’m generally pretty fast in term of thinking and figuring out solutions. My teammates often turn to me for help, too. And It turned out that most of the time my ideas worked for them.

  • Do you have any pet hates?

I’m a typical town girl, you know. I’m into cats and dogs. But things like snakes, all sorts of insects, and hamsters; they are not my cup of tea. So, never get them near me.

  • Which mens/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that?

Most of my clietns are after Q6. And their clients happened to be guys who are into hair systems that are durable and natural. Q6 is a pretty good pick for them. With proper care, it should easily last 6 months.


Tori Zhang

Sales Representative


Tori or Victoria to be exact, originally from Heze, brought her passion for life to Qingdao in 2016. An avid reader with a Teacher’s Qualification Certificate, Tori is known for her professional yet intriguing persona at the office.

As a quick learner, Tori always looks at customer’s needs from a tutor’s perspective. She has a sharp mind, is capable of picking up anything her client is unclear with, and offers the explanation in detail, making sure you understand it.

At Newtimes Hair, Tori thrives on the thrill of a sale, her triumphs now fueling the empowerment of her peers. Her journey at Newtimes Hair is marked by three profound words: abundant, proficient, and revolutionary.

  • Tell us an interesting fact about yourself other than your qualifications, your job.

I’m always fascinated about an exotic lifestyle. I really wish I could travel a lot, go to many different countries, and try their local gourmet food, and get in touch with the locals to actually have a feel of their culture.

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I’m always afaid of heights. With any tall buildings, be it a chimney or TV tower, I look at it, and imagine I’m looking down right from the top, it will give me sweaty palms.

  • Do you have any pet hates?

Not at all. I generally love all pets. Dog, cats, guinea pigs, rabits, etc. I love them.

  • Do you have a favourite quote?

When you feel tired,it means you are walking uphill. I believe this quote as a truth that gives me a lift whenever I’m down. I believe there’s no gain without pain. Without trying, we can’t achieve anything.

  • Which men’s/women’s hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

With me personally, the best-selling hair system has been HS1. It has what it’s required out of a good quality hair system, in terms of a natural-looking hairline, undetectable scalp, etc. Most wearers and salon owners are familiar with it. Plus, all our clients have faith in the quality of this hair system. According to their feedback, this is an easy-to-attach, easy-to-maintain hair system for both men and women.


Ivan Mu

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Born and raised in a quiet town named Binzhou, China, where the Yellow River whispers its final secrets to the ocean. Ivan’s life was set to transform in ways he could hardly imagine. After completing college in Qingdao, young Ivan little knew that this vibrant coastal city would capture his heart and chart a new course in his life.

Ivan joined Newtimes Hair in mid-2022 soon after his graduation from his master’s. As a trilingual and someone with a professional understanding of Western cultures, Ivan plays a critical role in establishing customer relations in the US and Europe. His approachable nature and a mind of precision make him an invaluable asset to the team.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

I eardrop, and I hear them talking about me. I’m optimistic, proactive, and very friendly, and eager to help.

  • What is something you would love to do in the future?

I love basketball. And I’m a basketball freak. You can call me that. That’s just me. I’m looking at organizing a basketball team in the near future. 

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I don’t know why I share the same gene with Doraemon. I’m scared of rats. I’m a 6’3″, but I hate rats; seeing one really freaks me out.

  • Which men/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

New Australia. When it first came out in early 2023, it made me top of sales. I think most wearers like it because at the design statge, our experts considered all possible aspects people could want from a hairpiece, such as a natural look, a level of comfort, and affordablity; it’s similar to lace, but most wearers can afford.