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Clip-In Vs Tape-In Hair Extensions: What's best for You?

You’ve finally decided to invest in some hair extensions to spice up your style but now, you’re stuck with more than one option to choose from… Should you go for clip-in extensions or tape-in extensions?

It might sound tricky right now – similarities between the two ends at ‘hair’ - but the key to choosing the best extensions for yourself is weighing your needs carefully.

We’ve curated a simple, yet decisive guide to help you choose the perfect hair extensions that suit your styling and lifestyle needs. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you splurge to ensure that you get the best bang out of your styling buck!


Are you looking for a temporary fix or do you want a semi-permanent addition to your look for the next two months?

Clip-ins can be your best friends if you’re someone who likes freedom with their styling and enjoys remixing their looks on the daily. These extensions can be worn for up to one day at a time, and if cared for properly, can last you a whole year!

However, if you’re looking for a more permanent solution to tame your hair woes, tape-in extensions are the way to go. Once applied, you can keep those babies in for up to six-eight weeks!


Your everyday lifestyle also needs to be factored in when deciding what type of extensions you want.

Do you dread heading out without perfect hair every day? Tape-in extensions are tailor-made for you – you won’t have to worry about specially tending to your hair before heading out on the daily.

On the flipside, if you don’t mind putting in minimal effort to make a big style statement, opt for clip-in extensions. You can rock a bronde ombre in the morning and switch to a sleek black ponytail in the evening with just the snap of a clip!


Knowing your hair type can help dial your options down. While both tape-ins and clip-ins work for all hair types if used correctly, some factors can affect their longevity and overall look.

If you opt for thick clip-ins to add some oomph to your otherwise fine hair, make sure your hair can conceal the clips and blend in seamlessly!

Or, if you have a naturally oily scalp and you’re eyeing the tape-in route, you might want to turn around; oils can make the extensions slip out faster.

Don’t forget to consult a hair expert to be 100% of your hair needs!


When we say tape-in extensions, we really mean ‘tape ‘em in’! If you’re opting for these, it’s advisable to head to a professional to get your extensions installed.

With clip-in extensions, all you need to do is snap open the clips, position them as close to your roots as possible, snap ‘em shut, and you’re good to go!

So, is it your place or… the salon?