There are now an array of different hair extension methods that suit some hair types more than others. While it’s helpful having different extensions to ensure maximum results, it can become tricky to know which ones are best suited to you. Before contacting the Lacy Locks team to book a consultation, why not take a look at our comprehensive guide on the different types of hair extensions?

Different Types Of Hair Extensions | A Lacy Locks Guide

Lacy Locks has been providing clients with high-quality hair extensions in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas for many years, ensuring that every client walks out of their appointment with luscious locks they have always dreamt of. Clients’ needs, requirements and hair vision are always taken into consideration before finding the best type of hair extensions. There are several things that you need to think about before having extensions fitted, and these considerations will determine which extension type is best suited for you.

It is always important to think about your desired outcome, whether it be thick and voluminous hair or long, luscious locks. The reason for this is that some extensions are best suited to naturally thick hair, while others a more suited to thinner hair due to their lightweight components. If you wish to grow your natural hair, then it is important to ensure that the extension type that you choose will not damage your hair during application or removal. For more information, take a look at our handy guide that will outline all the different types of hair extensions and which hair type they’re best suited to!

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    Different Types Of Hair Extensions

    If you’re experiencing a lack of lustre hair that just isn’t boosting your confidence anymore, our team is here to help! We have you covered, whether you need to add some luscious length or vivacious volume, with our secure and seamless extensions! There are an array of choices of hair extensions at our hairdressers in Milton Keynes, all of which are perfect for different types of hair! These include:

    Micro Ring

    • Application Time: 1.5-3 Hours
    • Lifespan: 6-8 weeks
    • Ideal Hair Type: Medium To Thick Hair

    As a technique that has been used for some years now, the micro ring hair extension method brings clients natural results through the use of copper rings with silicone lining. The use of the silicone lining will help to protect your natural hair allowing it to grow to your desired length. The rings come in different sizes to cater to various thicknesses, making achieving your desired look easier. During your maintenance appointment, the rings will be moved up the hair, allowing you to reuse the hair again and again.

    Micro rings are applied to the root of the hair and laid flat on the scalp to be almost undetectable to the naked eye. No adhesives are used during the application process, meaning that it is less likely to damage your hair. Some advantages of using micro ring hair extensions include:

    • Easy application
    • No damaging products are used
    • Creates volume
    • Can be applied in sections – e.g. only to the lower half of your scalp
    • Is virtually undetectable when you have your hair up

    Many of our clients ask for micro ring hair extensions in Milton Keynes due to their ability to create natural luscious locks along with other advantages. Unfortunately, micro rings are best camouflaged in thicker and darker hair, so we would always advise clients to take every method into consideration before having extensions fitted. Most clients wishing to have hair extensions in order to grow their natural hair are advised to use micro rings, as it allows the hair to grow without pulling or damaging it.


    • Application Time: 1-2.5 Hours
    • Bond Type: Nano Rings
    • Lifespan: 6-8 weeks
    • Ideal Hair Type: Medium To Thick Hair

    As the name suggests, the invisi-weave is an invisible form of the traditional weave. However, the technique is a little more difficult and can sometimes take a little longer, depending on how thick you wish your locks to look. This method is completed with a full weft that is placed onto the scalp using nano-rings. The rings are clamped together in order to keep the weft in place, creating a natural finish with a thick and voluminous look.

    Much like the other hair extensions available at Lacy Locks, invisi-weave extensions give you the freedom to style your hair how you wish. Most of our clients ask for the invisi-weave for longer hair rather than thicker hair, as other methods such as micro-rings are more ideal for creating thickness without damaging your hair. However, this new and improved method of hair extensions provides clients with an innovative and discreet method of achieving their dream hair.

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    The Invisi-Weave method using 18” Root Colour Invisiweft by @beauty_worksonline

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    Nano Ring

    • Application Time: 2-4 Hours
    • Lifespan: 10-12 weeks
    • Ideal Hair Type: Fine To Medium Thick Hair

    Much like micro rings, nano rings are undetectable and perfectly matched to your natural hair colour. These rings are about 90% smaller than the usual rings used for hair extensions, making them ideal to fit onto finer hair due to their lightweight application. Although it is one of the longer extension methods, the time spent precisely applying the extensions for that natural look is completely worth it!

    The small rings will give you a lot of freedom to style your hair as you wish, whether you like to show off your locks or pop your hair up into a ponytail, the rings will be practically invisible. As long as you commit to regular maintenance appointments around every ten weeks, the rings should never be visible, as the rings will be adjusted and moved further up the hair as your natural hair grows. Most of Lacy Locks clients asking for nano ring hair extensions in Milton Keynes, are aiming to achieve thicker and fuller hair, rather than just long hair. This is easily accomplished with nano rings, as the hair can be placed in quarter sections to achieve your desired thickness.


    • Application Time: 1.5-3 Hours
    • Lifespan: 6-8 weeks
    • Ideal Hair Type: Most Hair Types

    Pre-bonded hair extensions are one of the most used and traditional hair extension techniques, with most hair technicians providing this service. While in the past, pre-bonded hair extensions used damaging glue, new and improved techniques use Keratin glue. Keratin glue contains natural proteins that enrich your hair when applied with a heat connector; this means that while there is heat and glue applied to your hair, it is significantly less damaging.

    If you are looking for a discreet hair extension, then the pre-bonded technique is probably one of the best options. Due to there being no braiding or rings, you are free to wear your hair how you wish without the extensions being obvious. The only downside to pre-bonded hair extensions is that the reapplication process takes slightly longer to ensure that your hair is not damaged when the extensions are removed.

    The removal of pre-bonded hair extensions is carried out around every eight weeks using a removal solution. A professional should always carry out removal, ensuring that your skin is protected. Each section of the hair where the extensions have been applied will be carefully crushed to break down the bond before removal solution is added to the area. This is why pre-bonded hair extensions take slightly longer to remove, as a delicate process is carried out to ensure your natural hair is protected.

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    Just a 3/4 head for @oliwia.michalak. Subtle balayage effect from grey to iced blonde ?

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    • Application Time: 1-2.5 Hours
    • Lifespan: 6-8 weeks
    • Ideal Hair Type: Medium To Thick

    As you can probably guess by the name, the invisi-tape hair extensions is a different way of mimicking your natural hair through the use of the tape in technique. Invisi-tape extensions are one of the most discreet hair extensions and have only recently become a beloved technique. This form of extension can add both volume and length to your hair, depending on what you wish to achieve, and are perfectly colour matched to your natural locks.

    Giving your hair a luxury feel, invisi-tape hair extensions provide you with exceptional results by applying transparent tape to the roots of your hair. This method is extremely easy and quick to fit, making it one of the quickest applications alongside the LA Weave. Other benefits include:

    • Lightweight properties
    • Waterproof tapes
    • Low maintenance
    • Not damaging to your natural hair
    • Reusable
    • Practically invisible
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    Three Quarter 18” for my beautiful client Gemma ?

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    Tape Hair Extensions

    • Application Time: 1-2.5 Hours
    • Lifespan: 6-8 weeks
    • Ideal Hair Type: Medium To Thick Hair

    The application process for tape hair extensions requires a weft that is colour matched to your natural hair to ensure that the extensions are completely discreet. Wefts are placed at the root of the hair, using a ‘sandwich technique’ for a seamless finish. The materials that are required to create this look are extremely flexible, easy to wash and have the ability to be styled how you wish.

    Whether you are looking to add some volume or length to your hair, the tape hair extensions are perfect for creating your desired look. The lightweight properties of the extensions and the weft mean that they are less damaging to your hair and give your hair a chance to grow. Tape-in extensions come with multiple benefits, some of which include the following:

    • Last long – tape-in extensions are made with strong adhesives, which allows you to have the hair in for much longer than other forms of extensions.
    • Easy maintenance – rather than having to clip in extensions every day, tape-in hair extensions are ready for you as soon as you wake up.
    • Discreet – extensions are almost invisible when placing your hair into a ponytail or braids.
    • Can be worn anywhere – you can wear tape-ins at the gym or in the swimming pool, making it more practical to continue your favourite activities.

    LA Weave

    • Application Time: 45 Minutes – 1 Hour
    • Bond Type: Micro Rings
    • Lifespan: 8-10 weeks
    • Ideal Hair Type: Most Hair Types

    The LA Weave is a new innovative hair technique that can give you a natural look that has been perfectly colour matched to your natural hair. Using a similar application to the traditional weave, this new and improved method provides you with discreet results with an impact. LA Weave hair extensions are applied within 45 minutes and can easily be removed within 15 minutes, making it one of the fastest hair extension methods available. This makes it ideal for those that wish to have luscious locks but do not have the time to spend 2-3 hours on the application.

    Due to the no bond, no glue, no heat and no plaits application, the LA Weave is the perfect solution for various clients wishing to achieve their dream hair without damaging their natural locks. For those that wish to grow their natural hair but just can’t wait for their locks to grow, LA Weaves provide you with a length that doesn’t pull, which is ideal for those with thinner hair. The LA Weave provides a voluminous and full look and is applied by sewing a weft strategically into the hair to hide the micro rings. It is also measured to fit your scalp, giving you an even distribution of weight.

    Maintenance of the hair is only required around every 8 to 10 weeks, making it a cost-effective solution to achieving your dream hair. At Lacy Locks, you can opt for our 0% finance option so that you can repay your extensions over a set period of time. Not only is paying for the LA Weave more affordable, but the hair used is 100% natural, giving you a seamless finish every time. This hair can be reused during your maintenance appointments for around six months, providing that you take care of your hair, making them cost slightly less than a full reapplication.

    Being trained by the creator of the LA Weave, Lacy Locks specialises in hair extensions in Milton Keynes, meaning that we are more than happy to advise you on whether your hair is suitable for this technique. Please feel free to contact Lacy Locks for a LA Weave consultation!

    What Is The Best Type Of Hair Extensions?

    Matching the right type of hair extensions to the specific type of hair can be a difficult process and does need looking into; luckily, our trained professionals know exactly what each extension affords you and which one suits each type of hair! Pop into our salon, and we can get started on finding out which extension technique is best for you and then onto creating your dream look into a reality! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any information or if you’d like to book a consultation!

    Best Type Of Hair Extensions For Short Hair

    One of the main reasons you girlies visit our hairdressers in Milton Keynes is so that you can hide the impulse bob you had cut in a few months ago and majorly regretting. Whether you are bored with your short locks or miss your luscious flowing hair, you can achieve Rapunzel vibes without having to wait a lifetime. When finding hair extensions for short hair, you first need to think about a few things. The most important thing to note is that you will need to make sure that the extension type you choose can easily be blended in with your short hair. This is why clip in hair extensions are not really the best option, as one day it could look fab, and then the next you look like you have had a hairdressing disaster and ended up with two hairstyles. Instead, extensions that are more permanent are best, as you can have your extensions cut to blend in with your natural hair.

    The best hair extensions for short hair:

    • LA Weave
    • Micro Ring
    • Nano Ring
    • Invisi-Weave

    The Best Type Of Hair Extension For Thin Hair

    An issue that many of us face, some more than others, is thin hair or thinning hair. Not only is it super annoying when trying to create your favourite hairstyles, but it can cause confidence issues for some. When it comes to finding the best hair extensions for thin hair, it is important to always think about which extensions are less likely to pull on the hair or be obvious to the naked eye. If your hair is thinning, then applying weight onto the hair can cause it to pull out the roots, making your hair even thinner over time. For this reason, you need to find lightweight hair extensions that can be evenly distributed around your scalp so that the weight of the hair is not just in one section. This means that clip in hair extensions or LA weave may not be best for your hair type, as they place the weight all in one section of the scalp. Take a look at our previous article for more information on the best type of extension for thin hair!

    The best hair extensions for thin hair:

    • Pre-Bonded
    • Nano Ring
    • LA Weave

    If your hair is considered too thin for our traditional extension techniques by our team of specialists when you come in for a consultation, don’t worry! We also provide fantastic hair loss solutions in Milton Keynes that will boost your confidence from 1 to 100; these include a crown volumiser and a mesh integration system. Take a look at our previous article to find out more if you think these treatments are what suit you best!

    The Best hair Extension For Fine Hair

    Sometimes, fine and thin hair can be mixed up, making it harder to know which treatments and extensions are perfect for your hair type! The difference is in the density of the hair; for example, with fine hair, you have lots of strands of hair that have a smaller diameter, whereas, with thin hair, you most likely have fewer strands of hair, yet they are thicker! For fine hair, you will ideally need extensions that don’t pull or damage your natural strands, as they could thin and weaken them more. Instead, look for safe and secure extensions that can award you with the volume and length that you’ve been desiring! Our hair dressers in Milton Keynes provide the best and most suitable options for the girls with fine hair that need to fulfil their voluminous fantasies!

    The best types of extensions for fine hair are:

    • Nano Ring
    • Pre-Bonded
    • LA Weave

    The Best Type Of Hair Extension For Thick Hair

    Contrary to popular belief, you can have extensions for thick hair because although many extensions typically are for adding extra volume, some thick-hair girlies also need this and desire it! However, choosing the right type of extensions will give you the best natural look you have been searching for. A lot of the time, the people with thick hair who are looking for extensions are searching for some that blend seamlessly with the ends of the hair or add extra length and volume, which our team of professionals in hair extensions in Milton Keynes can expertly provide for you!

    The best type of hair extensions for thick hair are:

    • Micro Ring
    • Tape Hair Extensions
    • Invisi-Weave
    • Invisi-Tape

    Booking In Hair Extensions

    It can be hard to know what type of hair extension is best suited to your desired outcome and the hair type that you have. With the vast amount of different hair extension types, you are bound to find one best suited to you. Here at Lacy Locks, we will always provide clients with the pros and cons of each hair extension for their hair type and advise them on the best extension method to achieve their goals; if you would like to know more about our hair extensions in Milton Keynes, understand more about which one may be best for you, or book in for an appointment, then feel free to contact the Lacy Locks team today!

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