Tips & Tricks for Using Hair Extensions with Thin, Fine Hair

August 05, 2020

Tips & Tricks for Using Hair Extensions with Thin, Fine Hair

If you have fine, thin hair, then hair extensions may seem very appealing to add thickness, volume, and length. But then you worry that your thin, fine hair will actually cause problems with wearing hair extensions. While it may be slightly trickier to install and conceal hair extensions with thin and fine hair, it isn’t difficult and only requires a few tips, tricks and steps!

Follow along to learn how to become a master with using hair extensions in your thin, fine hair.


Tip 1: Avoid Adding Too Much Weight

One of the most important things to take into consideration with hair extensions for thin, fine hair is to avoid putting too much weight on your hair. Wearing too heavy or too many hair extensions can put excessive stress and strain on your hair, potentially causing breakage at the root. You don’t want that!

You need to have the right type of hair extensions for thin, fine hair to avoid causing any damage. Tape in hair extensions are a great option for fine, thin hair because the individual wefts are small in size and are very lightweight. You can add as many or as little as you want, without weighing down your thin hair or causing breakage.

If you prefer clip in hair extensions, opt for a 120g set which is designed for thinner hair and isn’t as heavy as the other sets.


Tip 2: Create a Base at the Nape of the Neck

The short, wispy hair at the base of your neck may not be substantial enough to anchor your first weft. Part that section of hair at the nape of your neck, twirl it into a bun, and secure with a few bobby pins. This little bun with give your hair a good anchor point to attach the first set of hair wefts, particularly clip in hair extensions.

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Tip 3: Add Grip and Volume to Prevent Slippage

Thin, fine hair is often naturally soft and sometimes can cause extensions to slip. Creating a grip for the extensions to attach to with texture and volume will help extensions stay put.

A few ways to add grip to your hair are:

  • Dry shampoo– By applying a volumizing dry shampoo at your roots, it will add texture and grit to your hair for the extension to attach to.
  • Volumizing powder– This product helps to absorb excess oil and add texture and volume. Dust a small amount of powder with each section at the root and gently rub in.
  • Backcombing– Backcombing, or teasing, your hair will add texture and volume. Using a comb or teasing brush, backcomb your hair towards your head and place the weft on the teased area. You’ll also want to tease the hair at your crown to add volume to the top of your head and bring the look together.
  • Crimp your roots– If you prefer not to tease your hair, you can add lift to your roots and texture by crimping your hair at the root using a small hair crimper.

Use your comb or teasing brush to backcomb the rest of your hair to create volume and give an overall appearance of fuller hair. Teasing the hair on top of your head will create a “wall” that falls over your hair and hides the wefts underneath.


Tip 4: Curl Your Hair

Adding curls or waves to your hair will add more volume and help blend your hair and the extensions. Curls also help eliminate any lines between your own hair and the longer hair.

Use a medium to large size curling iron and curl your hair with the extensions, curling away from your face to add fullness and volume.


What Are the Best Hair Extensions for Thin, Fine Hair?

As we mentioned in tip #1, tape in hair extensions may be the best choice for your thin, fine hair. They are lightweight and each set comes with many wefts of various sizes for you to create a custom look, that suits your hair best.

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On the other hand, hair extensions that may not be the right choice include methods that involve heat. Clip in hair extensions can be heavy, but there are a few ways to make them work for thin and fine hair if you prefer them. We strongly recommend purchasing the 120g clip in extensions, which are specifically made for thin and fine hair since they come with less hair and are lighter weight. Additionally, adding volume and texture to your hair (with teasing and dry shampoo) will also help to add support for the extensions.

No matter which type of hair extension you choose, avoid putting in any wefts above the top of your ears to prevent them from showing through your hair.

If you have any questions about choosing the right hair extensions for your thin, fine hair, we’re here to help! We can’t wait to help you achieve the thicker, fuller hair of your dreams!