Chicago Hair Extensions salon does sell Clip-in hair extensions on occasion. We wanted our customers to understand that basics of this temporary method for getting longer hair. Many women are not lucky enough to own long straight hair; thus, they sometimes turn green with envy on other females wearing long tresses that sway gracefully around their backsides.

Fortunately, there are solutions like wearing wigs for example.  But, wearing this hairpiece can be uncomfortable and there is always that embarrassing moment that it might fall off if not attached carefully.  So, hairstylists have found a solution; clip on hair extensions and other types of hair integration.

What is Hair Extension?

It is also known as hair integration and it is a method of making the hair appear longer by embedding natural or synthetic hair.  It is also used as a natural hair protection mechanism.  The techniques used currently are so advanced that lengthening the hair does not appear artificial.

What are the Types of Hair Extensions?

There are several types of extensions to choose from and each type has different upsides and downsides:

Temporary Hair Extension

Clip in hair extension is the most common temporary kind of hair extension; it can be removed and reinstalled in minutes.

Permanent Extension

Weave hair extension is where a portion of natural hair is braided and strands of hair are sewn into the weave row known as corn row.

Fusion hair extension involves pre-bonding of hair extension using adhesives like glue, keratin, petroleum and other plant based adhesives.

Which is Better, Temporary or Permanent?

Based on the classification above, there are two categories of hair extensions; temporary or permanent.  In the temporary category, clip hair extensions are the most temporary and fusion hair seems to be the most permanent. But which one is better?

Price – clip in hair is cheaper compared with fusion hair extension which costs several hundred dollars more.

Convenience – clip in hair can easily be removed when you want it but not ideal for longer use as it may cause bald patches when you remove it; while with fusion hair, you have to go back to the salon to have it removed.

Application is good for 4-8 weeks for fusion or permanent hair extensions while clip in hair is good for overnight use. You will spend a few more dollars to have it applied to your hair again.

Practicality – it depends, if you find no problem spending a few minutes applying the clip in hair extensions so be it, but if you want more permanent hair extension, then fusion hair is the one for you.

Pros and Cons of Clip in Hair Extensions

Clip in hair extensions are an excellent way to test if hair extension looks good on you before doing it permanently using fusion or other methods of permanent hair extensions.  But before you do, take a look first at its pros and cons.


  • Relatively no hair damage done
  • Relatively no cost when you put it again unless done by a salon expert
  • Change the style when you want it; can be curled or straightened
  • Can improve volume of hair and appearance
  • Blends well with natural hair


  • No ponytail style and even some hairstyles are not compatible with clip in hair extensions
  • Strong winds may reveal the clip portion of the hair extensions
  • Uncomfortable to sleep while it is on your hair; thus, must be removed every night.
  • Temporary

So, take your pick now if you want permanent or temporary hair extensions.

Schedule a free consultation for to learn about various types of hair extensions at our Chicago, IL hair salon anytime.