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Hair Extension Q&A: Do Fusion/Glue-In Extensions Damage Your Hair?

At Donna Bella, this is a question we get a lot. In fact, generally speaking, there’s a lot of concern in our industry about whether or not hair extensions as a whole are particularly bad for hair long-term. The short answer is no! Fusion extensions can be perfectly safe for most hair types, but the long answer involves a little bit more of an in-depth look at a few different considerations. Some general rules of thumb are:

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Whether you’re a licensed stylist yourself, or just a DIY-happy beauty maven, the easiest way for hair to get damaged, especially with the fusion method, is to try doing it at home. Fusion, or glue-in, hair extensions use keratin bonds that are melted, formed, and re-hardened around the hair in individual strands.

This equates to several hours of careful work, the use of hot tools (with a lot of back and forth motion), and close attention to detail that can be nearly impossible to see on your own head, even with a good mirror. Do yourself a favor, head to a local salon and stylist that you trust, and let them do it for you.

Don’t Skimp On Your Investment

Not all hair extensions are created equal. This is especially true of fusion hair extensions. Beyond the differences that lie in whether or not hair is virgin or 100% remy, different application methods that fall into the “fusion” category can have their unique benefits or drawbacks.

If the glue or fusion bonds used are low quality, you could experience significant slippage or extensions that don’t last as long as they should. If you use an ineffective bond remover, you risk damage to the hair during move up appointments, and a generally unpleasant experience for yourself or your client during the removal process.

Caring for the Hair Properly

Follow the right care routine to make sure you don’t end up with tangling, slippage, matting, or any other unfortunate results of improper care. blonde woman on a white background with strands of blonde kera-link extensions

This includes making sure to brush correctly, protecting your hair against heat (and avoiding it as often as possible), using sulfate-free products, and more. Care specific to fusion extensions is outlined further in the blog we linked to earlier!

Understand Your Hair

This is a big one. Again, if installed correctly, fusion extensions should almost never damage your hair, but it’s still good to know your hair well enough to make a decision that’s best for you.

For example, if your hair has been damaged by heat or products, a fusion method might also be less than beneficial. Consult your stylist about the method that’s best for you, and any special considerations you might think of based on your usual hair care routine.

Have a question or concern? Let us know in the comments or on social media! To see the colors, lengths, and styles of our Kera-Link extensions, and experience the Donna Bella difference, head over to our fusion extension page!

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i Pull your hair to the front and avoid tucking it behind your ears
i Natural lighting is best, ideally in front of a window
i Tilt your head slightly forward
i Ensure your clothing contrasts with your hair color
i Wear your hair straight for best results
No filters or edited photos
Avoid harsh sunlight on your hair and face

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Tips
i Pull your hair to the front and avoid tucking it behind your ears
i Natural lighting is best, ideally in front of a window
i Tilt your head slightly forward
i Ensure your clothing contrasts with your hair color
i Wear your hair straight for best results
No filters or edited photos
Avoid harsh sunlight on your hair and face
Results may vary depending on the quality of photo.
*Seasonal colors and collections may not show up in your color match and may not be available in all lengths and application methods.

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QUALITY
METHOD
LENGTHS
PER PACK
AVERAGE WEIGHT
MAINTENANCE
MAIN BENIFITS
PRICE RANGE
Tape In

Tape-IN

APPLICATION
via Certified Stylist
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Adhesive
LENGTHS
12”, 14”, 16”, 18”, 22”, 26”, 30”
PER PACK
10 Single Wefts
AVERAGE WEIGHT
15g - 40g
MAINTENANCE
Every 4-8 Weeks
MAIN BENEFITS
  • Fastest install
  • Stylist preferred
  • No tools needed
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $55 per pack
Hybrid Weft

Hybrid Weft

APPLICATION
via Certified Stylist
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Sew-In
LENGTHS
18”, 22”
PER PACK
1 Single Weft
AVERAGE WEIGHT
60g - 120g
MAINTENANCE
Every 6-10 Weeks
MAIN BENEFITS
  • Most innovative
  • Machine + Hand
  • Tied Weft design
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $160 per pack
Kera Link

Kera-Link

APPLICATION
via Certified Stylist
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Keratin Bond
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 22”
PER PACK
20 Single Strands
AVERAGE WEIGHT
14g - 20g
MAINTENANCE
Every 12-16 Weeks
MAIN BENEFITS
  • Longest-lasting
  • Customizable
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $50 per pack
I-link

I-Link

APPLICATION
via Certified Stylist
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Beaded
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 22”
PER PACK
20 Single Strands
AVERAGE WEIGHT
14g - 20g
MAINTENANCE
Every 6-10 Weeks
MAIN BENEFITS
  • Heat resistant
  • 360 movement
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $50 per pack
Flat-Tip

Flat-Tip

APPLICATION
via Certified Stylist
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Beaded
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 22”
PER PACK
20 Single Strands
AVERAGE WEIGHT
14g - 20g
MAINTENANCE
Every 6-10 Weeks
MAIN BENEFITS
  • Heat resistant
  • 360 movement
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $50 per pack
Clip-in

Clip-in

APPLICATION
Do it yourself
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Clips
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 20”
PER PACK
10 Single Wefts
AVERAGE WEIGHT
  • Deluxe 140g - 160g
  • Regular 120g
MAINTENANCE
None required
MAIN BENEFITS
  • At-home application
  • Instant length & volume in a snap
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $129 per full set
Halo™

Halo™

APPLICATION
Do it yourself
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Halo™
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 20”
PER PACK
1 Single Wefts
AVERAGE WEIGHT
  • Deluxe 145g - 165g
  • Regular 105g
MAINTENANCE
None required
MAIN BENEFITS
  • At home application
  • Instant length & volume in a seconds
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $154 per full set