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Will Hair Extensions Damage My Hair?

At Wisteria Avenue we offer a variety of hair extension options however we understand that clients often worry about whether hair extensions will damage their natural hair.

Whether you want your hair extensions to add length, volume, or some colour, hair extensions are a great option. There are concerns around potential damage and what this looks like so in this blog we will look at tape-ins, nano rings, and keratin extensions including the plug point and the negatives to help you make a more informed decision.

Tape-In Hair Extensions

Benefits of Tape-Ins

Tape-in hair extensions are recognised a gentle and non-damaging means too add length and volume to their hair. If budget isn’t your primary concern we often recommend tape-ins for clients with fine hair.

  1. Tape-in extensions are applied using soft adhesive.
  2. When applied correctly, tape-ins lay flat against your scalp and are roughly one inch in length.
  3. Taped extensions like other methods can be reapplied more than once if well looked after.

Drawbacks of Tape-Ins

Despite their many benefits, tape-in extensions do come with some drawbacks:

  1. Tape-in extensions tend to be more expensive upfront compared to other types of extensions. This is due to the wholesale cost being greater.
  2. Tape-

Nano Ring Hair Extensions: Budget Friendly

Benefits of Nano Rings

  1. Nano rings are generally cheaper than tape-ins and keratin extensions, making them a slightly more budget-friendly option.
  2. Nano rings do not require heat or glue for application.
  3. Nano ring extensions are suitable for all hair types and can be used to add length, volume, or even highlights.

Drawbacks of Nano Rings

  1. One of the main concerns with nano rings is that they can cause pulling and strain on your natural hair. This is especially true if the rings are not applied correctly or if they are too tight.
  2. While nano rings are small and undetectable, they can sometimes become visible if not applied carefully or if your natural hair is very fine.

Keratin Hair Extensions: Somewhere in the middle!

Benefits of Keratin Extensions

  1. Keratin extensions are fairly resilient. They stand the test of time and withstand most day-to-day activities.
  2. They are very subtle. Some applications of hair extension can be noticed when wearing your hair in a certain style or if wearing your hair up. You are in safe hands with keratin hair extensionss.
  3. Like most, Keratin extensions come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

Drawbacks of Keratin Extensions

  1. They take a long time to apply. If you’re impatient, they aren’t for you! The average appointment is roughly three hours.
  2. They aren’t the cheapest but they also aren’t the most expensive. The same can also be said for maintaining health of hair (taped extensions are better for the hair yet offer a lesser finish than keratin).
  3. Removing keratin extensions can be a bit more challenging compared to other types. This is more so an issue for your stylist as the extensions require a lot of looking after between removal and reapplication.

Choosing The Right Extensions

A consultation will identify the type of application that is more beneficial. It’s not always the case that any type of application will necessarily be most beneficial to you. Rather, we see clients that seek something from a more cost effective option to clients suffering from alopecia. Certain applications of hair extensions can offer more benefits than others.

Your Hair Type


Consider how you wear your hair. Are you more low-maintenance or happy with lots of styling? Do you wear your hair down more than up or value the option of versatility?

Budget and Maintenance


What’s your budget? It’s worth considering how you view your extensions and how far you want to take them against what you are happy to spend. Most extensions will last three months before they are required to be removed and reapplied. The cost of each application type can vary, therefore the upfront and ongoing costs are something to consider.


Hair extensions are a great option to enhance your natural hair, adding length, volume and colour in one go! Regardless of which application method you chose, your Stylist will walk you through each pro and con when working through your consultation and factoring in your lifestyle, budget, availability and frequency of appointment. This is to ensure you can make an informed decision based on all factors other than simply your budget.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit Wisteria Avenue in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Our experienced stylists are here to help you.

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Tuesday : 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday : 11:30 am – 8 pm 
Thursday : 11:30 am – 8 pm
Friday : 10 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday : 9 am – 5 pm


Wisteria Avenue Hair Salon
4 East St. Helen Street,
OX14 5EA


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