Hair Extensions Brands

There are various companies and brands that offer hair extensions, which brands should you use for the look you want?

There are many hair extensions brands and companies out there, but these are the top brands in the industry and the ones I’ve worked with most. All info is based on the company info and my personal experience. You can also read the comparison chart of hair extensions methods which will tell you the difference of hair extensions application, maintenance and price range.

  • So.Cap
  • Great Lengths
  • Balmain
  • Extend USA
  • Cinderella
  • Hairlocks
  • Quality Of Hair
  • very good and silky
  • coarse and thick
  • plasticky
  • ok does not last well
  • very plasticky
  • very poor
  • Price Full Head
  • $800 – $3,000
  • $900 – $4,000
  • $500 – $1,000 +
  • $600 – $2,000 +
  • $500 +
  • $900 – $4,000
  • Longevity Of Style
  • 4 – 8 months
  • 3 – 7 months
  • 3 – 6 months
  • up to 3 months
  • 3 – 5 months
  • 3 months with one set
  • Application Time
  • 3 – 8 hrs
  • 3 – 8 hrs
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • 4 – 8 hrs
  • 3 – 8 hrs
  • 4 – 8 hrs
  • Can Be Used On Fine Hair
  • yes
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • Length Natural Hair Must Be
  • 1 to 1.5 inches
  • 4 inches
  • 4 inches
  • 2 inches
  • 4 inches
  • 1 inch
  • Many Textures
  • yes
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • yes
  • Can Be Colored/Permed
  • yes
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • Easy To Style/Curl
  • very, does what you want
  • heavy hair hard to style
  • does not hold curl well
  • styles easily
  • does not hold curl well
  • styles if you can get past the tangles
  • Stays Shiny
  • yes
  • sometimes
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • Tangles
  • when not brushed or conditioned
  • tangles quickly
  • very tangly in weeks
  • tangles after a few hrs
  • tangles in seconds
  • tangles in seconds after brushing
  • Can Be Air Dried
  • yes
  • yes
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • Feel Bonds
  • no
  • yes
  • no
  • yes
  • no
  • painful sharp edges
  • Check up Intervals
  • 6 – 8 weeks
  • 6 – 8 weeks
  • 4 – 6 weeks
  • N/A
  • every 2 weeks
  • every 2 weeks
  • Check up Appointment Duration
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • N/A
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • 1 – 4 hrs
  • Check up Appointment Price
  • $100 +
  • $200 +
  • $200 +
  • N/A
  • $200 +
  • $300 +
  • Removal Price
  • $200 – $400
  • $300 – $500
  • $100 +
  • $200 – $600
  • $200 +
  • $450 +
  • Removal Time
  • 2 – 4 hrs
  • 3 – 4 hrs
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • 3 – 5 hrs
  • 2 – 5 hrs
  • 2 – 6 hrs
  • Licensed Stylist
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • Certified Stylist
  • yes
  • yes
  • no
  • yes
  • no
  • yes
  • Has Guarantee
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes for 6 months
  • no
  • no
  • yes
  • Seamless Extensions
  • Tape Extensions
  • yes
  • no
  • yes
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • Wefts
  • yes
  • no
  • yes
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • Hair Pieces
  • yes
  • no
  • yes
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • Clip In
  • yes
  • no
  • yes
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • Wigs
  • yes
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • no
  • Reusable Hair
  • yes
  • no
  • company says yes I say NO bad quality
  • no
  • no
  • they say yes I say NO WAY
  • Side Effects
  • Hair Origin
  • Europe
  • India
  • China
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe and Russia
  • Year Established
  • 1964
  • 1991
  • 1971
  • 1990
  • 1994
  • 1997
  • So.Cap
  • Quality Of Hair
  • very good and silky
  • Price Full Head
  • $800 – $3,000
  • Longevity Of Style
  • 4 – 8 months
  • Application Time
  • 3 – 8 hrs
  • Can Be Used On Fine Hair
  • yes
  • Length Natural Hair Must Be
  • 1 to 1.5 inches
  • Many Textures
  • yes
  • Can Be Colored/Permed
  • yes
  • Easy To Style/Curl
  • very, does what you want
  • Stays Shiny
  • yes
  • Tangles
  • when not brushed or conditioned
  • Can Be Air Dried
  • yes
  • Feel Bonds
  • no
  • Check up Intervals
  • 6 – 8 weeks
  • Check up Appointment Duration
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • Check up Appointment Price
  • $100 +
  • Removal Price
  • $200 – $400
  • Removal Time
  • 2 – 4 hrs
  • Licensed Stylist
  • yes
  • Certified Stylist
  • yes
  • Has Guarantee
  • yes
  • Seamless Extensions
  • Tape Extensions
  • yes
  • Wefts
  • yes
  • Hair Pieces
  • yes
  • Clip In
  • yes
  • Wigs
  • yes
  • Reusable Hair
  • yes
  • Side Effects
  • Hair Origin
  • Europe
  • Year Established
  • 1964
  • Great Lengths
  • Quality Of Hair
  • coarse and thick
  • Price Full Head
  • $900 – $4,000
  • Longevity Of Style
  • 3 – 7 months
  • Application Time
  • 3 – 8 hrs
  • Can Be Used On Fine Hair
  • no
  • Length Natural Hair Must Be
  • 4 inches
  • Many Textures
  • no
  • Can Be Colored/Permed
  • no
  • Easy To Style/Curl
  • heavy hair hard to style
  • Stays Shiny
  • sometimes
  • Tangles
  • tangles quickly
  • Can Be Air Dried
  • yes
  • Feel Bonds
  • yes
  • Check up Intervals
  • 6 – 8 weeks
  • Check up Appointment Duration
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • Check up Appointment Price
  • $200 +
  • Removal Price
  • $300 – $500
  • Removal Time
  • 3 – 4 hrs
  • Licensed Stylist
  • yes
  • Certified Stylist
  • yes
  • Has Guarantee
  • yes
  • Seamless Extensions
  • Tape Extensions
  • no
  • Wefts
  • no
  • Hair Pieces
  • no
  • Clip In
  • no
  • Wigs
  • no
  • Reusable Hair
  • no
  • Side Effects
  • Hair Origin
  • India
  • Year Established
  • 1991
  • Balmain
  • Quality Of Hair
  • plasticky
  • Price Full Head
  • $500 – $1,000 +
  • Longevity Of Style
  • 3 – 6 months
  • Application Time
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • Can Be Used On Fine Hair
  • no
  • Length Natural Hair Must Be
  • 4 inches
  • Many Textures
  • no
  • Can Be Colored/Permed
  • no
  • Easy To Style/Curl
  • does not hold curl well
  • Stays Shiny
  • no
  • Tangles
  • very tangly in weeks
  • Can Be Air Dried
  • no
  • Feel Bonds
  • no
  • Check up Intervals
  • 4 – 6 weeks
  • Check up Appointment Duration
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • Check up Appointment Price
  • $200 +
  • Removal Price
  • $100 +
  • Removal Time
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • Licensed Stylist
  • yes
  • Certified Stylist
  • no
  • Has Guarantee
  • yes for 6 months
  • Seamless Extensions
  • Tape Extensions
  • yes
  • Wefts
  • yes
  • Hair Pieces
  • yes
  • Clip In
  • yes
  • Wigs
  • no
  • Reusable Hair
  • company says yes I say NO bad quality
  • Side Effects
  • Hair Origin
  • China
  • Year Established
  • 1971
  • Extend USA
  • Quality Of Hair
  • ok does not last well
  • Price Full Head
  • $600 – $2,000 +
  • Longevity Of Style
  • up to 3 months
  • Application Time
  • 4 – 8 hrs
  • Can Be Used On Fine Hair
  • no
  • Length Natural Hair Must Be
  • 2 inches
  • Many Textures
  • no
  • Can Be Colored/Permed
  • no
  • Easy To Style/Curl
  • styles easily
  • Stays Shiny
  • no
  • Tangles
  • tangles after a few hrs
  • Can Be Air Dried
  • no
  • Feel Bonds
  • yes
  • Check up Intervals
  • N/A
  • Check up Appointment Duration
  • N/A
  • Check up Appointment Price
  • N/A
  • Removal Price
  • $200 – $600
  • Removal Time
  • 3 – 5 hrs
  • Licensed Stylist
  • yes
  • Certified Stylist
  • yes
  • Has Guarantee
  • no
  • Seamless Extensions
  • Tape Extensions
  • no
  • Wefts
  • no
  • Hair Pieces
  • no
  • Clip In
  • no
  • Wigs
  • no
  • Reusable Hair
  • no
  • Side Effects
  • Hair Origin
  • Europe
  • Year Established
  • 1990
  • Cinderella
  • Quality Of Hair
  • very plasticky
  • Price Full Head
  • $500 +
  • Longevity Of Style
  • 3 – 5 months
  • Application Time
  • 3 – 8 hrs
  • Can Be Used On Fine Hair
  • no
  • Length Natural Hair Must Be
  • 4 inches
  • Many Textures
  • no
  • Can Be Colored/Permed
  • no
  • Easy To Style/Curl
  • does not hold curl well
  • Stays Shiny
  • no
  • Tangles
  • tangles in seconds
  • Can Be Air Dried
  • no
  • Feel Bonds
  • no
  • Check up Intervals
  • every 2 weeks
  • Check up Appointment Duration
  • 1 – 2 hrs
  • Check up Appointment Price
  • $200 +
  • Removal Price
  • $200 +
  • Removal Time
  • 2 – 5 hrs
  • Licensed Stylist
  • yes
  • Certified Stylist
  • no
  • Has Guarantee
  • no
  • Seamless Extensions
  • Tape Extensions
  • no
  • Wefts
  • no
  • Hair Pieces
  • no
  • Clip In
  • no
  • Wigs
  • no
  • Reusable Hair
  • no
  • Side Effects
  • Hair Origin
  • Europe
  • Year Established
  • 1994
  • Hairlocks
  • Quality Of Hair
  • very poor
  • Price Full Head
  • $900 – $4,000
  • Longevity Of Style
  • 3 months with one set
  • Application Time
  • 4 – 8 hrs
  • Can Be Used On Fine Hair
  • no
  • Length Natural Hair Must Be
  • 1 inch
  • Many Textures
  • yes
  • Can Be Colored/Permed
  • no
  • Easy To Style/Curl
  • styles if you can get past the tangles
  • Stays Shiny
  • no
  • Tangles
  • tangles in seconds after brushing
  • Can Be Air Dried
  • no
  • Feel Bonds
  • painful sharp edges
  • Check up Intervals
  • every 2 weeks
  • Check up Appointment Duration
  • 1 – 4 hrs
  • Check up Appointment Price
  • $300 +
  • Removal Price
  • $450 +
  • Removal Time
  • 2 – 6 hrs
  • Licensed Stylist
  • yes
  • Certified Stylist
  • yes
  • Has Guarantee
  • yes
  • Seamless Extensions
  • Tape Extensions
  • no
  • Wefts
  • no
  • Hair Pieces
  • no
  • Clip In
  • no
  • Wigs
  • no
  • Reusable Hair
  • they say yes I say NO WAY
  • Side Effects
  • Hair Origin
  • Europe and Russia
  • Year Established
  • 1997

Brands Descriptions

Below are in depth descriptions of each of the hair extension companies that I have worked with.

Please note that these are only my personal experiences and opinions of each of these companies. Click on each tab to read the full review, and as always, if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

They process hair that is imported from Italy and other parts of Europe. The process involves skillful artisan formulas that result in quality 100% cuticle hair available in 81 colors and more being introduced this year. The hair extensions can be between 20-22 inches and super long 22-24 inches in length. So.Cap. also offers various colors of fiber hair. The extension hair comes pre-tipped, meaning that a color-matched keratin protein polymer is already attached to the end of the hair. The So.Cap. equipment creates a soldering action to melt the keratin and fuse it to the hair. The soldered parts are quite invisible and long lasting. The extension hair is removed using a delicate So.Cap. solvent. So.Cap has developed a new way to attach the hair extensions that uses ultrasound waves. The machine, called the Ultrastar, uses high frequency waves to literally vibrate the pre-bonded tip on the hair extensions. This causes friction which in turn causes the bonds between the keratin to soften. When the keratin tip becomes liquid it fuses to the natural hair, all without the use of damaging heat. The extensions can be applied to at least 1 inch to 1-1/2 inches of natural hair. Last year SO.CAP came out with a new line of extensions that are seamless and easy and fast to apply.

Companies claim: This method is based on a gentle principle, ‘modulating’. The attachment of the hair strand to your own hair is composed of polymer chains whose molecular structure is very similar to that of human hair. A special applicator joins the strand with your hair. They have created an extremely high-tech method of bonding between the Great Lengths strand and your own hair. This point of attachment is composed of polymer chains whose molecular structure is very similar to that of human hair. It is activated by our Great Lengths applicator and bonds the Great Lengths strand with your own hair in this way. It can, however, be easily removed by an expert! Human hair is purchased from Indian temples where women customarily donate their hair in gratitude for some blessing in their lives. It is then shipped to Italy to be processed. Typically Indian hair is dark brown or black and very thick. It must undergo a de-pigmentation process in order to create all the different colors and textures. It cannot be chemically treated at all. ( My notes on the company) They claim that no other hair is suitable for extensions other than Indian Hair…..Ok, that is an opinion and I disagree. Indian hair is thick and heavy (not all of course people are all different) but the extensions from Great Lengths are thick (per strand of hair not per bond) coarse and not suitable for most women. Their high-tech method of bonding is VERY strong and the bond material is thick and heavy, feels very plastic to the touch. The bonds DO NOT match all the hair colors and are very visible through the natural hair. Hair is not easy to style with styling tools and tends to tangle quickly after brushing.

100% human Asian and Indian hair is used for fill-in extensions and hairstrips. Hair is sorted so all cuticle are going in one direction. The hair is then treated with special enzymes and can be colored and permed like your own hair. Fill-in extensions-strand by strand: Hair needs to be at least 4-in. Product used to attach extensions, keratin wax, is similar to the molecular structure of hair.The patented hairstrip is attached with 5 locking holes that the hair is pulled through. It is then bonded with the same wax. It floats between the scalp and the bond site. It takes only about 5 minutes to install and can be reused guaranteed for a year. It seems like a good idea but it’s not. I’ve seen hair turn green tangle and it tends to look plastic.

Hair does not come pre-bonded, allowing for custom hair color blending. 100% Human Remi hair of European origin is used. Stylists are not required to order direct from Extend USA; they can go with any of their preferred hair suppliers. Extend USA uses a resin-based (glue gun – NOT the best quality adhesive) applicator system where several different colors of extension hair are added strand by strand to the natural hair for a very natural look. The specially formulated resin-based glue is heated and applied to the extension hair. A silicone pad is then used to attach the extension hair with the resin-based glue on the tips directly to the natural hair. The extensions can be applied on hair that is 2-in. long. The system will last up to 3 months before it needs to be removed. After removal, the hair is NOT reusable. ny type of hair can be used for this method (EVEN CHEAP HAIR) so you never really know what you are getting for quality.

The method and idea is the same as the rest of the strand by strand method, but the quality of hair is awful, (feels like plastic) the bonds are clear and all come in different sizes ( not one is the same) also A HUGE waste of product and packaging. NOT a very green company, Would not used them on any of my clients even as a trial experiment on a willing participant.

Companies claim: Remi full cuticle hair from various European countries and Russia is imported and processed by Hair Locs™. Hair is custom ordered for exact match. They tell you that the hair is re-useable over several applications-sometimes up to 3 years if maintained properly. The hair comes with a wax tip on the end of it. Hair needs to be a minimum of 1-in. long to get these extensions. They are suitable for men and women. Small sections of natural hair and extension hair are pulled thru tiny soft copper locs. The loc is crimped with a special tool and closes securing the extension hair in place.The soft copper loc comes in 4 different sizes. Smaller locs will be used in more visible places and larger locs in less visible places on the head. The Hair Loc extensions will last either 3 months or until 3-inches of growth. Removal of the locs is very easy. A removal tool opens the loc and it can be re-used many times.( you have to purchase 2 sets of hair so when you take them out they can be refurbished, as in covered with silicone and new tips put on, but if you attach the hair to the head and cut it into a certain style how do you keep track of what tiny strand goes where on the head?)
The locs come in different sizes so they can be fit for different thickness of human hair, but they are sharp when clamped and one tiny wrong move and you cut the hair off with them (OOPS) They do come in matching colors that last about 2 weeks before turning copper or nickle. and they are sharp on the edges and not pleasant to sleep on. So the idea is good and the thought of reusing hair is great, just not quite realistic.