With a million and one brands out there, getting your hands on a good batch of extensions is like finding gold. The unlimited supply makes it hard to sift through and differentiate the average extensions from the fierce extensions—there’s a big difference. I’ve had my fair share of extensions and can easily point out the brands I won’t ever be revisiting. It took a whole lot of trial and error, research, and crowd-sourcing to find my favorite brand. It felt like I hit the lottery when I discovered Indique Hair Extensions. Worn by A-listers like Rihanna, Zendaya, Jennifer Lawrence, and Gabrielle Union, these coveted locks are my crème de la crème.
Here, I am wearing Indique extensions:
When wearing extensions, be cautious of tangly, shaggy strands that shed everywhere. It’s one of the most common characteristics of poor-quality extensions. Pay attention to the sizes of the extensions’ wefts, shade range, and texture. Always feel your extensions before you commit to them; they should be smooth, soft, and natural to the touch. Ever catch yourself staring at your favorite starlet’s hair and wondering how you can get yours to look the same? Well, you can start with familiarizing yourself with the extensions they wear.
To get the inside scoop on the luscious locks some of our fave stars swear by, we tapped their hairstylists. And now for the celeb-approved, best hair extension brands to keep on your radar…
Clients: Madonna, Hannah Jeter, and Hailey Baldwin
Favorite extension brand: Hair Lingerie
"The tape-in wefts from Hair Lingerie are great for adding volume and length," says Papanikolas, who is Matrix's celebrity stylist. "Unlike many other extension brands that don't take well to coloring and highlighting, Hair Lingerie can be easily customized to blend perfectly with the client's color. The quality of the hair is very soft and silky and stays this way, which allows the client to reuse the hair. All they need to do is wash and add more glue to the wefts to reuse. They come in large pieces, so application is fast and easy, plus the large pieces distribute the weight so that they don't rip out the hair.
"They're also easily removed with oil sprayed on the tape, which makes them slide off. The removal process can be the most damaging to the hair as it can cause lots of breakage. For the client, it's important to keep the extensions hydrated with Biolage R.A.W. Re-hab Mask ($30)."
Clients: Gabrielle Union, Zendaya, and SZA
"My favorite go-to for hair extensions is His & Her Hair, based in L.A.," explains Sims, who is Schwarzkopf's celebrity hairstylist. "Their assortment is endless, especially for textured hair. They always hook me up when I'm in need of a custom style, and their creations are gorgeous. They have options for every hair type and color, so there's literally something for everyone. Think textures like loose waves and Hollywood glamour curls in shades like standard blonde, brunette, ombré, and more. The quality is the best, in my opinion."
Sims continues, "Another favorite is Extensions Plus because they also have a wide variety of wigs, clip-ins, sew-ins, and more for all hair types," he says. "My top pick for wigs has to be Cal East Imports—they're beautiful, great quality, and affordable. There's nothing else you could ask for."
Next up: the must-know details if you're interested in trying tape-in extensions.