How Long Do Permanent Hair Extensions Last?

How Long Do Permanent Hair Extensions Last?

Can you get permanent hair extensions? Yes, but “permanent” may not mean what you think it does. So, how long do permanent hair extensions last?

Permanent means a full head of fusion extensions, tape-ins, flat-tip hair extensions, or hand-tied wefts.

Each type of hair extension is unique, and thus their lifespans vary. How you use them and how you maintain them are also important considerations.

Let’s check out how long permanent hair extensions will last below.

Also, you’ll find some tips for how to best care for your hair with the type of extensions you choose.

How Long Do Permanent Hair Extensions Last?

Typically, you can wear permanent hair extensions continuously for several months. So while not permanent, the good news is you don’t need to remove them frequently.

If you enhance your look with small sections of tape-ins for volume or clip-ins for special occasions, these are not permanent. These types of extensions won’t stay in your hair for long.

However, on average, permanent extensions can last up to four months before they need replacement.

Exactly how long they last will depend on a couple of factors:

1. Quality Of Hair

First, the quality of both your hair and the hair you choose affects how long your permanent hair extensions will last.

To date, the most popular types of hair are virgin or dyed Slavic hair, Russian hair, European hair, Indian hair, and Chinese hair.

Slavic, Russian, and European hair types complement the hair structure of most North Americans. All three types of hair are processed with care and are safe for humans.

So, which type is best for you? Here’s a bit of insight on each type of hair that may help you decide: 

  • Slavic hair is of superior quality and is ideal for clients with thin, undyed natural hair.
  • The structure of Russian hair is denser. They are perfectly colorable and appropriate for nearly all clients. The excellent combination of price and quality has made this hair extremely popular.
  • The structure of European hair is even more dense. This category contains bundles of double-drawn hair up to 90 cm in length.

2. Method Of Hair Extension

Fusion and sew-in are the most popular types of permanent hair extensions.

Fusion hair extensions usually last 3 to 4 months, depending on how well they are cared for. You will also need to see your stylist every two months to have these extensions adjusted.

Sew-in extensions will usually last about 6 to 8 weeks.

How to Care for Permanent Hair Extensions

Permanent hair extensions don’t require any special hair care products, such as shampoos and conditioners. In fact, you can continue to stick to your regular hair care routine. But, you must reposition these hair extensions every two to three months.

You can extend the life of these extensions by washing your hair with sulfate- and alcohol-free products. You should avoid any heat-generating tools because they can loosen the bonds. Furthermore, avoid using oily products on the area where the extensions are attached.

The recommended routine varies a bit depending on your extension type.

Best care tips for Sew-in Hair Extensions

Sew-in hair extensions are semi-permanent hair extensions that often last two months. These extensions can have up to a four-month lifespan. Leaving wefts in your hair for over four months may inhibit natural growth.

It is vital to moisturize the scalp, nape, and edges of your weave at least once per week with deep conditioning products. These products help moisturize the hair to keep it looking natural and healthy.

Best care tips for Tape-in Hair Extensions

Tape-in hair extensions last four to six months with proper maintenance. However, after installation, you must return to your stylist every four to six weeks. They will adjust or move up the wefts, as natural hair growth can cause them to loosen over time.

The same extensions can be reapplied for a revitalized look if properly maintained. One of the most important things to remember is that wet tape-in hair extensions should never be combed or brushed. Make sure to thoroughly dry them and brush them with a hair extension brush.

These microlink extensions will last between 3 and 4 months, depending on how well you maintain them. Because these beads are attached to the roots of your natural hair, they must be treated with extra care and natural products.

You can treat these extensions like natural hair and use the same styling products. But like fusion/pre-bonded hair extensions, your micro link extensions will need to be repositioned every 2 to 3 months. This is because your natural hair will move the microbeads away from the scalp.


So there you have it! An answer to the common question, “How long do permanent hair extensions last?”

We hope you understand the importance of investing in quality extensions that will serve you for as long as possible. It’ll definitely save you money in the long run.

And as you can see, the care for each extension type is also important to ensure you can achieve your hair goals.