The Highlights:
  • Halo hair extensions are better than clip in hair extensions for most girls on the basis of the ease of installation, damage to your hair, maintenance, cost, comfort, ease of styling and results.
  • In terms of initial purchase, clip ins are normally a little more affordable.
  • However, the biggest issue is that clip ins can cause quite considerable damage to your own hair, especially if you have sensitive hair. Whereas halo hair extensions are safe for girls with fine, thinning or sensitive hair.
  • If you are unsure of which hair extension is best for you, halo hair extensions are generally a safer option.

If you're trying to work out if halo hair extensions are better than clip-ins then you've found the right place.

In this article we will explore the pros and cons of halo hair extensions and clip-ins and let you decide for yourself.

Who this article is for?

The reasons why people buy hair extensions vary significantly. So to make sure that we're aligned on the merits that really matter, and allow us to compare apples for apples, let's agree who this article is for.

This article is written for girls who are struggling with thinning or fine hair, and want thicker, longer, and natural looking hair.

This is an important distinction, and you will see why as we go through our process.

Read next: The best hair extensions for thin hair types

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@makeupbyameliawebb wears the Medium Halo in Col. Beige Blonde #613

Why Halo Hair Extensions Are Better Than Clip-ins

To give us a framework to compare we will explore this argument by outlining 8 reasons why halo hair extensions are better than clip-ins for our reader detailed above.

Remember, this article is for women who are struggling with thinning or fine hair, and who want to have thicker, longer, healthy looking hair.

The merits we're going to compare on are:

  • Ease of installation
  • Damage to your hair
  • Maintenance
  • Cost
  • Comfort
  • Ease of styling
  • Result

Now that we've established the parameters, let's dive in:

1. Ease of installation

If you're struggling with thinning or fine hair, and you're wanting hair extensions to give you thicker, longer, healthy looking hair, then chances are that you want that every day.

Not some days. Every day (or most days). Not part of the day. All day (most of the day).

Therefore it's important that the hair extension is easy to put on and take off. If it's too hard or takes too long then chances are that you'll stop. Or it'll just be a major pain-point at the start of each day.

I mean, who really needs to extend their beauty routine by an hour?

The good news is that putting on your halo hair extensions only requires two steps simple steps.

This is because it's only made of one single piece. so you only need to put it on, then comb the hair over. And you're done (unless you want to do some extra styling, etc. afterwards, but that goes for all hair extension methods).

Clip-ins, however, can be a little trickier. Because usually they come with 7 individual pieces, and around 16 clips. Each needing to be attached to your hair.

So there is considerably more effort and technique involved. It's the same amount of hair, the same volume, the same result, but 7x more pieces + clips.

And without a doubt, it's at least 7 times more effort to install clip-ins vs installing a halo hair extension.

To get an idea of the ease of installing halo hair extensions see the graphic image below:

Are Halo Hair Extensions better than Clip-ins halo hair extensions for blondes 

If you want extra security, our halo hair extensions have optional velcro clips. You can also use a comb to pull pieces of hair over the wire until it is completely covered.

For a more detailed overview of how to put on halo hair extensions, watch this video:


Read: What are Halo Hair Extensions and Why Are They Different?

2. Damage to your hair

It's a well known fact in the hair extensions industry that clip-in hair extensions cause the most damage to your hair of all hair extension methods.

For instance, do a quick Google-search for "clip in bald spots" and you'll find all the evidence you need.

This isn't a slight on clip-in hair extensions. In my view, everything has a place. But for a woman who is struggling with thinning or fine hair, a hair extension that causes damage to your own is a big no.

If you've been struggling with thinning or fine hair, you know how careful you have to be with your hair. So I'm sure you will agree that a hair extension that causes bald spots is far from ideal.

Why do clip-ins cause so much damage to your own hair?

Simply put, the clips are normally attached to the same spots on your head every time you wear them. Regular use therefore would mean that you're putting stress on the same hair follicles, and pulling out just a few hairs every day.

After some time, those hairs start to add up to a bald spot. Or many bald spots on your head.

On the flip side: Do Halo hair extensions damage your hair?

No. Halo hair extensions don't cause any damage to your own hair. In fact, did you know Halo hair extensions are the only hair extensions on the market which do ZERO damage to your hair?

This is one of the major advantages of halo hair extensions, and why they're so popular with women who are struggling with thinning or fine hair.

Read: Do Halo Hair Extensions Damage Your Hair?

are halo hair extensions better than clip ins woman in dark blonde halo hair extensions

The Thick Halo in col. Dark Blonde #10 styled by @brittsully

3. Maintenance

Due to the simple fact that clip-in hair extensions can cause damage to your own hair (including bald spots, as discussed above), the maintenance cost is an important consideration.

If you use clip-in extensions then this is something you have to factor for. What is the maintenance cost of repairing your own hair after it's been damaged?

The cost is hard to quantify in dollar terms. However, in time, it's years.

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The Thick Halo in Col. Light + Medium Brown #4/6.

4. Usability

By usability I'm referring to how regularly you can use your halo hair extensions vs how often you can use the clip-in extensions.

As someone who has struggled with thinning or fine hair, and who wants thicker, longer, fuller hair, it's highly likely that you will want to wear your hair extensions every day. Or at least often.

And again, due to the simple fact that clip-in hair extensions can and do cause damage to your own hair, long term use is not advisable for a woman with thinning, fine or sensitive hair.

Therefore the Halo is the ideal option for it's ability to be used regularly (even daily) without causing any damage to your own hair, at all.

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@mareealexhair wears the MEDIUM Halo in col. Cream Blonde 20C

5. Comfort

Comfort is necessary, without doubt. If you're going to be wearing your hair extensions daily, or at the very least, often, it needs to be very comfortable. Especially since when you do wear it, it will likely be for stretches of hours at a time.

And, since the clip-in hair extensions attach to small sections of your own hair as 7 different pieces, with 16 different clips, they are known to be very uncomfortable.

This is especially the case for women who struggle with sensitive scalps.

However, on the flip side, it's very rare that we hear any such feedback about users of halo hair extensions. It has happened, but it's extremely rare.

In fact, the feedback we often get about our halo hair extensions is that they forget they're even wearing them.

Read: Can Your Wear Halo Hair Extensions every day?

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@Jessicadover wears The Medium Halo in col. Medium Brown #4

6. Ease of styling

There are many hairstyles you can achieve with halo hair extensions and clip-in hair extensions alike.

However, there is just something a little easier with halo hair extensions as opposed to clip-in hair extensions.

For instance, see this video of Tiana sharing her 5 favourite hairstyles using her Sitting Pretty Halo:

8 Smart Reasons to Invest in Halo Hair Extensions.

7. Results.


In terms of result, let's clarify what is the ideal;

The ideal for a woman who has thinning or fine hair, and who wants thicker, longer hair, natural looking hair is:

She wants the hair to look like it's hers.

Simply put, as a woman, we want hair extensions, but we don't want to look like we're wearing hair extensions...

Therefore what we're looking for here is a natural blend. So that you can look like you have healthy, thick, luscious hair.

And to be completely truthful, both halo hair extensions and clip-ins will allow you to achieve this look. But since halo hair extensions enables the same result more easily, faster, every day, and without damaging your own hair, it's without a doubt that The Halo produces the superior result.

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@phoebekypreos wears the Thick Halo in col. Beige + Dark Blonde #613/10

Conclusions: Are halo hair extensions better than clip-in extensions?

For someone who has thinning or fine hair, and who wants to have the hair of their dreams, the criteria is quite clear;

The hair extensions need to be easy to use in order to maintain consistency of use. They also cannot cause any damage to your own hair, otherwise it defeats the purpose of having them in the first place. They need to be able to be worn every day, and be comfortable to boot. And they need to be easy to style as well as provide the desired outcome; thicker, longer, natural looking hair.

Given this criteria, when comparing both halo hair extensions and clip-in extensions, halo hair extensions are better suited.

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