This article is about the best affordable human hair extensions available in 2021.
Hair extensions are a great way to create full and voluminous waves, waist-length braids or a super chic and thick shoulder bob in an instant.
Well, hello there, friends! I’m Bianca, and I love hair extensions. I have tried a variety of methods over my 15 years of wearing extensions and have been to a wide range of hairdressers in a wide range of countries too.
Not only that, but I am fortunate enough to have learned from the best in the business, and I’m here to share my knowledge with you!
With everything that’s been going on over the last couple of years, people have been looking for more affordable ways to still get the glam look they want but not have to pay so much out of pocket.
So with that in mind I have scoured the internet, maxed out my credit card on your behalf (any excuse to shop!), and I offer you the best AFFORDABLE hair extensions I have found.
My favorite, affordable, human hair extensions were by far the WINDTOUCH Clip In Human Hair Extensions. They are soft, glossy, and will last quite a long time if cared for correctly, making them a good investment into future good-hair days.
However, not a fan of a clip-in? I have a few other tricks up my sleeve, Miss Thing! So sit back, relax and read on to learn about good hair and saving pennies.
- WINDTOUCH Clip In Human Hair Extensions (Best Overall)
- DOORES Tape In Human Hair Extensions (Best for Human Hair)
- AQINBEL Synthetic Braiding Extensions (Best for Synthetic Hair)
3 Best Affordable Hair Extensions Reviewed
In this section, I will go over my top picks for affordable hair extensions, together with a detailed review for each option.
- Key features: 100% Remy human hair, 7 pieces
- Extension length: 15, 18, 20, and 22 inches
- Volume: 70 grams per bundle
- Best for: Overall
WINDTOUCH clip-in hair extensions come in four different lengths. The very odd 15 inches, 18, 20 and 22 inches. The clip-ins are 100% Remy human hair and are double wefted, so thick to the ends.
The colors are limited, but because they have focussed on balayage and blended colors, the range will actually suit more hairstyles (if you want natural colors).
As these are cheaper hair extensions, I wouldn’t color them at all if you can, but they can be made darker if you wish.
One thing to note is that EVERY pack is 70 grams in weight. So if you get 15 inches, it’s 70 grams. If you get 22 inches, it’s 70 grams.
What does this mean? Best value for money and the best result will be by getting the shorter lengths. The longer lengths will need more packs and doubling up of wefts to get a full and luscious look.
- Key features: 100% Remy human hair
- Extension length: 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24 inches
- Volume: 50 grams per pack
- Best for: Human Hair
Doores tape in extensions is soft and silky, human hair tape ins that come to you at a reasonable price. The hair has gone through fairly gentle chemical processing, so you should get about 3 months’ wear out of them if you use minimal heat styling.
If you are just adding volume to your hair, then you could get away with purchasing one pack of hair, the same length as yours.
If you are wanting to add length and volume, you will need 3 packs for a couple of extra inches of length, or 4 packs if you want to add a lot of length to your hair.
One of the most gorgeous colors in the range (and understandably the most popular), is the ombré chocolate brown that runs through to a caramel blonde.
Now this particular color, in a length close to your own would be a super smart purchase for someone looking to add highlights to their own chocolate brown hair without the expensive salon visit, DIY bleaching nightmares or damaging their natural locks.
If you want to add length to your hair, and you are a light blonde to platinum blonde, I would suggest saving up and getting Russian tape ins.
The cheaper tape ins are great for highlights and gold blondes, but the more platinum colors become brittle and break quickly due to the more extreme color processing they have to go through.
- Key features: 8 pieces and 90 grams per pack
- Extension length: 26 inches pre-stretched
- Volume: 720 grams per pack of 8
- Best for: Synthetic hair
If sew-in extensions are your jam, then do I have a treat for you!
Whereas when you are talking about clip-ins and tape ins, synthetic hair is a nightmare to deal with, when it comes to braids, synthetic hair is fantastic!
AQINBEL has produced the most gorgeous ombré Kanekalon braiding hair that has a stunning Yaki texture.
It is pre-stretched, so you can get to installing faster and get your new do on! Itch-free, shedding-free, and tangle-free the hair is soft and is easy to braid with. You can braid quickly without having to constantly yank out knots.
It is quick and easy to set the braids in hot water and lasts ages.
My only note on this hair is that the “black to gold” ombré color doesn’t start off brown, more like a greyish brown. But the other colors started darker browny/black and then dropped into the next color beautifully.
Guide to Buying Affordable Hair Extensions
Here are a few things to take into consideration when looking at different sets of affordable hair extensions.
Cheap Hair isn’t “Bad” Hair
It just isn’t usually very long hair (if it’s human hair). If you have to watch your pennies when it comes to your next set of hair extensions, I would strongly suggest you go for a shorter set, and you will get the best bang for your buck.
Nobody wants long, stringy hair. It’s not a good look! Rather get thick, healthy, swishy hair that’s a little shorter and save up for the mermaid’s hair when you can invest more into it. Some good quality long hair lasts for up to 2 years!
So, if you do your homework (or just read my blog posts, I do the homework for you!), you can get a great set of hair that will last you longer than your last holiday romance.
When buying colors, remember you can dye Remy, human hair darker (if you have to), not lighter. So always err on the side of lighter, rather than darker.
Also, the best hair brands will always have good customer service who will generally bend over backward to get you exactly what you want. So when in doubt – ask!
WINDTOUCH Clip In Human Hair Extensions is an excellent investment as they are low commitment, meaning you don’t have to wear them every day.
They have good longevity as the bonds don’t shed when you wash them, even after a few washes.
I highly recommend getting them in a length close to your own and giving yourself some va-va-voom on those special occasions!
Did you try any of these out? Do you have some recommendations? Let me know, I love talking about all things hair!