How to Use Hair Extensions for Volume

By October 27, 2021 No Comments
Girl with long wavy hair extensions

The term ‘hair extensions’ probably conjures images of mermaid-style hair, and long luscious locks, but hair extensions don’t just have to be about adding length. Hair extensions are also a great way to add thickness and volume to your hair. They are suitable for almost any hair type, but they are especially great for those with thin hair looking to achieve a fuller look. But how do you know what the right type of extension will be best suited to add volume to your hair? Our hair extension experts at The Hair Alchemist are here to give you the ultimate guide on how to choose and use hair extensions for volume.

So, how do you add hair extensions for volume? Adding volume to your natural hair through hair extensions all depends on choosing the right type of hair extension for your current hair type, how much volume you want and the length you want to wear the extensions. There are a number of different extensions you can apply for volume including micro rings, clip-ins and double-drawn extensions.

Read on to find out more about how to use hair extensions for volume, the best type of extension for your hair type and how we can help you achieve your desired look.

When to Use Hair Extensions for Volume

Maybe you like the length of your hair already but just want to give it a little extra life – using hair extensions to add volume is definitely a great way to achieve this. Hair extensions give your natural hair more versatility, giving you the opportunity to add length and volume to try new styles and looks. There are two main reasons why hair extensions are a great choice for your hair, both for styling and for daily use.


Do you have a particular hairstyle in mind that you wanted to try? A lot of the time, hairstyles are much more achievable when you have more hair to play around with. Thick hair does not only allow you to try out more styles but it can also help to give your hairstyle impact. A thick ponytail is a chic and modern way to add a little glamour or you could also try out braided hairstyles, messy buns and classy updos.

Daily Use

If you have thinner hair, you might want to use hair extensions more frequently to give your hair a naturally thicker look. However, when wearing hair extensions frequently you need to ensure you choose the right attachment method so that your natural hair does not become damaged. It is also important to ensure that your hair extensions have been accurately colour-matched and blended into your natural hair for a seamless look.

Special Occasions

Whilst you might be happy with your hair overall, for a special occasion you want to feel your very best. Adding a little extra volume for a wedding, party or event could help to give you that little confidence boost and give you the hair of your dreams…even if it is just for one night!

It’s no secret that thicker hair requires more maintenance, takes longer to dry and takes longer to style. Not everyone has the time or patience to wear volumizing hair extensions every day, but for a special occasion, they can make all the difference. 

What Extensions Give the Most Volume?

There are many different types of hair extensions out there, and it can be difficult to know which type of hair extension is the best for adding volume to your hair. The answer to that question depends heavily on your current hair type, how much volume you want to add and how long you want to wear your hair extensions. We’ve highlighted in more detail below the different types of extensions you can choose from and the impact they’ll have on your hair.


Clip-in hair extensions are a great way to add volume to your hair temporarily. They are easy and quick to apply to make them suitable for wear during the day, for special occasions or for nights out. Clip-ins are attached using small metal clips so make sure to give your scalp a break if you plan to wear them often.

Clip-ins should be applied in lines. Due to this, it can be difficult to style your hair into updos when wearing them. The clips may become visible and they may feel uncomfortable. Clip-ins are however ideal for adding volume to your hair when wearing it down; think big bouncy blow-drys and glamorous waves.

Micro Rings

If you want to use hair extensions to add volume to your hair more permanently, micro ring hair extensions are the ideal choice. They are small metal loops that are slipped onto your natural hair and the extension and then clamped shut. They are completely damage-free and can be added in various weights and amounts to create as little or as much volume as you like!

Besides creating long-term volume, micro rings also have the added benefit of using discreet attachment methods. This means that even when styling your hair into updos, the bonds will be less noticeable and more comfortable than for hair extension methods such as clip-ins. At The Hair Alchemist, we also offer miniature micro rings, these are the most discreet hair extension attachment and are a much smaller version of the regular micro ring. This makes them the perfect choice for those with thinner hair.

Double Drawn

If you really want to amp up the volume, ask your hairdresser about double-drawn hair extensions. Naturally, your hair grows at different rates, resulting in a tapered look towards the bottom of the hair due to the shorter and longer strands. Single-drawn hair extensions mirror this look so the hair will become thinner towards the bottom.

Double-drawn hair extensions on the other hand have had all the shorter strands removed. This means that they are the same thickness from root to tip. This will help to create volume all the way down to the ends of your hair.

Full Head vs Half Head

Choosing between a full head and a half head of hair extensions will depend on how much volume you want. In most cases, when people just want to add volume rather than length, a half-head of hair extensions is enough. A full head can give a more dramatic overall look or maybe more appropriate if you have particularly thin hair.

Hair Extensions for Crown Volume

If your hair is thinning on top, you may be looking to use hair extensions to add crown volume. We offer a wide range of hair extensions and bespoke wig options for those with thinning hair and hair loss, we tailor these options in order to not only work with your natural hair but provide a solution that looks as natural and discreet as possible.

Hair Extensions at The Hair Alchemist

At The Hair alchemist, we offer a number of different types of hair extensions from micro ring hair extensions, to clip ins and even custom bespoke wigs. Our team has experience with all types of hair from thick to thin, using only the finest Russian and Slavic hair extensions to create hair that is damage free, easy to maintain and looks fabulous.

Find out more about our hair extension solutions by contacting one of our team members to discuss how we can make your hair extension dreams come true.

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