The Best Hair Extensions for Short Hair

If your hair is on the shorter side, either due to haircuts or accidental damage, there are some hair extension options to choose from. Hair extensions are a must have to add instant length to your hair. You can spend thousands of dollars on overpriced re-growth supplements which often result in little effect. Alternatively, you can spend under $200 and choose high quality hair extensions for short hair which can change your look entirely in a matter of minutes. Many women worry that because their hair is too short, that hair extensions are not an option for them, but this is not entirely the case, there are some options for women that have short hair.

Short Hair Considerations

For women that have short hair, make sure you have enough remaining thickness and length to blend in and conceal extension attachments to avoid detection. When selecting hair extensions for short hair, paying close attention to length and weight is highly recommended. Adding long, heavy bundles to short hair can strain it. In the end, the enhanced look can appear artificial. Extensions that brush your shoulders with lower weights are the best options.

Choose extensions that match your own hair color, for a realistic look. Even minor shade differences, especially when lengthening super short hair, can make your additions obvious. They can form a line between your rooted and inserted locks. To change your appearance or create dimension, add a few highlight, low-light, or bright and funky colored strands. Coordinate your natural and supplemental texture so both are straight, wavy, or curly. Avoid drastic variations that can stand out as fake.

Micro Ring Loop Hair Extensions

Minimum Hair Length: 4 – 5 inches or 10 – 12 cm

Preferred mostly by women with medium short hair, micro ring loops require a hair length of 4 inches or 10 centimeters for rings to be fully covered. You can install extensions on much shorter strands, but the loops could be visible, especially during strong wind. Nowadays more and more women switch from micro ring loops to tape-ins. Why? It is a slightly newer, faster and much cheaper method (unless installing yourself). Whether you prefer tapes, tips or loops is up to you.

Hair Weaves and Wefts

Minimum Hair Length: 3 – 5 inches or 7 – 12 cm

The minimum hair length for sewed-in hair extensions is 3 inches or 7 cm. However, a highly skilled stylist is recommended to properly conceal any work. Not exactly the best option for women with short hair. A safer bet would be to wait for your hair to grow longer or switch to one of many other fusion methods. If you have short hair and have already ordered weft extensions, do not worry. Your hair stylist can transform them into clip-in, tape-in or even more complex, strand-by-strand extensions.

Clip-in Hair Extensions

Minimum Hair Length: 3 – 4 inches or 7 – 10 cm

The minimum hair length of 3 inches (7 cm) is required to cover the clip base and properly attach clips without them making you feel uncomfortable. This is one of the best and easiest methods for beginners with short hair. If your hair is shorter than the absolute minimum, you can experience some hair pulling. If you have short strands, the clips will either be attached too close to the roots or vice versa. If it feels like you have secured clip in extensions properly and are still experiencing these issues, check the clips themselves. If you insist on buying clip-in hair extensions (without meeting the minimum hair length requirement), consider 1-piece strands. These tend to have slightly smaller clips. However, installation is can be tedious and is not recommended.

Tape-in Hair Extensions

Minimum Hair Length: 3 inches or 7 cm

Your hair will need to be at least 3 inches (7 cm) long to install tape-in hair extensions. Tapes are smaller than clips and are not as visible. Therefore, it needs slightly shorter hair to get all tapes properly attached. There are no other parts, just the tape. In addition to that, tape can be trimmed or cut into smaller pieces to make fusion work too. These are the best hair extensions for short hair on a budget.

Stick Tip Hair Extensions

Minimum Hair Length: 2.5 – 4 inches or 6 – 10 cm

Stick or I-Tip hair extensions should be installed on hair no shorter than 2.5 inches or 6 centimeters. Slightly more flexible than tape-ins, these are strand-by-strand fusion extensions that rely on cold-fusion method. It is one of the Keratin alternatives that was highly popular many moons ago but since then lost to tape-in and u-tip fusion types. If you are afraid of the heat and still want to use strands rather than tapes, this is a great option.

Keratin Hair Extensions

Minimum Hair Length: 2 – 3.5 inches or 5 – 9 cm

Keratin or U-Tip hair extensions require a minimum hair length of 2 inches or 5 centimeters to be properly fused. Since Keratin extensions are attached using hot pliers, the range entirely depends on your hair stylist and applied technique. When it comes to minimum length, U-Tip extensions are unbeatable. Simply the best for women with short hair. The installation is rather long though (2 to 4 hours) and expensive.

Professional hair stylists can attach u-tips on short hair. Hot fusion strands blend perfectly with short hair as there are no loops, tapes or clips. Therefore, if attached properly, you can go from shortest to the longest hair in your entire neighborhood. There are two types of u-tip hair extensions, one with Keratin glue and one with regular glue. Both work about the same and while Keratin is praised for being a natural solution, strands do not last as long as with glue, but they are easier to remove.

What if You are Bald/Balding or Have Very Short Hair?

If you have extremely short hair that are below hair extension recommendations, there is no need to worry, there are still many ways to double your hair volume.

The first alternative is to use a human hair wig. It will give you some time to grow your hair back and reach the minimum height.

If regular wigs don’t work for you, a hair topper might do. It was designed for women with thinning hair or balding issues. These pieces are extremely light and durable. If you have few balding spots and still want hair extensions, go with the flip-in style extensions. They don’t add any extra pressure, making them perfect for your situation.


If your hair is short, it should be at least 2-inch long (5 cm) to install hair extensions and wear them comfortably. The recommended length is 3 to 5 inches (7 to 12 cm). The length of hair, or how long should it be for the hair extensions depends on the attachment type and your hair stylist. For short hair, two highly recommended options are tape-in or clip-in extensions. If you have short to medium hair, any of these methods will do. It’s all about the personal preference and budget. Your options are pretty much endless. You can have the longest hair extensions without any trouble.