Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions: Everything You Need to Know

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beautiful woman with long straight brunette hair

Hair extensions offer you a fantastic way to add color, weight, and length to your hair in an instant. They provide you the freedom to try out different hairstyles without cutting your hair or waiting for it to grow. This post aims to help you understand everything you need to know about pre-bonded hair extensions.

What Are Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions?

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Pre-bonded hair extensions are also known as fusion hair extensions. They attach to your natural hair using a special adhesive, like keratin or glue.

Keratin is a type of protein that our hair is made out of. It is gentler compared to other adhesives and the ideal bond for the pre-bonded. Silicone glue tends to be harder and harsher. It can be difficult to remove, which may cause damage to the natural hair.

Women who prefer to wear hair extensions long-term will usually go with the pre-bonded, which is why they remain to be one of the most popular hair extensions to date. They usually last longer compared to other types, with the recommended wear between three to four months. However, many women get to wear their pre-bonded for up to six months with regular maintenance.

The pre-bonded is suitable for women who have coarse and thick hair and want to achieve semi-permanent hair extensions that don’t require high maintenance. Meanwhile, they are not for those trying hair extensions for the first time. If it is your first time, you must see first if hair extensions are for you, so go for the temporary ones, like the clip-ins.

The Pros and Cons of Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions

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The pre-bonded hair extensions come with both benefits and drawbacks, which we’re going to analyze and weigh in to see if these hair extensions are for you.

The Pros:

  • They come in a variety of colors and a wide range of length and weight.
  • They are durable.
  • The keratin bond is safe for the scalp and natural hair.
  • They are versatile and you can style them in different ways.
  • The application is hard to detect making the hair extensions blend perfectly with your natural hair.
  • Women with short hair can wear pre-bonded hair extensions.
  • The application follows the “strand-by-strand” technique, which makes the pre-bonded natural-looking.
  • If you apply the proper ways to care for your hair extensions, they can last for as long as six months.

The Cons:

  • They are usually more expensive compared to the other types of hair extensions. Most pre-bonded hair extensions cost between $300 – $600.
  • The application is time-consuming, which will usually take about two to four hours.
  • Some women complain of itchiness, discomfort, and headaches within a few days or weeks of getting the pre-bonded.
  • Although they are a semi-permanent way of enhancing your natural hair artificially, they are not ideal for reuse after they reach the recommended wear.
  • You cannot apply direct heat, like using a blow dry or flat iron, to the roots or near the bonds. Otherwise, the bonds will melt and your hair extensions will lose their grip.

How to Attach Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions

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When attaching the pre-bonded hair extensions, the stylist will use a fusion wand, which we also know as the hair connector, heat connector, or the fusion iron. They might also use finger heat guards and hair separators to ease up the process and make it faster.

Before starting the application, here are a few tips you must note and talk with your stylist:

  • Keratin bonds should be at least 1 cm away from your scalp.
  • The bonds should have a distance of 1 cm to keep the strands from knotting with each other.
  • Hair extensions should fit at least a 5 cm distance from the hairlines and crowns. If they are attached to closely, there is a higher chance of damage to the hair.
  • Your natural hair must be clean and free from dirt and any debris when attaching the hair extensions.

Steps in attaching the pre-bonded hair extensions:

  • Step 1: Section the hair from the bottom up.
  • Step 2: Insert the separator at the root for the scalp’s protection against the heat.
  • Step 3: Pull the hair through the hole of the separator by twisting the strands and pulling them through.
  • Step 4: Put the pre-bonded U-tip extension underneath the natural hair.
  • Step 5: Put the fusion wand underneath the hair.
  • Step 6: Close the fusion wand for a few seconds to melt and smear the glue around every section of hair.
  • Step 7: Roll the glue between your fingers once it melts until it forms into a cylindrical shape. This will secure the hair extensions in place.
  • Step 8: You have just attached a piece of hair extensions to natural hair. Keep repeating the steps until you reach the desired length and volume.
  • Step 9: Remember not to shampoo and condition the hair within 24 hours of the application.

Here’s a cool and informative video on how a stylist will attach the pre-bonded hair extensions to your hair properly.

Hair Care Tips to Make Your Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions Last Longer

Pre-bonded hair extensions are known to last long with some women claiming to wear them for up to six months. However, how long they’re going to last will still depend heavily on how you take care of them.

Here are some tips so you can enjoy your pre-bonded hair extensions longer:

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The Do’s:

  • Do follow regular maintenance around every six to eight weeks.
  • Do have your stylist check for any loose extensions so they can apply new ones.
  • Do ask your stylist for recommendations on which products to use for your hair extensions.
  • Do have your extensions fitted by a skilled and experienced extensionist.
  • Do shampoo and condition your hair extensions in one direction, from top to bottom.
  • Do use a loop extensions brush or a tangle-tease style brush when brushing your hair.
  • Do a loose ponytail or braid when going to bed.
  • Do use hair products with Morrocan and Argan oil to give your extensions luster.

The Don’ts:

  • Don’t use any coconut oil-based products.
  • Don’t use hair care products that contain fruit acids.
  • Don’t over style your hair.
  • Don’t attempt to attach pre-bonded hair extensions by yourself. This will increase the chances of hair damage and only qualified stylists can accomplish this method properly.
  • Don’t sleep with wet hair extensions.
  • Don’t tie your hair up within two weeks of the application.
  • Don’t wash your hair for two to three days after the fitting.
  • Don’t dye your hair extensions as they will become more prone to damage and will decrease their lifespan.

Factors to Consider Before Getting Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions

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Thinking about getting hair extensions may get you all excited about it, but you must not make the decision right away. Before finally deciding, you have to consider certain factors first to ensure that you really want to get hair extensions and if the pre-bonded is the one for you.

  • Your hair type. Pre-bonded hair extensions are not suitable for really thin hair. If your hair is thin, you’ll have to consider other ways of wearing hair extensions, like the clip-ins and tape-ins.
  • Your lifestyle. If you love changing the color and style of your hair often, then the pre-bonded hair extensions are not for you.
  • Your budget. Pre-bonded hair extensions are pricey and will typically cost more than $300. If you have a tight budget, you might want to go with the cheaper ones.
  • Your commitment. The maintenance for pre-bonded hair extensions is two to three months. It’s important that you can commit and maintain them properly so they can reach their lifespan and even go beyond it.

Also, you need to brush them daily and prevent from using flat and curling irons. If you think you cannot commit to these conditions, you’ll have to rethink and consider other types of hair extensions.

Hair Care Tips After Removing Your Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions

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Pre-treating Is Important

Before we tackle on aftercare solutions for your natural hair, it’s essential to remember that regardless of whatever you add to your hair, you must always keep watch on its overall condition.

You must wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo at least weekly to remove any dirt, oil buildup, and other products. Pay special attention to your roots.

Hair Shedding

When you start to remove your hair extensions, you will notice some hair shedding. While this might cause you alarm, do not panic. This is completely normal, especially when you have been wearing permanent hair extensions, like the pre-bonded and sewn-in. Natural hair will normally shed, but we usually don’t notice it when we’re wearing extensions.

Be Gentle and Careful

When removing your extensions, you must be as gentle and careful as possible. Wearing pre-bonded extensions mean they have been in your hair for an extended time. Even though you never fail to take care of them properly, there will still be a slight chance of itchiness, sour odor, and oil buildup.

To reduce the risk of damage or any other problems, it’s best to have a professional stylist remove your pre-bonded hair extensions. This way, you can be confident that they know what they’re doing that will avoid causing further strain to your natural hair.

Let Your Scalp Breathe

Wearing pre-bonded hair extensions for a long time will cause some buildup on your scalp. This still happens even after you take care of them properly. Your goal here is to really clear your scalp, so give it time before you re-attach your hair extensions. Give it deep cleansing and conditioning.

It’s best to use a protein treatment to make your hair stronger. You can also use a scalp treatment with a mixture of essential oils, like antiseptic eucalyptus and peppermint, to help in the relief of any odor, itchiness, and other products left when wearing extensions.

Rebuild Your Hair’s Condition

After wearing hair extensions for at least six months, it’s only proper to give your scalp and hair some time to rebuild. Focus on letting them recover by using deep-conditioning treatments.

If you continue to experience hair thinning, you must address this problem first before you consider getting hair extensions again. Determine the cause of your hair thinning, whether it’s from stress, hormones, or trauma so that you can find the proper solution.

Frequently Asked Questions of Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions

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What is the proper way to wash my pre-bonded hair extensions?

Never forget to brush and detangle your hair extensions before washing them. When washing your hair, always be careful and keep your head straight. Massage your scalp gently and the attachment points in your roots down to the tips. Use mild moisturizing shampoo (you can ask your stylist for recommendations on which products are suitable for your hair). Rinse your hair while maintaining your head straight.

Wash your hair extensions at least once a week. If you have oily hair, wash them every three days.

How do I dry my hair extensions?

Never comb, brush, or even unravel your hair extensions when they are wet. Use a towel to pat your hair extensions. Do not pull or twist. You can use a dryer but make sure it’s not too hot to avoid melting the keratin bonds. You can brush and style your hair once it’s about 80% dry.

Can I still color my natural hair?

Yes, you can. However, you must talk about it with your stylist and determine the best way to color your hair without damaging your hair extensions.

How do I choose the color of my hair extensions?

Since you’re going to be wearing the pre-bonded on a semi-permanent basis, it’s ideal to choose colors that will blend well with your natural hair colors. They. must also compliment your skin color.

Can I attach the pre-bonded hair extensions by myself?

Yes, you can. However, it’s still better to have a skilled and experienced stylist attach the extensions to ensure better application and avoid any damage to both the hair extensions and your natural hair.


Hair extensions are a woman’s best friend. Not only do they enhance the overall look of your hair, but they also boost your confidence since you will feel beautiful and fantastic wearing them. Now, you get to enjoy the most out of your pre-bonded hair extensions through all the essential facts in this article!