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What is the Difference Between ‘U-tip’ and ‘I-tip’ Hair Extensions?

Hair extensions are something that is commonly used amongst various individuals to achieve a look or a certain hairstyle. Hair extensions are of various qualities and different types and styles. In order to make a decision about the type of hair extension to get, you will have to consider things such as the look you are trying to achieve, how often you want to reuse that same hair extension and how much you are willing to spend.

Of all the various styles of hair extensions, I will particularly be talking about the ‘U-tip’ and ‘I-tip’ hair extensions in this article and answering questions such as what the difference between ‘U-tip’ and ‘I-tip’ extensions is.

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What are ‘U-tip’ extensions? What is the Difference Between ‘U-tip’ and ‘I-tip’ Hair Extensions,

What are ‘U-tip’ Extensions?

U-Tip hair extensions, also commonly called “hot fusion extensions,” are popularly used by hairstylists today. A hairstylist pre-sets them with keratin and secures them to the hair with a perm or a hot extension iron.

They are made from the toughest keratin on the market. To remove any excess keratin, the keratin tip may need to be clipped. These extensions are a professional product that must only be applied by hair professionals due to the hardness of the keratin.

You should not be concerned about the heat from the hair extension iron causing damage to your natural hair. The heat is not as strong as that of a standard straightening iron or hot comb. The u-tip hair extension iron will only be in contact with your natural hair for a very short amount of time before the job is completed.

What are ‘I-tip’ Extensions?

I-Tip hair extensions are a relatively new addition to the world of hair care. They are made with different pieces of hair extensions that are fastened together at the tip. The i-tip hair extensions, as opposed to the u-tip, are applied without the use of a hot iron and do not require the hair extensions to be glued or heated. As a result, they are commonly used by women who do not want their hair to be heated. If you are scared of the U-Tip hair extensions causing harm to your natural hair through the use of heat, you can go for I-Tip hair extensions instead. However, in order for the I-tips to stay in place, your hair must be of average or thick texture.

I-Tip hair is applied to the hair with a pulling tool that can be a hook or loop. The hair is pulled through a tiny micro ring by this tool.  The hair professional will insert I Tip hair extensions into these micro rings. 

The rings are then compacted and flattened using special pliers. This is known as “compression,” and it keeps the extensions in place.

The Difference between ‘U-tip’ and ‘I-tip’ extensions

The Difference between ‘U-tip’ and ‘I-tip’ Extensions

The major difference between the ‘U-tip’ and ‘I-tip’ extensions can be seen in relation to the following: Your hair type, the price, the tools that are used in installing them, potential damage to your natural hair and how long you will spend in removing them,

The type of natural hair you have is one of the important things to consider before deciding whether to purchase the ‘U-tip’ or ‘I-tip’ extension. Before the hot fusion process, U-Tip hair extensions require that your natural hair should be clean and free of products like a leave-in conditioner. If you have problematic, knotted, and twisty hair that is already fragile or damaged, consider using I-tips, which are suitable for most hair types. 

With regard to price, the ‘U-tip’ extension is much more affordable than the ‘I-tip’ micro rings extensions. If you are looking for a budget-friendly, reasonably affordable type of extension, the ‘U-tip’ extension is the one you should be considering.

The ‘U-tip’ and the ‘I-tip’ extensions can both cause damage to your natural hair if not installed appropriately. I-Tip hair extensions can end up causing your hair to get tangled up and snarling. They can be extremely difficult to remove, especially for women with rough or curly hair, while Heat damage may occur with U-Tip hair extensions.

Seeing as I-Tip extensions are applied without the use of glue, heat, or chemicals by hair professionals, the time required to remove these extensions is minimal. It takes about an hour to complete. 

Pros and Cons of ‘I-tip’ extensions

Pros and Cons of ‘U-tip’ extensions

Here are some of the advantages of using u-tip extensions:

  • It provides you with a flawless connection. If the bond is small enough, it will blend in with your hair naturally.
  • It provides you with a wide range of use as u-tip hair extensions are available in a variety of lengths, colours, textures, and volumes.
  • If installed properly, the U-tip hair is completely safe for your natural hair. There should be no discomfort if everything is done correctly.
  • This type of hair extension is great for those with short and thick hair. U-tip hair extensions can be used to add length and volume.
  • The u-tip extension provides you with that natural look. Minimal styling restrictions, similar to your own hair, very natural
  • It does not require much heat for your natural hair. The hot fusion applicator used for the u-tip hair extensions, like a standard flat iron, only heats the hair for a few seconds and is not as hot as a standard flat iron, so there is no damage to the hair.

Here are some of the disadvantages of using u-tip extensions:

  • It takes a lot of time to install and remove
  • It may fall off easily over a period of time with the constant use of hair conditioner

Pros and Cons of ‘I-tip’ extensions

Here are some of the advantages of using i-tip extensions:

  • It is an amazing alternative to u-tip hair extensions. They are easier to maintain, and there is no need to apply heat when installing them, which is why they are called the ‘cold fusion’ hair extension.
  • Those with the necessary tools and knowledge can easily install i-tip hair extensions at home without the assistance of a professional. In general, this is one of the most significant benefits for women who want to save money on installation.
  • The removal of the i-tip hair extension is even easier than the installation.
  • It is the best choice for women who have thin hair strands; you can easily add volume and length to your hair without causing heat damage to your natural hair.
  • There is absolutely no heat which means no heat damage to your natural hair.

Here are some of the disadvantages of using i-tip extensions:

  • If you are a beginner, you might find the installation process a bit complicated, although it is nothing a few minutes of watching YouTube videos can’t solve
  • Washing and everyday brushing can be quite frustrating as you always need to be careful so as not to avoid the beads. This might make the maintenance of the i-tip extensions more time-consuming.

Which type of extension is right for you?

When it comes to purchasing hair extensions, there are numerous factors to consider before making a final decision. Consider how comfortable you are with the heat on your hair. Do you have brittle, damaged hair or strong, healthy hair? Do you have curly or straight hair?

As always, consult with your stylist to determine whether U Tip or I Tip hair extensions are better for your hair. Remember that, in the end, the decision is entirely yours because you know your hair better than anyone else.

How to care for your hair extensions

How to care for your hair extensions

To care for your hair extensions the right way, you need to know the type of hair extension you have, as that is the major factor in determining its maintenance. If you are not sure what kind you have, be sure to consult a professional stylist. They can also provide you with a list of products appropriate for the hairstyle and hair extension type.


The i-tip and u-tip hair extensions have their perks and flaws, so you need to consider things like your hair type, the style you want to achieve, how long you intend to use them and how much you have to spend on hair extensions before making a final decision on whether to go for the i-tip or u-tip hair extension.

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Keemah Hammed

Keemah Hammed is a law student, a certified mediator and an arbitrator with the CiArb UK and ICMC. She has a lifelong interest in hair and beauty with lots of experience, from styling tips and techniques to the latest product innovations. As a content writer and beauty enthusiast, her goal is to share her knowledge and expertise with others, helping them to achieve their hair and beauty goals. She also enjoys writing about technology and other tech-related gadgets...

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