Hair Extensions: Fusion, Hand Tied Weft, Microbead, What’s The Difference And What’s Best?

Are you tired of waiting for your hair to grow? Do you want to add volume and length to your locks? Look no further than hair extensions! Hair extensions are a popular way to achieve the look you want without the wait.

If you’re looking to add length, volume, or even a pop of color to your hair, hair extensions can be a great option. But with so many different types of extensions available, it can be overwhelming to decide which type is right for you. In this blog post, we’ll break down the most popular types of hair extensions and help you choose the perfect style for your needs.

At Sheer Elegance Salon & Med Spa we offer a variety of hair extension options to suit your needs. From microbead to hand tied weft extensions, we have a range of styles and colors to choose from. Our expert stylists can help you find the perfect match for your natural hair, ensuring a seamless blend and natural look.

Before we dive in, let’s take a quick look at why hair extensions are such a popular choice for so many people. For one thing, they can be a great way to switch up your look without making a permanent commitment. If you’ve always wanted long, flowing locks but don’t want to wait for your natural hair to grow, extensions can give you the length you crave in just a few hours. Additionally, hair extensions can be a great way to add volume to thin or fine hair, or even to add a pop of color without damaging your natural hair with harsh chemicals.

Now that we’ve covered some of the basics, let’s dive into the different types of hair extensions that we install at Sheer Elegance Salon & Med Spa.

Fusion extensions (I-Tip):

Fusion extensions are one of the most popular types of extensions. They involve attaching small strands of hair to your natural hair using a keratin bond. The bond is melted and fused onto your natural hair using a special tool. This method provides results that are very natural-looking and long-lasting. Fusion extensions are the best choice to add length without overloading your hair with volume.

Sew-in (Hand Tied Weft) extensions:

Sew-in extensions are the best all-around choice if you need to add both length and volume to your hair. They last for 6-12 months with proper care. To install sew-in extensions, your natural hair is braided into a base, and the extensions are then sewn onto the braids. This method can be time-consuming and requires a highly skilled hair stylist to properly install. At Sheer Elegance Salon & Med Spa, our extension specialists have advanced training and experience to create stunning results.

Microbead extensions (K-Tip):

Microbead extensions involve attaching small wefts of hair to your natural hair using tiny beads. The beads are clamped onto your natural hair, holding the extensions securely in place. This method achieves results that can be very natural-looking and can last for several months.

When it comes to choosing the right type of hair extensions for your needs, there are a few factors to consider. First, think about the look you’re trying to achieve. If you have thin hair and want to add length without over volumizing K-tip microbead or Fusion I-tip extensions might be the best choice. If you’re looking for volume and length sew-in (hand tied weft, fusion, or microbead extensions might be a better option.

Additionally, consider your natural hair type and texture. If you have thin or fine hair, fusion extensions might be the best choice since they’re lightweight and won’t weigh your natural hair down. If you have thick or coarse hair, sew-in or microbead extensions might be a better choice since they can hold up to the weight of your natural hair.

In conclusion, hair extensions can be a great way to switch up your look or add volume and length to your natural hair. With so many different types of extensions available, it’s important to choose the right style for your hair. Book a hair extension consultation with Sheer Elegance Salon & Med Spa today

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Dr. TAYOUN (Dr. Sam)

Medical Director 

Weight Loss Physician 

Dr. Hitham Tayoun or Dr. Sam as he goes by , is a well-respected name in the fields weight loss and aesthetics. He is passionate the science of weight loss and improving the health and wellbeing of patients. 

Dr. Sam is board certified in anatomic Pathology, Cytopathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Sam grew up in Damascus, Syria, where he completed his Medical Degree at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Damascus. Dr. Sam moved to the United States, where he completed his residency training at the University of Cincinnati; College of Medicine.

He is known for his love of photography, music, arts and traveling. He also has a great personal interest and passion for archaeology, mythology and origins of various religions of the ancient world civilizations.


Laser Technician


Master Stylist

Alma is a fun energetic master stylist with over 10 years of experience. Alma has passion for all hair color services, specializing in color corrections, vivids, and balayage. She is an expert in everything from customized fun fashion color to your everyday hair needs services, such as color, haircuts, treatments. Alma has a passion for furthering her skills and growing her education to learn new techniques and trends!


Master Stylist

Hello my name is Rachel and I love to cut and color hair . Ever since I gave my first Barbie a buzz cut (don’t worry I’ve improved since then!)I can give you a style that will make you look fabulous. I am certified in hair extensions, color correction, balayage, permanent waves, and Brazilian Blowout. I received my training with Wella hands on for 4 years with Platform artist Lorraine Asmis. I genuinely care about making the world more beautiful.


Master Esthetician

Shelby is a licensed Esthetician with a passion for health and beauty. Over the past two years she has dedicated herself to helping her clients look and feel their best! Shelby has expertise in advanced skincare including facial treatments, Botox injections, and laser IPL. She can’t wait to welcome you all to her treatment room and help you achieve your beauty goals!


Lash Artist

Skye is our in salon Eyelash Extension specialist. She is passionate about creating a custom look for each of her clients. Using hand made fans for ultimate customization she creates amazing looks from classic to stunning volume lash sets, Skye will have you looking ready for whatever comes your way!


Master Stylist

Lauren is a motivated and passionate hair stylist enthusiastic about the hair care industry. She obtained her cosmetology license in 2013. She develops genuine relationships with clients while servicing them with intricate cutting, coloring, highlighting/balayage, and styling techniques. Mostly, she enjoys helping people feel beautiful and confident. She will never stop learning due to her persistence to become a better stylist each day.


Junior Stylist

Kamryn has been a licensed cosmetologist for 2 years and has gone through some of the country’s most intensive training programs. With a passion for bringing people’s hair dreams to reality. Kamryn specializes in Keratin Fusion Hair Extensions, Complete Color Transformations, Root Touch Ups, Cuts, and Balayage’s. Looking for a fun Fashion Color? Kamryn has the skills to bring your imagination to life and push the boundaries of your look!


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Designer Stylist

Francine is our newest stylist on the Sheer Elegance Team! She comes with over 30 years of experience and has extensive training in the latest color and cutting trends. Francine is passionate about everything that encompasses making her clients feel beautiful through amazing hair.

Francine specializes in detailed haircutting and creating new styles that accentuate her clients’ natural features. From geometric bobs to free hand razor cuts, Francine is the go-to stylist to transform your look! Francine loves working on hyper natural colors, highlights, balayage, and is Brazilian blowout certified. She is currently taking on new clients and is a great choice as your new hairstylist!


Master Stylist

Ashley Chavira is a San Antonio native and has been perfecting her skills in hairdressing since 2017. She specializes in hair color, balayage, hair cutting, and special occasion hairstyling. Paying attention to detail, and giving her clients the best experience possible is what she strives for. She loves to help clients feel happy, confident, refreshed, and beautiful, when they are in her chair.

Dr. Justin Sheer PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

 Justin provides in house concierge based physical therapy services specializing in chronic low back pain and shoulder injuries.



Originally a hairstylist, Jenna left the hair industry due to a toxic work environment. Jenna decided to return to college with the dream of opening her own salon. After leaving the Austin tech industry, Jenna moved to San Antonio to open Sheer Studios with a focus on empowering staff and creating a positive environment for both employees and clients. Jenna’s passion for detail and luxury shines in every aspect of the salon experience.