How Long Do Ponytail Extensions Last?

by Hope Donaldson
How Long Will My Ponytail Extension Last For?

Buying A Ponytail Extension: How Long Will It Last?

Ponytails stay on trend all year, every year - so why haven’t you got yourself a ponytail clip-in yet? But before you elevate that up-do, keep reading to find out how long clip-in ponytail extensions last…

Extensions are not just a financial investment - they’re an investment in your self-confidence. And with ponytails consistently being a hair trend staple, buying a clip-in ponytail is the perfect extension to add to your collection. But how long do they last?

At Stranded, we’re committed to investing in both your confidence and knowledge, especially when it comes to making a purchase. We know that reading informational blogs, like this one, makes decision-making that bit easier. We have blogs covering all extension methods and styles, not just clip-ins!

In this article, not only will you learn how long ponytail extensions last, but you will also learn about the different types of ponytail extensions and what you can do to push their lifespan to their full potential. By the end, you will feel a step closer to investing in your ideal, instant up-do!

  • Different types of ponytail extensions
  • How long do ponytail extensions last?
  • What can shorten the life of your ponytail extensions?
  • How to make your ponytail extension last longer

What Are The Different Types of Ponytail Extensions?

Ponytail extensions are an easy way to temporarily boost the length and volume of your pony, without committing to semi-permanent extensions around your whole head. Ponytail extensions are typically made with synthetic fibre hair, though they are available in human hair too.

Synthetic ponytail extensions

Synthetic ponytail extensions are made of plastic fibres, such as acrylic and nylon. Whilst the word ‘synthetic’ may put you off, the hair industry is constantly developing - meaning synthetic extensions look and behave more realistically by the day.

Stranded’s synthetic ponytail extension range uses our ‘Stranded Clever Fibre’. This fibre hair not only allows the ponytail to hold its style and look incredibly natural with over 32 multidimensional shades, but it is also heat resistant up to 180℃.

Human hair ponytail extensions

Human hair ponytail extensions are made of just that - human hair! What grade of human hair the extension has will depend on the extension brand you shop with, however, you will generally find ponytail extensions classed as 100% Human Hair.

This grade of hair is non-virgin or remy, meaning that the hair has been chemically processed and the cuticles may not be intact or aligned in the same direction. Read more on our blog about human hair extensions and what that means, here.

How long do ponytail extensions last?

Best Ponytail Extensions That Last A Long Time

The type of hair in the ponytail extension and how well you care for it will all impact its longevity.

Synthetic ponytail extensions

Generally speaking, synthetic extensions, including synthetic ponytails, should last you several months - if worn around once per week and cared for as instructed below.

Some customers can bring their extensions back to life with a good wash and style tweak to make them last that bit longer, however, you will be able to tell when they need to be replaced.

Human hair ponytail extensions

Human hair ponytail extensions, on the other hand, could last you around 6 months or 30 wears - based on your wearing it around once per week and caring for it as instructed further down the blog.

As human hair behaves like our own, and as such is susceptible to the same risk of damage, human hair ponytails need to be washed more frequently than synthetic ponytails and treated with additional care. Therefore, once it’s gone, it’s gone and will need to be replaced.

What can shorten the life of your ponytail extensions?

Clip-in extensions are quick, convenient and can change your look in an instant. However, whether made of synthetic or human hair, ponytail extensions do have a shorter lifespan than semi-permanent extensions. Even if you wear them every day or once a month, they will only last so long.

Nevertheless, if you do not care for your ponytail extensions as instructed, you will shorten the product’s lifespan. Here are some factors that can shorten your ponytail’s lifespan:

  • Installing the extension incorrectly
  • Not washing the extension frequently enough
  • Exposing the extension to heat and styling damage
  • Brushing the extension with wet hair
  • Sleeping in the extension
  • Not removing the extension before swimming or exercising
  • Not storing the extension in its box, a dustbag or other safe place

How to make your ponytail extension last longer

The Best Ponytail Extensions That Last

With proper care, your clip-in ponytail extension can last you several months - meaning you have months’ worth of quick and convenient, instant pony glow-ups.

Keep reading for our top tips on how to prolong your ponytail extension’s lifespan to its full potential, including how to properly wash your pony.

Top tips:

  • Learn how to attach your ponytail correctly - see our 'How to clip in ponytail extensions' page.
  • Avoid heat styling, or limit heat styling with a lower temperature and use of heat protectant (especially important for human hair)
  • Only brush the hair dry, from the bottom upwards - we recommend our Stranded Smooth Finish Extension Brush, designed for hair extensions with anti-static boar bristles, which prevents pulling, damage and frizz.
  • Remove extensions before sleep, swim and exercise
  • Store your extensions correctly - did you know that Stranded extension boxes are designed to safely store your extensions to prevent damage?

How to wash your ponytail extension:

  • Fill a sink with lukewarm water and submerge the extension
  • Apply a gentle shampoo, massage it into the hair and rinse out
  • Apply a gentle conditioner to the ends of the hair and leave for a couple of minutes, then rinse out
  • Leave it to dry naturally
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Time to choose a ponytail extension that lasts

You came to this article ready to invest in your self-confidence, with a clip-in ponytail extension. However, you needed the facts before being ready to purchase - one of them being ‘How long do ponytail extensions last?’.

Since reading, you have learnt the answer, including a breakdown of synthetic and human hair ponytail extensions and how to prolong their lifespan.

But what now?

Did you know that the average Stranded customer owns two or more of our clip-in extensions?

Stranded is committed to helping you invest in your confidence, as a leading hair extension brand, we know that a little extra hair can make all the difference. However, we write informational blogs like this one so that you can make an informed decision before purchasing.

If ponytail extensions are for you, why not read our other pony blogs? ‘How to Wear a Ponytail Extension (And Everything Else You Need to Know)’ is a comprehensive guide to all things you should know before investing in a ponytail extension.

Ready to make the jump?

Saddle up and show our extensive synthetic clip-in ponytail range! Our clip-in ponytails are available in 16”, 20”, 24” and 26” and with two different attachment methods, depending on the style. We also have 5 different styles to choose from!