Clip-in hair extensions are a popular way to add length and volume to your hair without the commitment of permanent extensions. Whether you’re looking to enhance your natural hair or try out a new style, clip-in extensions can be a great option. However, putting them on can be tricky if you’re new to the process.
The good news is that with a little practice and the right technique, anyone can learn how to put on clip-in hair extensions. The process involves sectioning your hair, clipping in the extensions, and blending them with your natural hair for a seamless look. With a few simple steps and some helpful tips, you can have beautiful, long locks in no time.
Before you begin, it’s important to choose the right type of clip-in extensions for your hair. There are many different textures, lengths, and colors available, so be sure to select a set that matches your natural hair as closely as possible.
Once you have your extensions, you’ll need to prepare your hair by washing and drying it thoroughly. With these basics covered, you’re ready to start putting on your clip-in extensions and transforming your look!
Preparing Your Hair
Before putting on clip-in hair extensions, it is important to prepare your hair properly. This will ensure that the extensions stay in place and blend seamlessly with your natural hair. Follow these steps to prepare your hair:
Wash and Dry Your Hair
Start by washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove any product buildup or oils that may prevent the clips from staying in place. Rinse your hair thoroughly and apply a conditioner to the ends to prevent damage and tangling. Rinse your hair again and gently towel dry it, being careful not to rub it vigorously or use a blow dryer, as this can cause damage and breakage.
Brush Your Hair Thoroughly
Using a wide-tooth comb, gently detangle your hair from the ends to the roots. This will prevent any knots or tangles from interfering with the clip-in extensions. Make sure to remove any knots or tangles before sectioning your hair.
Section Your Hair
Section your hair into manageable pieces using hair clips or elastics. Start by creating a horizontal part at the nape of your neck and clipping the top section of your hair out of the way. Then, create another horizontal part about an inch above the first one and clip the top section of hair again.
Continue creating horizontal parts until you reach the crown of your head. This will make it easier to clip in the hair extensions and ensure that they are evenly distributed throughout your hair.
Preparing the Clip-In Extensions
Lay out the extensions
Before putting on clip-in hair extensions, it is important to prepare them properly. Begin by laying out the extensions on a clean, flat surface. Check that all the clips are securely attached and in good condition. If any of the clips are damaged or missing, do not use the extensions as they may not stay in place properly.
Open the clips on the extensions
Once you have confirmed that the extensions are in good condition, open all of the clips on each extension. This will make it easier to attach them to your hair later. It is also recommended to spray a little bit of hairspray on each open clip to help them grip onto your hair better.
It is important to note that clip-in hair extensions should be attached to clean, dry hair. Before attaching the extensions, make sure to wash and dry your hair thoroughly. This will ensure that the extensions stay in place and look natural.
Overall, preparing clip-in hair extensions is a simple process that can make a big difference in the final result. By laying out the extensions and opening the clips, you can make the process of attaching them much smoother and easier.
Placing the Extensions
Once you have prepared your hair and extensions, it’s time to start placing them. Follow these steps to clip in your hair extensions:
Start with the bottom layer
Begin by separating the bottom layer of your hair from the rest of your hair. Use a comb to create a part just above the nape of your neck. Clip the rest of your hair out of the way. Take the widest weft and place it on top of the part. Snap the clips into place, starting from the center and working your way out to the sides. Make sure the weft is securely attached to your head before moving on to the next section.
Clip in the side pieces
Release a small section of hair from above your ear on one side of your head. Take a smaller weft and attach it to the root of the section, making sure it blends in with your natural hair. Repeat on the other side. These pieces will frame your face and add volume to the sides of your head.
Clip in the top layer
Release a section of hair from the top of your head, just above the ears. This section should be about an inch wide. Take a weft that matches the width of the section and clip it in place. Repeat this step, working your way up the back of your head, until all the wefts are attached. Make sure to blend the extensions with your natural hair by gently brushing them together.
Once all the wefts are in place, use a mirror to check the back and sides of your head for any gaps or unevenness. Gently tug on each weft to make sure it is securely attached. Style your hair as desired and enjoy your new look!
Blending the Extensions
Once the clip-in hair extensions are attached, it’s time to blend them with your natural hair for a seamless look. There are a few ways to blend the extensions, depending on the look you want to achieve.
Blend with a Brush or Fingers
One way to blend clip-in hair extensions is to use a brush or your fingers. After attaching the extensions, use a brush or your fingers to gently blend the extensions with your natural hair. This will help to create a more natural look and ensure that the extensions are not visible.
If you’re using a brush, start at the roots and work your way down to the ends of your hair. Be gentle when brushing to avoid damaging the extensions. If you’re using your fingers, simply run them through your hair to blend the extensions with your natural hair.
Use a Curling Iron or Flat Iron to Blend
Another way to blend clip-in hair extensions is to use a curling iron or flat iron. This is especially helpful if you’re using straight extensions and have curly or wavy hair. To blend the extensions, simply curl or straighten your natural hair and the extensions together. This will help to create a more seamless look and ensure that the extensions blend in with your natural hair.
Before using a curling iron or flat iron, make sure to apply a heat protectant spray to your hair to avoid damaging your natural hair or the extensions. Use a low to medium heat setting and be gentle when curling or straightening to avoid damaging the extensions.
After the clip-in hair extensions are securely in place, there are a few finishing touches to consider:
Trim the Extensions If Necessary
If the extensions are too long, it may be necessary to trim them to blend in with the natural hair. To do this, use scissors to carefully cut the extensions to the desired length. It is recommended to trim the extensions while they are clipped in, so that the length can be judged accurately.
Style Your Hair
Once the extensions are in place, the hair can be styled as desired. It is recommended to use a heat protectant spray before using any hot tools, such as curling irons or straighteners, to prevent damage to the extensions.
For a natural look, it is recommended to curl the extensions and natural hair together. This will help to blend the extensions and create a seamless look.
It is also recommended to use a light hairspray or hair oil to help blend the extensions with the natural hair. This will help to create a more natural look and prevent any noticeable lines between the extensions and natural hair.
Stephanie is a hair specialist at Belady Hair Factory, a high-end hair distributor located in downtown Toronto. She is a trained cosmetologist and has been with the company for over five years. Stephanie has vast knowledge in hair care and styling and can provide clients with everything from classic to trendy looks. She is also knowledgeable about the different products in the market and can help clients choose the right one for their hair type. Full her bio.