Hair extensions are a great way to increase the volume and length of your hair. There are several types of hair extensions, synthetic hair and human hair. Both have their benefits. However, you might be nervous about using extensions because they can be slightly complicated and fiddly to attach to your hair but fear not! We have created a step-by-step guide to help you clip in those extensions and give you the luscious locks you desire.
To start with, you will need the following equipment:
- A soft paddle brush
- A mirror
- A clip
- Your set of clip-in hair extensions
How to Clip in Hair Extensions
To start with you should brush your hair out with the paddle brush so that there are no knots or tangles. Then split the hair horizontally so that a thin layer is left down. Clip the rest of your hair out of the way using the hair clip. Now take a weft of hair with three clips and make sure to brush it out thoroughly with the paddle brush by starting at the bottom and working your way to the top. Ensure that the size fits perfectly into the sectioned hair by measuring it against your head.
In the center of your head, clip the middle clip into the roots of the hair. You should try to clip it as near to the roots as possible. If you want to prevent the clips from slipping, you can tease it or pull it slightly away from your scalp for more leverage and a more secure base. Clip in the other two clips.
Attaching the other wefts is going to be pretty similar to the first just with a different number of clips. Once again, separate the hair horizontally, leaving a thin layer of hair down over the first weft and clip the rest of your hair out of the way with the hair clip. Now take a four clip weft which will be smaller than the first and brush it from top to bottom to ensure there are no tangles or knots.
Measure it against your head to make sure it’ll fit properly. Clip in the two clips in the middle, ensure they are as close to the roots as possible, and then clip in the two on the side. You can make sure there are not any bumps in the weft by stretching it slightly to the sides when clipping in the middle clips.
Separate the hair from ear to ear in a straight horizontal line, leaving a thin section of hair down on top of the second weft. Clip the rest of your hair out of the way using the hair clip. Take the biggest four clip weft and brush it out so there are no knots of tangles. Then measure it against your head to ensure it fits correctly. Clip in the two clips in the middle, making sure to get as close to the roots as possible. Then clip in the other two clips on the side. If you are using a set which is 120 grams rather than 160 grams, just leave this step and move on to the next step instead.
About two inches below the crown of your head you should separate the hair in a thin horizontal line, leaving a thin layer of hair over the third weft. Now take the second three clip weft. Like before, brush it out with the paddle brush ensuring there are no knots and tangles. Measure it against your head to make sure it fits properly. Clip in the middle clip first and ensure it’s as close to the roots as possible and then follow it up by clipping in the two clips on the side. By now all of the larger wefts should have been clipped into the back of your head.
Now it’s time to clip in the smaller wefts which clip into the side of your head. There should be two lots of two clip wefts, and four one clip wefts. These are used to add volume to the sides of your hair and blend the whole look together. About two inches above the ear on the side you should separate a straight, thin section of your hair. Clip the rest of your hair away with the hair clip. Use a two clip weft and clip it into your hairline, as close to the roots as possible.
Secure the second clip closer to the back of your head. Above this two clip weft, separate the hair two inches up and clip the rest of your hair away. Brush out two of the one clip wefts and clip them into the small pieces of hair, keeping as close to the roots as possible. You can add these wherever you feel like you need the extra hair. Repeat this process on the other side of your head.
Now just brush your hair through and check in the mirror that there are no wefts on display and they are all hidden, especially in the back.
Practice Makes Perfect
Remember that it will take a bit of practice before perfecting the art of clipping in your hair extensions. Once you are experienced with it, it should only take you a couple of minutes to attach extensions to your hair.
For a thicker, fuller, and longer hairstyle you should consider trying out extensions. They are a great way to have the best of both worlds. You can choose to keep your shorter hair one day and then add your extensions for a style with more volume and length the next. Other types of extensions are not so manipulatable and are a much more permanent fixture. Having clip in hair extensions is an easy, commitment and hassle-free solution to your hair styling needs.