How to Put in Clip-in Hair Extensions

Do you want to change your appearance but don’t want to do anything too drastic? (Hello, bangs.) Then clip-in hair extensions may be the way to go. Clip-ins offer a temporary way to shake up your style by adding gorgeous length and notable volume. But how do you put them in?

Although putting clip-in hair extensions in your hair might look or seem tricky, it’s actually pretty simple. And the more you do it, the easier it gets. It really comes down to separating your locks and strategic placement. 

Hey, girlies! Are you toying with the idea of buying clip-in hair extensions but are worried you won’t know how to put them in? Don’t worry – I’m here to help! Below, you’ll find a handy how-to guide for putting in clip-in hair extensions. I promise it’s easier than it appears.

Who’s ready to put in some gorgeous clip-in hair extensions?

How to Put in Clip-in Hair Extensions in Six Steps

Although it might seem complicated, putting in clip-in hair extensions is simple, and there is zero styling experience required. Here’s how to get it done in just five simple steps.

1. Brush Your Hair

Always start by brushing your hair from root to tip. Leave no tangles or mats behind. Why? Because trying to install clip-ins onto knotted, tangly hair strands will leave you with a wonky finish that’s anything but glamorous.

(While you’re at it, go ahead and give your hair extensions a good brushing, too. They can be troublesome to install when tangled up!)

2. Section off Your Hair

Now it’s time for the fun part – sectioning! 

Start by pulling your hair up into a loose bun, leaving a small amount of hair at the nape of your neck (and two inches of hair should be good). You want enough natural strands for the clips to adhere but not so much that it looks unnatural.

Tip: Many women will backcomb the sectioned-off portion of hair to allow the clips to grip more easily. This is entirely optional, but it can give you that bit of added security. Try it out!

3. Clip the Three or Four-Clip Weft into Your Mane

Reach for your three or four-clip weft and apply it to the hair at the nape of your neck. 

Essentially, you’ll claw the clip into your natural strands and fasten it, ensuring a secure grip. (Who wants their clip-in hair extensions to slide off mid-date? Talk about a nightmare!)

Ensure all three (or four) clips are engaged into your mane. 

Do not use the one or two-clip wefts. These are designed explicitly for narrower areas, such as the crown and sides of your head.

4. Continue Sectioning and Installing

Your first clip-in hair extension is successfully installed – yay!

But you’re not done yet.

Now, you’ll need to continue sectioning and clipping in the rest of your hair extensions until they’re all installed.

You’ll use the same process: section off your hair, leaving a few inches of natural strands for the clips to adhere to. Then, clip the wefts of hair onto your natural strands. Repeat by “stacking” all the way up to your crown. Ensure enough hair is at the top to cover the last weft.

5. Don’t Forget About the Sides

Once you’re done “stacking” the clip-in hair extensions on the back of your head, you’ll want to bulk up the sides of your hair using the one or two-inch wefts. Personally, I stick to the one-inch wefts for the sides of my head simply because my hair’s thinner and it’s easier to conceal.

Regardless, the process is essentially the same: you’ll want to section off your side hair, leaving enough hair for the clip-in hair extensions to grip. Place and secure the clip-in. Then, release your hair and do the same thing on the opposite side.

In case all of this sounded like literal gibberish, I’ve added this handy video to check out and follow along with:

6. Style and Flaunt

Are you happy with the way your hair extensions look? Awesome. Go rock your new ‘do, baby girl.

However, if you’re anything like me, a set of hair extensions will make you feel like an absolute diva. That said, you might consider pulling out your favorite curling iron or waver to add some extra volume and sass. (Make sure you use a good heat protector if using hot tools!)

You can also try out some new fun hairstyles, such as half updos or braids. Whichever hairstyle you choose, the biggest thing to remember is that you need to make sure the clips are concealed. This can take some tricky navigation, but it’s still not overly challenging.


See? I promised you that installing clip-in hair extensions was a cinch, and I didn’t lie! If you’re still hanging around this article, I recommend checking out these frequently asked questions. They might help you learn more about clip-in hair extension installation!

Can I put in clip-in extensions myself?

You can successfully put clip-in hair extensions by yourself. In fact, it’s one of the perks of going the clip-in route compared to others, such as i-tips or fusion, which are recommended to be installed by a professional hairstylist.

What is the easiest hair extension method?

Clip-in hair extensions are the most effortless hair extensions to put in. However, halo hair extensions are another temporary option that is very easy to apply. 

Do clip-in extensions work well?

Clip-in hair extensions work tremendously well. Trust me, I have worn hair extensions routinely throughout the past 15 years, and I’ve loved every second of it. Although, I will recommend taking breaks between usage. They can be a bit heavy and cumbersome day in and day out.

Clip-ins Are Easy to Apply!

Clip-ins can seem crafty to apply, but they’re actually a breeze. All you need to do is section off your hair, grip and secure the clips onto your natural mane, and enjoy your new incredible hair!

How do you put your clip-in hair extensions in? Do you have any tips or tricks to share?

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