It’s no secret that we all love to change up our look every now and then. Whether that be a new fashion statement, a hair color refresh, or even the length — there’s just something incredibly empowering that goes along with a fresh, new look.
But to be honest, not all of us can commit to getting a belly piercing or changing our hair color from blonde to blue — and that’s ok! Because thankfully, that’s where things like clip-in hair extensions come in.
Clip-in hair extensions are a low-effort way of changing your look without any serious commitment (although we can’t say the same about your new blue hair – yikes). While extensions can certainly alter your look, the biggest question is: how do you even put them in?
Don’t worry; it’s a lot easier than you think. Today, I’m going to cover a quick step-by-step process on how to do this and get you on your way to living the hair of your dreams.
Step 1. Brush your hair
To start, the first and perhaps the most obvious step is to clean up your hair a bit.
You definitely don’t want to be clipping in hair extensions with a rat’s nest in your hair.
So before you do anything, make sure you comb your hair out so that it is free of knots and tangles.
Step 2. Section your hair off
The next step is to section your hair off using a rat-tail comb.
You’ll want to do this about 2 inches above the nape of your neck to leave enough hair on top and on the bottom (leaving even hair on top and bottom helps to blend easier with your clip-in extensions).
You can easily section this off by pulling the top part of your hair up into a bun to get it out of the way.
Step 3. Apply your clip weft
Next, starting with the largest clip you have, align it evenly with the middle point of your sectioned portion, and then clip it in as close to the roots as possible.
You’ll want to do this starting in the middle and work your way out to ensure proper alignment.
Once you find the right spot, press down on the clip to make sure it’s even before completely attaching.
Step 4. Repeat
Next, it’s time to take your next clip-in and repeat the above process of starting in the middle and working your way out.
A tip here is to also make sure you are pressing your clip tightly enough against your scalp to prevent any bumps or imperfections in your application process, as the lack of this can mess up the natural look of your hair.
Step 5: Blend it
And lastly, once your clips are attached, blend your extensions out with your natural hair. You can do this simply by letting down the top portion of your hair that you had pinned away and combing it through.
During this step, you’ll also want to make sure that your clips aren’t visible at all, so if you have to play around with them a little bit, do so to ensure the most natural look possible. And after this, you’re done!
Easy, right? Now you’re on your way to the bigger and better hair of your dreams.
Now, if you want to take your extensions a step further to give them a more natural feel, I have a few additional tips to help you out! Here are three simple ways to make your extensions appear more natural.
How to Make Clip-in Hair Extensions Look Natural
Tip 1. Trim your clip-in extensions
The first tip is to trim your clip-in extensions. While you might think I’m crazy in saying that because it cancels out the point of adding length with your extensions, it’s actually not. Think about it, we all have different hair that has its own unique textures and quirks.
Applying clip-in extensions without trimming them can certainly make your hair appear longer, but they can also make it look fake because your natural hair and the extensions don’t mesh correctly.
So, a quick fix is taking your new extensions to your hairdresser so that they can help to layer and trim them perfectly to blend with your natural hair.
Tip 2. Make sure they match your hair
Another tip is to make sure your clip-in extensions match your hair. Of course, it’s obvious to want your color to match, but what I’m referring to is the texture. For example, if your hair is super thick, you’re going to want to get thick extensions, and vice versa.
This is because if you have thin hair and get thick extensions, it’s going to be apparent that your hair isn’t natural, which is obviously something to avoid. So, if you want your extensions to appear natural, make sure you check the texture and volume of the hair before you buy.
Tip 3. Invest in quality hair
And lastly, if you’re planning on getting clip-in hair extensions, you definitely want to invest in the highest quality extensions possible. Yes, there are extensions that are cheap and look good, but nothing compares to high-quality.
Not only because they last longer, but they also just look and feel more authentic (and you definitely don’t want to be caught wearing something cheap). So put down a little extra money on this one, and I can promise you, you’re going to be glad you did.
Overall, clip-in hair extensions are the easiest way to add volume, length, and texture to your hair. And while clip-in extensions are the safest and most comfortable extensions to wear, applying them correctly can take time, so don’t worry if you don’t get it right at first.
The more you do it, the easier it will come, and you’ll start to learn what works out for you the best.
Either way, I think we can all agree on one thing: hair extensions are seriously one of the best trends to come out of this decade and one that we will continue to carry with us for many more to come to keep our hair looking healthy, fresh, and on fleek.