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How to Put in Hair Extensions With Clips: Tips and Tricks

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Clip-in hair extensions are quickly becoming more and more popular. Read on to learn why.

Clip-in hair extensions are quickly becoming more and more popular. Read on to learn why.

About Clip-in Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are quickly becoming more and more popular. The benefits of high-quality clip-in hair extensions are many. Applying the extensions is quite easy with proper instruction and practice.

You can find hundreds of different brands, styles, weights, and lengths of extensions. Be sure to shop around and find ones that most closely match your natural hair's color and texture. Most sets of clip-in hair extensions range from 14 inches long to 22 inches long. Depending on the brand you purchase they will come with anywhere from 6 to 10 pieces. The strips of hair are also referred to as wefts.

You may need to adjust your application to accommodate the number of wefts your package comes with, as well as the length and texture of your natural hair. If your natural hair is very thin you may not use all of your wefts; likewise, if your natural hair is very thick, you may need to purchase additional wefts to create a natural look. Quality clip-in hair extension sets also come with one or two small test strips that don't have any clips attached. These are included to test hair dye if you plan to change the color of your extensions to better match your natural hair color.

Step 1

Make sure your natural hair is dry and tangle free. Lay your extensions flat on a clean surface and be sure there are no tangles in them.

Placing your fingers on either side of your hairline an inch or so below your ears, separate your hair at this place and put the top layer into a ponytail or clip. Most extension sets come with two or three wefts for the back of the head these will be the longest pieces.

Take the smallest of these wefts and clip it onto your hair that is not clipped on top of your head. It's best to start at the back of your head with the middle clip and be sure to get as close to the roots as possible. If you have fine hair or are worried your extensions will fall out, tease the sections of your hair that you will be attaching the clips to, and add hairspray. This might be a necessary step if your hair is very clean.

Once your first clip is secure, attach the side clips as close to your face as possible, making sure there is no bunching along the weft.

The first weft has been applied in this photo, and the hair is ready for the second weft.

The first weft has been applied in this photo, and the hair is ready for the second weft.

Step 2

Once your first weft is secure, take down about a half-inch of hair, and again, make sure it's tangle free. Take the second longest weft in your set and attach it the same way you did your first weft.

Starting at the back of the head with the middle clip, attach the remaining clips on either side of your head as close to your face as the wefts will allow.

Remember if your hair is fine, be sure to tease the hair where the clips will be placed. In most hair extension kits, this will be your longest weft.

Side weft clipped in

Side weft clipped in

Step 3

In general, clip-in extensions packs will come with two or four wefts that are all the same width. These wefts are for the sides of the head.

To attach these wefts take down your hair from your eyebrows down. Pick up one weft and start on either side of your head; this time, begin attaching the clips closest to your face first.

Clip the remaining clips going towards the back of your head as far as the weft will allow. Repeat this process on the other side with the matching weft.

Step 4

After step three you will be left with two or four small wefts, usually only an inch wide. These pieces are for the front of the head and don't have a foolproof method of placement. They are filler pieces and often depend greatly on the cut of your natural hair.

A good starting point is to let down all of your hair and clip them in where you see gaps, keeping in mind that these pieces are designed to surround the face. Simply lift a few inches of hair to hide the weft and clip them right in. You may even find that depending on your hairstyle and cut you might wear three of the smallest wefts on one side, and the remaining on the other.

How to Perfect Clip-in Extension Application

The best way to become a clip-in extension pro is to practice!

Try changing the placement of the wefts or where you're parting your hair to get the best look for you. If you have thin hair, consider using fewer pieces and if your hair is extra thick or coarse, you may way to purchase additional wefts.

You can also take your extensions to a professional hairstylist to have them help you apply them and cut them to make your natural hairs layers. Adding layers to clip-in extensions will help make them look more natural and blend with your hair seamlessly.


Kristy treece on November 27, 2017:

I tried to put my extensions in today but having problems keeping them in my hair is really fine. It's blond and I have purple highlights in it . I love it but the extinctions are blond and they look good because the purple goes down far enough it looks good . Any helpful hints to help with keeping them in for really fine hair. I tried to tease also please help it's real human hair

Kay Mitchell (author) from California on November 01, 2012:

Thanks! You can check out my new extensions on my YouTube channel!

lafon on August 10, 2012:

thanks for the help, love love love your extensions they go reaaallly good with ur natural hair!! :)

Kay Mitchell (author) from California on October 22, 2011:

aceblogs, glad I could help. :)

Aceblogs from India on October 22, 2011:

Well this hub has been very useful for one of my friends , and i had already forwarded it as i had bookmarked it. This thanks is coming from her side :)