Clip-in hair extensions can help you achieve your dream hairstyle without the commitment attached to more permanent hair growth solutions. They are also easy to put in, simple to style, and do not cause damage to your natural hair. Best of all, you do not need to shell out hundreds of dollars to a salon to alter your look. Learning how to put in clip in hair extensions takes a little practice, but once you have mastered the task it takes just minutes to put them in and take them out.
What You Will Need
To put in clip in hair extensions, you will need a full set of clip-in hair extensions and a soft paddle brush, a mirror and an alligator hair clip, on hand. Also be sure to go with a quality product that offers a secure clip grip that helps the weft attach securely (and comfortably) to your hair.
Putting in Extensions
- Remove Tangles
Before you put in your clip in hair extensions, you want to ensure that your hair is free of tangles. Using a soft paddle brush, thoroughly brush through your hair until it is smooth and tangle-free. Avoid the use of any styling products when installing your hair extensions which could possibly give your hair a slightly sticky or crunchy consistency.
- Prepare the Extension and Section Hair
The first hair extension you will want to install is a 3-clip weft. With the top of the first weft in one hand, use your other hand to gently comb through the extension before clipping it into your hair. When installing clip in hair extensions, you want to start at the bottom of your head near the nape of your neck and work your way upwards. The first 3-clip weft should be inserted on the back of the head, about one inch above the nape of the neck. Pull up the hair above this section and use the clip to keep it out of the way.
- Install a 3 Clip Weft
Line up the extension on the back of the head, under the sectioned area of hair, and clip the middle clip into the roots of your hair. Try to clip it as close to the roots as possible to prevent it from slipping out of your hair. Once the center clip is secure, clip the right and left clips in place. This process will be the same for every clip in extension that is installed.
- Separate Hair and Install a 4 Clip Weft
Next, separate another section of hair, approximately one inch above the first clip in extension. Use the alligator clip again to clip up the rest of the hair out of the way. After carefully brushing through the extension with a brush to remove any tangles, place the 4-clip weft (measuring 7 inches) just below the sectioned hair and secure the two center clips to the middle of the head, followed by the right and left clips. Be sure to get as close to the roots as possible.
- Add a Longer 4 Clip Weft
Approximately one inch above the second clip in hair extension you will want to install another 4-clip weft, but one that measures 8 inches. Once again, section off the hair and brush through the 4-clip extension before securing it in place. This longer 4-clip weft should be installed at the widest part of the head.
- Install the Final Large Weft in the Back
You will need to install the last large weft above two inches below the crown of the head. After clipping up the rest of the hair, gently brush out a 3-clip weft and center it on the back of your head. Secure the middle clip to the roots, followed by the right and left clips. Once you have this final large weft in place, you will only need to add the smaller ones designed for the sides of the head.
- Add Volume with Side Wefts
You should have two 2-clip wefts left, one for each side of your head. Start by separating a section of hair on the right side, about two inches above the ear. Clip the rest of the hair out of the way. Install the 2-clip weft to the side of the head, starting near the hairline while securing the second clip closer to the back of the head. Repeat on the left side. Separate another section about one inch above the 2-clip wefts and install the 1-clip wefts in the same way on each side.
Bonus: Caring for Clip-In Hair Extensions
Once you have learned how to put in clip in hair extensions, you will need to learn to take care of them. A common question asked is how to wash hair extensions. Washing extensions is similar to washing your natural hair. Fill your clean sink with warm water and shampoo and condition each weft. Allow the wefts to air dry then gently comb them.
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