Having a clip-in hair extensions gives you the freedom to change your hairstyle and experiment with your hair game by adding various colors, textures, and lengths. Since the extensions are so easy to apply, you can have a wide variety of clip in extensions and wear different hairstyles as per your wish.
Moreover, the best part is that there is no long-term commitment, and they are easy to maintain.
Your after-care routine and application methods determine how good the clip-in extensions look on you and how long the extension will last.
So, here are some tips you can follow to become a professional at maintaining and wearing clip-in hair extensions.
1. Backcomb your roots
Gently backcombing the hair will help your extensions to hold comfortably and properly in your hair. For optimal results, use a soft bristle hairbrush and gently backcomb around one inch away from the scalp and roots of your hair. If you wish to add more texture to your hair, you can also apply a mist of hairspray before applying extensions.
2. Placement of the wefts
The placements of extension wefts determine the overall structure of your hair. Start at the nape of your neck with your smaller clip wefts and work your way up to the top of your head with your four clip and volumizing weft. Then, along the sides of your head, mirror the single-clip pieces and the remaining 2-clip wefts.
Avoid cutting extensions inside the crown region if you have fine hair since the extension tracks will show.
3. Hiding the bottom section of hair
When you use a clip-in extension, the hair at the nape of the neck often sticks and protrudes, which hampers the natural flow of hair. Especially if you have very thick, short, or blunt hair, the hair at the nape sticks out even more.
So, to avoid this, you can plait the natural section of the hair and make it in a tiny bun. Ensure you use the least amount of clips and pins for a better look.
4. Placement of extensions
For a smooth look, it is a good practice to place the extensions in a way that compliments the natural flow of your hair.
As a rule of thumb, you can place the extension in a diagonal ‘V’ formation. Place the clips diagonally on your hairline after sectioning your crown into a ‘V formation.
5. Ponytail Hack
This hack is a must-try if you want to rock a sturdy and good-looking ponytail that doesn’t lower down by the end of the day.
Simply start by sectioning your hair as you usually do and start applying some of your extensions upside-down. Using extensions in this way will make it much more comfortable to carry this style, and the ponytail will not stoop down after a couple of hours.
6. Brushing the extensions
There are different brushes for natural human hair and extensions. So, ensure you invest in a brush that can be used on hair extensions.
Brushing your extensions will save the extensions from unnecessary breakages and from needing more frequent replacements.
To avoid breakage, never brush your wet hair as they are more fragile and prone to breakage. Instead, you can use a wide-toothed comb to untangle the hair.
7. Storing your hair extensions
After each wear, it is recommended to untangle the extensions before storing them properly. It is essential to remove any knots to avoid matting and to keep the extensions looking smooth. You can use a hair mist spray to untangle your hair and to add softness.
If you take proper care of your extensions, they will last you a long time.
8. Blending shades
If you have multi-toned hair or simply want to try out two shades of hair extensions, you can stack the wefts on top of each other. After stacking the wefts, you can clip in two different shades to create an ombre look.
But keep in mind to never layer more than two wefts tiger as it might cause strain to your natural hair.
Clip-in hair extensions do not need regular washing since they are not attached to your natural hair constantly. But, over time, the dust and product-build may make them look dry. So, using a sulfate-free shampoo will eliminate dust and any product build-up to make your extensions look brighter and smoother.
While dry shampooing is a convenient option, it is not recommended for hair extension as it will cause product build-up and dry your extensions much quicker.
If you follow these tips, your clip-in hair extensions will not only look great on you but will also last you for a much longer time.