So, you’ve decided to buy clip-in hair extensions, but you’ve got no idea how to use them? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! Although clip in extensions are very simple to use, it can be difficult to know how to blend them in with your natural hair and hide those strong little clips. Luckily for you however, here at Curly Vision, we know a thing or two about hair extensions and how to ensure they look as natural as possible. So to get the perfect, blended look, simply follow these steps.
Step one: Get the right colour
This is the first mistake many people make. Getting the wrong colour will result in you never quite getting the look you want. And no matter what steps you take going forward, your extensions will always look fake and stand out a mile.
Step two: Get them styled
Another mistake that will make your extensions stand out a mile is failing to get them styled in-line with your own hair. If you rock a feathered, layered look for example and clip in blunt extensions, they will never look like your natural hair – no matter how hard you try.
Step three: Don’t be too ambitious
Extensions are used to add length, yes, but if you have a blunt bob, don’t think about going near extensions if you want to create a natural look. Wait until your hair has grown a bit and you can add in some layers before approaching hair extensions. And even then, go for shorter extensions – not super long ones.
Step four: prep the hair
Now it’s time to actually pop them into your hair. The clips will need something to grip on to, so it’s down to you to do the groundwork. Spray some hairspray onto the roots where you’re planning on pinning in your extensions, then tease the hair with a small comb to create a thicker base and stop the clips sliding down your locks.
Step five: style from there
Curling the hair will make it look wholly more natural than keeping it straight – particularly if you’re new to extensions. Make sure you curl the extensions when they’re in your hair to ensure the curls go the same way and the extensions blend seamlessly with your real hair. If you decide to keep it straight however, there’s no need to do this. Note: only real hair extensions can be used with heat!
Step six: give them a shake
After you’ve clipped them in and styled them how you want, give them a good shake to ensure they blend with your real hair.
Step seven: keep them clean
You will need to wash them to ensure they stay in tip top condition. So when they start to look lacklustre or have a lot of product build-up, give them a gentle wash with a conditioning shampoo and let them dry naturally to keep in the moisture.