I often get asked “So, is this your real hair?”. That question is a valid one for me. Since I am a hairdresser and I do extensions in the salon I have a habit of changing my hair a lot. Over the years I have found that I prefer to wear clip-in hair extensions opposed to more permanent methods.
Clip-ins are great if you love to change your look. In a matter of minutes you can add several inches to your hair. If color matched correctly they can look like hair that grew right out of your head… that is if you install them correctly. I have seen far too many wefts (the strip of extensions) hanging out and blowing in the wind.
I wear a 7 piece hair extension set. 5 of the pieces are 2.75 in. long, 1 is 5 in., and 1 piece is 9 in. I wear 2 2.75 in. pieces on each side of my head, one just above my ear and one by my temple. In the back I wear the last 2.75 in. piece at the nape of my neck, the 9 in. piece from ear to ear & the 5 in. piece just above that.
Before clipping the piece in, tease the section it is getting clipped onto a little bit with a teasing comb. This is to ensure that the extension piece stays in place. I prefer is curl or flat iron the (extension) hair before I put it in my head, since it’s much easier. I have found the best way is to use a skirt hanger with clips, clip the hair to it and hang it to style. Make sure you take your hair out at the end of the day, and put it in a box or ziploc bag. The last thing you want is for your cat to get a hold of it or for it to get tangled in a brush in your bathroom drawer (speaking from experience in both situations!)
Have you ever worn extensions? In the coming weeks I’m going to post a tutorial on how to make your own clip-ins!