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Hair Tutorial | DIY Clip-in Hair Extensions

by Katie Charos on December 10, 2013

BEFORE-EXTENSIONS Clip-in hair extensions are so fun to wear. They add length and thickness to any style without the permanence of gluing or weaving them in. If you find yourself dreaming about that perfect, thick, curled look you see on the red carpet, you can have it too! The majority of celebrities wear some sort of extensions.

I’m a hair dresser, so I find myself making these all the time for clients and friends. They are so easy to make, so I figured it would share how to do it! Not only does it save money to make your own, but you can ensure they fit & match perfectly with your hair when you’re buying the materials yourself.

This weekend I made some for Kortney. You can see her before photos above. Since she wanted thickness as opposed to length, they are only about an inch longer then her hair, but you can choose to make them longer if you wish!

Extensions typically cost a small fortune. However, you should be able to get the materials for about $65 when you make them yourself. Oh, and if you’re intimidated by the idea of putting them in, don’t be! Here’s a tutorial I made about that! 

HAIR-EXTENSION-MATERIALS You will need:

  1. 4.6 feet of human hair wefts (we used 18″ hair & 5′ weft)
  2. 16 clip-in extension clips
  3. Scissors
  4. Needle
  5. Thread (we used white so it was easier to see for the tutorial, but you can match the thread to the hair and clips)

Buying the hair:

First you have to buy the hair and clips. You can get the hair at a beauty supply/hair store that sells to the public. These beauty supply stores are crazy awesome and have so much fun stuff! Make sure to look around and buy lots of colorful and “diamond” encrusted fake eyelashes while you’re there.

The extensions are usually lining the walls behind the register- we’re talking hundreds, if not thousands, of packages. Ask a sales person for help and tell them that you are looking for human hair wefts (Wefts are what you call the strips of hair. People often call it “weave”, but that’s an application method- not what the hair is called). They will help you match your color as well.

You want to make sure you’re getting 100% human hair- not only because it’s vegan, but because you will most likely want to use heat tools on it. Once you choose your hair, ask how long the weft is if it not marked on the package (this means length of the strip, not of the hair). You will need just over 4 1/2 feet for this tutorial (we bought a 5ft weft).

Let them know you’re making clip-ins and ask for clips to match the hair. These are also usually kept behind the counter. You will need 16 clips.

Making the extensions:

CLIP-IN-EXTENSION-DIY

Now that you have your hair, get your scissors & measuring tape out! You will need to cut several strips of hair.

  1. 5 strips that are 5 1/2 inches long
  2. 1 strip that is 10 inches long
  3. 1 strip that is 18 inches long

Once you have all of your strips measured and cut, you will be folding them in half. By folding the hair in half it gives extra thickness to each clip of hair. Take a strip and fold it in half and  simply sew the clip (with the teeth pointing down and away from the hair) into the weft.

  • The 5 1/2 inch strip (which becomes a 2 3/4 inch strip when folded) will have 2 clips on it, one on each end.
  • The 10 inch strip (5 inches when folded) will have 2 clips on it, one on each end.
  • The 18 inch strip (9 inches when folded) will have 3 clips, one on each end & one in the middle.

Now you have your very own set of Clip-in extensions! Go ahead and put them in and have fun. I usually curl them with a flat iron before I put them in my hair. The easiest way to do that is to clip them to a skirt hanger with clips and hang it up to style.

AFTER-EXTENSIONS It got dark before we could get any good “after” shots, but you can definitely see the thickness it added to Kortney’s hair when you compare this to the “before” pictures at the top!

Let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to see if you make them! Just use #veganhousewives on instagram or sent it to us on facebook. We may even share it on the blog!

About Katie Charos

HI, I'm Katie! Wife to a musician and mother to a hell raising kitten. My passions are all things fashion and beauty. By day I'm a hairdresser and by night i'm a cookie baking and crafting maven. I've been a vegetarian on and off since 2008. I started Vegan Housewives with Kortney because I was tired of seeing so many vegan recipes using expensive, elusive ingredients. I love simple recipes that can be thrown together with ingredients you have in your pantry. You don't have to be a chef to be able to make delicious vegan food.

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    lisa gentry December 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    wow, the extensions!

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