Just because you’ve committed to a delicate pixie cut, doesn’t mean that you can’t flirt with longer locks from time to time. There are a hundred and one different ways to experiment with your hairstyle and clip in extensions are just one of them. They’re not just for girls with short hair, either. You might have long hair that lacks volume and are desperately looking for a way to enhance it – clip in extensions can do this and so much more.
According to Allure.com journalist Sophia Panych, clip in extensions are the very easiest way to get that long hair look. They can be attached and styled in minutes. Plus, they don’t have to be as rigorously maintained as more permanent extensions – they can be removed and reattached with the minimum amount of effort. Here’s a step by step guide to choosing, affixing and styling your clip in hair piece.
Step One: Before you take the plunge and buy a clip in hair piece, you must make sure that it’s the right tone and colour. Fortunately, this isn’t all that difficult to achieve – just so long as you take your time when browsing. The very best way to find a good match is to compare extension pieces with the mid to bottom section of your natural locks. Never compare a clip in hair piece with your roots, because this hair changes colour as it grows.
Step Two: If the clip in hair piece that you have chosen does not match the style of your own hair, it’s time to get those curling irons out. If you must use heat based styling products, always style your natural hair before you attach a clip in piece. That way, there’s no risk of it melting or becoming damaged.
Step Three: Carefully divide your hair into two sections. Use your finger or a comb to draw a horizontal line from your right temple to your left temple, say experts at WikiHow.com. This should section off the entire top part of your hair, leaving the bottom half loose. If your hair is very thin, it’s a good idea to tease the lower half into one inch sections. This will help the clip in piece to stay firm and secure.
Step Four: Next, open the clip on your extension piece. Carefully align its top with the horizontal part that divides the top half of your hair from the bottom. You should only have to push down very gently for the piece to snap into place, says Elle journalist Taylor Barringer. Repeat this step with all of the extension pieces that you plan to wear.
Step Five: Last but not least – untie the top half of your hair and use your fingers to blend it with the synthetic hair. If you want a bouncy, wavy hairstyle – put all of your hair into rollers and leave it to set for thirty minutes. You should have girly, feminine curls as soon as you take the rollers out. To make sure that this style lasts, give yourself a quick spritz with a long lasting hair spray.
Step Six: It’s time to step out looking absolutely fabulous. In order to ensure that your clip in extension lasts the entire evening, avoid playing with your hair. Fix tangles using your fingers -you should never use a hairbrush. This could irreparably damage the hair piece.
Katya Dragna is a hair stylist and fashion blogger. She can usually be found writing about the latest hair care trends on her personal website. She recommends Clip Hair for top quality, affordable clip in hair extensions.
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