How to Clip in Your Clip ins!

You’ve got your clip ins fresh out of the mail or from the wig store down the street!  You crack that plastic package and feel the silky goodness that is about to become your unbeweavable weave!  It’s all happening!  …  Unless, like me, you take them out of the package and realize you have no idea what order they go in.  Then I sort of got them in my hair but the ends looked uneven and they tugged and hurt my head and I could only wear them for a few hours at a time.

So, let’s make that hair look purdy and not hurt your head in the process.  There is a quick video demo at the bottom.

What you’ll need:

– your clip ins (DUH, I know you know, but…)

– hairspray.  I prefer L’Oreal Elnett.

– hair clip to keep your extra hair out of the way.

– comb with a rat tail end for dividing your hair into nice clean lines.

Tricks to make the extensions more comfortable:

Once you’ve parted your hair where your extension is going to go, spray a little hairspray along that line.  This will give the extension something to grip onto, so it’s not slipping down your hair and tugging.  This makes the extensions wearable all day for me.

Also, when I’m clipping the clip down, I “rough up” the texture a bit by moving the clip up, down, up, down, then clipping it.  This creates a bit of additional texture for the extension to grab onto.

How to clip in your extensions (a.k.a. BONUS HAIR):

I clip in my extensions starting with the widest piece, with 4 clips attached to it, first.  Then I move up my head putting in the next widest piece (3 clips).  Then I place the smaller pieces (5 pieces, each with 2 clips) on either side of my head, in two horizontal rows.  I make sure I zig-zag those pieces so the clips lay flat and don’t get too bulky by being in the same section of my head.  If that is confusing, you’ll see in the video what I mean.

1.  Start by using the pointed end of the rat tail comb to divide a nice, sharp horizontal line from ear to ear.  Twist and clip the extra hair up and out of the way.  I like to start my first piece right above my ear.

2.  Spray a light mist of hair spray along that line.

3.  Clip in your widest piece first.

4.  Move about a half inch to a full inch up your head above that piece.  Repeat steps 1 & 2, then clip in your second widest piece directly in the back of your head.

5.  Move about a half inch to a full inch up your head above that piece.  Repeat steps 1 & 2, then clip in the three smaller pieces in a spaced out horizontal row.

6.  Move a half inch above those pieces.  Repeat steps 1 & 2, then clip in your final two pieces slightly closer to your face.  Still about 3 inches from your face though, to make them look more natural.

7.  Tease the crown and right above the top pieces.  This will create volume so you don’t have the look of heavy extensions at the bottom and also help conceal any clips, if you are nervous about them showing.  More on teasing {here}.

8.  Gather all the hair and your real hair in a ponytail in one hand and gently use your other hand to comb through the ends to blend the hair together.

9.  Finish with a drop of oil to add shine and moisture to the ends.

10.  You’re a babe!  (You’re finished)

 

 

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2 Comments
  • Elizabeth
    June 21, 2014

    What brand and color extensions do you use….I’m having the hardest time finding good red one!!

    • mollykirker@yahoo.com
      June 24, 2014

      Ok, so I’m working to come out with my own line of extensions, but it’s taking forever. For now, I use proextensions.com sets and just color and cut them to fit with my hair. They have great sets starting at $99 and the quality on all levels of their hair is amazing. I hope this helps!

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