Hair Extensions Cheat Sheet: Get Long Hair in a Snap
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Variations: You can buy clip-in extensions or sew the clips onto the hair wefts yourself. (Hint: If you've ever fixed a hole in your sweater or sewn a hemline, this will be a cake walk). Clips may come in a variety of sizes, typically small and large.
Pros: The least damaging form of extensions for your hair, they can be taken out or put in quickly and easily -- no professional required. Clip-in extensions work on all hair types and lengths.
Cons: As easy as they are to apply, clip-in extensions can be high-maintenance to hairstyling novices. The clips often need to be taken out daily as they tend to slide out, and they can tug on hair uncomfortably if not placed correctly. Extensions should be washed separately from your own hair.
How to do it: First, style your hair as you normally would, whether it's curling, straightening, or waving. Then use a comb to part small sections of your hair starting from the back. Tease each section gently at the root, then place the clip-in pieces right at the teased roots to secure. Snap them in place, and repeat as needed.
Tips: Remove the clip-ins by unsnapping each clip and gently sliding them out of your hair. Remove them in reverse order of how you put them in to ensure pieces are placed around the same section each time. Remove the highest-placed extension piece first, put it down on your counter, then remove the subsequent pieces, placing them on top of one another to form a neat pile. Once you're ready to put them in again, you'll have the ones used for the bottom section of your hair (your starting point) at the top of your pile.
Get it if: Your hair isn't super fine, you like a little extra length in your hair, but you don't want to commit to anything permanent.
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