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Having clip-in hair extensions gives you the versatility to modify your style and up your hair game. Instantly transforming your hair from short to long or adding extra volume, clip-in extensions are a commitment-free investment to switching-up your style.
Ensuring your extensions look natural and are comfortable in your hair is especially important, whilst your aftercare routine will play a vital role in their longevity.
Here, we are sharing our Milk+Blush 10 top-tips for your clip-in extensions; with a bit of practice, you will be a hair extension pro in no time!
Backcombing Your Roots
For the hair extensions to hold comfortably in your hair, gently backcomb the roots before application. Use a natural bristle brush to avoid damaging the hair and gently backcomb around 1-inch from the scalp. For optimum hold, use a light mist of hairspray at the root before clipping-in your hair extensions to add texture.
Start with your smaller clip wefts at the nape of your neck and working up to your 4 clip and volumising weft towards the crown of your head; depending on the thickness of your hair, you should leave around 1-2cm between each row. Following this, mirror the single-clip pieces and the remaining 2-clip wefts around the sides of your head.
If you have fine hair, avoid clipping extensions inside the crown section as you risk showing the extension tracks.
Hiding the Bottom Section
Great for those with very thick hair or a shorter, blunt haircut; the section of hair at the nape of the neck is more likely to stick-out whilst wearing hair extensions.
To avoid a visible natural hairline, plait or twist the bottom section of hair and pin it into a small bun; trying to use the least amount of bands or hairpins. You can then begin by clipping your first row to this section.
If you have shorter hair around the frame of your face, you will want to feather your extensions to complement your style. With your two-clip and single-clip wefts, place them diagonally on the hairline, sectioning your crown into a ‘V’ formation; this will often start from the top of your eyebrow and meet at the crown of your head.
Want to achieve that killer Power-Pony? Very simple hack; begin by sectioning your hair to apply your extensions as usual. Instead of clipping them upright, flick the extensions over and apply them ‘upside-down’; this tip will also make the style much more comfortable to hold.
Brushing Your Extensions
Keeping your mane in top condition is essential when you are using hair extensions. A good extension-friendly hairbrush will not only save your tresses from unnecessary breakage and needing more frequent replacements, but it will also help to keep your natural hair in good condition.
Avoid brushing your extensions whilst they are wet; hair is more fragile when it has absorbed moisture and is prone to breakage. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to gently untangle the hair starting at the ends and working your way up to the root.
Our loop-brush is a specialised extension hairbrush which avoids damaging the lace weft and stops unnecessary fallout. Other brushes we would recommend for your clip-in extensions would be a TangleTeezer or WetBrush.
Storing Hair Extensions
Our Milk+Blush recyclable packaging also doubles up as a beautiful, handy storage box for your extensions. After taking out your clip-in's, we recommend brushing them through to remove any knots and avoid matting; you may also use our daily maintenance Silicone Spritz spray to detangle the hair. This will add softness to and prolonging the lifespan of your extensions. If you wish to tie your extensions together overnight, use a silk or satin scrunchie to avoid any kinks or damage.
Please, do not sleep in your clip-in hair extensions; not only will result in potential matting of the hair but it will put unnecessary strain on your beautiful natural locks!
If your hair is multi-tonal or you are in-between shades, you can blend together two shades of hair extensions.
To fit more wefts around your head, stack the wefts on top of each other. You can also use this trick to create more volume or to achieve an Ombre look. If you are layering your wefts, use no more than two rows per section and clip them to a generous amount of hair to hold the weight comfortably.
Washing Clip-In Hair Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions are not constantly attached to the natural hair or worn overnight, therefore they should not need to be regularly washed. If your extensions have too much product build-up to brush-out and need to be washed, only use a sulphate-free shampoo. Sulphates will strip moisture from your extensions, making them brittle and dull in colour. See our top recommended shampoo for your extensions here.
We strongly advise against using dry-shampoo on your hair extensions; it can result in product build-up and will dry out your extensions. Alternatively, you can revive your extensions with our Silicone Spritz which is specially designed to maintain the softness of your extensions whilst encouraging them to last longer.
Styling Hair Extensions
To ensure the most natural blend as possible, we recommend styling your hair extensions after they have been clipped to your hair. Doing this will help the ends of your natural hair blend seamlessly into the extensions as you are styling.
A straighter hairstyle can often make your natural hair more noticeable when wearing extensions. Create some movement to your hair by styling it into waves or curls for a seamless blend. Always use a heat protectant spray and we would recommend pin-curling the hair for extra hold. A curling wand will be the easiest styling tool to use for anyone who is new to using hair extensions. See our hair-styling tutorial for extra tips.