May 05, 2016

Tips For Applying Clip-In Hair Extensions

Clip In Hair Extensions | CGH Lifestyle

Clip-in hair extensions can be a wonderful addition to almost any hairstyle. Whether you’re in the middle of growing out your hair (like me) or you just want added fullness and length, it’s important to know some key tricks to ensure your hair extensions look natural and won’t slip out.

First, you MUST use hair extensions that are full on their own. If you have medium to thick hair but use hair extensions that are thin and stringy, you will end up with what I call “The Jelly Fish.” If you can’t imagine it, feel free to search the internet for “Jelly Fish Hair.” It’s real! Even though this type of look may be popular in other cultures (I’ve known a few ladies who specifically requested their hair to look like this), I think we can all agree that we want full, glamorous, natural looking hair. So, make sure you invest in thick, 100 percent human hair extensions. Another reason to buy good quality 100 percent human hair extensions is because if you go with the cheaper option and buy synthetic hair you may not be able to curl them. Speaking of curling, it does not matter whether you curl your hair before or after applying the extensions. However, even though my hair and the extensions were pre-curled in this post, I do prefer to curl after I’ve applied all the hair. This typically creates a more unified, blended look.

Now, where should you begin? I ALWAYS start applying clip-in hair extensions at the nape using horizontal sections. The nape is about an inch above the back hairline.

Clip In Hair | Extensions

When you buy clip-in hair extensions you will find that there are different sized tracks. Some tracks will be very wide, and some may only have one clip and be rather small. Select the track that is wide enough to fit across your section, but not too wide where it may stick out.

Clip In Hair Extensions | Tips

Always tease the base of the section where you will be applying a clip. If you have naturally silky or slippery hair it is important to spritz a bit of strong hold hairspray to each area you tease. Make sure to let the hairspray dry completely before applying the clips!

Clip In Hair Extensions | TipsWhen you’re teasing each section it’s important to tease exactly where your clips will go. So, if you have 4 clips along the track (photo below) you will need to tease the 4 areas of your own hair that the clips will attach to.

Clip In Hair Extensions | TipsBefore moving on to the next row, double check your clips to be sure they are secure.

Clip In Hair Extensions | Purple HairAs you move up your head and continue applying the tracks, it is important to appropriately space out each row.  There should be no less than 1/2 inch separating the tracks because there needs to be enough of your own hair to tease and attach the next row.  Do not place them more than 1 inch apart because the finished product will end up looking less natural.Clip In Hair Extensions | Purple HairAfter you’ve placed enough tracks in the back of your head, you’re ready to apply the small to medium sized tracks to the sides of your head. Be sure to leave 1/2 inch to 1 inch space along your hairline. If you place the clips too close to your hairline your hair extensions will be easily detectable, especially if it’s a windy day!  You may need to experiment with the placement on this depending on how thick or thin your natural hair is.

Clip In Hair Extensions | CGH LifestyleOne of the BIGGEST mistakes I see people make when using hair extensions is placing the track too high up on the head. Looking at the photo below you can see where the hair extension track is placed. DO NOT do this. Even though there is enough of my natural hair to cover this track there is still a high risk that the track will be exposed throughout the day. Typically it is best to not place any tracks higher than your eyebrows unless you have naturally thick/dense hair or you plan to tease the crown area of your head after applying all of your hair extensions.

Clip In Hair Extensions | MistakesWhen you finish applying all of your tracks (sometimes you may not need to use ALL of them), gently brush through all of your hair. This will allow you to find out of there are any loose clips that you may need to adjust and it also helps blend the hair extensions in with your own hair.

Clip In Hair | Extensions Before walking out of the house, do one last double check of the back of your head! All of your curls should blend nicely. Depending on the length of your natural hair you may need to visit your regular hairstylist to have him/her add some layers to your extensions. Or, if you’re brave, you can do it yourself!

Clip In Hair | ExtensionsEnjoy your new hair!

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  • Olivia M

    Helpful tips, love the color!

  • Vlad


  • Cynthia Estevez

    Love the hair!

  • Mitzi Fisher

    This is awesome advise

  • Claudia Sanchez


  • Jayna Akal

    I love this

  • Lori

    Love this color and great information

  • PAo10

    good advice!

  • Jada Walker

    Love the color so pretty! ❣

  • Erika Al

    good tips, maybe ill try hair extensions one day

  • ❁M❁A❁R❁I❁T❁Z❁A❁

    Her hair is amazing! And with the extensions added in it looks even more amazing. But anyways I can actually put extensions in now!

  • Melanie

    Love the style of her hair and the color, how it’s not too dark or too light, it’s just the perfect shade!

  • Celine Cesey Kassardjian

    I love this color ❤️

  • Allison

    Could you use extensions to give your hair colour an ombre effect? Using different shades of the same colour? Or different colours if you wanted a funky look?

  • Bhumi

    Oooh love that colour

  • Avital Frank

    Love her hair color!

  • Teresa Jean Domingos

    ❤️ The lavender hair. Any tips on that?

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  • Vlad

    Cute 🙂

  • Allie G

    I don’t use extensions because my hair is too long but this was such an informative article I’ll be able to sound like I know something about extensions now

    Thanks ☺

  • Mónica Carranza


  • Taylor Pottorff

    Love the color😍😍

  • Jennie

    Woah, that looks so natural!

  • Di’shanic Holt

    I love the purple

  • Ana Sotelo

    Great layout of putting on clip in extensions

  • Allyson Becker

    I have always wondered about the art of applying clip in hair extensions. Have to say not a fan of the hair color. I guess I am not on trend.

  • Hannah Brown

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Jewell Tovar

    Love the hair

  • sage rawls

    So helpful!!!!!

  • Alyssa Cantu

    Great tips!

  • Rose Leon

    looks so cute

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  • Jillian Stone

    I want these!

  • Nabila Bestari

    Love the hair colour omg 😍😍😍😍😍

  • Julie1989

    This looks so natural! You would never guess that she had extensions in!
    And I LOVE the colour of her hair

  • L Saturday

    I love her hair! I wish I was bold enough to dye my hair that colour

  • Dua Aamir

    That color is amazing very helpful

  • hanh nguyen

    Great ti[ps

  • Noel


  • Wendy Diaz

    I want that color so bad!!!!

  • Gabriela Vazquez

    I love the hair color!

  • samantha smith

    Her hair color is very cute and this is very helpful; thank you.

  • Macall

    Helpful! Plus the purple hair is GORGEOUS!

  • Lisa Coomer Queen

    I’ve always wonder how to use extensions. Thanks for the information. I love the hair color!

  • Xenia

    I really like her hair color.

  • Misschicocrazy

    Great tips for putting in hair extensions!

  • Kristen Marie

    Great tips!

  • Chinasa Okuma

    nice directions

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  • Abdel Mentalist

    I like the idea

  • Erica

    This is great!

  • Allie G

    A really easy to follow article! I’ve never seen ppl tease their hair before putting in extensions. Makes sense though

  • Allison

    A really easy to follow article! I’ve never seen ppl tease their hair before putting in extensions. Makes sense though.

  • Natasha Bellows

    This is really great I want to try this

  • Avital Frank

    Great tips, thanks!

  • Devinee

    this is great advice! And I love that color!

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  • Melanie Perez

    I love extensions

  • Kenzi Walcer


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  • ㋡Brianna Atkinson㋡

    OMG this this the color I want to dye my hair! Love it .

  • Lina Nguyen

    This is actually really helpful! And it is detailed too!!! I like this post!

  • Richi7822

    Love this

  • Tegan

    Love this will try some time.

  • Sandrina Gomes

    I’ll try it!

  • sophia cavalcante

    I’m in love with this hair color

  • Lea Gaspero

    so nice hair color

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  • Di’shanic Holt

    This is extending my life

  • Monica

    Love the hair color!!!! 👌🏻