There are a lot of excellent reasons to look into clip-in hair extensions. They’re a lot of fun, after all: they’re an easy and inexpensive way to try something new without it being too permanent, and they’re very difficult to get wrong. That said, there are a few things that it’s important for you to know (as with all things) so here is an introductory beginner’s guide to clip-in hair extensions for your perusal. Just remember that there aren’t really any hard and fast rules with something like this; all that matters is that you’re happy and your hair looks just the way you’d like it to.
Stick To Human Hair Where Possible
If you want your hair extensions to look as natural as you can even though they’ve been clipped in, you need to be sure to use human hair wherever you can. Synthetic hair extensions are great for parties, clubbing or costume – but if you want them to look like they’re a part of your natural hair, you need to stick to something human. These clip-ins aren’t actually as expensive as you might think; you can often find them at very affordable price points.
Try To Avoid Trimming Them Yourself
Human hair clip in extensions have generally been designed to blend in with your hair as naturally as possible, and to look as much as they can as though they’ve not been artificially attached. The ends are the most important part of this equation, and they will have been professionally designed to look good. If you trim them yourself, you’ll ruin this work and make your extensions look fake when they might not otherwise. Measure your natural hair and buy extensions that are as close a match as you can find – and don’t worry if they’re slightly shorter, as they’ll still look good! Just avoid buying ones that are longer if you can.
Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment With Color
Many people try to color-match their clip in extensions as closely as possible, and if all you want to do is add volume then this is perfectly adequate. But why not experiment a little? You can add highlights, lowlights and streaks in this way as easily as anything – you could play with contrast, or just try to add more dimension to your dye job. Remember – if you don’t like it, all you have to do is take them out again.
Look After Your Natural Hair
Clip-in hair extensions will only look as good as the natural hair they’re enhancing. If you want your hair to look its best, you need to care for it well no matter what you’re planning on embellishing it with otherwise. Get a trim at least four times a year, keep on top of your dye job, use a good quality shampoo and conditioner and learn how to style your hair in a way that suits you without running the risk of damaging it with heat or chemicals. Your hair, your stylist and your extensions will all thank you for it.
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