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How to Apply Hair Extensions - With Pictures

Updated on August 29, 2010
Hair extensions are a simple and relatively inexpensive way to revamp your look.
Hair extensions are a simple and relatively inexpensive way to revamp your look.

Hair extensions are a really versatile you can use to enhance or completely change your look. There are so many varieties of hair extensionsbut once you've chosen them, they're very simple to put in.There are several methods to putting in hair extensions and some of them you may wish to get done at a salon instead of attempting them yourself.

The fusion method of applying hair extensions.
The fusion method of applying hair extensions.

The first method involves bonding pieces of hair onto your existing hair. The extensions can be in a colour that very closely matches your existing colour, or in a contrasting shade. While this is a good way to extend your hair without high maintenance, this method of applying hair extensions is very tricky and should definitely be done at your local hairdressing salon.

A braided track used to mount extensions onto.
A braided track used to mount extensions onto.

A much less complicated way of adding hair extensions to your hair involves braiding the existing hair around the head in 'tracks'. Then, wefts of human hair are sewn onto these tracks using a needle and thread. The results are very natural-looking and are relatively maintenace free. However, your tracks will need to be re-tightened periodically as they grow out with the hair still attached, and removing the extensions can be complicated. While you can do this at home, it is largely adivsable that you get this done by your hairdresser, as they will be able to make neater tracks around your head.

Snaps clips, which come in varying sizes and colours.
Snaps clips, which come in varying sizes and colours.
"Coontail" hair extension mounted on a snap clip.
"Coontail" hair extension mounted on a snap clip.

The third and by far easiest method fro applying hair extensions is using snap-clips. Snap clips are like little hair clips and a comb on them and are easy to use. They are usually used for applying small extensions to your hair for decoration, however, they can be used to apply a whole head of extensions. The weft of hair is usually sewn onto the clip of a similar colour, which come in many different sizes. To apply the hair extensions in this way, simply part the hair where you wish to place the extension and open the clip, combing downward into your hair and snapping the clip shut.

Please Note:

I do make my own extensions of the snap-clip variety, so please contact me if you would like some custom hair extensions made. 

Avril Lavigne with her hot pink hair extension.
Avril Lavigne with her hot pink hair extension.
Girl with light pink hair extensions.
Girl with light pink hair extensions.

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      Rjames 4 years ago

      Thanks for this informative post. Very ambitious to apply your own hair extensions!

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      hair extensions - utah 6 years ago

      Hair extensions are really fashionable and great way to boost your confidence. http://www.hairextensions-utah.com

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      Diane Smith 6 years ago

      I have 3 synthetic pieces, I love them. My most recent is a longer straight style. I use it for making a french roll and use a clip and bobbie pins (be careful don't pull the hair) to make it into just about any up do I like. I went in to my hair salon and my stylist said she would never of known it wasn't my hair.

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      Great tips for adding hair extensions, more women are learning how to make their own clip on hair pieces too!

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      emily  7 years ago

      hi !!!! never seen that before

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      Aqua 8 years ago from California

      I never understood how they put the hair extensions in so this was a very educational hub for me. It's tempting to consider using some extensions but I'm a "no maintenance" kind of girl :) Thanks for the info!