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How to Fix Clip-in Hair Extensions - Step by Step Guide

Updated on December 23, 2017

If you need to quickly add volume, colour streaks, and/or length to your hair for a fabulous hair style, either because you are always "on the move" with no time to sit for hours at the hairdressers, your hair is 'thinning', or simply because you desire a "quick-fix" to your lacklustre hair, clip-in extensions are ideal for you.

Clip-in hair extensions are ideal for a quick and fast hairdo that you can do yourself, all within 30mins.


These hair extensions can add volume, length, and even colour to your natural hair.

They are good to use if you are one that doesn't particularly care for a long-term weave that involves sewing on or gluing in hair extensions.

Clip-in extensions come in smaller hair weft strips that can be applied individually, or larger strips of up to 6 inches long that can be fixed around your entire head, and if you apply it carefully and properly, your hairdo will securely remain in place for the entire day and night.

How to Fix Clip-In Hair Extensions

Things you need:

Before you start fixing in your clip-in extensions, you'll need to get these five things together.

  1. Your clip-in hair extensions
  2. A brush
  3. Holding hairspray
  4. A fine-toothed comb
  5. Hair clip

Step 1 - Determine where to fix hair

Now, first determine the areas that need the hair extensions. It could be where you have the thinnest/damaged hair, or where you desire volume, which will depend on the hairdo you intend to wear.

For areas near your face, use the 1" clip-in extensions, and for larger wefts of hair, it's good to begin at the back, like halfway up the head.

It's good to consider the part that has the most damaged hair first.

Step 2 - Split the section of hair

Starting halfway up your head, draw a straight line. This line must be the same length as the extension strip you intend to use.

Now that your hair is split or parted in two sections, pack and pin the top half with a hair clip so it's out of the way when fixing your hair extension.

Part out a thin strip of hair parallel to the straight line and tease this at the roots with your fine-toothed comb.

Step 3 - Create a firm anchor

In order to form a strong anchor for the clip-ins, you'll need to back-comb the hair at the points where the clips on the hair weft will be inserted into your hair. You need the fine-toothed comb for this.

Back-comb your hair (about an inch from the roots) on both the top and bottom sides in the exact position of the hair extension clips.

Roughing up by back-combing gives the hair extension clips something firm to hold on to.

It's important that you don't have too much-back-combed hair to fix the extensions, because they may fall out.

You must now spray the back-combed portions (exact position of the hair weft clips) with the holding hairspray.

Step 4 - Fixing the hair clip-ins

You should open up the clips on the hair weft. Do this by firmly pressing the centre of the hair clip. You will notice some fine teeth which you must fix into the back-combed area.

Ensure you set the teeth against your scalp at the root of the back-combed areas and then dig in the clip's teeth firmly. You should feel it if it's securely fixed.

Now all you need to do is click back the extension clip into place by pressing down (use both thumbs) on either end.

Style your Hair

Fill in other areas following the same steps - the sides and the front if you so desire. Hold up sections of your hair that may get in the way of fixing, by using a hair clip.

When you finish fixing your hair extensions, loosen the rest of your hair from its clipped-up position and let it fall and flow over the clip-ins. Smooth your hair with your comb or brush it lightly to neatly hide the hair extension clips.

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