Clip-in hair extensions are a non-permanent solution to add length and volume to any style or cut. They have become a popular alternative to permanent hair products, and an affordable look for all. The life of your extensions is greatly reliant upon how well you care for them and should be treated like any other fine accessory in your closet The following are just a few of the many steps one can take to ensure that the hairpieces will last much longer, and continue to look vibrant long past their shelf life.
The Right Cut
Unlike permanent weaves, clip-in hair extensions can be easily removed, so trimming them at a salon is not necessary. Hair extensions should always be purchased close to the desired length to diminish waste, but in some cases, a change of style is in order. When that happens, simply wet the extensions, comb them out, and trim. Professional shears should always be used when cutting extensions, and the hair should always be damp to avoid flyaways. Complicated cuts, however, like layering and feathering, are best left to the professionals.
Tease to Attach
Clip-ins tend to hold in place more efficiently when they are clipped into teased roots. This roughing up of the cuticle area allows the piece to stay attached to the base of your hair longer and gives the clip some volume to hold onto. Once in place, teasing the hair over the clip will create a natural effect. It will also keep the extension from showing since your crown will help blend it in better. Using the correct tool to tease is also beneficial. Certain brushes have been designed for the sole purpose of teasing. If those are not available, a fine-toothed comb will always suffice.
Since extensions are not a part of your natural hair, they may not always perfectly match. This can be the case in terms of color, texture, and length, but sometimes shine plays a role as well, and is often the aspect most overlooked when blending. At times, new clip-ins can have more luminosity than your natural hair. This is because it is usually less processed. A shine serum of any sort applied to your natural hair should blend the two types seamlessly.
Keep it Tied
When storing clip-in extensions, always brush them out and bind them with an elastic. This will keep the different bundles all together and the hair neat. Store the hair in its original packaging, if possible, and in a dry place. The more time and effort put into caring for the hairpiece, the longer it will last.
If you have any questions about clip-in hair extensions or the application of them, stop by Ms. Opal’s Wigs to schedule a personal consultation.