Is your hair flat, limp, or looking like what you might call almost
Does it defy anything and everything you’ve tried to “fatten” it up?
Wish you could get an impossibly full, thick, bountiful mane?
Actually the lush locks you crave are definitely achievable. You get them with one word. Extensions. But no one would blame you for not considering them.
But even if you have thinner hair these lovely difference makers are effective game changers.
They can give you a totally natural looking way to make your hair appear shampoo ad thick and lush. Just like Hollywood types have been doing for years.
Now I know some (mistakenly) feel clip-in hair extensions are hard-to-use.
But even extension newbies will find that’s not the case.
Actually many soon discover they are incredibly easy to use once you get the hang of it.
But in their quest for Kardashian-style hair some go a little crazy and make some rookie “hair extension diva” mistakes when it comes to blending them with their natural hair.
So let’s see if we can help you avoid that fate by exploring seven commonly made clip in hair extension mistakes.
Because learning how to hide clip in extensions is simple and easy to do once you know a few hacks.
But first here’s a helpful video covering
Applying Hair Extensions to Thin Hair!
What a difference, huh?
Now if someone with noticeably thin hair like that can mask her extensions while getting the fullness everyone wants just imagine what you can accomplish if you have a thicker mane.
So whatever you do, don’t leave without watching the other video below. It may well convince you that everything you thought you knew about hair extensions is wrong.
Now onto the common mistakes.
First Mistake – Giving In To The Urge To Use Too Many Tracks
Most packs come with more than enough, dare I say almost too much, hair?
Yet just because you suddenly find yourself with this abundance of gorgeous hair riches doesn’t mean you have to use it all – at once.
This use-it-or-lose-it mindset is the first way you can stray from the best way to use hair extensions.
So yeah, most often it is NOT a good idea to use all there is. Nowhere close.
So when it comes to the “How much hair to use?” question here’s the answer. Maybe at most half of all that hair goodness should end up on your head.
Most of the time you only need maybe two to four wefts to bulk up your ‘do nicely.
Also what the “how much question” really all comes down to is how much natural hair you have.
The perverse problem you face is this – if you are light on top, you won’t be able to go all out with extensions without exposing the fact in public. Not good.
Stylist tip: Before placing your order you should decide if you are going for length or volume. While it seems like common sense, to get the most out of your extensions you need the know what you are trying to achieve. You should probably give some thought to the texture of your hair to insure the best match too.
Anyway, don’t feel like you have to pile on the wefts.
Use only the number it makes sense to use.
Use only the amount of clips you can conceal from view.
Overdoing can be embarrassing since it is a surefire way to end up with hair that looks oh so unnatural.
Second mistake – Start Adding Wefts Too High
It’s best to start to section/divide your natural hair right at your ear or below.
With good reason.
You want things to look seamless and seamlessness IS the look you’re going for here.
So anything higher on the head than ear high will be pretty tough to conceal for those whose hair isn’t kinda thick to begin with.
Know what I mean?
Also if you have fine hair start as low on your head as possible.
So after alligator clipping the bulk of your hair up and out of the way on the top of your head try splitting the diff in the back between the top of your ears and the bottom of your hairline for the first clips. That’s where you want to start clipping.
Straighten, clip and smooth.
Stylist tip: Remember hair near the crown naturally has a lot of movement to it. While hair lower on your head (closer to the nape of your neck) tends to stay put more. Sticking with extensions lower on your head will let your hair do what it does naturally without exposing your secret. Plus the wefts just stay in place better too when placed lower.
Now after that first addition of hair, the next sectioning should be where most start – around ear high.
Again straighten, clip and smooth.
Stylist tip: When working with multiple clip tracks, after centering the piece of hair clip use the center clip first to anchor the extension. Then clip the others to each side. This will keep your extension as level as possible.
Your next section should be but slightly above the last one. In this case you might consider a wider weft so you may want to grab an extension that might well run from ear to ear.
Third mistake – Adding Wefts To Close To The Crown
What a repeat?
No but this is related to the second mistake yet subtly different. A slight difference that can make cover up that much harder.
This blunder deals with where you add them. Most of us should be sticking to the NO extensions higher than their brow line rule.
Going higher than that likely will leave you with too little natural hair that is likely too thin or sparse to properly keep those pesky clips hidden from view.
Big problem if you want them to blend in.
And you do.
Again if you stick with adding hair lower on your head you’ve got all the hair you need on the crown of your head to conceal the wefts.
Stylist tip: You might try straightening your real hair with a styling tool so it blends well with the wefts.
Fourth mistake – Clipping Wefts To Close To Your Scalp
I know some suggest you get as close to the scalp as you can.
Still that could be a big mistake.
Let me explain.
If you go for an application of the wefts a bit farther down your natural hair shafts you will allow a bit more movement to your hair. This will leave it looking a bit more natural.
Plus many find it feels a lot more comfortable to wear them when applied this way.
But what if your hair very slippery and fine? Good question. Brings us to the next miscue.
Fifth mistake – Not Giving the Clips Something To Hold Onto
You can improve clip grip-ability one of two ways and avoid this problem.
First you can spray your roots with hairspray or use a volumizing dry shampoo. Either will add some texture which will improve the holding power of your extensions.
The other option is to tease your roots right above where you’re going to clip it so the extension doesn’t slip.
Some feel it’s best to use a little, and quite inexpensive, back combing brush that should run you no more than five or six dollars.
No need to go crazy with the teasing though. Just gently back comb a bit of the root area to rough things up a little. This will secure the wefts and eliminate any fear of slippage.
If you don’t want to tease or back comb trying crimping instead. Something like an Bed Head Little Tease Crimper can produce instant root lift which is all you need.
- All you have to do is grab the section of hair you’re going to clip the weft onto.
- Get as close to the root as you can with the tool.
- Then just hold the crimping iron in place for a couple of seconds.
Great quick fix if teasing isn’t an option.
Sixth mistake – Not Using Your Natural Hair As Camouflage Effectively
You want your hair and the hair on the extensions to flow together.
But sometimes thing don’t work as planned.
Here’s the fix if the secret to your thicker mane is at risk of being exposed.
Section just above where you applied the tracks and clip that up and out of the way. There should be some natural hair left that falls over the extensions. Tease that focusing on the middle of the strands which will keep them from separating. Do this for as much hair as you need to.
Cosmo agrees with this technique, as backcombing “will keep the extension from showing since your voluminous hair will help blend it in better.”
Yes, teasing will limit the movement of that section of hair. But it will also work to keep it together much like a curtain over the weft.
So when done teasing run your brush gently over the hair to smooth the teased stands down creating an effective veiled cover up.
Spritzing a bit of flexible hold hair spray can also help when teasing like this.
But mist just enough spray to hold the tease and then let it dry.
Bonus. This will add some volume as well.
When you let the hair down you clipped on the top of your head lightly brush to smooth. But the illusion should be complete.
Knowing how to conceal extensions effectively is an important hack.
This video about hiding extensions does a good job of showing how to use this styling technique with your God given hair to best camouflage what’s going on behind the scenes.
So watch to see exactly how this is done.
How To Hide Hair Extensions
Seventh Mistake – Trying to Sneak Clip Ins Into Squeaky Clean Hair
This one may or may not be an option for you depending on how oily your hair gets – but many find extensions hold on better to second day hair.
With good reason.
Yesterday’s product, and a bit of oil, do wonders for the grippiness of the clips.
So if your second day hair doesn’t look all that greasy and gross it might be well worth trying
Stylist Tip: While an tip for hiding the extensions adding a bit of wave or curl can make your hair look that much bigger. Remembering to curl away from your face if you want to max out the appearance of volume.
So there you have it.
Give your newly lushed-up mane a quick brush out to smooth things out some and viola! Lush, luxurious hair is yours. All with the help of proven difference makers – hair extensions.
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Braden Bills says
My wife wants to get clip-in hair extensions. It’s nice that you can hide them so well! I’ll let her know about just how easy that is.
Melissa Burnside says
I am new to the world of hair extensions. Clip ins are the first I’ve tried. I love the extra length they give me but have not been real comfortable until now. Your article made all the difference in the world. Hair extensions really need to come with instructions with pictures. Thank you so very much!
Was so excited to see you got the help you needed. Really liked your comment about extensions coming with a user guide. 🙂 Like so many things hair it’s just assumed you either know or you’ll figure it out. Glad you were able to.