Clip in hair extensions are an inexpensive and convenient way to add dimension to your hair and to take your appearance to the next level. They’re so easy to insert, remove and style that it’s possible to unintentionally mishandle them and cause damage your own hair in the process.
Protect your hair from damage while wearing clip in hair extensions by doing a few simple things to keep your own hair safe from damage.
Here are just a few things you can do to protect your hair:
- Remove clip in extensions carefully
People prefer clip in hair extensions because they are easy to remove but take them out too quickly and you run the risk of taking some of your own hair out with them. Before removing your clip in hair extensions comb or brush your hair smooth and gently separate your hair from the extensions. Create sections in your hair to expose the place where the clip in hair extensions are attached to your hair and gently slide them out of place. Pulling or yanking clip in hair extensions out of your hair or handling them too roughly can cause your hair to break and if done routinely may lead to long term damage.
- Choose clip in hair extensions that are lighter in weight
When purchasing clip in hair extensions for regular use go for extensions that weigh less instead of more. Heavier clip in hair extensions have thicker individual strands of hair and are often preferred because they create a greater degree of volume when installed but they can also put stress on your own hair if they are worn daily or even several times per week especially if you have thin or fine hair. Lightweight clip in hair extensions that weigh 120 grams or less put less stress on your hair and can help save your hair from damage.
- Eliminate the heat
Frequent use of heat styling tools that are set on high temperatures on clip in hair extensions that are integrated into your hair can cause heat damage and breakage to occur to your own hair. Avoid potential heat related damage to your hair by blow drying, flat ironing or doing other styling with heat styling tools before attaching your clip in hair extensions.
- Give your hair a break
Wearing clip in hair extensions all day every day for weeks at a time may take a toll on the health of your own hair. Keep your hair in excellent shape by giving your hair a rest. Wear your hair in flattering braids, twists or upswept hair styles on days when you’re giving your clip in hair extensions a break.
- Avoid sleeping in your clip in hair extensions
If you fall asleep in your clip in hair extensions you run the risk of getting your extensions tangled during the night or pulling at them while sleeping. Removing your clip in extensions before going to bed at night is highly recommended but if you can’t secure them with a satin bonnet or scarf to keep them in place.
Curling irons, blow dryers, flat irons and other heat styling tools are often the first things we turn to when we want to create a hair style that turns heads. The use of heat styling tools on your human hair or synthetic clip in hair extensions is a great option for anyone who wants to temporarily alter the appearance of their extensions to create a different hair style.
Use too much heat on your clip in hair extensions and you could potentially damage them for good. Use too little and you could end up results that look nothing like what you intended because your hair wouldn’t curl or get as straight as you hoped it would become when you began the styling process.
Follow these tips for using heat styling tools on your clip in hair extensions to help your extensions will keep their exquisite appearance:
- Use products to protect your extensions
Human hair clip in hair extensions can be cared for the same way you’d treat your own hair. It’s perfectly fine to use the same heat protecting products you use for your hair on your human hair clip in hair extensions.
Just like your hair, your extensions will benefit most from nourishing heat protecting products that contain a combination of healthy oils and vitamins. Pour a small amount of the product of your choice into your palm, rub your hands together and use your fingers to evenly distribute the product through your extensions before using any heat styling products.
Synthetic hair clip in hair extensions can also be protected from the heat with heat protecting products. The secret is to use the products sparingly so they don’t create too much sheen or leave product build up on your clip in hair extensions.
- Use low heat
Although high heat can be used on human hair clip in hair extensions it’s best to use caution when doing so. Extremely high heat can cause your clip in hair extensions to singe or burn completely through. Synthetic clip in hair extensions are often created to be able to handle a small amount of heat, which is much less than human hair extensions can endure, but it’s still best to proceed with caution. When using heat styling tools on human or synthetic hair it’s best to use the lowest heat setting necessary to achieve your desired results to keep your extensions in good condition.
- Be careful
The number one rule when it comes to using heat styling tools on clip in hair extensions is to use caution. Use your own good judgment to determine how your slip in hair extensions respond to heat and to figure out how much or how little is necessary to achieve your hair styling goals. Whether you’re using heat on human hair or synthetic clip in hair extensions it’s best to take the proper precautions to protect your hair from heat and to keep them in the same condition they were in when you first bought them.
High quality human hair and synthetic clip in hair extensions typically undergo a process that minimizes the potential for tangling when they are being made. Although this is true, there are plenty of opportunities for your clip in hair extensions to become tangled while you’re wearing them throughout the day that could not have been predicted by the product’s manufacturer.
Getting the strands of your clip in hair extensions snagged on buttons, trapped in zippers or tightly wrapped around each other as you toss and turn while sleeping can be a daily occurrence for some people who wear clip in hair extensions. These incidents can often cause small knots and tangles to form in the clip in extensions. If these knots and tangles are not removed properly they can cause strands of hair to break free and eventually give your extensions an unattractive appearance.
Why detangling is important
Detangling is essential for maintaining the overall good appearance of your clip in hair extensions. Tangled hair that contains knots and portions that are matted together is difficult to style and hard to blend with your hair. When you take a moment after removing your clip in hair extensions to inspect them for knots and tangles from the clip to the ends you are potentially increasing the amount of time you’ll be able to wear them. Detangling will keep straight extensions smooth and will help to maintain the wave or curl pattern of curly extensions.
How often you should detangle
It’s best to detangle your clip in hair extensions each time that you wear them. When you detangle your clip in hair extensions on a regular basis you prevent small knots from growing into large ones. Also, frequent detangling ensures that you’ll be able to completely remove the knots and tangles that have formed in your extensions. If you wait too long to detangle your clip in hair extensions you risk the tangles becoming too difficult to remove and you risk potential long term damage to your extensions. Creating a detangling routine that you’ll commit to following after you remove your clip in hair extensions will help you remember to inspect them on a regular basis.
Detangle in 2 simple steps
Detangling your clip in extensions is easy to do and can prolong the life of your clip in hair extensions. Fortunately, detangling is a simple process that can be completed in just a few minutes.
If you’re not sure how to detangle your clip in hair extensions here are a few steps that show you how the process works:
Gently slide the clips of your clip in hair extensions out of your hair.
Take a good look at your clip in hair extensions to identify any knots or tangles that may have formed in them while they were installed.
Once tangles and knots have been found spray them with a little water or apply a detangling product to your clip in hair extensions then use your fingers or a small toothed comb to slowly and gently pull the individual strands of hair free.
Like many other types of extensions the individual strands of hair that are used to create clip in hair extensions are attached to a small strip of fabric called a weft.
The hair of most clip in hair extensions is sewed onto the weft with sewing machine. This process creates a secure bond between the hair and the weft that produces extensions that can be used over and over again without the possibility of hair coming loose from the weft in large quantities.
Despite the fact that individual strands of clip in hair extensions are securely attached to the weft some shedding of hair from the extensions may still occur over time.
Normal activities like combing, brushing or detangling your hair clip in hair extensions may cause strands of hair to come loose from the weft. This type of shedding is considered normal and can be expected to occur for as long as you own your clip in hair extensions.
If, for any reason, you decide to cut the weft of your clip in hair extensions you’ll experience much more shedding than what would occur during regular care and maintenance because the seam sewn into the weft has been broken.
When it occurs over long periods of time, shedding can cause your clip in hair extensions to become much thinner than they were when you first bought them.
Thankfully, it’s easy to minimize the shedding of strands of hair from your clip in hair extensions. Adding a little glue to the weft of your clip in hair extensions reinforces the bond that’s already present and ensures that fewer strands of hair will break loose from them.
Sealing the seams of your clip in hair extensions with glue protects the wefts of your clip in hair extensions from water, sweat and the oils that are naturally present on your scalp and keeps them safe from the stresses of daily styling.
Glues you can use
Not every type of glue is appropriate to use to seal the wefts of your clip in hair extensions. When considering what type of glue you’d like to use to seal your extensions look for glues that are long lasting, become clear or match the color of your extensions when they’re dry and that create a flexible bond that allows your clip in hair extensions to bend in any direction after it has been applied.
The best glues to use for sealing clip in hair extensions
Fabric glues work well because they keep moisture out and create a strong bond. They also remain completely flexible when dry and most dry down to a clear finish.
Hair bonding glue
Hair bonding glue is great to use on the wefts of your clip in hair extensions because it’s designed to use to glue tracks of extensions into the hair. Hair bonding glue becomes rubbery and flexible when it’s dry which will allow you to manipulate your clip in hair extensions any way you want after the wefts have been sealed. Hair bonding glue is available in black and dark brown making it the perfect choice for any extensions that match these colors or that have dark roots.
Use caution when applying glues to the seams of your clip in extensions to seal them. Glues can be very messy and if not applied properly can drip or smear causing the strands of your extensions to stick together. For best results, lay your clip in hair extensions on a flat surface, use a towel to cover tour extensions and use a q-tip or small applicator to apply the glue directly to the wefts.
Afro textured hair contains more tiny curls than nearly any other hair texture in the world. It’s best identified by its abundance of dense and often tightly packed curls that grow outward instead of down that create a voluminous halo of hair often referred to as an afro.
Natural afro textured hair is a highly versatile hair texture that can, with the use of heat styling tools or hair wrapping and stretching techniques, become bone straight. Afro textured hair can also form any shape and any wave or curl pattern imaginable with the use of hair rollers of any kind, flexi rods or simple techniques like braid outs, twist outs or blow outs that cause the hair to take on a wave pattern or become somewhat straight and still retain some of its texture.
Individuals with natural hair can add even more volume and length to their hair afro textured hair with the use of clip in hair extensions that are designed specifically for their hair texture. Clip in hair extensions that are made for people with natural hair are easier to blend into the hair and have a more natural appearance.
Protective styles, generally hair styles meant to minimize the amount of stress put on the hair from day to day styling, can be enhanced with clip in hair extensions that are designed for people with natural hair. Clip in hair extensions can add more length your hair so that buns and chunky flat twists and other protective hairstyles are easier to achieve.
Selecting the right clip in hair extensions for your natural afro textured hair is easy. Look for clip in hair extensions that have the closest appearance to your natural hair. Find extensions that are the same color and that are the closest match to your particular curl pattern or to how your hair looks when it is straightened if you’re going for a different style.
Here are two of the best clip in hair extension textures for people with natural afro textured hair:
Kinky curly clip in hair extensions have a tightly curled texture that can look similar to some textures of afro textured hair while in its natural state or others after it has been straw set or set on small perm rods.
Kinky curly clip in hair extensions allow you to enhance your curls or wear your hair with a curl pattern that’s different from your own natural curl pattern without going through the time consuming process of setting your hair or sleeping in hair rollers.
Whether you wear them to accentuate an updo or let your curls hang free, kinky curly clip in hair extensions can help you create hair styles you love without the need to take any of the texture out of your natural hair.
Use kinky straight clip in hair extensions to compliment your hair after its been stretched or straightened.
Kinky straight clip in hair extensions are made to look like natural hair that has been “blown out” straight with a hair dryer. Blow outs typically leave a little texture in the hair so that it looks thick and full of volume.
Likewise, kinky straight clip in hair extensions are made with a little texture built in so that it blends well with natural hair. Add kinky straight clip in hair extensions to your straightened natural hair to increase the volume and to add more length.