Clip in hair extensions are one of the best types of extensions for individuals who are not interested in making a long term hair style commitment and for anyone who wants to save money in the long run.
Unlike many other weaving techniques that require professional installation and often render the extensions completely useless after one installation the very same clip in hair extensions can be worn over and over again and be installed at any time without the assistance of a professional and in the comfort of your own home saving you both time and money.
If clip in hair extensions are stored properly in between wears they can be worn an infinite amount of times and can literally be taken right out of the box or any storage container they’ve been placed in and attached to your hair with minimal time and effort. If clip in extensions are not stored properly they can deteriorate quicker than intended leaving you with bleached out or faded coloring, an unpleasant odor and dry and brittle extensions to work with.
Long term storage of your clip in hair extensions in a way that helps them retain their color and keeps them looking ,feeling and smelling fresh requires many of the same steps you would follow to keep them looking great in between the times that you wear them on a regular daily or weekly basis.
Here’s a step by step guide that shows you the best way to store your clip in hair extensions:
Remove tangles and knots
Any area of your clip in hair extensions that’s stuck together, matted or tangled has the potential to do major damage to your clip in hair extensions. Maintain the healthy appearance of your extensions by taking the time to detach and separate any knots and tangles that may have formed in your clip in hair extensions while you were wearing them.
It’s important to make sure your clip in hair extensions are completely clean before storing them for long periods of time. Preserve the color of color treated human hair clip in extensions with a shampoo that’s specifically formulated for use on color treated hair or use a moisture rich shampoo to bring your extensions back to their original soft and bouncy state. Use cleansing shampoos on synthetic clip in hair extensions to ensure your synthetic extensions are free of dirt and product residue.
Use a moisturizing conditioner to infuse your human hair clip in hair extensions with moisture and oils needed to keep them looking their best. Skip this step with synthetic clip in hair extensions. Conditioners may change how synthetic hair feels and weigh it down.
Use a hand held blow dryer or extend your clip in hair extensions on a smooth and even surface and allow them to air dry. Make sure your extensions are completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Seal the ends
After your clip in hair extensions are completely dry put a drop of oil or serum in one palm, rub both hands together and apply the oil or serum from the clip to the ends of your clip in hair extensions. Serums that contain nourishing oils and other products created for this purpose can help your clip in hair extensions maintain the moisture that was added to them by the conditioner. Adding oils an serums to synthetic hair clip in extensions isn’t recommended because it may make them to appear oily and lead to product build up.
Put them in a container
Select a container that is both wide and long enough to hold your clip in extensions. Make sure it is dust, dirt and grime free as well as free of any other objects. Also make sure the container you use is well ventilated so that your extensions can maintain their freshness. You can create a well ventilated container by poking holes in a cardboard box or through the lid of a plastic container. You can also keep your clip in hair extensions looking and smelling fresh by placing them in airtight storage bags.
Choose the best location
When choosing a location to store your clip in hair extensions long term opt for places that are out of direct sunlight and that will be neither too hot nor too cold. Keep the container, box or bag containing your clip in hair extensions in a place where children and pets can’t reach them and don’t store them under other clothing, other boxes or anything that may crush or damage the container holding your clip in hair extensions.
Keeping your 100% human hair clip in hair extensions in good condition and looking just as good as the day you took them out of the package can be done with minimal effort. If you complete four simple steps in the care of your human hair clip in hair extensions routinely your extensions will look healthier, more radiant and may even last longer. Here are 4 things you should do regularly to keep your 100 % human hair clip in hair extensions looking divine.
Forcing a comb or brush through tangles and knots can break the hairs of your clip in hair extensions leaving you with random short unwieldy and uneven strands of hair throughout your extensions. When you take the time to gently detangle your human hair clip in extensions you decrease the risk of long term damage. Use your fingers, a comb or a brush to slowly pick apart any portions of the extensions that appear to be stuck together. Give your human hair clip in hair extensions an added layer of protection by using a specially formulated detangling product before you begin the detangling process. Add a dab or spray a sheer mist of detangling product to your human hair clip in extensions to soften knots and tangles so they separate faster and with less effort.
Fill a bowl, sink or basin with cool water. Add a few drops of shampoo and your human hair clip in hair extensions then swish, rinse and repeat the process. Use shampoos created for color treated hair to help maintain the color of ombre, balayage or other colored clip in hair extensions. If your human hair clip in hair extensions are dry and frizzy use a moisturizing shampoo to give your extensions a boost in moisture.
Reverse the damage done by daily styling and exposure to the elements with a good conditioning treatment. Just like your own hair, 100% human hair clip in hair extensions that are dry and brittle or a little lifeless can be restored to full vitality with the use of a high quality conditioner. After giving your human hair clip in hair extensions a good wash squeeze them gently to remove any excess water. Lay them flat and apply a generous amount of conditioner from the clip to the ends of the extensions. Give your extensions a boost of deep conditioning power by covering them plastic and letting them sit for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing.
After you’ve washed and dried your human hair clip in extensions dry them thoroughly using one of two methods. Dry them quickly using a hand held hair dryer. Place the heat setting of your hair dryer on high use a brush or comb to smooth or add curls or waves to your human hair clip in extensions. If you have time to spare allow your human hair clip in hair extensions to air dry. Lay your extensions flat or hang them in a well ventilated area to dry naturally.
If you like to wear your hair as straight hair can get then silky straight clip in hair extensions are the right texture to use to compliment your hair.
Silky straight clip in hair extensions are bone straight meaning the strands of hair used to create the extensions are so straight that they don’t even have a hint of waviness or curl. The individual strands are fine and soft to the touch and won’t become puffy or wave or curl when exposed to heat and humidity.
Sleek silky straight hair is a styling trend that is here to stay. X Factor judge and former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland has often been seen gracing the red carpet while wearing long silky straight extensions with chestnut highlights. Other celebrities who follow this trend include award winning actress and star of television show Empire Taraji P. Henson who is known for her signature long silky straight bob as well as Kerry Washington, the leading actress in the long running political drama Scandal, who is known for switching between a variety of long and short silky straight styles.
From Hollywood to Instagram ladies are showing their love for silky straight hair and you can too with the use of silky straight clip in hair extensions. Silky straight clip in extensions can add dimension, length and volume to your hair and give you instant Hollywood glam. Ready to wear your hair straight with silky straight clip in hair extensions? Here are a few things you should know.
You can add them to natural hair
Contrary to popular belief straight hair extensions can be added to natural hair. Clip in hair extensions provide the fastest and easiest way to add thickness and length to straightened natural hair. After a silk press or after it has been flat ironed kinky, coily or curly hair can be very straight and just the right texture to blend with silky straight clip in hair extensions.
Part your hair and insert silky straight clip in hair extensions at different points throughout your head to achieve greater fullness and length then comb or brush your hair to conceal the area where the clip in extensions are attached. Simply slide out the silky straight clip in hair extensions to remove them and wash your hair to return it to its naturally kinky, curly or coily texture.
You can add them to relaxed hair
Silky straight clip in hair extensions can also be used to add greater dimension to chemically straightened hair. Apply a heat protecting serum to your relaxed hair and use flat irons to achieve super straight hair. Part your hair and insert your silky straight clip in hair extensions to achieve greater fullness.
You can add them to fine, thin or naturally straight hair
Silky straight clip in hair extensions can also be used to compliment hair that is naturally straight, fine or thin. Individuals that have naturally straight hair but want to make their hair appear longer or those with very fine hair and want to add volume can use silky straight clip in hair extensions to supplement their own hair. Individuals with thin and damaged chemically straightened hair can also use silky straight clip in hair extensions to improve the overall appearance of their hair.
With so many types of hair extensions out there, how do you know which is right for you? Scan through these blogs and you'll see that there are plenty of choices to make everyone happy. In this blog, we will explore the sew-in type of hair extensions and why they might be the right option for you.
If your hair is extremely thick and you want extra length, you might want to choose this method. Why? Sometimes with thicker hair, the tape-in type can get lost in the bulk, and odds are you will have to add way too many of them to be comfortable and/or cost effective.
If your hair is super curly, sometimes the tape-in type won't adhere as well, due to the curls wanting to pull away from the adhesive strips. The sew-ins can give you more control over this by anchoring the extensions more solidly into your curls. If you like to straighten your curly hair, this type can be more durable as well, since when you are brushing aggressively they hold on better.
If you are up for doing a bit of your own maintenance to save trips to the salon in between, this method allows you to do a bit of tightening at home. In order to do this, you will need to have the extensions applied in a specific way, ask your stylist to help.
You can use different colors with the sew-in type, but they are not quite as versatile in this area as some of the other methods, unless you cut the wefts into smaller pieces. If you purchase the right type of wefts that can be cut, you will have more flexibility. Consult your stylist before buying to get just the look you want.
As you can see, there are many types of hair extensions to suit everyone. Explore the method that's right for you and enjoy!
If you're considering hair extensions for the first time, or are thinking of changing the type of extensions you wear, here are some reasons to choose the tape-in type.
1) Tape-ins are less visible than some other types of hair extensions. The tops of each extension piece are color matched so they blend with your natural color and settle seamlessly into your own hair.
2) Tape-in extension pieces are thinner than many wefted hair types, so they sit flatter to your head. This makes them more comfortable for you as well as better hidden from view. It also allows you to place them in areas that aren't as accessible with other methods, for example, closer to your face and higher up on the crown of your head. They are also more comfortable to sleep in, and are less noticeable to the touch.
3) Tape-ins can potentially save you money, here's why: Each piece that is applied can be put together with another piece to make what could be called a "hair sandwich" in that the two extension pieces are placed together with a slice of your natural hair in between. But, if you use just one piece of extension hair attached to your natural hair, with one sided tape to seal it off, you can now essentially double the amount of hair purchased! Applying the extensions in this manner allows you to cover more of your head, and using just one piece per section allows for greater coverage.
4) It's easy and fun to use multiple colors with tape-ins. You can place different colors next to each other, you can place different colors on top or bottom of sections to change them up. With this method, you can create varied and beautiful color patterns at will. Create a highlighted look, add darker colors for warmth or drama, place several colors throughout to really make the look pop.
5) If properly taken care of, your tape-in extensions can be reapplied usually up to three times before you need to replace them. This is especially economic in light of the single piece application. Careful removal of the old adhesive allows you to re-use the pieces without adding any unnecessary bulk to the attachment site.
Consider tape-in extensions for your next hair adventure, you'll be glad you did!