The best beauty choices are the ones that require minimal effort to give you great results.
Clip in hair extensions save you time and effort so you can focus on other things in life. If clip-ins are a new concept to you, don’t worry—this article covers everything, from washing your extensions down with shampoo and conditioner to detangling with leave-in conditioner spray.
These tips will have your hair looking shiny and full in no time!
Wash your hair extensions with shampoo and conditioner. These particular items will add hydration, volume, and body to your hair. Use a low-lather shampoo that’s sulfate-free to protect the quality of the extension strands while you’re cleansing them.
Skip out on shampooing your entire head of hair if it gets greasy quickly—a grease ball is a no-go for any hairstyle! If you decide to supplement your hair with some extra cleanliness, try washing just the roots at the top of your head where product buildup occurs most commonly.
Your scalp produces oil to condition its skin cells naturally; therefore, shampooing every day can strip away too much oil, which causes overproduction to balance your skin’s pH level.
Be sure to condition your hair with an oil or deep conditioner to nourish it after the harsh shampoo chemicals. Leave the deep conditioner on for three to five minutes before rinsing out thoroughly. Once you’re done, gently squeeze water out of your tresses until just a few drops drip off.
To give your clip-in extensions life again, use leave-in conditioner spray as a detangler. Spray three to four pumps onto damp locks and massage into roots first, so you don’t lose product through unnecessary rough handling—no one wants all their strands sticking together!
Then comb through from mid-shafts down to ends without tugging at knots and tangles. Finish it off by blowing your hair dry with a paddle brush to reduce frizz and split ends.
Gently comb through the top layer of your hair extensions with a wide-tooth comb. This is not an everyday process because you don’t want to yank at or pull out any unnecessary strands. However, when in need—like after washing them—be sure not to miss this step!
Start at the bottom of any knotty tangles and work upward until they’re loose and bouncy. Avoid brushing again until completely dry, so knots don’t return while drying naturally.
When blow-drying, use low heat because high heat can create static electricity, which causes lift at the roots where your extensions are attached. Protect your hair from damage by making sure the ends are thoroughly dry before brushing—this will prevent breakage.
Style your strands as usual! You can style clip-in hair extensions with heat tools, curling irons, flat irons, and more. Make sure to use a heat protectant hair spray first to avoid burning out the quality of the hair over time.
The best part about using heat-friendly extensions is that you can curl or straighten them with a styling tool just as you would do your natural tresses. You’ll find that clip-ins blend seamlessly into any style—even updos.
When choosing between hot tools like curling irons and flat irons, always go for the one that is easier to grip. If you have a tight hold on your styling tool, you’re less likely to burn yourself accidentally. Hence it’s safe enough to use in front of others.
If you want long-lasting results when using shampoo and conditioner, be sure to rinse thoroughly. Also, ensure you store your clip-in extensions in a box or case to prevent them from accumulating dust and dirt.