yellowhairWe’ve been getting artistic with hair recently. Which anyone can do – no really, with the quality of wigs and extensions available this applies to everyone – male and female alike.

Hair extensions are a great way to get the look of longer, fuller hair easily and quickly. Clip in hair extensions can be either synthetic or made from real hair, and come in either a full single piece, or smaller individual extensions which are placed in layers under your real hair. While the use of hair extensions has gained popularity over recent years, many women are still uncertain of how to properly use them, however it is easy to create a beautiful, natural look if you follow some simple tips.

Buying The Right Clip In Hair Extensions

Choosing the right extensions is of paramount importance, these days extensions come in different weights to cater to all types of hair, from thin and fine to thick. Choosing the right weight will ensure your extensions blend with your hair and look natural. It’s also important to get the closest color match possible, but the good news is that many types of hair extensions can be dyed to match your hair.

If you will be using your extensions regularly, I recommend purchasing extensions made from real hair as these can be heat styled. Some synthetic fibre extensions can be damaged by curlers and straighteners so double check what can and can’t be done to your extensions before you purchase them.

Create The Right Base

This step is particularly important for those of us with fine hair, as without creating something for the extension clips to grasp onto they are likely to be uncomfortable and slip out during the day. The best way to create the right base is to tease your hair at the root, this creates a rough surface for the clips to securely hold onto. It’s also a good idea to gently tease the hair which will sit on top of the extension clips, this will ensure the look is natural and also creates extra volume.

Try Different Styles

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Hair extensions aren’t just for loose, flowing hair styles, they are also great for updo’s, braids and ponytails. Individual clip in pieces are best for updo’s as they offer the most versatility in terms of extension placement. One hair look which is very popular at the moment is a side braid, this looks spectacular when done with clip in extensions to create a full, thick braid.

Care For Your Extensions

Just as you need to look after your real hair, you also need to properly care for your extensions to ensure they stay looking their best. Many extensions can be gently shampooed and conditioned but it’s best to check with the manufacturer as to the best way to clean your extensions.