October 11, 2012

Clip-In Hair Extensions

Before Wearing Clip-in Hair Extensions:
After Wearing Clip-In Hair Extensions:

OK, I'm about to get cereal, I mean, serious with you girls.  I mentioned it in my "If You Knew Me" post - I wear clip-in hair extensions.  Sigh. I hate sharing my secrets.  But sigh.  I love you.  So I guess I'll dish.  My love affair with clip-in hair extensions began a few years ago.  Immediately I pondered the serious question, how am I just learning about this now?!  For me, it was the solution - the holy grail - to every hair problem I've faced.  Since then, I haven't looked back.  Would I be lying if I told you, clip-in hair extensions help me feel better about myself?  No, and I'm not ashamed to admit that.  Every girl deserves to feel pretty, and if we have to fake a few things, well, so be it.  Sure, my natural hair is just fine.  But that's the thing, it's fine.  There's not much thickness or volume to it, and it has reached the maximum length that it's willing to grow.  So, how do you achieve this look yourself, and turn those bad hair days around??  

Quality.
It depends purely on the quality of hair.  When purchasing clip-in hair extensions, make sure that it is 
real, 100% human hair.  If it's synthetic hair, it will look shiny and fake, almost plastic-y.  Jessica Simpson's Hair Do?  Hair DON'T.  I purchase the brand Fashion Source.  It is very high quality. 

Where to Buy.
I purchase mine at the Arizona beauty supply stores, Paradise Beauty or United Beauty.  Call around to local beauty supply stores in your area and inquire whether or not they have clip ins with 100% humahair.  Then, go in and pick out a color that best suits yours.  It doesn't have to be perfect because it will blend in with your natural hair.  If you decide to purchase online, make sure to read the return policy careful, in case the color is all wrong.  I also usually purchase the 14 or 16 inches.  You can cut them, but if you dye them, it is a lot trickier, and you have to go lighter to darker, not darker to lighter.

Care.
Regarding care, I don't wash them a whole lot, which sounds ick.  But, I've learned they last longer.  The more you wash them, the more unmanageable and tangled they become.  When I do wash them, I just use regular shampoo and conditioner, rinse, immediately comb through, and then blow them dry with a round brush, to keep nice and polished.  I replace mine every few months.  

You can use straighteners and curling irons on your clip-ins because the hair is real.  I usuallclip them in in sections, and then curl them along with my naturahair to save time.  You can see my hair curling tutorial here.    

I never sleep with them in, as I like my scalp to breathe, and I also never shower or swim with them.  When I'm not wearing them, I brush them out, and keep them nicely tucked in my bathroom drawer.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, and I will do my best to try and answer them!

Here's the video I did a while back showing you how to put them in.  You can also check out the post here, offering some additional tips.  

64 comments:

Angela Fielding said...

Oh my goodness. You have no idea how happy I was, when I saw this post. I'm actually going next week. I have debated about it for a long time. So thank you, thank you!! So my question is do you use one package for you hair or two? It's says on the website there are 7 pieces. So I would assume one packet, but just wanted to make sure. Also, I love your hair color in the video. Do you remember what the salon used. I want to go ombre, and I love the dark! Sorry so long! Seriously, thank you so much for posting. I'm going to send it to my stylist! You ROCK!

Megan said...

clip ins are gods gift. ive been wearing them for YEARS.

Kimberly said...

Thank you SO much for this post - I made the mistake of buying the Jessica Simpson ones and they were awful (returned), so I will have to find a beauty supply store here in NY that sells higher quality options and try again! :)

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Cait Val said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS!!! you've inspired the long, lush, thick haired beast that lives inside all of us girls to roar it's ugly head!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!

thanks again & happy friday.

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Kathryn Elise said...

Thanks for sharing! My hair is extremely fine, and stick straight. I never get any volume! Definitely looking into the clips.

Amy said...

I need to try some of these!

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Leah said...

Wow, they look so real! The quality is definitely key, and the colour matches perfectly. You're beautiful either way.

Maria said...

With or without extensions you still look gorgeous! But seriously, these look so simple to use, they make your hair look fantastic and I bet they're also much healthier for your hair then the other kind that you stick on with glue.

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S,Wolfe said...

This is awesome!

Have you ever worked out with them in?

I work out on my lunch break and I would hate to have to take them out and put them back in!

Nikki's Fashion Fixx said...

Can you wear them when you pull your hair up or do you need to take them out? Thanks! :)

Carrie said...

You're gorgeous both ways!
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Angela Joy Holmes said...

This sounds freakishly exactly the same as my routine.. So glad to hear there's other girls out there with my same "Fine & Mediumish length (no matter how hard I try) Hair"
Our only difference is you're alot more gutsier than I on sharing with the world! I'm getting there though ;)
Thanks for all of your wonderful posts! You are lovely. Keep it up.
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Kelli Anne said...

This is so awesome! I have really thick hair but never get the right length, I use too many hot tools for my hair to grow!

I want to buy a pair immediately!

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Molly said...

I started using clip-ins last June or so when I saw your extension tutorial. Thankfully I'm local, so I legit get Fashion Source hair extensions from Paradise Beauty haha! They are the best! Also, I have slept in them a couple of times (after long nights... oops) and AHHHHH DON'T DO THIS! The clip-in's tug on your hair and can create bald patches. If you take them out, though, there's no problem. Also, just my own other unsolicited advice: I had my hair stylist dye my hair to match my extensions because I have "dull-toned" (sad) dark brown hair and the extensions usually come in "warm tones."

Bethany said...

You have no idea what you just did for my self-esteem. You are AWESOME for posting this. :) Thank you!

PS You have great hair, lady, before and after the clip-ins!

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

i also bought the AWFUL jessica simpson clip in bangs. not good. now i am dying to try these!!! your hair looks gorgeous both ways though!

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Shannon said...

I love your hair! Looks so natural w/the extensions. Thank you for sharing this.
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Ashley said...

I love the fullness and I would love to try these myself but I'm a little nervous because I wouldn't want my husband to know I wear them...I think they might freak him out

Breakfast at Cindi's said...

Great tutorial, they look so natural on you ! And if it makes you feel better about yourself who cares : )

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J Ciriello said...

OMG - I have SO much hair and have always complained because blow drying and styling my hair is such a workout but now that people are paying all this money for various hair extensions I am glad that I have full hair :-) BTW - you look gorgeous either way ...

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thenewlime said...

Hi Katie!
Ive been a fan and follower of your blog for some time now and was wondering if you had a blog button I could put on my blog?

I think your hair looks great even without extensions by the way! :)
Have a great weekend!
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Magz and Mez said...

Your hair looks great without extensions however I agree, if it makes you feel more comfortable why not? I hate when people confuse confidence with insecurity.

You look wonderful!

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Sara Louise said...

I do believe clip in extensions would make me feel a lot prettier as well. Thanks for letting us in on your fab secret! :)

Carl Alexander said...

You appearance will improved by wearing hair extensions. It is great for women who need to always look good because of their job.

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Brittney Hill said...

Do you use the extensions when you put your hair in a bun or is that all your own hair? Thanks!

Kerry Forristall said...

I have been using clip in hair extensions for about a year now. My husband have never noticed, tho my kids make fun on me (they always seem to walk in the bathroom while I'm putting them on). But they really help with my baby fine hair. I'm so glad you posted this! By the way, like everyone else has said, you look great in the before and after photos:)

JesseRin said...

Hi Kate, I love that you posted this! I had no idea you wore extensions. I think your hair always looks amazing. I was wondering what color/length of the fashion source extensions you are currently wearing recently in the pictures from this post with your lighter blonde hair color? I have a very similar hair color and would love to know what you have been using lately.

Thanks!

Bailey Schneider said...

I LOVE hair extensions too!! You absolutely have to try this range called Runway Hair www.runwayhair.co.za - I have tried and tested almost every range and this is (and I'm singing here) AAAAAMAAAAZZZZIIINNNGGG!!! hehehe!!

Corey&Brian said...

Last year ( or 2 years ago) I read about clip in extensions from your blog....and was shocked so I decided to try them...guess what??...they have changed my life. Seriously I cannot even believe I ever walked through life without them! Thanks thanks to you and your blog!!!!

FlorenceLulu said...

Can I please ask does you not find these really uncomfortable? By the end of the day I can feel the pull on my hair of the clips and I want to take the weight off by end of evening?!

Libby said...

What brand are you wearing in the video and did you get them online or at a local store?

Libby said...

and how do you hide all those clips? I have trouble hiding my 4 single clips and I feel like they always poke through. Today i did wear a 3 clip one at the nape of my neck though like you suggested and it seems to be hidden well!

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Mary Jones said...

Your hair looks great with hair extensions, it adds volume and thickness to your hair. I watched your tutorial, and it is very helpful for a first timer.


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my hair extensions look fabulous.I've got hi-lighted hair & she matched the colour up perfectly. Even my hairdresser said they were the best she'd seen. hair extensions

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Your hair style is looking very gorgeous after wearing clip in hair extensions.Thanks for sharing this hair extension video.....

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robert evans said...

Wow it is amazing the difference that it makes when you clip in hair extensions, your hair has gone from shoulder length to long and luxurious! Which brand of human hair extensions did you use? Some of the higher quality only use ethically sources remy hair which means that they will look long and smooth for an extended period of time. You can also style and heat some of the better clip in extensions as well as colouring them!

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