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Clip-in Hair Extensions; Everything You Need to Know

Beautiful Woman in Blue Top with long Clip-In Hair Extensions and Posing near Glass Doors
Photo by Raíssa Pimenta.

What Are Clip-In Hair Extensions?

Clip-in hair extensions are a type of extension that the hair is attached to a small metal clip, which is then clipped into your hair. Clip-in extensions are usually made from 100% real human hair, which means they can be styled just like your own hair. You can curl them, straighten them, and even dye them. They’re also relatively easy to put in and take out, which makes them a popular choice for people who don’t want to commit to permanent extensions.

  • Easy to apply and remove.
  • Less commitment than permanent.
  • A quick way to add length and volume.
  • Multiple sets to change up your look.
  • Wear them whenever you want.

How Long Do They Last?

Clip-in hair extensions are a great way to add length and volume to your hair, but they don’t last forever. Depending on how often you wear them and how well you take care of them, they can last anywhere from a few months to a year. To get the most out of your clip-ins, be gentle with them when putting them in and taking them out. Be sure to use a gentle shampoo and conditioner, and avoid harsh chemicals or heat-styling tools. If you take good care of your clip-ins, they’ll take good care of you!

How Do You Wash Hair Extensions?

There are different ways to wash hair extensions, depending on the type of hair extension. Clip-in extensions do not need to be washed as often as extension hair that is permanently attached.

  1. Start by brushing them thoroughly to remove any tangles.
  2. Next, wet your extensions in the sink with cool water and a small amount of mild shampoo.
  3. Gently massage the shampoo into the hair, being careful not to pull on the hair.
  4. Rinse the extensions with cool water and allow them to air dry.

When washing clip-in extensions, it is important to avoid getting the clips wet.

The Difference Between Permanent and Clip-in Hair Extensions

Permanent extensions are usually glued or sewn into your natural hair, while clip-in extensions are temporary and can be easily removed. Wefts, which are small sections of hair attached to a backing, are used for both permanent and clip-in extensions. The wefts can be made from real or synthetic hair and come in various colors and textures.

Permanent extensions are a great option if you want a long-term solution or if you want to experiment with a new style. However, they require more upkeep than clip-ins and can damage your natural hair if not installed properly.

Clip-in extensions are less damaging to your natural hair and are much easier to remove when you want to change up your look. They’re also a good option if you’re looking for a temporary solution or want to experiment with a new style without commitment.

Do Hair Extensions Cause Hair Loss?

Clip-in extensions are a safer option because they don’t require any permanent bonding or weaving, but they can still cause hair loss if they’re not used properly. If you wear clip-in extensions, be sure to take them out before going to bed, so your scalp has a chance to recover.

Hair extensions are safe if you take care of them and your scalp. If you’re concerned about hair loss, talk to your stylist about the best way to install and wear your extensions.

Dawn Gorman

Dawn Gorman

Dawn Gorman is the owner of The Look Salon & Spa in Oviedo, Florida, and has over 20 years of experience in the industry. Throughout her career, she's competed at state and national levels taking home gold medals in hairstyling and working with global brands as a beauty educator.


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