How to clip in and blend extensions perfectly
I've has a few weeks to play with my LUSH hair extensions and I cannot lie about how smitten I am with them! Anyway, It most definitely took me a few tries to figure out the best way to actually clip in my extensions. I have pretty short, shoulder length hair so blending extensions is can be a tricky one to make it look the most natural.
So I thought why not share with you a few of my tips and secrets for clipping in and blending your extensions in perfectly. Sound good? Let's Jump right in then! I'm going to demonstrate using my 20" LUSH Double Weft in colour #8.
CLIPPING IN EXTENSIONS:
Start off with smooth,straight hair. Make sure to de-tangle your hair so it's free from any knots.
Make your first section at the nape of your neck. There's 2 ways to do this: 1. Take a very fine section with just enough hair to grip the clips to or 2. Make a sideways french braid with your bottom section.
Choose the correct size of extension. It's a common mistake to automatically choose the largest strip but instead, choose the band that fits the the width of hair of your first section. For me, this is a 3 clip weft.
Moving up the head, take thin sections of hair adding in wefts which fit the width of your section of hair. Work with the hair just behind your ears for now, we will get to that bit shortly.
Finish the back sections of extensions just past the parietal bone (the bumpy bit sticking out the back of your head). Leave quite a lot of hair at the crown because we will use this for blending the side extensions.
Parting your hair horizontally just above the ear, clip your next extension about 1-2 cm (the width of of your index finger nail) back from your hairline. I try not to overlap the front and back clips too much too low down because it does add some nice volume if you do it higher up.
Continue to work up your hair, remembering to keep your clips away from your hairline. I like to look at what my hair looks like first. Then, if there's large chunks of my own hair then I will go in and break these up with some wefts. If you have finer hair don't go too high up your head because the tracks will peep though, leave enough hair to cover them. Use the seriously convenient 2 inch one clip wefts in this set closer to the front of your head to help blend out fringe bits.
If you're still a little confused, LUSH have a great How To video here.
BLENDING IN EXTENSIONS:
So if you've put them in right they should look pretty natural already. The biggest thing is getting your real hair and your extensions to both have a similar texture. Texture is one of the main reasons hair extensions don't look natural, particularly if your extensions are new. You can fix this by washing them or running the straighteners over them. My hair would have a slight wave so you can see in the above pictures that a loose curl was enough.
A lot of people recommend heat styling your hair and extensions separately, prior to clipping them in.This is a great thing to do if you've got a lot of long hair naturally or simply for the convince. I've straightened one side and curled the other so you can see how easy it really is and how natural it looks.
I would definitely recommend trying them out and wearing them a few times yourself to see what works and suites you. You may only need half the wefts in the set, you may need more! My good friends over at Lush can set you up with the perfect colour, length and amount of hair so don't hesitate to contact them.
So what's the verdict? Sleek and Smooth or Curly Sue? I think the great thing about my hair length is it just looks like natural layers in my faux long hair. Have you got any tips or secrets for applying your hair extensions? Share them in the comments below! You can also see other ways I style my extensions on my Facebook or Instagram.