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Clip in hair extensions are designed to be placed anywhere you want them and clipped or slid directly into the hair just like any hair accessory. You can give your clip in hair extensions extra hold by using one of two techniques to keep them in place. Here are two ways you can make your clip in hair extensions more secure:
If long lasting hold is what you’re after, attaching your clip in hair extensions to a braided base is an excellent way to give your clip in hair extensions a strong and secure grip. You’ll have to know how to create a French braid, plait or cornrow to have success using this method.
Create a part in your hair in the area where you’ll be attaching your clip in hair extensions and secure the loose hair above the part. Create another part just below the existing part and place the loose hair below it in a hair clip to keep it out of the way.
Braid the remaining hair horizontally across your head. Stop braiding approximately an inch away from your hairline. If your hair is short continue braiding to the tip and use a bobby pin to attach the end of your braid to the base of the braid. If your hair is long stop braiding near the scalp, use a small rubber band to keep your hair in place and let the end of your braid hang free.
Attach your clip in hair extensions to the braided base. Repeat the process anywhere you’d like to attach more clip in hair extensions.
If you have especially fine or thin hair or hair that has been made thin and damaged as the result of chemical treatments like hair dye from or using chemical straighteners like hair relaxers then teasing your hair at the roots before attaching your clip in hair extensions may work well for you.
Teasing, or back combing as it is often called, involves combing the hair back toward the roots to create a thick mass of hair. Hair teasing is most often done to add volume to straight or thin hair but can also be done in small amounts and used to create a thick and solid base where clip in hair extensions can be attached.
If you’d like to use the hair teasing method to create a stronger base for your clip in hair extensions you can do the following:
Use a comb to part your hair where you want to install the clip in hair extensions. Secure the loose hair above the part you created with a hair clip.
Create a part in your hair just below the area where you created the first part. Secure the loose hair below the new part you’ve created in your hair with a hair clip or hair elastic.
Extend the portion of hair that has been left loose. Position a small toothed comb in your hair approximately an inch away from your scalp and use short combing motions to push your hair toward your scalp. Be sure to back comb your hair gently to prevent accidental damage.
Use a comb or brush to smooth out the ends of the section of hair you’ve just teased.
Spray the teased or backcombed portion of your hair with a little hair spray to create a long lasting grip then insert your clip in hair extensions into the portion of your hair that you’ve teased.
The teasing method works best when you go from the back of your head to the front working your way from the bottom to the top of your head. Create your first section of teased hair at the very back of your head and insert your clip in hair extensions in that area before moving on to the next section.