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Clip-in hair extensions are a quick and easy way to revamp your beauty look. If you’re tired of waiting for your hair to grow out or would rather rock a short hairstyle most days—with only the occasional day of long locks—they’re the perfect option for you. Of course, there's one issue that could arise: with hair extensions comes the challenge of choosing hair styles that blend your natural hair with your fake strands. But don't let that dissuade you from wearing hair extensions, we're here to help! Here are a few hair extension styling tips to try if you plan on getting in on the clip-in hair extension beauty trend.
If you’re worried about hair extensions hairstyles being high maintenance and time consuming—there’s no need to fret! An overnight braid hairstyle is one of the quickest and easiest ways to blend your hair extensions with your mane.
Start by braiding your hair as you normally would. The number of braids you put in your hair depends on how thick your hair is and how tight you want your waves to be. The smaller the braid, the tighter the wave. If you want this style to create waves all the way up to your roots, make sure to French or Dutch braid your strands.
Use a hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, to seal in your wave. Apply the gel over each braid. This way, when you unravel them in the morning, you’ll be left with perfectly formed waves that will last throughout the day.
Just as you braided your hair, you want to braid your hair extensions so that in the morning they’ll match the texture and style of your natural hair. Make sure to braid your extensions in the same size braids as your mane, so the size of the waves matches seamlessly.
Apply hair gel to your extensions just as you did to your hair!
Now that your hair (and hair extensions) are styled and ready to go, it’s time to sleep and let those waves form! Sleep on a silk or satin pillow to keep your hair frizz-free throughout the night.
Good morning! It’s time to unravel your braids! Remove the braids from both your hair and your hair extensions to reveal your waves. Put your extensions in and run your fingers gently through your hair to loosen your waves. Hooray! You’ll be out the door in 10 minutes.
If you want to rock a straight ‘do while wearing your hair extensions, you’ll have to straighten your hair in a particular way to ensure the look is seamless.
Before straightening your hair, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream to damp hair before blow drying away. This hair cream will help keep your hair smooth and frizz-free while also acting as a heat protectant.
Straighten your hair—this part isn't anything new.
By straightening your hair and hair extensions separately, you’ll have less work to do when it comes to blending!
Editor’s note: Not all hair extensions are created equal! It’s possible that your extensions aren’t safe to use heat on, so be sure to check prior to straightening or curling them.
Put your hair extensions in and then reach for your straightener one last time. Straighten any areas you missed while making sure to pay extra attention to where the ends of your hair meet your extensions. Slightly curl your ends inward to blend together.
Just as when you straighten your mane, curling hair with extensions may require a few extra steps.
The first thing you’ll want to do when curling your hair with extensions is to apply your clip-ins.
Apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse, to protect your hair from heat damage. This mousse will also add volume to your hair—which is perfect for this look. Apply it to your entire mane, hair extensions and all.
Curl your hair as you typically do, only this time, make sure to include your hair extensions in each chunk of hair you curl. It’s important not to curl your natural hair and the clip-ins separately, as this will leave your hair unblended.
Use a hair spray to ensure your curl last the whole day! Mist the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray 12 inches away from your hair.
If you’re in a rush and forgot to put in your overnight braids, another heat free way to add waves to your hair and hair extensions is by using an air-dry hair styling product.
Begin by applying your extensions.
To dampen your hair, run your fingers under the faucet and apply a little water to your hair. Don't over do it, you don't need soaked strands to achieve this look.
Use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to enhance the shape and texture of your hair (and hair extensions). Spray the product throughout your hair and scrunch it to form waves. Once the spray dries, you’re all set!
Another simple and quick way to blend your hair extensions with your hair is to select a hairstyle that disguises where the ends of your hair and your extensions meet. Our pick? Braids of (almost) any kind!
Put your extensions in your hair as per usual.
Braid your hair! This step is pretty self-explanatory. Whether you’re in the mood for braided pigtails, a fishtail braid, or a traditional braid you have plenty of options.
Editor’s tip: Avoid doing French or Dutch braids as these can expose the clips of your hair extensions!
Ready to show off your long locks? Check out our article, 6 Beautiful Hairstyles for Long Hair for some long hair inspo.