How to Put in Clip In Hair Extensions

Updated April 17, 2017

Clip-in hair extensions are an economical and temporary way to update a hairstyle by creating length, fullness and layers -- celebrities use long hair extensions all the time. Coloured pieces can be added as an accent or for special occasions. Synthetic or natural human hair extensions can be purchased based on your needs and budget. Individual extensions, also called wefts, can easily be attached and removed at home without causing damage to the hair.

Open and close the snapping clips on each hair extension by simultaneously applying pressure to the sides of each clip with your thumbs. Practice the technique of opening and closing before inserting into the hair. Leave each clip in the open position so it is ready when needed.

Separate the hair into three sections: right side, left side, back. Secure the side pieces out of the way while you begin working with the back piece.

Start at the nape of the neck and draw a comb from ear to ear to make a horizontal part. Hair above this line should be clipped out of the way. Choose the extension, or weft, with the same width as the part. Gently tease the root of the natural hair section. This helps to keep the clips from slipping out of the hair and helps hide the difference between your natural hair and your hair extensions.

Attach the clip on hair extension to the natural hair by inserting the centre clip into the root of the hair. Once the teeth of the clip grasp the natural hair, snap both sides to secure. Continue inserting and closing the outer clips in the same process. Blend the natural hair and extension by gently brushing. Check to make sure the weft is securely affixed to the hair. If not, remove and try again.

Release the clipped hair above the extension and use a comb to make another ear-to-ear part ½ to 1 inch above the previously applied extension. You should now have a veil of natural hair covering the base of the first extension. Brush this piece and tease the roots. Clip unused hair out of the way.

Insert another weft in the same manner as the first. Start at the root of the second part and slide the clips into the natural hair. Secure by closing the clips and brushing gently.

Continue making horizontal parts and attaching the extensions as you move up the back of the head. Check to be certain each piece is secure and no visible weft is showing.

Attach side pieces by making a horizontal part above the ear and inserting wefts in the same manner. Work up the head and then complete the other side. This is a great time to use pieces to create layers to frame the face.

Open each clip before trying to remove wefts. Hair can become broken and damaged if wefts are pulled out without unsecuring clips.


Ask a friend for help or use a mirror to insure back pieces are attached correctly and secured. Practice inserting and removing the extensions. Practice does make perfect and allows you to get an idea of what works best for your hair type and desired result. Do you want Jessica Simpson hair or are you only adding a little more volume and length to your hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Clip-in hair extensions
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Jaw or Duck clips
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