How to Do Clip-in Weaves

by Pamela Simmons
Clip in an extension to instantly update your look.

Clip in an extension to instantly update your look.

Hair extensions don't have to take hours in a salon. To add temporary length or fullness to your locks, slip on a few clip-in extensions. A clip-in weave can look completely natural and it takes only a few minutes to put in yourself. Once you get the hang of it, applying your clip-in extensions will be a cinch.

Choose extensions that match your hair color and texture. This will ensure a more natural look.

Part your hair horizontally from ear to ear. Clip the top half of your hair up.

Apply hairspray or dry shampoo to the roots of the hair right along the part.

Tease hair at the roots along your part. This will help to create a base to which the combs will grip.

Your extensions come with clips that attach to your hair. Some extensions will have two clips while others will have three. You'll want to use both types to create the fullest look. Open all of your clips.

Start with a three-clip piece. Place the top line of your extension directly at your part at the back of your head. Secure the top middle clip first by pushing and pressing it down. You should hear a click.

Undo about an inch’s width of hair from your clipped-up section. Apply a little more hairspray or dry shampoo and tease your hair.

Clip in another three-clip piece to the new part as you did before.

Line up a two-clip piece at your part along the line of your right ear at least one inch back from your hairline. Secure the clip in place.

Repeat Step 9 along the line of your left ear.

Let down the rest of your hair.

Check to see if your extensions can be flat ironed. If they can, flat iron your extensions and your hair to ensure that they're the same texture.

Gently muss your hair with your fingers.

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Items you will need

  • Clip-in extensions
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Hair clip
  • Hairspray or dry shampoo
  • Flat iron


  • If you have thick or coarse hair, your clip-on extensions should grip just fine so skip the hairspray and teasing.
  • If you have very thin hair, tease a section of hair right above your clip. This will help to cover your clip-in and leave your hair looking natural.


  • Be sure to check the instructions for your hair extensions before you apply any sort of heat styling to them. Some synthetic hair pieces can take heat and others cannot. If your piece cannot take heat, it will melt if you try to flat iron or curl it.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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