JUST CLIP IT

Do you ever find yourself flipping through a magazine and coveting the long, thick, shiny hair you see your favorite celebs sporting? Well, those luxurious locks can be yours too thanks to clip-in extensions.

There are many types of hair extensions – from glues to bonds or braided-in ones – but clip-ins are quick, inexpensive and can be applied from the comfort of your own home. The biggest draw of choosing the clip-in method is that it won’t cause damage. Glues and bonds can cause hair to become weak and break off.

So how exactly do you apply clip-ons? It’s pretty simple and something that you can easily do with a little practice, but if you’re hesitant leave it to a professional. Most sets of clip-ins come with eight or nine strips, in varying widths, of human or synthetic hair (the source of the hair will alter the price).  Section your hair, and beginning at the nape of your neck, snap the clips into place. Teasing hair slightly can help secure the grip.

Clip-ins are temporary – you should not sleep in them – so it’s great for adding a little glam to your party look. If you are looking for a long-term fix to thin or short hair, maybe clip-ins aren’t your best choice (read up on growing hair quickly here).

Most clip-ins are reusable, so if you learn how to apply it at home, you are good to go. Just make sure to wash it every once in a while (the same way you would your own hair. Shampoo, condition, rinse and comb through to get out any tangles or knots.

Permanent extensions can easily reach the $1,000 range, but clip-ins are comparatively inexpensive. Pieces from celeb hairdresser Ken Paves’ HairDo line don’t go above $99 (his clippable bangs are pictured above) and NewTress has genuine Brazilian and Filipino clip-ins for around $120.

The best part of the ease and affordability of clip-ins is it allows you to have fun! Try a style that you never have before, go all out. Play with colors, lengths and textures. As always, head over to Pampadour to show off your new looks.