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How to Apply Clip In Hair Extensions
Hair extensions can add length, volume and color to natural hair. Clip In Hair Extensions are an ideal way to use extensions without the long-term commitment of sewing or gluing in hair extensions. Clip In Hair Extensions are available in small, 1-inch strips that can be applied individually or larger wefts of up to 6 inches long that may run around the entire head. When applied properly, Clip In Hair Extensions can comfortably and securely remain in place all day long.
1 Decide on the location you'd like for your hair extension. If you are using a single streak, you may choose an area near the face. For larger wefts, begin at the back of the head
2 Measure a length of hair approximately the same length as the extension strip. Split the section of hair in half, pinning the top half out of the way with your hair clip. This portion of hair will conceal the extension clip.
3 Tease the lower strip of hair at the root using your comb. Backcomb both the top and bottom sides of the hair about 1 inch from the roots. Roughing up the hair will give the clip something to grab on to.
4 Spray both the top and bottom sides of the backcombed hair with hair spray.
5 Open your hair extension clip by pressing down in the middle of the clip. Place the teeth of the clip against your scalp at the root of the selected area.
6 Dig the teeth of the clip into the backcombed area and, when secure, click the clip into place by pressing down on either end.
7 Remove your reserved hair from its clipped-up position and allow it to fall over the top of the extension. Smooth the surface of the hair using your comb to neatly conceal the clip.
How to Apply Hair Weave
Hair Weave can be purchased from most beauty supply stores in either synthetic fiber or 100 percent human hair. Wefts are strands of hair that are woven into long, cloth bands. The bands, not the actual extension hair, are what you attach to your natural locks. Wefts are applied to your hair with a special type of latex glue made special for hair extensions. Give your hair the length and body you want by applying weft hair extensions.
1 Create a horizontal part across the back of your head about 2 to 3 inches from the nape of your neck. Clip the rest of your hair away.
2 Measure the part and cut a weft slightly smaller than the measurement.
3 Apply a thin line of glue along the rough side of the band at the top of the weft.
4 Press the glue-side of the weft along the part, about 1/4 inch from the roots. Lightly press your fingers all along the weave.
5 Hold the extension in place for about 30 seconds to allow the glue to dry. Unclip your hair and create another horizontal part across the back of your head about 1/2 inch above the first part.
6 Repeat the applications until you reach just below the crown of your head. Extensions applied any higher will be visible.
7 Make a horizontal part about 1/2 inch above your left ear. Cut a weft slightly smaller than the part and repeat the applications until you reach just below your temple. Repeat this process for the other side of your hair.
How to Apply Micro Loop Hair Extensions
The newest technique in applying hair extensions is the Micro Loop Hair Extensions, which are a way to extend the natural hair without using complicated sewing or messy glues. Customers and stylists love the technique, because not only are micro ring extensions easy to install, they are also lightweight and flexible. The other benefit to using micro rings is that they are completely safe for the natural hair. Other techniques threaten the health of the hair by stress it. Micro rings remove this risk and help keep the hair healthy and vibrant.
1 Shampoo and condition the natural hair with a mild moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. It is very important to install hair extensions in clean, dry hair. Because micro rings can last for a while, you want all the dirt and debris to have been removed from the hair and scalp so the pores aren't clogged. Completely dry the hair before continuing.
2 Separate the hair into four workable sections: two in the front and two in the back. Hold the hair in place with clips.
3 Push the pulling needle through one of the micro ring tubes. Push it all the way through, so the needle is showing on the other side.
4 Starting with one of the back sections, partition off 1 inch of the hair in a straight line. Separate the hair again into very small sections. Starting with one small section, slide the hair through the micro ring tube.
5 Take a portion of the extension hair and insert it into the tube as well. The hair should already be in pre-tipped portions. Work with one portion per section.
6 Use the closer tool to flatten the micro ring. This closes the tube and attaches the extension hair to the natural hair.
7 Repeat Steps 4 to 7 on the remaining sections of the hair until all of the extensions have been applied. To make the hair look completely natural and cover up the micro rings, leave a small section in the front undone. When you're finished, curl or style the hair as desired.
How to Make Pre Bonded Hair Extensions
If you want hair extensions but can't find any in the specific color or length, you can try making Pre Bonded Hair Extensions. Pre Bonded hair extensions are tipped with keratin adhesive that you melt onto your own hair with a fusion tool that melts the adhesive. These types of adhesives are ideal because each small section is coated, making them less likely to shed. Pre-tipped hair extensions include Nail/U Tip hair extension and Stick/I Tip hair extension. It can be removed from your hair so easily without causing any damage to your natural hair.
1 Spread some wax paper out on your table so the freshly-tipped extensions won't stick to the surface. Use scissors to cut the solid keratin adhesive sticks into the fusion melting pot, which you can purchase specifically for making pre-tipped hair extensions. Find these supplies at a beauty supply store.
2 Cut the bound end of the hair weft that you purchased into 1/16 inch wide sections or smaller. The width of the sections needs to be very small to prevent shedding. This process will take time, but will result in a better quality hair extension. The hair wefts can be real human hair or synthetic.
3 Put some fusion finger guards on the tips of your fingers to protect them from the heat of the melted glue. Lower each bound end of the extension (the end that will be attached to your real hair) into the melted keratin glue to 3/4 of an inch. Pull it out slowly and roll the end of the coated tip into a point with your fingers.
4 Place each freshly-tipped extension onto the wax paper to let it cool. Repeat this process 200 to 250 more times for a full head of individual extensions. To keep the strands in order and prevent them from getting lost or tangled, hold them together with a ponytail holder.
5 Pin upper section of your hair out of the way. Attach each extension to your hair by applying heat to each lower section with the special heating tool. The heating tool melts the keratin adhesive, which bonds the tip of the extension to your real hair. Place the extensions in an even line in small sections of your hair close to your scalp, but not close enough to burn yourself. You may need a friend to help you with the back of your head.
Tape Hair Extensions
Hair extensions are a fun, easy way to give new life to your hair. Extensions can add length, volume and color to your tresses. One of the easiest types to apply yourself is Tape Hair Extensions. Using a double-sided tape, you can apply these extensions with minimal damage to your hair. Tape hair is very easy to apply and can be instantly applied to parted areas of the head. It is completely invisible and giving all natural appearance. It looks like the hair is growing from your own scalp. The hair is hand sewn into a clear skin base and attached to a durable double sided invisible adhesive tape.
There are many beauty-supply brands that offer pretaped extensions. Simplicity and Unique VIP Tape extensions are just a few. These extensions typically come in precut wefts with the tape already attached to the bond. The tape has a protective covering that is peeled off when applied to the hair.
Regular Tape Extensions
Some extensions simply come in wefts and the tape needs to be purchased separately. Special hair-extension tape can be purchased at any beauty-supply store. One example is Batistone tape extensions, which are wefts with a clear, flexible mounting base where the bond is. The tape is double-sided, and is applied directly to the mounting base. After you have securely attached the tape to the base, you can cut any excess tape off the ends so that it fits properly on your hair extension. When you are ready to attach the extension, simply peel the backing off the tape and stick it to your hair.
There are a few things you will need to prepare for the addition of your extensions. First of all, your hair needs to be clean, dry and absent of styling products. Greasy residue from dirty hair or product buildup will make it difficult for the tape to stick to the hair.
Use a rat-tail comb to create a horizontal straight part in your hair. A rat-tail comb is simply a comb with a long, tapered handle. The tapered end, or rat-tail, is what you use to make the part. If you are doing a full head of extensions, start from the nape of your neck and work your way up. If you are adding just a few extensions for color or highlights, make your part just below the crown of your head. When you slide the rat-tail under your hair to make the part, determine if the section is too thin by seeing if the rat-tail is visible through your hair. If you can see the rat-tail of the comb, you will be able to see the bond of the weft.
A good way to prep the area is by dipping a cotton ball in alcohol and lightly sweeping it across your strands at the part. This will reduce the amount of oil near the root, making attachment easier. Don't soak the cotton ball, since alcohol can severely dry out your hair.
When applying pretaped extensions, you will notice that the ends of the tape extend past the bond of the weft to create tabs. This is because most pretaped extensions actually wrap all the way around your hair. Peel the backing off the tape and select a thin section of hair right below the part. Depending on the size of the precut wefts, the width of the section of hair you choose will vary. Stick the extension a couple of millimeters below the root; then lift the section of hair. You will be able to see the two tabs of excess tape sticking out from the sides of the hair. Fold the tabs toward each other, sticking to the underside of the section of hair so they meet in the middle.
When applying regular tape extensions, attach the tape to the mounting base. You can either cut the tape to the size of the extension or leave tabs of tape and attach the weft to your hair in the same manner as a pretaped extension. Creating these tabs and folding them over the underside of the section of hair will result in a longer-lasting extension.