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Friday, May 30, 2014

How to make Clip-in hair Extensions | Hair

Hey all! I am on Instagram a lot and it had peaked my interest for clip-in extensions after stumbling across Bellami, Irresistable Me, and a whole host of other clip-in manufacturers. Most people already know about weaves, but to be honest, I don't know just how long I could stick to having same hair on my head. (Let's not talk about itchiness...) Why not try to make your own extensions?

What you will need:

  • Weave (human hair, synthetic, it's up to you. I'm using the Janet Collection New Yaky Human hair extensions)
  • Weave clips
  • Hair glue/ hot glue or weaving thread & needle
  • Scissors
  • Blow dryer (if you use the hair glue)

Cutting the Wefts.

1. Take the weft and measure the bottom section your head (from 1 ear to the other), so that weft would sit snuggly on the scalp cut the weft slightly smaller than this length (line A2 to B2 in the above photo). OR you can measure about 6-7 inches then cut the weft.
2. Take the remaining weave and measure the space above the ears (line A3 to B3) and cut the weft slightly smaller. Or you could cut 8 inches. Continue by laying the weave across the widest part of your head, either A4 or A5 and then cut the weft slightly smaller. OR cut about 10 inches.
3. When you get to the top sections, you can cut 3.5 inch pieces which would frame the face and add body to the front sections. You can do as many as you would like, but remember you have to be able to fit it on your head. I did just 3.

Assembling the Extensions.

You should have at least 6 pieces which you will either be sewing on the clips or gluing them on.
For mine I chose to glue them with UHU All purpose adhesive (reminds me of hot glue) and sew them on for added security. You do not have to do this.
  • Make sure you also have enough clips for all of the pieces. The longer pieces may require 3 or even 4 large clips, while the smaller pieces you can use 2 clips. 
  • You don't have to measure where the clips go, but let it be as evenly spaced so that the weave doesn't droop in some areas. Now you can start attaching them. 
Closed clip on the left, opened clip on the right. 
1. Open the clip, that way you know which way it should be facing, rather than attaching them the wrong way.
2. If you are sewing make sure to go below the weft, rather than through it, so it's not destroyed. I learnt that the hard way. Below the last thread and above the first thread. If you're glueing try not to attach too much glue, because it may show or make the weft more stiff.

Test it out, Cut & Style.

For me, this is still a work in progress because I'm between minds about dyeing my extensions fun purple, or the brown similar to my hair is dyed. Make sure you trim the extensions to your face shape, that way it also blends easily with your hair before wearing them. Curl or flat iron as necessary and wear with confidence!

Disclaimer: The mentioned products were bought with my own money. i'm no expert on this, just trying a thing. Please do your research as well!


  1. Love the visual, its very informative. I would give this a try soon.weaves.

    1. Thanks Tomes, I can't wait to see how they come out :)


  2. your blog is amazing :) I'm following you now via gfc. Keep in touch x

    Benish | Feminist Reflections


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