Nowadays, it seems like everyone is on the clip-in extensions craze. Celebs swear by them and naturalistas have been slaying textured tresses like nobody’s business. They offer instant hair gratification without investing the time for a sew-in or damaging glue installs.
“Whether you have straight or natural hair, clip-ins are amazing for adding volume and length,” said celeb stylist Monaé Everett and newly minted ABHair ambassador. “They are also awesome for adding color and dimension – and can give your hair styles longevity and hold curls longer.”
But, just like we have to take care of our own tresses – and our installs – we also need to show our clip-ins some love. Here, Monaé shares five tips for rocking clip-ins.
- Color Match
Before you even install, make sure you’ve got the right color (and texture!) “Make sure to match to the ends of your hair – not the root,” said Monaé. “This is because that’s where you hair meets the extensions.” She also adds that if you can’t decide between two different shades, opt for the lighter hue if have dark hair and the darker hue if you have blonde hair.
- Keep It Clean
Monaé recommends washing the hair after every ten wears. “Just make sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.” Try: Créme of Nature Moisture & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner with Argan Oil.
- Dry Flat
After washing, lay the hair flat to dry. “Avoid ruffling – or pushing up and down – hair to avoid frizz and breakage. You want to keep hair in one direction.”
- Don’t Get Too Hot
Don’t burn your hair! “Maintain medium heat, try not to go over 360 degrees,” said Monaé. “Treat your hair as a delicate fabric.”
- Satin Is Your Best Friend
Just like your own tresses, keep satin around to protect your extensions. “Store your hair extensions in a satin bag to help avoid snagging, tearing or breakage and make sure that your extensions stay shiny and healthy.”