If you have thin hair, then clip-in hair extensions will be your best friend in helping you to achieve the perfect length and volume. However, one thing that can be a little tricky is blending the clips in your natural locks, making sure that they aren’t visible and your extensions look just as if you have spent the last ten years growing your locks. But not to worry, as always, your Regal Envy hair gurus are here to save the day. Take a look at our super easy guide on how to blend extensions with thin hair, including the most common mistakes to avoid.
A Guide To Blending Your Extensions With Thin Hair
As experts in all things hair extensions, we recognise how frustrating it can be to spend ages fitting your weft to find the clips poking out or feel that they are uncomfortably pulling at your scalp. If you have thin hair, then this can make life even harder as your locks will be a little more prone to breakages, so clipping in wefts will require far more care. But this most definitely doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy beautifully long, thick and voluminous locks. So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the following:
- Common Blending Mistakes To Avoid
- Steps To Perfecting Your Blend
- Secret Hacks From Your Regal Hair Gurus
If you are new to the world of hair extensions, then it’s likely that you’re expecting just to pop them in and head off for your day, right? Well, it may take a little more practice to get your technique right, but we promise it’ll be worth the dedication. For those who are finding it a little trickier than expected to perfect their technique, here is where you might be going wrong:
Mistake 1: Clips Are Too Close To The Scalp
Many assume that for their results to look natural, they need to clip their extensions as close to the scalp as possible; however, this isn’t the case, especially with thin hair. Instead, position your clips just a little further down as this will allow more movement in your extensions, helping the results to look more natural. It will also stop any tension on your scalp, which can leave your head feeling tender when you eventually remove your clip-ins.
Mistake 2: Clips Are Too High On The Head
Later in our guide, we will explain in detail where you should clip your extensions; however, for now, let’s take a look at by far one of the most common mistakes – attempting to blend your wefts when they are clipped too high on the head. If your hair is naturally thin, then it is likely that most of your hair is nearer to the nape of your neck, which means that it will become impossible to hide your clips. Not only this, but your hair will also look choppy rather than blended.
Mistake 3: Clipping Onto Freshly Washed Hair
There is nothing better than freshly washed hair, but when you’re trying to secure clip-in hair extensions, you’re likely to have a battle on your hands. Weft clips can slip, especially on thinner, finer hair, which means that you need a little texture to allow them to grip. This means that if your hair is squeaky clean, you will need to add a few more steps to your routine to keep your extensions in place (don’t worry, we’ll cover this shortly). When you reach second or third-day hair when oil and product have built up a little, you’ll find that the clips grip far easier.
Mistake 4: Attempting To Use Too Many Wefts
Yes, as much as we hate to say it, there is such thing as too much hair! If you have recently treated yourself to new clip-in extensions, it can be tempting to use every last weft, but don’t feel the pressure to wear as many wefts as possible all at once. Some people may only need two wefts, and others may wear four, it’s all about what looks and feels best for you. If you have any questions about how many wefts to buy, then please do not hesitate to ask our Regal Envy hair gurus for advice!
Follow our seven-step guide on fitting and blending your clip-in extensions with your natural locks and we promise you would have perfected your technique in no time!
Step 1: Choose The Right Extensions
So first things first, before you can even consider perfecting your technique, you will need to determine the right extensions for your hair and then buy your clip in hair extensions. The beauty of clip-in extensions is that they are available in different lengths and weights, meaning that it couldn’t be easier to choose those that will transform your locks without causing any damage.
For thin hair, we would recommend going for our 100g clip-in extensions as the 150g wefts may feel slightly too heavy and potentially pull at your roots. Our 100g clip-in extensions are available in 18 and 22 inches, depending on how long you want your locks to be. As a guide, 18-inch extensions will reach around the middle of your back, and 22 inches will be just above your waist – this part is all about personal preference!
Step 2: Create A Base For The Wefts
Once you have purchased your clip-in extensions, its time to try fitting them for the first time. The key to success is creating a solid base for the wefts, which will not only help them to stay secure but also camouflage the clips. It will also stop the clips from tugging at your hair, which can get super uncomfortable.
To do this, each time that you section your hair to clip in a weft, spray a small spritz of hairspray onto the root then tease the hair using a tail comb. Tail combs are great because they are typically fine-toothed, meaning that you can tease your hair without causing damage.
Step 3: Find Your ‘Safe Zone’
By far, one of the most important steps of fitting your extensions in thin hair is finding your ‘safe zone’. This is the section of hair where the clips will not be seen, any higher than this ‘safe zone’ and you will not have enough natural hair to hide the clips. Typically, your ‘safe zone’ falls in any section below your eyebrows, so to find it, simply follow the line from beneath your brows, around to the back of your head. The hair underneath this line is where you will clip in your extensions.
Step 4: Decide On Your Wefts Positioning
Before starting to clip in your extensions, you will benefit from experimenting with different weft positionings. The last thing you want to do is section out your entire hair, prep your extensions and tease the root to find that the weft doesn’t quite look right in that position. As everyone has different hair types and head shapes, this may take a little trial and error. As your hair will be slightly thinner, you’ll need to pay careful attention to positions that will have plenty of natural hair to go on top of the wefts to cover the clips.
Step 5: Prepare Your Wefts
Once you have an idea on where to place your wefts, you’ll just need to quickly prepare them before starting to clip in. Using your Regal Envy professional detangler, carefully brush out your hair extensions, ensuring that there are no knots. Through detangling before clipping in the extensions, you can avoid pulling at the clips once they are fitted and putting tension on your scalp. After brushing your extensions, you are ready to begin clipping them in!
Step 6: Tease The Hair On Your Crown
Now that you have all of your wefts clipped in and your locks are looking beautifully long and voluminous, you’ve probably found that the top of your hair is looking a little flat. This is completely natural as you will have far more hair at the bottom of your head compared to the top, but don’t panic! Just as you did when creating your base, using your tail comb, gently tease the natural hair on your crown. This will help your extensions to blend seamlessly with your hair, creating an overall more voluminous look. If you’re not too sure how to tease your crown without looking like you have a birds nest on your head, take a look at All Things Hair for a super easy step-by-step guide!
Step 7: Finish By Styling Your Hair
Here at Regal Envy, all of our extensions are made from 100% human extensions, whether you opt for our clip-ins or buy stick tip hair extensions and get them professionally fitted. This means that they can be styled just as you would do so your natural locks! With your new gorgeously long mane, the style opportunities are endless, but for those with thin hair, our favourite is a soft curl. Through curling your natural hair in with your extensions, it will be so much easier to hide then divide between the two, perfecting your blend. Be sure to pick sections that combine both your hair and extensions, then curl these together. Grazia has put together a great article with top tips on how to achieve big, bouncy curls from home!
It wouldn’t be a Regal Envy guide without some last top tips from our experts, so here are our secret hacks for blending your clip-in extensions with thin hair:
Tip 1: Hiding Those Little Baby Hairs
If like many of us, you have those short strands of hair along the nape of your neck, then this one is for you. Your baby hairs can often make it obvious you are wearing extensions, but there is a super easy way to hide them – introducing ‘the twist’. Simply begin twisting your shorter hairs starting from one ear and working your way to the other, then use a bobby pin to grip the twist into place. Not only does this disguise your baby hairs but also give you a base to clip your first weft!
Tip 2: Blending Your Layered Locks
For those with layered hair, you may find that it is trickier to blend your extensions because they are not the same lengths as your natural locks, but not to worry. Next time that you visit your trusted hairdresser for a hair cut, why not take your extensions with you and get them styled too? Your hairdresser can clip in your extensions then cut all of the hair at once, all you will need to do is remember what order they are clipped in your hair when you next take them out.
If you are looking for a new reputable hairdresser to transform your look, we suggest booking a consultation with Lacy Locks! Lacy Locks are also award-winning extensionists, so if you buy nano tip hair extensions with us, you can head over to their new salon to get them fitted.
Tip 3: Don’t Like Backcombing? Crimp Instead!
Earlier in our guide, we mentioned teasing your hair to create a base for your wefts, but we know that not everyone is a fan of backcombing. If you are nodding your head in agreement, then we have the perfect alternative – crimping! The purpose of teasing is to add texture for the clips to grip to, but this can also be achieved by crimping the section of hair nearest to the root. The Diva Pro Styling mini crimper is a great little tool that heats up in a matter of seconds, allowing you to fit your extensions with ease!
And Just Like That, You Have Perfected Your Technique!
There is nothing more exciting than your new clip-in extensions arriving at your doorstep ready to be fitted and with our guide, you will start to perfect your routine in no time. Blending your extensions when you have thinner hair is all about patience, believe us when we say that practice really does make perfect. Experiment with different techniques a few times before heading out with your new locks for the first time, and you will never look back!