How To Hide Extensions In Very Short Hair

Written by: Nancy Pinder



Time to read 8 min

Short hair can be a great look, but it can also be challenging to style, and sometimes it’s nice to have a change. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to add some length and volume to your short hair, hair extensions will become your best friend.

Hair extensions can be a great way to change up your look for special occasions or just to add a little extra glam to your everyday style. But knowing how to hide hair extensions in very short hair is super important – the last thing you want is your clips poking out.

But before you run out and buy some hair extensions, we’ve got a few tips from our hair extension experts here at RiRi to help you achieve the perfect, seamless hair extensions in short hair. So, let’s jump right in!

How To Hide Hair Extensions In Short Hair

Most people with short hair don't tend to use extensions because they think that it will be really noticeable, and it can be. 

However, if you place the hair extensions in short hair properly, then they are far less noticeable, and the clips remain hidden. So let's get into it.

Tip 1: Cutting Hair Extensions Back

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to put super long hair extensions in short hair. They do not look natural. 

It makes sense to go a little shorter so that the extensions look more natural.

You might also want to think about cutting your hair extensions a little – but if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, then you can skip this step. 

Trimming layers into your extensions can help to disguise your natural hair length and make the extensions look better. If you can, you should take your extensions with you to your hairdresser and ask them to trim them for you.

If you are trimming them yourself, you should put them in and trim them while they are on your head. Cut them dry and go slowly – you can always trim more hair off, but you can't put it back on. 

Tip 2: Colour Matching

The next mistake that a lot of people make, especially when buying hair extensions online, is not getting the right colour. 

The wrong colour extensions stick out like a sore thumb and look super fake, which is why you need to get a good colour match. 

This is especially important for knowing how to hide extensions in very short hair lengths because you want to avoid anything that’s going to draw more attention to your hair.

If you are buying your extensions in person, then you can get a much better idea of the colour, and in fact, the sales assistant can help to match you. 

However, if you are buying online, then you need to use a brand that offers a colour matching service.

Usually, this entails sending pictures of your hair in natural lighting for the sales team to match with the colours they have. 

RiRi’s FREE Hair Extensions Colour Match Service

Luckily for you, we have a fantastic colour match service that’s totally free! 

Our hair extension experts will be able to recommend the best RiRi shade for your hair so you can be confident you’re getting the perfect colour that’ll help hide your hair extensions in short hair. 

The process is really simple. Just take a photo of your natural hair in good lighting (we recommend indoors by a window), send it to us on WhatsApp or Instagram, and one of the RiRi team will get back to you ASAP with your colour match.

You can then go ahead and purchase your extensions and have them delivered to you the very next day (order before 3pm).

Free Colour Match Service on WhatsApp

Make sure to take your photo with good lighting

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Tip 3: Determining Extension Weight

Depending on how thick your hair is, you will need to consider the weight of the extensions. The lighter the weight, the less hair there is.

For those with thin hair, a lower weight will likely blend but realistically, the heavier the weight, the better. But try not to go too heavy because your thinner hair will struggle to cover the extensions. 

Thicker hair looks better, it is easier to disguise, and it looks more natural.

So, the key is to look for quality, thick hair for hiding extensions in short hair.

Tip 4: Curling or Straightening

Another great hack for hiding hair extensions in short hair is to spend a bit of time styling your extensions.

We strongly advise against styling synthetic extensions because the fibres aren’t made to withstand the heat. 

Human hair extensions can be heat treated, but only use a low heat setting and always apply a heat protectant beforehand.

If you have shorter hair, then curling it can be a good way to make the extension blend with your hair. If you can, you should try to curl the hair together.

Straight hair can look natural, too, if you have cut layers into the extensions; otherwise, the two distinct lengths can emphasise the extensions and make them look fake.  

Tip 5: Layering Wefts

Another great way to make the extensions look more natural is simply to layer them and their placement on the head. 

A lot of those who are new to extensions tend to place one or two wefts in the same place on the head.

The best way to place wefts is to layer them. Start at the bottom of the head or the nape of the neck and work your way up, making sure to leave enough hair at the top of the head to cover the wefts properly.

Layer wefts to create more volume!

Why Hide Hair Extensions?

Most people who wear hair extensions don't necessarily want other people to know.

Although, if your hair transforms overnight from super short to long and luscious, people will be able to tell.

Seeing extensions in the hair just looks unsightly. It ruins the style you are going for because the extensions are all anyone can notice when they look at your hair.

If you can see your extensions, whether they are clip-in, sew-in or bonded, it can also be a sign that they need adjusting, the clip-ins might not be secure, and the semi-permanent extensions have likely grown out and need moving up.

Benefits Of Hiding Hair Extensions

Realistically, hiding your extensions simply looks better. 

No one else can tell that you are wearing them, and they can help you to pull off a number of styles that your short hair previously wouldn't allow. 

Benefits of Hiding Hair Extensions 
1. They look way more natural  
2. Other people won't be able to tell you're wearing them
3. They’ll be better secured – so less risk of clips slipping or sliding

Tips For Managing Hair Extensions

If you do decide to get hair extensions, then it is important that you look after them properly. 

The hair will look and feel better for it. Not to mention the fact that it increases its lifespan, and you will be able to wear the extensions for longer. 

If you don’t look after your extensions, you’ll be left with a frizzy, tangled mess that will be even more difficult to hide in short hair, so TLC is super important.

Tip 1: Washing Your Hair Extensions Correctly

Both synthetic and human hair extensions need cleaning, and both should really be removed before doing so. Human hair extensions can be washed using normal shampoo and conditioner.

Synthetic hair extensions should be cleaned with products designed for synthetic hair; otherwise, you risk damaging, tangling or matting the extensions.

Tip 2: Remove Extensions Before Bed

You should always take your extensions out before sleeping in them unless, of course, they are bonded to your head. Taking them out means that they won't get matted or tangled overnight.

If they are bonded to your hair, then you should brush through your hair gently and tie it up before bed to minimise the chance of tangles and matting. 

Tip 3: Take Care When Brushing Hair Extensions

Extensions can shed like human hair, except, of course, the hair won't grow back. This means that over time they can get thinner and thinner, which ruins the look of them.

So you should brush them carefully, starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots; the same goes for bonded extensions. 

Be gentle but firm. If you are brushing them when they are in, make sure to hold them with one hand to avoid tugging them out. 

Tip 4: Minimise Heat Damage

Synthetic hair cannot be heat styled as stated above, but human hair extensions can. 

However, like human hair, there is the possibility of heat damage. 

This is why you should use a heat protectant spray on the extensions and try to style them on the lowest possible heat setting.

Find the Best Clip-in Hair Extensions for Short Hair at RiRi!

A big part of how to hide hair extensions in very short hair is down to the extensions you’re using. 

You can follow every one of our tips above to a T, but if you’re using poor-quality clip-in extensions, the job will be a whole lot more difficult.

All RiRi’s hair extensions – both synthetic and human hair – are made with incredible quality fibres that make hiding your extensions much easier. 

We’ve got a truly fab range of hair extensions for short hair in tons of lengths, styles and colours, giving you the freedom to experiment with your look and find the perfect set for your hair. 

Our short hair extensions at 16” long are great if you have very short hair, and our slightly longer 18” and 20” extensions are good if you’ve got a slightly longer style.

Hair Extensions in Very Short Hair Before and After

Shop our full range of hair extensions today to find the perfect set – and don’t forget to follow our expert tips on how to hide hair extensions in very short hair to make sure they stay hidden!


Still got questions? Get in touch with us on any of our socials to ask us whatever hair extension questions you have.

Can you put hair extensions in very short hair?

Yes! You can put hair extensions in very short hair as long as there is enough hair to grip onto. The best way to do this is to use the layering method, which involves taking small sections of your hair and layering the wefts on top. This will give you a natural look and also help to protect your scalp from any damage.

Can I get extensions with a pixie cut?

If you have a pixie cut, you may be able to get extensions, but it will depend on the length and style of your pixie cut. You should consult with a professional stylist to see if extensions are right for you.

How can I make my extensions look natural?

You can make your extensions look natural by choosing a colour that is close to your own hair colour and avoiding any sharp contrasts. You should also style your hair in a way that hides the extensions and make sure they are well-blended into your own hair.

How do you cover up track extensions?

You can cover up track extensions by using a variety of methods, including clipping them in, using a headband, or even tying your hair up in a scarf. You should experiment with different styles to see what works best for you.

Nancy Pinder

Nancy is our resident hair and beauty specialist at RiRi Hair Extensions. She advises customers daily in our Lakeside and Bluewater stores, helping them find the perfect look, length, and shade of hair extensions. 

Nancy also presents our TikTok live to thousands of viewers across the world. You can catch her on our TikTok every week!

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