How to Put in Clip-in Hair Extensions: Simple Step-By-Step Guide!

Are you the type of person who loves experimenting with your style, especially when it comes to your hair? If so, clip in extensions are perfect for you!

Unlike other types of extensions, clip in extensions don’t cause any damage to your hair. They’re a low effort, non-permanent way to change your look without the need to cut your hair or expose it to harsh chemicals and dyes.

They even come in so many different colours and lengths, and they’re a truly fab way to switch up your hairstyle.

Knowing how to put in clip-in hair extensions properly is really important – nobody wants their extensions to be visible! That’s a big no-no.

If you want to know how to put in clip in hair extensions, you’ve come to the right place! Our hair extensions experts have laid out the best tips and tricks for putting in your clip-ins properly to avoid any embarrassment. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: You Need the Right Hair Tools!

To successfully clip in your hair extensions, you’ll need to gather a few items.

These items include:

Once you’ve gathered these items, you’re ready to begin.

Step 2: Brush Out Your Hair and Hair Extensions

Before you begin clipping in your extensions, you want to grab your RiRi hair brush and gently brush out your own hair.

Start from your roots and work your way down to the ends. Getting rid of any tangles that may be in your hair will make the process of clipping in the extensions much easier.

Then, you want to run your hairbrush through your set of extensions, too. Again, this will get rid of any knots or snags in the hair, which will help for styling later on.

Step 3: Section Off Your the Top Half of Your Hair

Take your RiRi Deluxe Brush and make a horizontal part across your scalp from ear to ear, separating your hair into two sections. The idea is to create a half-up half-down type hairstyle.

Grab your hairbands and tie them to secure the top section of your hair at the top of your head.

Step 4: Position the Weft 

Now it’s time to put in your hair extensions! Grab the hair extensions weft and position it by the roots of your hair where you just separated off. 

Measure the weft against your head to ensure it will fit in that section of your hair. If you’re using multiple wefts, make sure you leave enough room across your scalp for all of the wefts. You can always leave some out if you have too much hair.

Top tip! Slightly tease your roots where you’ll be clipping in the weft to prevent the clips from sliding.

Step 5: Secure the Hair Extension Clips

Once you’ve got your hair extensions in the right position, it’s just a case of snapping the clips into place! Ensure you’re clipping the weft as close to the roots as possible to get a secure grip.

Once your hair extensions are clipped in and securely fastened, you can get styling!

Once all of your wefts are fully secured in their sections, release any remaining hair that was clipped up.

Check in the mirror and make sure all the weft clips are hidden, especially in the back of your head where your vision is limited.

Blend the extensions with your natural hair, either by running your fingers through your hair or brushing it out gently. Be careful to avoid the clips when doing so, as you don’t want to detach them from your roots! You’ll end up snapping your natural hair if you’re not careful enough, and we don’t want that!

How to Style Hair Extensions

If you’re using high-quality human hair or synthetic extensions that are heat-friendly, you can style your hair however you want!

But one of the best things about RiRi’s hair extensions is that they’re all pre-styled, so there’s absolutely no need for heat! You might want to style your natural hair so they blend better with the extension style, but other than that, you don’t need to apply any heat styling to your RiRi’s.

If your curly extensions need a little re-curl, just take your Deluxe Hair Extensions Brush, comb in through a small section of the hair and wrap it round in a twisting motion. Release the hair from the brush, and the hair will return to its original curl!

For our straight and flick clip-ins, add a little Argan Oil throughout the strands to smooth them down and add a bit of shine.

RiRi’s Tips on How to Put in Clip-in Hair Extensions

Just like anything else, practice makes perfect! Clip-in hair extensions are the easiest method of installing hair extensions, and it truly only takes a few minutes!

You might take a little extra time on your first go, but after that you’ll become so used to the process that you won’t even need a mirror!

Just follow our step-by-step guide above on how to put in clip in hair extensions and you’ll be able to clip in your extensions super confidently.

Check out the RiRi website for the best clip-in hair extensions, including curly clip in hair extensions and wavy clip-in hair extensions, and for some other great hair products and hair accessories!


How do I put in clip-in hair extensions?

Start by gently brushing through your natural hair and hair extensions. Separate your hair into a half-up half-down style, tying off the top section with a hairband. Take your clip-ins and position them again your scalp on the bottom half of your hair by the roots. Snap the clips into place, as close to the root as possible. Release the top half of your hair, brushing through to blend the extensions with your own hair. And that’s it!

How do you put in clip-in extensions on short hair?

To put clip-in extensions into short hair, just follow the same steps as above! Just take extra care to clip the weft as close to the roots as possible and brush through to blend.

Do clip-in hair extensions work on fine hair?

Yes! Clip-in hair extensions are a fab way for those with thin hair to get thick hair in an instant! Follow the same steps laid out in our step-by-step guide.

Can you put in clip-in extensions yourself?

Yes, you can! That’s why so many people choose to wear clip-ins over permanent hair extensions. You can put them in yourself at home without needing to take a trip to the salon. Just purchase your RiRi’s, follow our guide, and you’re good to go!

Written by our hair extension expert

Nancy Pinder

Nancy Pinder 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 here: @ririhairextensions_uk.

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