I’m a big fan of clip in hair extensions. There is so much you can do with that extra oomph of hair. I started making my own a couple years ago and my life has never been the same.
Here is what you need:
- Pack of Hair in the length and color of your choice
- 10-12 wig clips in a color that matches your hair
- Weave thread in a color that matches your hair
- Sewing needle
- Measuring tape
- Measure: You need 3 measurements (and a kind person that can read a tape measure). Measure the space between the top, middle, and bottom of your ears (see image above). NOTE- when measuring, stay half an inch inside your hair line- if you make a track too long it’s going to stick outside of your hair line and look real cute. JANKY!
- Cut hair to measurements & double up on hair: Cut 2 pieces of hair for 1 track. That’s a total of 6 pieces of hair… 2×3=…6. RIGHT! This is one of the main reasons I make my own clip ins. You can buy a pack of pre-made clip ins for $100-$300 (that’s just too much monies). They aren’t measured to fit your head and each track is one piece of hair. I know we can do better than that, double up on the hair! NOTE- Buy human hair (you can probably get a pack of 18″ hair for $80). It’s well worth it! You can curl, straighten and color human hair. Synthetic hair is very tempting because it is so much more affordable. You cannot style or color synthetic hair PLUS it has a slick, shiny texture that looks unnatural when compared to human hair. The choice is yours, you’ve been warned, do as you please.
- Sew: Sew together 2 pieces of hair (matching lengths) into 1 track until all 3 tracks are complete. This can be tough, but be tougher. I like to use a regular sewing needle and weave thread you can find at any beauty supply. There is a curved needle specifically for weaves, but I have found they are too big and make the job harder. (The white stitches in the image above is how the track should look all the way across after it’s completely sewn together)
- Sew some more: Once all of the tracks are sewn together, sew on the wig clips. When sewing, be sure to sew through the clips teeth all the way across. Start with the clips at the ends of each track so you know how much room you have to play with for additional clips in the center of the track. I typically use 4 clips for the top track, 3 for the middle, and 2 for the bottom. 9 total. (Be sure the teeth of the clip face you and down when sewing so you can open and close them. See image above.)
- Put them suckas on: Start with the bottom track. Part your hair (clip the rest up) just like you did to take measure your head, tease only at the root to give the clip something to hold on to, hair spray the teased hair, snap clips into place. Work your way up until you have all 3 tracks in your hair. Bang your head.
Now the possibilities: If you don’t want to damage your hair with bleach and color, clip ins are the perfect solution! Go to your hairstylist (or mine if you’re in the SoCal area, Salon Teez) and let them know what you’re looking for. I wanted purple tips so I bought blonde hair and Laura added purple tips and brown roots. I love extensions.