EASY STYLES WITH CLIP-IN HAIR EXTENSIONS

4 easy ways to style clip in hair extensions

Clip-In Hair Extensions may appear a lot of complicated faffing about but trust me they couldn’t be easier to use. The reason is so ridiculously simple that at first glance I couldn’t see how they actually worked! Do you ever do that? DOH!
I’m old school hairdressing, so far back in time that I had to fly across the planet to L.A to learn the art of permanent Hair Extensions. There literally wasn’t a hairstylist in Sydney who could teach me how to do it!
Of course that technique is long dead, although I did make a fabulous tax claim trip to Los Angeles. Additionally it meant I could spend some time with my gorgeous ex-teacher the fabulous Make-Up Artist Miss Tina Hutchence, whom I totally adored. Ahh the city of Angels,
such wonderful memories….Whoops off track again, soz.

The Clever little Clip

So here it is the clever little clip that enables you to painlessly attach various widths of hair wefts to your scalp.

It works just like those simple snap clips we used as kids to hold back an unruly fringe or prevent stray side pieces falling out of a pony tail. Do you remember? Hahaha well it took me a few minutes to realise that’s exactly how these clips also work because they clearly look nothing alike. All you do is snap the comb-like clip open before you begin. The thin rubber pad you can see prevents the comb from slipping & pulling at your hair.

snap hair clip

Easy styles with clip-in Hair Extensions

Easy styles with clip-in Hair Extensions

Easy styles with clip-in Hair Extensions

My full head of Clip-In hair

The full head of Irresistible Me Clip-in Hair comes with individual wefts of varying widths.  These include the widest weft consisting of 4 clips, one 3 clip weft, 5 x 2 clip wefts & 2 single clip wefts. I’ve laid them all out to demonstrate the reason for these specific sizes is that our heads are curved. Each piece can be positioned to suit any particular head size, I mean good quality hats don’t come in one size right?

So to fit the full head start by securing the 4 clip weft from just above one ear across to the other ear, basically the widest part of your noggin. Then you work your way down using the next largest weft of 3 clips followed by the 2 clip weft & lastly the single clip weft. Finally, secure another 2 clip weft in front of the first one or if you have enough surface area, you can use 2 of these side by side. Each person will have a slightly different fit depending where they space the wefts out & how much volume is needed. For example you may not need to use the single clip weft or one of the doubles at all. Does that all sound a bit complicated? It sounds way too time consuming for my liking & to be honest, I wouldn’t bother with it.
Never the less I do recommend buying the full head as opposed to a single pony tail piece & here’s why – Individually these wefts all have purpose more over some work exceptionally well when combined. In the hairstyles I’m taking you through today I’ve utilized every single weft, beginning with the largest made up of 4 clips.

Irresistible Me clip in hair pony tail - women over 40 fighting hair loss

The Pony Tail

O.K lets begin with the easiest hairstyle in the world, the pony tail. To achieve a luscious thick pony is to elevate this look beyond utilitarian & you can do it simply by using the 4 clip weft. Before fitting the Extension piece straighten your own hair & apply a gloss then straighten the weft & put it to one side for a moment. Be sure to also style your fringe (if you have one) otherwise it’s hard to avoid messing up your finished perfect pony if you wait until the end. Next make a part from just above one ear across to the other ear & clip away the top section of hair. For clarity you can watch me do this in the Vlog above.

Now snap open all the clips & hold the hair piece against that part you made ensuring the clips are level at either side of your head. Starting in the middle, gently slide one clip at a time against your scalp into your hair & snap closed. Hey Presto!

Next take the hair you clipped out of the way & give it a light back comb with a barrel brush to create a little lift off your scalp. This part is optional although it does tend to give the look a hint of glam, wouldn’t you agree? When you lightly brush all your hair into one bunch you should position the pony tail either at your nape or just underneath your crown where mine is in this instance. You merely hold it all together with a hair band that’s the same colour as your hair then take a small piece of hair & wrap it around the band to disguise it. Secure that hair in place with a bobby pin. If you want to spray it all you can yet there’s probably no need in fact the pony tail will appear completely natural & soft if you don’t use hair spray at all. You can see more of this look here.

easy clip in hair extensions for women suffering hair loss due to menopause

clip in hair extensions for women suffering hair loss due to menopause

clip in hair extensions for women suffering hair loss due to menopause

Half up Half down hair do

This hairstyle starts the same way as the pony tail in as much as you’re using the 4 clip weft first although their isn’t much need to straighten the hair unless you really want it poker straight. After you’ve attached the wide weft make another part just below it for the 3 clip weft to be fitted. By adding the second largest weft you’re effectively giving a natural graduation to the layers therefore blending all the hair together. You see that in the photos I hope. Next if you wish you can do a little back combing to the crown as I’ve done then simply take each side section of hair in front of your ears & pin them together at the back.

For me this style works best when it doesn’t look too “done” so I carefully pull out some loose pieces at the front to make it slightly messy. God forbid I end up looking too prim & proper, Heeheehee

More angles of this style here.

Make thin hair thicker for a bun using clip in hair
Fuller bun using 1 clip-in hair extension

Messy ballet bun

OK so this is super easy & probably my most favourite of all. Go ahead as if you’re doing the pony tail low down at the nape but without straightening the hair beforehand. Once you’ve got your pony in the hair band simply twist it then wrap it around itself & secure with a couple of bobby pins that match your hair colour.

After it’s all nicely in place what I do is kinda mess it up a bit by gently pulling at the bun. It’s hard to explain so take a look at this Vlog I made a while ago. And just by the way, I know the video is too dark but please bear with it, you will see the way I messy up a bun at the end. Don’t worry it’s not very long. I really should re-shoot that Vlog actually….

For more images of this extra full ballet bun click here.

Irresistable Me clip in hair extensions for women losing hair in Menopause

Hair down with extra volume & length

This final hairstyle for today’s post was for my MENOPOST!

Yes I’ve coined a special word for my posts about Menopause – Why not?
It really is incredible how young & nubile one feels with a thick head of luscious hair. Totally mental really but hey ho there it is. Now for a casual hair down kinda day I wanted a little extra volume & length however I wasn’t up for doing the full head thang & frankly I didn’t believe it was necessary. Therefore I gave this a whirl, let me know what you think – Personally I’m feelin’ it & importantly for me this hairstyle remains natural looking. You can see more of pics of it here.  If you need a reminder of how my hair looks without extensions this post is recent.

Again I started with the wide weft of 4 clips although I positioned it slightly higher. I then added the 3 clip weft directly underneath, which is pretty much where the bigger one would usually be. Immediately under that one I secured a 2 clip weft which finished off a lovely cascading layer.

To add volume to the naturally sparse sides of my hair I fitted a double clip weft horizontally at either temple. The entire process took about 10 minutes which is longer than I usually spend on my hair but perfectly acceptable for the odd occasion.

I quite like the appearance of the end result which is a bonus as I definitely wouldn’t tolerate having the entire full head clipped in. And although the comfort factor wasn’t as high as the other styles, particularly the bun which was imperceptible, It was absolutely fine for a day.

For full disclosure I should add this is not a sponsored post. I haven’t tried any other brand of clip-in hair extensions so I can’t comment on what else is available but I can in all honesty highly recommend these ones which are made from real hair & genuinely feel amazing. This brand ship internationally so if you’d like to purchase a full head online click here , they start at US$90 – An excellent price for what is essentially a hell of a lot of hair!
Oh one last thing, make sure you watch their video on how to choose your colour match, it was really helpful for me.

See ya, M

  • Comments ( 10 )

  • avatar
    Renae

    So loved seeing you on video! What’s with the accent lol. Great post, I love my hair extensions, remember my straggly thin hair…….and I was 18! You look awesome X

    • avatar
      MT

      Ha ha very funny – What accent! 😉 You do realise people here say I have a strong Aussie accent?
      I didn’t know you wore extensions Nay, are they clip-in or permanent? xxx

  • avatar
    Jacqui

    Fun and cute clip-in’s love them, all your styles look fabulous, very informative. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thanks Jacqui, you’re right there they are super fun to play with! x

  • avatar
    Abby@midlifecrisisnut

    OMG I loved your video, Michelle! It’s always so much fun watching you, since clearly you’re a natural vlogger! And the dog part just warmed my heart. As fro the extensions, it’s just amazing. I would never think that they can look so natural and so easy to do. After I’ve lost half of my hair recently, I’m definitely getting one of these. I guess I’ll need to tint them first though since I’m colouring my hair. Sending you lots of love! xx Abby

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Hahaha thanks Abby, hold on…You’re colouring your hair! What colour? Have a look at this video before you buy the Extensions, it was super helpful to me & quite a clever way to judge the colour I thought. Let me know how you get on honey xxx

  • avatar
    Nancy Baten

    Oh wow! That looks easy! And natural! Is that a dragonfly on the wall? I love dragonflies!

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Well spotted Nancy! Yes it is a dragonfly, this room is our Office/Playroom so it has the desktop computer as well as a dolls house & dressing up box! The walls are painted light pink with sickers of flowers & dragonflies on them. xM

  • avatar
    sequinist

    I’m just AMAZED at how natural they look. I’m thinking I need to get some, although most of my thinning seems to be happening around my hairline. Still, more is more! Yours looks amazing. Thanks for the clear tutorial and the photos. xx

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thank you Lisa, it’s funny you should say your hair is thinning around the hairline because that’s also the worst area for me too. I do think the up styles work best in this case although a small weft at the temples is really unnoticeable if you want to wear your hair down.
      I’m so pleased to hear my tutorial was easy to understand, thanks for the feedback xxx

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