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Everything you need to know about clip-ins

31 October 2018
Everything you need to know about clip-ins : woman with black hair extensions
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Looking for a simple, relatively inexpensive answer to changing up your hairstyle? Hint: it doesn’t involve hair dye or an extended amount of time spent in a hair salon chair! The easy, yet effective answer to a complete hair transformation is clip-in hair extensions.  Whether you’re a clip-in extensions fundi or new to the world of instant hair transformation, this simple guide should help you on your way to choosing the best fit to bring your luscious mane to life. 


Choosing the right texture

When it comes to selecting the perfect texture for the best clip-in hair extensions, you generally have 3 texture options: 120 grams, 160 grams and 220 grams. The general rule-of-thumb is to opt for a thickness as close to your natural hair as possible. The 160-gram option is one of the most popular on the market today, ideal for medium-thick hair. If you have very fine hair, the 120-gram version is considered your best bet. Looking for the complete ‘wow’ factor? Go for broke with the 220-gram clip-ins, ideal for special occasions. 


Choosing the ideal length

Most sets of clip-in extensions are available in one pre-set length of 50cm. However, you can trim and style them to suit your hair length or the preferred hairstyle you’re looking to achieve. Visit a tried-and-trusted hair stylist who can fit your clip-ins for you, plus shorten or style them to best suit your current hairstyle and the shape of your face. 


Choosing the best colour 

The choice may seem overwhelming at first because there’s a vast range of clip-in extension colours on the market. However, you can narrow down your choice according to the look you’re trying to achieve. For the ever-popular ombre effect, opt a few shades lighter or darker than your natural hair colour. For a little added flair, choose a pop of colour that highlights your best features. To keep it natural, choose the most dominant or darker shade found in your own hair colour. If you’re ever in doubt about what will suit you best, discussing your options with a professional and knowledgeable hair stylist is your best way to go! 
Keep your clip-in hair extensions in tip-top shape with some of L’Oréal’s best-loved products. The Dark and Lovely Braids n Weaves Hair Refresher is perfect for daily use on extensions, braids or weaves, while the Mizani Strength Fusion Intense Night-Time Treatment is ideal for indulgent overnight therapy.  

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