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If you are wondering whether or not you can braid your hair when you have clip-in extensions, you have come to the right place. The simple and straightforward answer to this question is yes. However, you must also remember that you may need to buy high-quality hair extensions if you wish to braid your hair.
Six Ways You Can Braid Your Hair
Clip in hair extensions can be braided, but it takes a bit of extra work and coordination.
Here are 6 ways to add clip-in extensions to your braids:
1. Pin-up Pony
Start by pinning up your hair to where you want it (if it’s already braided, that’s great). If you don’t already have the extensions in, it would be a great time to add them.
Clip in one of the pin-up Ponies and make sure the clips are zipped up underneath your braids or weave. You can braid or knot around it if you like. Pull out some pieces for a more natural look.
Then, take sections from around your pinned-up ponytail and begin adding them into your high braid (or low braid) one at a time until satisfied with the coverage.
2. Under a Braid
Start by pinning your hair up to where you want it (if it’s already braided, that’s great). From here, take the sides of your braid and pull them down and over the new clip-in extensions. Once done, cross them back underneath and start braiding as usual.
However, make sure you don’t pull too tight because this can cause some minor tension on the top of your head, which is not ideal, as it may lead to hair loss or thinning.
3. Over a Braid
Similar to pulling under a braid, you’ll be taking sections from your high braid and adding them over your new clip-in extensions. Then you’re going to tie them in a knot, add it to the braid and move on.
4. Under a Knot
Here, you’ll be taking sections from your high braid and adding them over your new clip-in extensions. After that, take two pieces and tie them in a knot, add it to the braid and move on.
5. Over Two Knots
Start by pinning up your hair where you want it (again, if it’s already braided, that saves time). Then repeat what you’re doing with #3, but tie 2 knots instead of 1 for added volume.
6. Two Half-Pony Buns
Take two Ponytail Holders and place them against your braids (or weave). Leave a little room (about ¼ of an inch) between the two ponytail holders.
Begin rolling each one up until you can secure it with a bobby pin or hair tie. After that, make sure you pull those pieces tight and give them an excellent round shape. This method will help if you want the extensions to look natural. The two half-pony buns style can look classy or quirky based on the outfit and accessories you plan to wear.
If you’re new to extensions, here are some tips:
- When starting, you might want to braid your hair underneath the extension. This technique will give you a more natural look and feel.
- The thicker your hair is, the thinner your extensions should be. If your hair is very thin, experts recommend adding extra clips for better coverage and support.
- It is always recommended you use organic hair extensions over synthetic ones. Synthetic ones can get extremely hot in the summer months and break down after about 6-9 months of use.
- You can add as many clip-in pieces as you like (even half ponytails work great). However, if you’re planning on wearing this style all day long, consider putting them in at night for added comfort while sleeping. It is also recommended you take them out after each wear to prolong their life (and your sanity).
- Whether you’re using the extensions on natural hair or braids, it’s always a good idea to use an oil of some kind. Coconut Oil is the crowd favorite.
- If you’re experiencing any thinning or hair loss, it’s best to try using 100% human hair extensions. Since they are made from actual hair strands, there is no need to worry about the type of extensions you are wearing.
- If you use real hair and experience hair thinning or loss, use at least 3-4 packs for added thickness.
Clip-in hair extensions are a convenient and safe way to add extra volume and change up your look. Since they are affordable and are available in a wide range of colors and styles, you have plenty of choices. The fact you can braid them makes these extensions even more versatile.