Have you ever gotten a haircut on impulse? Maybe you were bored with the way your hair looked or it just seemed like a good idea at that time. It is always the same story: You have an image in mind, and your stylist somehow ends up misinterpreting your goal look. Suddenly, you end up with a mess that you regret. And unfortunately, it is not a reversible change.
If your hair is thin and short, this might be even more of a dilemma, because you do not want to wait months and years for your hair to grow back to its original length. Well, here is some good news: you do not have to! Though you cannot exactly get your natural long hair back, you can still have the same look, with a little something called clip-in hair extensions.
Why Hair Extensions?
When your hair is not healthy enough, it can cause a number of issues. Maybe it gets in the way of you looking your best or doesn’t grow fast enough. Or, maybe it is hard for you to style it, because of how thin it is, and you do not want to over-process hair that is already weak and brittle. The dilemma can be frustrating!
While you cannot do much to fix the length or texture of your natural hair immediately, clip-in extensions can be an instant solution to achieving the length and volume you want while also giving your natural hair a break.
The catch here is to find the right kind of extensions. If your hair is thin and short, you have to make sure the extensions you get are suited for your hair or you might end up with bigger problems than before.
How To Pick The Right Clip-In Extensions For Thin Short Hair
The most challenging part of finding the right extensions — after checking to see which will cause the least damage — is finding extensions that will blend into your natural hair. You do not want people to notice that you have extensions, after all.
Here are some factors to keep in mind when choosing a clip-in extension for thin, short hair:
First, look at the length of your hair, as well as that of the extensions. In most cases, if your hair is less than 3 to 4 inches long, the clips, which are thicker than the extensions themselves, will be visible through your hair. This is especially true for thin hair. Ideally, if you want to get clip-in extensions, your hair should therefore be longer than 3 to 4 inches. Otherwise, you can always consider a tape-in extension.
When your hair is on the shorter or thinner side, you have to be mindful of covering up the clips and ensuring that the extensions flow well with your hair. You also want to get extensions in the right color to ensure they blend naturally into your hair. Extensions are usually selected based on what shade is closest to the last few inches of your hair. Sometimes, if your extensions are too long, the color becomes apparent, and they do not blend into your natural hair properly.
Most people with darker hair have plenty of different shades and undertones naturally throughout their hair. If you are a blonde, be sure your extensions are the same exact blonde to look as authentic as possible. A warm blonde extension on ice blonde hair would be a dead giveaway that you are wearing extensions.
For people with long hair who want to add volume, the solution may be to clip in a volumizer or two to solve the problem. But when it comes to short hair, adding too many clips might not work out, because they would become visible. The solution: Extension sets come in various sizes and you can put in the right ones wherever you see fit to create the most natural look. Depending on what style you are going for, you can add or remove pieces as needed.
- Double-Drawn vs. Single Drawn
When it comes to thin, short hair, blending your hair and a single drawn hair extension becomes a real challenge. This takes us to double-drawn hair extensions, which look more natural than your average hair extension. These extensions have all the shorter strands cut off, making for an overall smoother and thicker extension that looks as real as possible. Adding a seamless, thin band that matches the color of the hair is vital, as it will not stick out and will sit close to the scalp, making the extensions virtually undetectable.
- Natural Hair vs. Synthetic Hair
Extensions made of natural hair are the best choice. You will also come across synthetic options, but natural hair is obviously a better choice by virtue of being natural, and hence better to blend into your hair. Clip-in extensions made of natural hair have the right texture and appearance and give you more options for styling since they are not heat-sensitive.