Here's Why You Should Give Clip-In Extensions a Chance

Hair extensions get a bad rep. Blame Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and a whole generation of dodgy '00s extensions wearers (myself included), and I wouldn't blame you for wanting to steer clear from hair extensions all together.

However, it's been almost 20 years since stringy, ratty-looking hair extensions made their way onto the market. Nowadays, extensions are seamless. The best kind of hair extensions look invisible and are perfect for adding in length, volume and thickness to hair. I've tried all kinds of hair extensions (bonds, tapes, wefts), and trust me—clip-ins are the easiest.

Not only are they a low-maintenance option, but they're also easy to put in (not to mention they don't damage your hair and usually cost less money than a full head of bonds).

According to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin (who swears 90% of Hollywood wear hair extensions regularly), the key to keeping your clip-in extensions looking natural depends on three main things.

Quality: Invest in high-quality, real human hair. Cheaper, synthetic options can look unnatural. Plus, real human hair can be styled just like your own and won't fry or frazzle if you try and use hot tools on them. Yes, I found that out the hard way.

Cut: Ask your hairdresser to cut your extensions into your hair after you've put them in. This way, they'll lie naturally against your hair and fit in with any layers you may have.

Cover-up: Use a root touch-up spray to disguise clips, roots or darker sections of hair. This is a must if you've got highlighted hair like mine.

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FYI, I'm wearing the Jen Atkin range of Beauty Works Invisi Clip-In Hair Extensions (£270) here.

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