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.
FYI, I'm wearing the Jen Atkin range of Beauty Works Invisi Clip-In Hair Extensions (£270) here.
Sold on clip-ins? Keep scrolling to find the best clip-in hair extensions for you…
Best for Ethically Sourced Hair: Hershesons
Hershesons hair extensions are easy to apply, last forever (you can wash, blow, tong and straighten them) and come in balayage shades for a seamless finish.
Best for Shade Options: Beauty Works
Beauty Works's hair extensions are known in the biz for being some of the very best. Not only do they come in tons of shade variations, but Jen Atkin even has her own range.
Best for Super-Long Lengths: Hair Rehab London
Hair Rehab London offers 100% high-grade human hair, layering three wefts per clip so that you're left with thick, glossy hair.
Best for Quality: Easilocks
Easilocks are known best for their bond and tape-in hair extensions, but the brand does clip-ins too. The wefts are more expensive than others around, but the hair used is of the highest quality. Each 120-gram weft comes with optional clips, so you can use as much or little as you need.
Ready for the next step? Maybe it's time you tried tape-in extensions instead…