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Can You Install Your Own Hair Extensions?
Haley Dagan June 9th 2022

Can You Install Your Own Hair Extensions?

Wondering how you can install your own extensions? You came to the right place! We’re breaking down the most popular types of hair extensions, from do-it-yourself hair extensions to professionally applied extensions. 

Can you install your own hair extensions? Or do hair extensions have to be professionally applied? 

These are commonly searched questions, so you’re not alone if you’re wondering the same things. You’ll be happy to know you CAN apply your hair extensions yourself – just not ALL hair extensions. 

We’re breaking down the most popular types of hair extensions, from do-it-yourself hair extensions to professionally applied extensions. 

The Most Common Types of Hair Extensions

Before we talk about how to put hair extensions in yourself, let’s talk about some of our fave types of hair extensions: clip-in extensions, tape-in extensions, and band extensions. 

Here’s what you need to know about your options: 

  • Clip-in hair extensions. These are some of the most popular do it yourself hair extensions. You can apply clip-ins from the comfort of your own room or bathroom with very little skill required! They’re also temporary, which is perfect if you’re a little commitment-shy. If you want to immediately add extra length, layers, and volume, clip-ins will be your go-to look
  • Band hair extensions. If you’re overwhelmed by how to put in hair extensions, Band It can certainly ease your fears. Band It is a one-step, DIY solution to achieving enhanced yet natural-looking volume instantly.
  • Tape-in hair extensions. Does the task of learning how to put in your own extensions overwhelm you? You can breathe easy with tape-ins. This option requires professional installation and support from an experienced stylist! If applied and maintained correctly, high-quality extensions can last between 4 and 6 months. Bonus: In addition to volume and length, you can add dimension and varying shades of color to your locks without the need for potentially damaging hair dye. 

How To Put in Hair Extensions

Now comes the fun part! Let’s learn how to put hair extensions in yourself

Follow this step-by-step process on how to put extensions in yourself if you’re applying clip-in hair extensions: 

  1. Brush your natural hair and extensions separately. Get out any pesky tangles with this fabulous detangling and sectioning comb!
  2. Pin your hair up on the top of your head, leaving a section of the bottommost layer unpinned.
  3. Start with the 3-clip wefts, beginning about an inch and a half below the nape of your neck. Be sure to secure the middle clip first, then do the right and left sides. 
  4. Take down some of your pinned hair to cover the extensions you just added. 
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, moving up your head and teasing a bit at the roots between layers for extra hold.
  6. The 2-clip wefts for the sides of your head are up next. Start about two inches up from your hair, securing the clip that’s closest to your hairline first. (Pro Tip: Stay two-fingers width away from the hairline to keep those extensions undetectable). 
  7. Apply two 2-clip wefts on each side to complete the look!

Watch it here: How to Apply Clip It 


Follow this step-by-step process if you’re applying Band It extensions: 

  1. Brush out your natural hair and extensions to remove any tangles.
  2. Measure the extensions to ensure the correct elastic is applied. (Each Band It comes with three invisible bands small (7.5”), medium (8”), and large (8.5”), for the most comfortable and secure fit.)
  3. Use a sectioning comb to separate and clip up the top layer of your hair, leaving one-inch sections of hair on both sides to frame your face to ensure the elastic monoline remains hidden.
  4. Stretch the Band It over your top section or bun of hair, ensuring the band is about 1 inch back from the hairline.
  5. Let your top layer down, and use your brush again to blend the extensions with your natural hair.

Watch it here: How to Apply Band It

At Wicked Roots, our 100% Remy human hair Clip It clip-in extensions and our patented Band It extensions (also made from Remy human hair, of course) are the best do-it-yourself hair extensions on the market. 

Our professional, salon quality Tape It tape-in extensions are also second-to-none, though you won’t be able to learn how to put in your own extensions if they’re tape as someone else (typically a professional stylist) must apply them to your locks.

Now That You Know How to Put in Extensions…What’s Next?

Now that you’re a do-it-yourself hair extensions pro, it’s time to up your style. Learn more about our extensions, shop must-have accessories, and then head to the blog to make the trendiest hairstyles your own.

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