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Curling Clip-In Extensions: A Step-by-Step Guide

- Irene Gilman
Curling Clip-In Extensions: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ah, the allure of perfectly curled hair — it's like the holy grail of glam, isn't it? You know exactly what type of waves we’re talking about —  beachy, bouncy, with so much texture.  Now, imagine achieving those dreamy, swoon-worthy curls with your clip-in extensions. Yes, it's entirely possible, and no, you don't need to be a stylist or have magic hands. Atelier Hair Extensions is here, spilling all the tea on how to curl clip in hair extensions to get those bouncy, life-of-the-party curls.


Choosing the Perfect Match

The Right Clip-In Extensions


Before you even plug in that curling wand, let's talk extensions. One might wonder, "Can you curl clip-in hair extensions?" Absolutely, but having the right clip-in hair extensions is like choosing your outfit for a night out — it needs to be just right. You see, not all extensions are going to be able to take curling or even hot tools. If you've got synthetic ones, chances are you may need to bail on this idea. You need the real deal — salon-quality, 100% premium human hair extensions that can handle the heat and blend with your hair like they were meant to be together. If you’re dealing with synthetic extensions, you can risk the extensions melting, which is never good

Prepping Your Hair

Detangle & Heat Protection

Before you start the process of curling clip-in hair extensions, it's so important to prep your extensions. Begin by carefully detangling your extensions with a wide-tooth comb to take out any tangles or knots. Then, apply a heat protectant to both your natural hair and the extensions to safeguard them from heat damage. This step is vital for maintaining healthy and vibrant hair.

Curling 101

Curling your extensions isn't just about applying heat; Discovering the best way to curl clip-in hair extensions involves understanding the right techniques and tools to achieve that perfect bounce and wave.

Let’s break it down.

Mastering the Curl with a Ceramic Wand

Ready to curl like a pro with clip in hair extensions that can be curled? First, grab your ceramic wand and preheat it to the sweet spot of 375 degrees — this temperature is just right for creating those enviable curls without causing damage. The ceramic wand is particularly great for beginners because it is really simple and easy to use: all you need to do is take a small section of hair, wrap it around the barrel, hold, and release. Voila! You're on your way to tighter, more defined curls.

For an even easier experience, feel free to curl your extensions off your head,then apply your extensions. Make sure to brush the curls out to combine your hair with the extensions. For a method that allows for more control and precision, curl them together. Apply your first extension at your nape. Combine both your hair and the extension, wrap them around the barrel, hold it for 6 seconds, and then release. Finish this section before moving upwards, repeating the same steps until your hair is fully curled.

Hot Rollers: The Classic Route to Glam

Now, for the hot rollers. They're making a comeback for good reasons, answering the question on many minds: can you curl clip-in extensions with a hot roller? Absolutely . Start by applying your first extension at the nape of your neck. Then, arm yourself with a 1 1/4" curling iron. Why this size? It’s ideal for creating curls that have volume without being too tight or too loose.

Here's the step-by-step: Curl your extension and a section of your natural hair together. Once you release the curl from the iron, immediately wrap it around a 1 1/4" roller and pin it in place. Continue this process until all your hair is gloriously curled and pinned.

Give the rollers time to work their magic — at least 25 minutes is perfect. It’s an excellent opportunity to dive into your makeup routine. Once cooled, gently unroll each curl, one at a time, and marvel at the bounce and volume. A soft brush out blends the curls seamlessly, completing the transformation.

What Other Types of Curls Can I Do On Hair Extensions?

When it comes to curling your clip-in extensions, the sky's the limit. Let's explore the world of curls you can create with your hair extensions, each with its unique charm and vibe.

Beach Waves



Ah, beach waves —carefree elegance. Achieving this look is all about creating loose, undone waves that scream "I just had an amazing day at the beach." 



Soft Curls



Soft curls bring a timeless, romantic feel to your look. Think of those gentle, flowing curls that frame the face beautifully and add a touch of sweetness to any outfit. 


Tousled Hair



For those days when you're aiming for that effortlessly chic vibe, tousled hair is your go-to, think of Suki Waterhouse. This style is all about creating random, varied curls that give your hair a naturally messy yet utterly stylish look. 



Hollywood Waves



Hollywood waves is vintage glamor, bringing back the classic style of the silver screen's golden era. These waves are perfect for  any red carpet or upscale event with your stunning presence.


Big, Bouncy Curls



If volume is what you're after, big, bouncy curls are your best friend. These curls add life, energy, and movement to your hair, creating a bold, vibrant look. Perfect for nights out, celebrations, or anytime you want to make a statement, big bouncy curls ensure all eyes are on you.

Whether you're craving the laid-back look of beach waves, the elegance of soft curls, the edgy look of tousled hair, the classic beauty of Hollywood waves, or the dramatic flair of big, bouncy curls, clip-in hair extensions that you can curl are here to help you achieve these looks. Remember, the best part about using natural hair clip ins extensions is the ability to experiment and play with different styles without committing to a permanent change.Keep an eye out on our blog for an upcoming guide on how to curl clip-in hair extensions with a flat iron.

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