July 25, 2024

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10 Best Clip-In Hair Extensions of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

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As you scour the internet for bridal hair inspiration, remember that most remarkable styles you see on the red carpet have one thing in common: clip-in hair extensions. They’re a tried-and-true Hollywood-inspired hairstyle secret for adding length and volume to your hair in just minutes. For brides, clip-in hair extensions allow for much more versatility for your wedding look. When choosing clip-in extensions, stick with human rather than synthetic hair. “Synthetic hair cannot take heat and will melt once heated with a curling or flat iron,” says bridal hair stylist Dyana Nematalla. She also says to test out the actual clip to ensure it clips seamlessly and blends into your natural hair texture and density. Additionally, consider the various lengths, thicknesses, and hair colors of different options—the goal is to make clip-in extensions look as natural as possible.

If you haven’t worn clip-in hair extensions before and don’t know where to start, we did the work for you. We spent hours researching the best clip-in hair extensions and tested the most popular options. We evaluated each one on the installation process, comfort, security of the clip, and natural-looking appearance. After consulting a hairstylist and considering dozens of options, we discovered the best clip-in hair extensions.

luxy clip ins
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Add some va-va-voom to your look! This comes in three length options and two thickness options, so you can create your perfect match. There are also 33 shades available (many of which have multi-dimensional highlights). When testing these Luxy clip-in hair extensions, we were in awe at how well the color matched our natural hair. It looked incredible and even brightened up our overall look. The quality of these extensions was also excellent. They felt silky and smooth, and not at all straggly. We loved how they gave us an instant dose of glamour.

Length: 20 inches | Colors: 33

Hidden Crown Hair Extensions Crown Clip-Ins
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This option is thicker than many other extensions, so consider it if your hair is naturally thick and you’re looking to add length or if you want to add loads of thickness to your final bridal style. Each set comes with nine clips split among three tracks, and there are three lengths to choose from.

After testing Hidden Crown for ourselves, we found that these extensions, while they are a bit thicker and heavier than single-piece extensions, were easy to apply; it took about 10 minutes to secure them in place. They blended in well, and we noticed how healthy and conditioned they appeared. It’s the perfect option for brides who want a major hair boost.

Length: 14-24 inches | Colors: 31

GOO GOO Real Human Hair Extensions
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Quick, easy, and made with 100 percent real human hair, these extensions from Goo Goo create a voluminous bridal hairstyle that looks natural. While testing, we determined that the clip stayed very secure and didn’t feel like it was sliding around or falling out. Plus, the weft didn’t pull or tug on our hair—always a plus.

The best part, though, was how well they blended in with our real hair. We were surprised at how natural they looked. We couldn’t even tell what was our hair versus the clip-ins. It looked like our own hair but better and fuller. The color was a perfect match, and our hair had never looked so full and thick. We loved it, and we know that any bride-to-be will, too.

Length: 12-26 inches | Colors: 33

RPZL Human Hair Clip-In Extensions
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Give your bridal hairdo an upgrade with these gorgeous and easy-to-use clip-ins. We tested these beauties out with a bob haircut, and we loved the finished product—although, the bob showed slightly until we curled our hair. However, the color matching and application process was incredibly easy. The hair looked authentic and the clips felt very secure, so we never had to worry about turning or shaking our heads. In other words, you can hit the dance floor at your reception worry-free.

Length: 16-30 inches | Colors: 15

Bebonia Spiral Clip-In Extensions
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Curly-haired brides, this one is for you. It can often be a challenge to find a match for curled hair, but Bebonia offers a variety of extension lengths, colors, and curl patterns that are made to seamlessly blend with natural coils. When testing, we discovered that it was extremely easy to line the extensions up against our scalp and close the weft once we had the clip situated. It took mere seconds to pop the extensions in.

Overall, these extensions blended well (though the color we tested was slightly off). And we loved that it gave our hair more dimension—this would look beautiful in all those wedding photos captured on the big day.

Length: 16-22 inches | Colors: 10

The Hair Shop Skinny Clip-In Single Piece
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A go-to for many stylists, including Nematalla, these are especially great for up-dos if you simply want some added fullness and volume. You can place them high on your hairline, but because the track (the part you clip in) is so thin, it won’t be noticeable, and the pieces also lay nice and flat. They come in three different lengths, 49 shades, and in packs of two, three, or four clips.

Length: 14-22 inches | Colors: 49


There are plenty of options to choose from here. Go with the deluxe clip-ins if you want a more subdued, natural effect, or the double hair set weft if you’re looking to make a more dramatic and glam bridal hair statement. Vario even offers extensions that are already pre-styled with a beach wave should you be going for a boho bride look. Either way, they’re all made from high-quality hair, come in an assortment of lengths, and you can get color swatches before you order to ensure you’re choosing the right shade.

Length: 14-22 inches | Colors: 17

Glam Seamless Clip-In Hair Extensions
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With 61 different colors (yes, you read that correctly) and several lengths to choose from, the possible combinations with these hair extensions are truly endless. Made of high-quality Remy hair, these sit flat and stay hidden wherever you clip them in. If you want to change up your look on your wedding day or bridal events, try their clip-in bangs, which Jennifer Lopez has been seen wearing (no big deal).

Length: 16-24 inches | Colors: 61

Cashmere Hair Clip-In Hair Extensions
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This brand boasts the unique feature of offering a color-matching service. All you have to do is text a few photos to find out which shade is best for you. It’s also an especially great wedding hairstyle for thin hair because the extensions are the same thickness from root to tip. Plus, they have a silicone strip along with the small clips to better hold each piece in place without damaging already fine or fragile hair.

Length: 12-24 inches | Colors: 21

Winsky Clip In Hair Extensions
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As a general rule of thumb, extensions can be pretty pricey, particularly those made of human hair. Enter this wallet-friendly alternative, a great option if you want to take clip-ins for a test run without making a major financial commitment upfront. They’re made from 100 percent Remy hair, and they’re available in a variety of lengths and densities, as well as 15 different color options.

Length: 12-22 inches | Colors: 15

What to Look for in Clip-In Hair Extensions

  • Real Hair vs. Synthetic Hair: As Nematalla suggested, synthetic clip-in hair extensions look less natural and are harder to style, as they don’t work well with heat. Therefore, hair extensions made with real human hair are the way to go, especially for such a momentous occasion as your wedding day.
  • Color, Length, and Thickness: Again, the key to a successful hairdo with clip-in hair extensions is making it look natural. Therefore, look for options that match your hair color, texture, and thickness. Depending on how much volume and length you want, also consider the various length options of hair extensions and where you’ll need to place them around your head.

FAQ

  • “The best type of hair extension really depends on the style desired on the big day,” says Nematalla. If the bride wants a fuller look with her hair down, she recommends going with clip-in toppers. She also loves individual clip-in hair extensions because they can be easily customized to a wide range of bridal hairstyles. “Putting even just one row of extensions helps keep everything looking fresh and bouncy,” she adds.

  • “Placing the clip-in extensions correctly is the key to making it look natural,” says Nematalla. She recommends distributing and placing the clip-in hair extensions according to your specific wedding hairstyle. For example, if you do a deep side part, you’ll want to place more clip-in hair extensions on one side.

    To apply, Nematalla recommends teasing and spraying a small section of natural hair. Then, gently place the clip-in hair extension onto the hair and secure it tightly.

Why Trust Brides

Brides contributor Melanie Rud has nearly 15 years of journalism experience covering the beauty and lifestyle space for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s also a recent newlywed who spent quite a bit of time planning her ideal bridal hairdo. For this article, the Brides team tested an array of clip-in extensions and narrowed them down based on the ease of installation, comfort, clip quality, and natural look and feel. We also spoke with a wedding hair stylist for their expert insight:

  • Dyana Nematalla is a bridal hair stylist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also the CEO of Sirèn Salon and Tinte by Sirène.

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