July 25, 2024

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The 8 Best Clip-In Hair Extensions of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

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We don’t have to tell you that a good hair day can turn an average day into an exceptional one. On days when you can’t quite get your hair to reach that gold standard, clip-in hair extensions will instantly give your hair more body, length, or even a brand-new style, like a high ponytail — all from the comfort of your bedroom. Style, reuse, and customize the clip-ins to create different looks. And the best part? They last for years before needing to be replaced.

When shopping for hair extensions you’ll need to consider various hair types, textures, colors, and styles to find your perfect match. We consulted four expert hairstylists and scoured the market before handpicking 21 of the most popular clip-in extensions. Next, we tested 16 for ourselves over four weeks. We incorporated the extensions into our real-world looks at least twice a week and judged each one based on their ease of use and attachment, comfort, shade range, and the overall final look.

Hidden Crown Hair Extensions Crown Clip-Ins
PHOTO: Hidden Crown

Our Ratings

  • Ease of Use

    4.3/5

  • Comfort

    4/5

  • Quality

    4.8/5

  • Value

    5/5

From its natural color to the real-feel texture, the Hidden Crown extensions impressed us right from the start. Finding the perfect shade for redheads is tricky, but their “natural red” option blends in seamlessly with the rest of our auburn-hued hair. Notably, the brand designed it with 100 percent Remy human hair, making it difficult to distinguish when the real hair ends and where the clip-ins begin. Additionally, the extensions held a curl extremely well (yes, even better than our natural hair), and this detail makes it a great option for special events and long nights. Although the application process requires some trial and error, evenly placing the several included clips across your head comes with a learning curve, once they’re clipped in, the extensions stay put for hours with zero slippage.

Type: Remy human hair | Shades: 35 | Length: 8-26 inches | Number of Wefts Included: 5

RPZL Human Hair Clip-In Extensions
PHOTO: RPZL

Our Ratings

  • Ease of Use

    4.4/5

  • Comfort

    4/5

  • Quality

    5/5

  • Value

    4/5

If you want instant red carpet-level glamour, mega volume, and all-around glossy, expensive-looking hair, these extensions are it. RPZL designs these frizz and tangle-resistant clip-ins with 100 percent virgin Remy hair (Translation: The hair wasn’t dyed before becoming extensions) for a soft, healthier-looking mane. Once we styled our hair in tandem with the extensions, which was extremely easy since the clips fastened sturdily and it was easy to pull a curling iron through them without yanking strands out of place, it became practically impossible to distinguish between the extensions and our natural hair. That said, after a full day of wear the clips started to feel a little uncomfortable and we wish it came with an included case to store them when we were ready to remove the extensions.

Type: Virgin remy hair | Shades: 15 | Length: 16-20 inches | Number of Wefts Included: 7

Insert Name Here Ponytail Extensions
PHOTO: Insert Name Here

Our Ratings

  • Ease of Use

    3.5/5

  • Comfort

    3/5

  • Quality

    4.4/5

  • Value

    5/5

This wavy clip-in ponytail allowed us to create an easy, affordable way to achieve a stylish look in five seconds flat. We simply slicked back our hair, inserted the comb at the base of the ponytail, wrapped the velcro around it, and, presto, our hair was transformed without ever needing to touch a curling iron. Despite its wavy texture, the ponytail is super versatile as it comes in 21 shade options and looks great on various hair types, including those of us with pin-straight locks. It’s also surprisingly soft for faux-hair felt.

While the 26-inch ponytail definitely makes for an eye-catching statement, all that gorgeous length comes with weight and we felt it begin to tug a little after a few hours of wear. When you’re done using it, you can safely store it in the provided pouch to use again another time.

Type: Infinity-flex vegan hair | Shades: 21 | Length: 26 in | Number of Wefts Included: 6

Luxy Hair Clip-In Extensions
PHOTO: Luxy

Our Ratings

  • Ease of Use

    5/5

  • Comfort

    5/5

  • Quality

    5/5

  • Value

    3/5

At 37 shade options, Luxy offers the widest range and most color options from all the brands we tried. Although we would’ve loved a few more options for our redheaded friends (we never did find an exact match for this hue), its expansive lines of blondes, browns, and blacks are impressive. Plus, the Remy hair is velvety smooth and doesn’t tangle or become stringy easily, meaning the final result looked glamorous each time. With this set, you’ll get nine pieces of hair, separated into four attachments in various sizes and widths. You won’t have any trouble sectioning them into their respective spots to make the overall look smooth and consistent. Once in, the hair feels natural and weightless, letting you enjoy the look without the tugging or discomfort.

Type: Remy hair | Shades: 37 | Length: 16-24 in | Number of Wefts Included: 9

ONYC Kinky 3B–3C Curl 7 Piece Clip In
PHOTO: ONYC

Our Ratings

  • Ease of Use

    4.8/5

  • Comfort

    5/5

  • Quality

    4.3/5

  • Value

    5/5

As its name suggests, ONYC designed the Kinky 3B–3C Curl 7 Piece Clip In set specifically for those creating styles with natural hair texture as they identically mimic a 3B-4C hair type. Within the generous seven clip-in set, there are only two colors to choose from. But, on the flip side we found that although our hair was a little darker than the shade we chose, the virgin kinky curly blend of human hair looked totally natural and matched our coily texture to a T. Especially once we applied a little mousse, the extensions accentuated its natural definition and provided fullness, but thanks to the different weft lengths you can also easily style it in dozens of different ways.

Type: Virgin kinky curly human hair | Shades: 2 | Length: 12-20in | Number of Wefts Included: 7

Bebonia Spiral Clip-In Extensions
PHOTO: Bebonia

Our Ratings

  • Ease of Use

    4.4/5

  • Comfort

    4/5

  • Quality

    4.8/5

  • Value

    5/5

The Bebonia spiral curls come in a wide range of sizes, making them easy to layer around our heads and amp up the fullness of our hair in a snap. Due to the tight curly texture of the set, they’re especially great for 2C and 3A hair types that need a little extra boost. However, between the two thickness options available, finer hair types will benefit most from the 110 g and denser ones should stick with 220 g, as it has more hair per weft and three more wefts total.

Additionally, clipping in the set was extremely easy and painless. Once they were set, we wore them comfortably all day without experiencing any pulling, tugging, or digging into our scalps. More than that, the 100 percent Remy human hair made them extremely soft and natural looking, although the one downside to this material is it became a bit stringy near our ends.

Type: Remy human hair | Shades: 10 | Length: 16-22 in | Number of Wefts Included: 6

Bebonia Ringlet Clip Extensions
PHOTO: Bebonia

Our Ratings

  • Ease of Use

    4.9/5

  • Comfort

    5/5

  • Quality

    4.2/5

  • Value

    5/5

Two features about the Bebobia Ringlet clip-in extensions make them particularly suited for curly-hair types: The two thickness options and the strong hold of the curl, which didn’t soften or relax despite our repeated usage. Although the extensions are styled in tight ringlets, you can also soften them into a looser curl with some coaxing — just coat the strands with a styling product and start brushing until you get the curl pattern you want. In fact, despite their tighter texture, we found they blended in best with the wavier curls that define 3A to 3B hair, rather than the more S-shaped and zigzag patterns of 3C to 4A hair types. Still, the lightweight, ultra-soft extensions boast an excellent quality that looks and feels, amazing on anyone’s head.

Type: Remy human hair | Shades: 7 | Length: 16-22 in | Number of Wefts Included: 9

Barely Xtensions Ponytail
PHOTO: Barely Xtensions

Our Ratings

  • Ease of Use

    4.4/5

  • Comfort

    4/5

  • Quality

    4/5

  • Value

    4.5/5

Ponytail extensions are a surefire way to add extra pizzaz with minimal effort, yet, they often slide down our heads throughout the day or become tangled within their velcro attachments. The Barely Extensions, however, effectively resolved these common struggles by designing the ponytail with a sturdy hidden comb and thin, comfortable velcro strips that don’t become ensnared in our natural hair. The single, 22-inch piece took us less than five minutes to style, although you would’ve sworn a professional did the job. And, despite being a synthetic option, its texture remained soft and flowy just like the real deal. More color options would’ve made it look that much more natural, but out of the three offered, we felt like the shade we chose still blended pretty well.

Type: Synthetic | Shades: 3 | Length: 22 | Number of Wefts Included: 1

What to Keep in Mind

  • Material: Hair extensions can come in two forms: Natural human hair (called Remy hair) or synthetic. Natural hair extensions are often preferred since they look and feel like real hair, retain their structure and shape for about a year, and you can wash and reuse them. As celebrity hairstylist Dimitris Giannetos explains, “You can do anything you want to them and re-create any hairstyle you love since they are made out of real human hair.” However, “When using synthetic hair you can’t use any heat which limits the hairstyles you can do,” he adds. While synthetic hair is more affordable, it only lasts about four to six months, but the lower price point allows you to purchase more extensions and rotate through a wider range of looks.
  • Hair Color and Texture: Since all hair types have slight variations in texture and color already, don’t fret if the extensions don’t match your hair color perfectly. Adding extensions the addition simply accentuates this feature, says Giannetos. He uses either highlighted colors or two different colors because “all hair has a natural dimension. Translation: Highlighted extensions “blend better with your own hair,” he says. Celebrity hairstylist Priscilla Valles also suggests matching at your ends rather than your roots. “You usually want extensions for length or thickness because that is where they extend from and that’s where the blending occurs,” she says.
  • Weft: Hair wefts refer to the number of hair strips found on the extensions. Depending on how many wefts there are, you can customize and alter your hairstyle and get as natural or as volumized as you wish. Some extensions feature a single large hair weft that can be clipped onto your existing ponytail. Others may come with as many as nine wefts, sectioned off into different lengths and thicknesses, awarding you a little flexibility on how you structure your hair extensions.

Your Questions, Answered

How do you put in clip-in hair extensions?

Take it from us, inserting clip-ins is much easier than you might expect, even for beginners. Hair stylist D’xenia Clark explains that you want to start from your nape up (usually a two-clip). “After the nape, you would be following with a clip-in that covers most of your occipital bone horizontally and usually reaches near the temple (usually a four-clip or five-clip),” she says.

Follow this process upwardly, and add or leave out as many wefts as you want to achieve the fullness you want. Celebrity hairstylist Nekea Thomas also suggests using dry shampoo at the root, teasing or back-combing once or twice, and spraying the tease before inserting the clip to get a nice lift at the root.

How long do clip-in extensions last?

This truly depends on how often you use them and how well you care for them. Giannetos estimates that they can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months. To increase their lifespan, Valles recommends brushing them after every use from root to end and storing them in a silk or ziplock bag. “Wash them after four uses, condition them, and use a hair mask on them and blow them dry,” he adds.

Do clip-in extensions damage hair?

Clip-in extensions are one of the least damaging styling options for your hair. While traditional extensions can pull and rip at your hair, clip-ins are largely harmless. However, “if your hair is very fine I find it helps to replace the big clips with smaller ones so they’re more gentle and tug the hair less,” says Giannetos.

How do you wash clip-in extensions?

If you want your clip-in extensions to last and remain in good shape, you must wash them regularly. “I recommend washing at least once a month to avoid damaging the hair,” say Giannetos, who adds, “Especially if you’re using hot tools often, product buildup could cause the hair to burn or split.”

If you are working with Remy human hair, you can wash your extensions with the same products as you do your natural hair. However, in terms of technique, Clark recommends “lining them up one behind the other and attaching a claw clip to the base of the extension (where the clips are placed).” Next, you’ll want to hold onto the clip and wash them thoroughly. “Comb through with your fingers, rather than roughly rubbing them together.” Additionally, Thomas says you should brush them habitually to avoid messy tangles.

Can you sleep with clip-in extensions?

Always remove extensions for heading off to dreamland for long-lasting clip-ins and a healthy scalp, says Valles, who explains, “Sleeping with clip-ins could irritate the scalp.” And, he adds that leaving extensions in overnight will cause them to deteriorate quickly, as the hair gets rubbed and tugged throughout the night.

Why Shop With Us

Bianca Kratky is a commerce writer at InStyle, with two years of experience covering fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products. To write this article, she spoke to hair stylists D’xenia Clark, Priscilla Valles, Nekea Thomas, and Dimitris Giannetos to better understand how to best care for clip-in hair extensions. She also consulted the team here at InStyle who thoroughly tested and tried every single one of the mentioned clip-in extensions themselves.


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