Hello Beautiful Coily Queenz!
Every Coily Queen should feel confident inserting and styling her natural clip-in extensions.
Below are two easy “How to guides” to get you Queenz started. Clips are commonly inserted in to corn-rowed or french braided hair, but the how -to- guides below are especially useful if you are not as skilled at corn rowing or French braiding. Be sure to read the helpful tips following each “How to Guide” before beginning.
Inserting Clips into Dry Hair
1. Start with clean, dry hair.
2. Part head in half. Comb hair in front of the part forward.
3. Starting from the part, flat twist the back of the head. Make 8-10 flat twists running to the base of the head using the hair that is “behind the part”.
4. Again, starting from the part, flat twist the hair “in front of the part”. There should be 1-3 flat twist running straight back along the sides of head, but leave the center front portion of your hair free for later styling.
5. Pin-up flat twist so that twists are flat on head.
1. Start from the base of head. Apply clips to the root of hair in curved line moving across head from “ear to ear”.
2. Once you have completed one curve line or row is start another row of clips just above it. Row should be very close, about a quarter inch apart.
3. Continue to insert clips from base of head to the top of head until all twists are fully covered by clips.
Defining Free Natural Hair
1. Part free hair into a style your choice
2. Apply water and curl defining gel (ie curl unleash, eco styling gel, whatever works best on your hair) to about a quarter size thick of free hair. Carefully work the water and curling defining gel through the hair using the shingle hair method until all free curls have been defined. Be sure to work around the part you made for your style.
Blending Natural Hair with Extensions
1. Blend or mix your free hair with clipped hair by Finger curling your hair into the extensions.
2. Blow dry with diffuser
3. Cutting extensions into layers
1. May need to use quarter inch clips to style the front of hair, because it allow you to get close to the edge line. If you don’t have quarter inch clips in your styling kit, you can cut your clips into the desired size for your style.
2. Youtube has great Finger curling method videos.
3. YouTube has great the shingle hair method videos
4. When using the hair diffuser be sure to dry the end and root thoroughly. The diffuser gives the hair fullness, bounce and helps to shape/style hair. There great YouTube videos available demonstrating the best ways to use a diffuser for natural hair.
Inserting Clips into Wet Hair
1. Co-wash hair
2. Comb hair
3. Moisturize hair
Plait Braids/Inserting Clips
1. Start with clean/washed wet hair
2. While hair is wet. Starting from the base of head, braid hair into single plait box braids until you reach the middle of your head (or until half of your hair is braided). Therefore the top of your head is free or unbraided.
3. Apply a curl defining cream (and water if hair has dried) to the ends braids.
4. Starting from the base of head. Insert clips to the root of the hair along a curved line across head from “ear to ear.”
5. After one curved line is completed with clips, start the second row of clips just above it. Each row should be about a quarter inch apart.
6. Continue to apply clips from base of head towards the top of the head, until all braids are covered.
Your hair must be moisturized prior to installing clips. This will prevent breakage. For more volume you may insert clips without braiding and leave your hair out.
Defining Curls of Free Hair/Inserting Clips
1. Part free hair in a single curved section from ear to ear around the head, separating a quarter inch of hair from the majority of the free hair. The quarter inch thick hair should fall toward the back of the head; the remaining majority of hair should be combed forward.
2. Apply defining styling gel (and water if hair has dried) to the quarter inch, thick parted section using the shingle hair method.
3. Apply clips to roots of the quarter inch section. (As you move closer to the front of your head, be mindful to place an additional part for styling).
4. Repeat steps 7-9 until the entire head it completed.
1. Cut hair extensions into layers.
2. Air dry hair with diffuser.
1. Co-washing and combing hair extensions helps give hair a natural look.
2. Comb hair extensions with a denman brush. Denman brush helps define curls and gives curls an extra bounce.
3. Moisturize extensions using Shea Moisture leave in treatment spray, (more on this product in product section)
4. Plait braids (size of a quarter). They don’t have to be neat or clean- don’t waste your time.
5. After natural hair dries, in addition to being left alone for days, it can become dry and or tangled. Plait braids to protect the hair by locking in moisture and stretching hair.
6. Remember to apply curl defining gel to the ends of braids so the ends of the braids will curl and blend in with clips.
7. There are many different hair defining gels. Be sure to use those that work well with your hair type; e.g.) eco styling gel, curl unleash gel, Miss Jessie's Multicultural Clear (additional info in the product section).
8. If you are unfamiliar with the shingle hair method for natural hair, it can be easily found on YouTube.
9. Cutting hair extensions into layers helps blend your natural hair with hair extensions, ultimately creating a natural body and shape.
10. When using a hair diffuser be sure to dry the ends and roots thoroughly. The diffuser adds fullness, bounce and helps shape/style hair. There are great YouTube videos available demonstrating the best ways to use a diffuser for natural hair.