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Can I get hair extensions with short hair? How long does my hair have to be to have extensions? How do you put extensions in very short hair? What’s the best hair extension type for short anyway? These are age-old questions our team here at Cliphair get almost every week! And today, we break down the key to choosing the right hair extensions for short hair.
Short hair doesn’t mean hair extensions aren’t or shouldn’t be an option. So, if your hair is on the shorter side, whether it’s a bob, a pixie cut or if you simply wish to grow out your hair, we help you decide the length, volume and type of extensions that’s right for you and your hair.
Picking the Right Extensions and how to put extensions in very short hairHair extensions are often praised for their ability to instantly add volume and length to hair. However, it is a bit more difficult to blend your hair extensions and find a perfect match when you’ve only got a little bit of existing length to begin with.
Tape in Extensions for Short Hair
It goes without saying that the longer hair you have, the easier it is to blend in tape extensions, however, when it comes to short hair, tape in extensions are a better option than clip ins. This is due to the extension’s almost invisible and damage free tapes. This is also better for short and thinner hair as tapes won’t pull or tug your natural hair. We always recommend getting your tape in installed by a qualified hair professional for best results.
We recommend getting tape in extensions for short hair if your natural hair is at least four to five inches long so it’s easier to blend it into your natural hair and conceal the tapes for a seamless look. For a natural finish, it is best to mix lengths for layers, for example, if your desired length is 18 inches, then you should consider blending with 16, or 14-inch hair. This helps to balance shorter lengths with longer lengths so your overall look won’t appear uneven and artificial as adding really long, heavy hair extensions to very short hair can damage it by pulling.
Browse our range of tape in extensions and find the right fit for your short hair.
Micro and Pre-bonded Extensions for Short Hair
If you have short, thick hair, micro and pre-bonded extensions are a better option if you’d like a natural blend. They are also perfect for short hair as they lie flat on the head, making them almost invisible. It’s important however, to ensure that the micro rings used match your hair colour as this can be easily visible when you have short natural hair. If fitted correctly, you will have longer, thicker, natural looking long hair that lasts.
If unsure, you should ask a hair expert if your own hair is long enough to cover the micro rings. When it comes to these types of hair extensions, choosing the right extension type becomes more about the length, as micro ring loops will need your hair to be at least four inches long to cover your hair perfectly. I-tips and u-tips are amongst the best option for much shorter hair as they are installed strand by strand. The minimum hair length required for u-tips and I-tips is 2.5 to three inches.
Clip in Extensions for Short Hair
If you have incredibly short hair, we recommend getting the more permanent options. This is better for your hair as the clips can pull your hair or appear bulky on thin hair. It can also feel quite uncomfortable if your clip in hair extensions are attached too close or too far from the roots – resulting in damaged hair.
Length:In order to cover the clips, you will need your natural hair to be at least three to four inches long. This is to give you a more natural look and give you room to style the hair while hiding the clip ins. As clip in extensions tend to be heavier than your natural hair than other options, we recommend going for extensions that are around 14 to 18 inches. Longer lengths will be too heavy and will pull your hair resulting in damaged hair.
Hair Weaves and Weft Extensions for Short Hair
Hair weft extensions are a bit more flexible as you can choose the application method. However, if you have short hair, we suggest simply going for the other options as your hair stylist will need to transform your wefts into clip-in or the more complex types anyway – which can be time consuming and even more expensive.
The minimum hair length for weft hair extensions is three inches. However, it will be trickier to blend them, as compared to other hair extension types. Blending This varies depending on the cut of your natural hair. One of the trickiest cuts to blend with extensions is the blunt cut. This style looks great on its own but without the tapered ends, it makes it harder to blend. Harder but not impossible. The best way to do it is actually to trim your extensions so that the shape fits your cut better.
If you have a blunt cut style, then recommend going for thicker hair extensions as thinner or single weft extensions often don’t blend the transition between the end of your blunt cut hair and the extensions as well.
Blending Short Hair With Exensions
Blending hair extensions with short hair is perhaps one of the trickiest parts of this process. It also depends on the cut and style of your own hair. For example, in order to get the perfect blend when you have a blunt cut, you will need to cut or trim your extensions so that the hair extensions match and fit your better. If you have a blunt cut style, then thicker hair extensions are a better option as they can blend the transition between the end of your blunt cut hair and the extensions as well.