Curly Clip-Ins: How To Properly Blend And Care For

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How To Properly Blend And Care For Curly Clip-Ins

22 January 2019
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Clip-in extensions have become one of the most popular hair accessories on the market over the last few years. Unfortunately, clip-in extensions haven’t always been as inclusive as they could be, often leaving ladies with curly hair high and dry. Whether you have dark brown curls or ash blonde ringlets, once you find curly clip-ins that match your mane you're going to want to get your hands on them ASAP. 

We sat down with Soleil Guerrero, the CEO of Bebonia a curly clip-in extension brand, to find out everything you need to know about curly clip-ins including, how to blend with your curls for a natural finish and how to care for them.

Choosing Curly Clip-In Extensions

If you want your curly clip-ins to look as natural as possible, you have to find extensions that most closely resemble your natural texture and color. Luckily, Bebonia not only offers a wide variety of textures ranging from curl type one to curly type eight, but also they offer custom coloring services for those of us that have a hard time finding a perfect color match.

First thing is just checking out what color the client has. If it’s a dark brown, it’s pretty straightforward or natural black...If she has highlights, it’s more of a customized experience where we’d have to select a lighter set and do lowlights in order to blend it.


Once you have the perfect color, it’s time to find a texture match. More often than not ladies with curly hair have more than one curl pattern in their mane, which can make finding the perfect texture match a bit tricky.

“If you have multiple curl patterns, the great thing about our brand is you can mix and match to make it look even more natural and blend with your hair,” the CEO says. “A lot of clients reach out to us and send us their photos, so we make recommendations based on whatever it is we see in the photos.” 

Prepping Curly Clip-Ins

Once you have your clip-ins, it’s time to prep them for installation. While you may be tempted to take them out of their packing, give them a quick shake, and clip the hair right in, Guerrero says taking the time to prep your clip-ins can make all of the difference. The CEO says the same way you prep your hair for styling is the same way you should prep your clip-ins: start with shampoo.

“Starting with washing extensions because from the factory it comes in a perfect curl pattern which is completely unrealistic,” she says. “No one has perfect curls, absolutely not. I’ll always wash them and style them beforehand.”

Once you’ve washed your clip-ins, follow up with a conditioner and whatever styling product you typically use on your curls. Styling your clip-ins the same way you style your natural curls is a great way to help them blend seamlessly into your mane. If you’ve washed and styled your clip-ins but they’re still sticking out of your hair like a sore thumb, consider taking them to a trusted hair stylist.

“Take them in to get them cut to your shape in order to blend better with your natural hair,” Guerrero says.

Installing Curly Clip-Ins

Now that your curly clip-ins are prepped, it’s time to install them. While clip-in extensions are fairly easy to install and don't require much guidance, Guerrero recommends beginning installation near the nape of your neck and working your way up to the crown of your head.

The key to having natural-looking clip-ins is to be sure the extension tracks don’t show. The crown of your head is much more visible than the nape of your neck, by layering clip-ins near the back of your head you reduce the chances of anyone catching a glimpse of the source of your extra volume.

Caring For Curly Clip-Ins

The best thing you can do for your curly clip-in extensions is to treat them like you treat your hair. If you plan to wear your clip-in extensions every day, you should wash, condition, and detangle them as often as you do your own hair. If you only break them out on special occasions, caring for them after each use is just fine.

After you’ve washed, conditioned, and detangled your clip-ins you can lay them flat to air dry. If you need your clip-ins to dry in a hurry, feel free to use your blow dryer to speed the process along. If you feel like your clip-ins are beginning to lose a bit of their curl, use a finger curl technique to help restore them to their former glory.

Interested in having your curly clip-ins professionally installed? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you

You may also like: Clip-In Extensions: The Pro's Guide To Choosing, Wearing, And Caring For Them

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