For years, hair extensions have been a not-so-secret weapon used by celebrities (and their hairstylists) to switch up their tresses and magically add length. It’s how Kylie Jenner goes from a chin-length bob to waist-long waves in just a few hours.
While there’s plenty of semi-permanent options out there to change length and volume including tape-ins, sew-ins, hand-tied, bonded and beaded extensions (all of which require installation by a pro), those can be very pricey and time-consuming. That's why I enlisted the help of celebrity hair and makeup artist Tim MacKay to learn all about clip-in extensions instead.
What it is: I found that if you don't want to commit to a permanent length just yet, these four quick clip-in options (from HaloCouture, Glam Seamless Halo, Hidden Crown and Bellami) can be put in and removed in a matter of minutes, and kept my natural hair strong and healthy. In the video, above, watch MacKay as he shows step-by-step instructions for applying them perfectly and painlessly, and read on, below, for a break down of each brand and extension type.
Who tested it: Emily Strohm, PEOPLE senior writer
Celeb Fans: The Kardashians, Dove Cameron, Lilly Ghalichi, Laverne Cox
Details: Bellami Guy Tang Balayage Clip In Ombre Set
100% Remy human hair
Available in 20” and 22” length, 7 Colors
Price: $249.99- 309.99
Review: As far as temporary extensions go, these clip-ins require a bit more time and effort. Still, from start to finish, it’s only a 5 to 10 minute job for a total transformation and natural look. (In my opinion, well worth the extra few minutes.) I love that you can customize where and how much hair you put in with the individual clips. So, if you’re wearing a certain style, or have it parted to one side, you can customize your clip-in to work best for your look.
Where to get them: Available online or in stores
Bellami hair expert Juliette Gomez shares her own tips for best results.
Bellami beauty bar locations offer custom cuts, styling and installation for semi permanent and permanent extensions. According to Kat Lewis, Head of Education at Bellami, "Although they can look beautiful as is, take the time to get you new hair shaped and framed to work with your natural length and layers you have in your hair. Once you have gotten them cut, mark the clips on the inside to remember which ones came from where for easy reapplication the next time.”
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