Daneen Baird, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of SpoiledPretty.com
Daneen's beauty stats: Early 30s; brown hair; brown eyes; caramel complexion; acne-prone, combination skin; damaged hair as a result of regular relaxing and a dependence on hot tools.
"My shoulder-length hair suits me well. It's long enough to pull into a ponytail but short enough that I don't have to fuss with it. But when I want to live the life of a long-haired lass, I rely on clip-in extensions. Many human-hair clip-ins will cost you more than $250. But if you've got some time, you can make them yourself for $50-75.
"So, if you're in need of some faux hair help, block out a couple of hours, put on some old Sex and the City DVDs (that's what I like to do, anyway), and follow these steps."
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Step 1: Cut hair into strips.
What you need: One package of wefted human hair.
"This is a curtain of hair that can be cut into smaller strips. Be sure to buy human hair because, unlike synthetic, it can be styled with thermal tools. Human hair can also be washed with shampoo, which will extend the life of your extensions. If you're buying for the first time, I recommend going to a beauty-supply store so you'll be guaranteed to get hair that is closest to your own hair color.
"I like to trim them in various widths, so that the end result looks natural."
- Six to eight strips that are 2" in width
- Four to six strips that are 3" in width
- Four to six strips that are 4" in width
- Three strips that are 6" in width
- Two strips that are 8" in width
Step 2: Prep the wig clips.
What you need: A spool of thread that matches the color of the hair, a sewing needle, a few packages of wig clips.
"I typically use two or three small wig clips per hair extension, depending on the width of the extension. You can buy wig clips that match your hair color.
"Once you've cut your strips, thread the sewing needle and knot the end."
Step 3: Start sewing.
"With the needle and thread, sew on the wig clips. The comb side should be facing out, and the teeth should be pointing down.
"Here's a good rule of thumb with regard to the wig clips: the 2-, 3-, and 4-inch strips need two wig clips, one on either end. The 6- and 8-inch strips need three wig clips, one on either end and one to anchor the middle."