As you scour the internet for bridal hair inspiration, keep in mind that most of those amazing styles you see on the red carpet have one thing in common: clip-in hair extensions. They’re a tried-and-true Hollywood secret for adding not only length but also lots of volume to your hair in just minutes. For brides, clip-in hair extensions allow for much more versatility for your wedding look.
When choosing clip-in extensions, stick with human rather than synthetic hair. "Synthetic hair cannot take heat and will melt once it is heated with a curling iron or flat iron," says bridal hair stylist Dyana Nematalla. She also says to consider and test out the actual clip to ensure it clips seamlessly and blends into your natural hair texture and density. Additionally, consider the various lengths, thicknesses, and hair colors of different options—the goal is to make clip-in extensions look as natural as possible.
Don't try clip-ins for the first time on your actual wedding day. Instead, use them in your hair trial or practice clipping them in before the big day. Many brands happily offer free tester samples to help you find the perfect match.
To help narrow down your search, we've researched and selected the best clip-in hair extensions with these features in mind. A few of our top picks include the BeautyWorks Clip-Ins, the Whiskey Clip In Hair Extensions, and The Hair Shop Skinny Clip-Ins.
Read on for the best clip-in hair extensions for brides.
Vario Clip-In Hair Extensions
There are plenty of options to choose from here. Go with the deluxe clip-ins if you want a more subdued, natural effect, or the double hair set weft if you’re looking to make a more dramatic and glam bridal hair statement. BeautyWorks even offers extensions that are already pre-styled with a beach wave should you be going for a boho bride look. Either way, they’re all made from high-quality hair, come in an assortment of lengths, and you can even get color swatches before you order to ensure you’re choosing the right shade.
Price at time of publish: $139+
The Hair Shop Skinny Clip-In Single Piece
A go-to for many stylists, including Nematalla, these are especially great for up-dos if you simply want some added fullness and volume. You can place them high on your hairline, but because the track (the part you clip in) is so thin, it won’t be noticeable, and the pieces also lay nice and flat. They come in three different lengths, 15 shades, and in packs of two, three, or four clips.
Price at time of publish: $30 for Small (2 Clips) 14
Hidden Crown Hair Extensions Crown Clip-Ins
This option is thicker than many other extensions, so consider it if your hair is naturally thick and you’re looking to add length or if you want to add loads of thickness to your final bridal style. Each set comes with nine clips split among three tracks, and there are six lengths to choose from. This includes a usually hard-to-find 8-inch option, which is ideal for those who don’t want to go too overboard in adding more length.
Price at time of publish: $459
Glam Seamless Clip-In Hair Extensions
With 61 different colors (yes, you read that correctly) and six lengths to choose from, the possible combinations are truly endless. Made of high-quality Remy hair, these sit flat and stay hidden wherever you clip them in. If you want to really change up your look on your wedding day, try their clip-in bangs, which Jennifer Lopez has been seen wearing (no big deal).
Price at time of publish: $250
Luxy 20" Chocolate Brown Balayage Ponytail
A ponytail makes for an unexpected and fun bridal ‘do—the key is making sure it looks polished and chic. Enter the beauty of a clip-in ponytail, a super-easy way to glam up the basic pony. This comes in a 20-inch length, though there are 33 shades available (many of which have multi-dimensional highlights). You can also use them for more than just a plain ponytail; these pieces are a great way to add volume to a classic chignon or ballerina bun.
Price at time of publish: $199
Cashmere Hair Clip-In Hair Extensions
This brand boasts the unique feature of offering a color-matching service. All you have to do is text a few photos to find out which shade is best for you. It's also an especially great option if you have thin hair because the extensions are the same thickness from root to tip. Plus, they have a silicone strip along with the small clips to better hold each piece in place without damaging already fine or fragile hair.
Price at time of publish: $190
Winsky Clip In Hair Extensions
As a general rule of thumb, extensions can be pretty pricey, particularly those made of human hair. Enter this wallet-friendly alternative, a great option if you’re on a budget or just want to take clip-ins for a test run without making a major financial commitment upfront. They’re made from 100% Remy hair, though ring in at a fraction of the price of many more expensive counterparts. They're available in a variety of lengths and densities, but we just wish they came in more than six colors.
Price at time of publish: $24 for 12-inch (Pack of 7)
Hairdo 16" 100% Remy Human Hair Extensions
One set of these extensions comes with five different pieces—all 16 inches in length, though in varying widths so that you can mix and match them to create your desired end result. They’re made of human hair, so you can straighten and curl them to your heart’s content without damage. They’re very lightweight and come in black, brunette, and blond tones.
Price at time of publish: $212
Meet the Expert
Dyana Nematalla is a bridal hair stylist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also the CEO of Sirèn Salon and Tinte by Sirène.
What to Look for in Hair Extensions
Real hair vs. synthetic hair
As Nematalla suggested, synthetic hair extensions look less natural and are harder to style, as they don't work well with heat. Therefore, real human hair is the way to go, especially for such a momentous occasion as your wedding day. For a tried and true option, you can't go wrong with The Hair Shop Skinny Clip-Ins.
Color, length, and thickness
Again, the key to a successful hairdo with clip-in extensions is making it look natural. Therefore, look for options that match your hair color, texture, and thickness. Depending on how much volume and length you want, also consider the various length options of extensions and where you'll need to place them around your head. We love the Glam Seamless Clip-In Extensions because they come in a wide range of hues to match many different hair tones.
What are the most natural-looking extensions?
"The best type of hair extension really depends on the style desired on the big day," says Nematalla. If the bride wants a fuller look with her hair down, she recommends going with clip-in toppers. She also loves individual clip-in extensions because they can be easily customized to a wide range of bridal hairstyles. "Putting even just one row of extensions helps keep everything looking fresh and bouncy," she adds.
How do you put in clip in hair extensions?
"Placing the clip-in extensions correctly is the key to making it look natural," says Nematalla. She recommends distributing and placing the clip-ins according to your specific wedding hairstyle. For example, if you do a deep side part, you'll want to place more clip-in extensions on one side.
To apply, Nematalla recommends teasing and spraying a small section of natural hair. Then, gently place the clip onto the hair and secure it tightly.
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Melanie Rud has nearly 15 years of journalism experience covering the beauty and lifestyle space for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s also a recent newlywed who spent quite a bit of time planning her ideal bridal hairdo.