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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—yep, clip-in hair extensions. They’re the tried-and-true Holly wood secret for adding not only length but also lots of volume to your hair in mere minutes. Hence why they’re ideal for bridal hairstyles, allowing for much more versatility. There are plenty of options out there, so it’s important to know not only what to look for, but also how to clip them in, style, and care for them.
First things first: stick with human, not synthetic hair. Ideally, Remy hair, the highest quality out there, is best. Not only will this ensure the extensions look more natural, but extensions made of human hair can also withstand all kinds of heat styling, which you’ll likely need to create your final bridal hairstyle. There are also various lengths and thicknesses you can pick from, so consider playing around with those as well. And to the point of looking natural, finding the right color match is imperative. Happily, many brands offer free tester samples to help you find the perfect hue.
And finally, don’t try clip-ins for the first time on your actual big day. They should absolutely be a part of your hair trial, or, if you’re going to do your own hair, make sure to practice both clipping them in and styling them prior to your wedding.
Here, the best clip-in hair extensions every bride should consider.
The Hair Shop Skinny Clip-Ins
A go-to for many celeb stylists, these are especially choice if you’re going to wear your hair up and 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—including a nice array of blonde options, so light-haired girls take note—and in packs of two, three, or four clips.
Hidden Crown Clip-Ins
Thicker than many other extensions, consider these 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 styles.
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, a great pick for those who don’t want to go too overboard in adding more length.
Glam Seamless Clip-In Extensions
With 61 different colors (yes, you read that correctly) and six lengths to choose from, the possible combinations are truly endless. Made of that Remy hair we mentioned, these also sit nicely flat wherever you clip them in, so you don’t end up with that tell-tale bump that can often be a dead giveaway that you’re wearing extensions.
And 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.
Luxy Hair Clip-In Ponytail Extensions
A ponytail makes for an unexpected and fun bridal ‘do—the key is making sure it looks polished and chic, in order to differentiate it from an everyday gym style. Enter the beauty of a clip-in ponytail, a super-easy way to glam up the basic pony.
These all come 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.
Cashmere Hair Clip In Extensions
This brand boasts the unique feature of offering a color matching service; all you have to do is text them a few photos and they’ll help you figure out which shade of their extensions is best for you.
They’re 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.
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 it at a fraction of the price of many of their more expensive counterparts, and are available in a variety of lengths and densities. We just wish they came in more than six colors.
Hairdo 100% Remy Human Hair Extensions
One set of these extensions come 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. (Especially since you can straighten them and curl them to your heart’s content without damaging them, given that they’re made of human hair.) They’re very lightweight, and come in plenty of black, brunette, and blond tones.
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 more of dramatic and glam bridal hair statement.
They even offer extensions that are already pre-styled with a beach wave, should you be going for a more 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.