5 Gorgeous Ways to Rock a Hairpiece
Pump up the volume—and the glamour—with a bun, bang, pony, topper or clip-in extensions that match your texture and color. Gray options, too!
While wigs offer convenience and the versatility of switching styles to fit whatever mood you’re in, they aren’t the only way to change your look in an instant. Clip-in extensions are an easy and less expensive way to make your hair appear fuller and longer, but many sisters don’t consider them as an option because they haven’t always been all that inclusive of different textures. Nowadays, there’s something for everyone. Plus, clip-ins allow the wearer to test the waters before investing in a high-quality wig or sew-in. Here’s how to get the most out of them.
(All options are made using human hair unless noted with an asterisk.)
Pump Up the Volume
If length isn’t an issue but you want to add volume, a couple of clip-in wefts could make all the difference. Luckily, straight tresses aren’t the only option to choose from these days. Many companies offer extensions in various textures resembling S-shaped curls, tight corkscrews and everything in between, which is perfect for naturalistas who want to accentuate their crown.
Five options to try: Kinknetics Clip-Ins ($125–$190, Shop.Kinkistry.com), “For Kinks” Clip-Ins ($199–$269, HeatFreeHair.com), 160G Straight Seamless Clip-Ins ($179.99, Mayvenn.com), Light Relaxed-Perm 7 Piece Clip In ($109.99–$229.99, ONYCHair.com) and Radclip 02* ($69, Radswan.com).
Top It Off With Something Extra
As we age, silver strands are expected and embraced by some sisters, but thinning at the crown of the head (aka androgenetic alopecia) is a common type of hair loss that isn’t talked about enough. While topical and laser treatments can deliver promising results over time, hair toppers instantly conceal any hair loss or thinning. They’re also designed to meet your daily styling needs, whether your silk press is looking a little limp or your strands are naturally on the finer side. (Keratin hair fibers can also give you a fuller and thicker appearance at the crown of the head.)
Good to know: Most hair toppers are manufactured using Asian hair, so they will work best with textured hair that’s been straightened or relaxed.
Three options to try: Top Tier Clip-In Hair Piece by Gabor* ($68, PaulaYoung.com), Jon Renau HF Synthetic Hair Topper* ($183.99, Wigs.com) and Crown Topper ($529, HiddenCrownHair.com).
Go Beyond the Basic Bun
Nothing says elegance like a sleek bun, but achieving that perfect shape using a hair donut and bobby pins can be frustrating and time-consuming, especially if you have long, thick strands. Faux buns allow you to create the perfect ballerina, messy or curly bun every time. High or low, this classic do can elevate even the most casual look.
Two options to try: Clip-In Bun ($70, LuxyHair.com) and Sammy Tousled Wave Bun* ($45, INHHair.com).
Take Your Ponytail to New Heights
It’s easy to get stuck in a ponytail rut, especially when you’re working with that second-week silk press, but taking your ponytail from boring to glam is easier than you think. From super sleek to tousled waves and kinky curls, a wardrobe of clip-in ponytails will come in handy when you’re pressed for time but still want to look fly on Zoom calls or on a night out.
Three options to try: Curly Ponytail ($129–$169, LuxyHair.com), Foxy Locks Wrap Ponytail Clip In Hair Extensions ($74.04–$197.43, FoxyLocks.com) and Organic Curl Perfect Pony + Jass Set ($135–$235, IndiqueHair.com).
Go Out With a Bang
Many sisters have fallen in love with the idea of bangs once or twice, but the amount of maintenance required? Not so much. The next time you’re itching to rock bangs, consider reaching for clip-ins instead. You’ll get your desired look without any of the remorse that comes after a scissoring session. A bonus of clip-in bangs is that they’re great at camouflaging thinning temples or a receding hairline. Pro tip: Ask your stylist to cut the bangs to flatter your face shape.
Two options to try: Cleopatra Clip-In Bangs ($59.99, BellamiHair.com) and G&T Wig Short Afro Kinky Curly Bangs Clip in Bangs* ($7.99, Amazon.com).