How Do Clip in Hair Extensions Work? – Rues Hair

How Do Clip in Hair Extensions Work?

You've just bought your new clip-in extensions set, and forgot to do research on how to style and wear them (it happens). 

What's a gal to do? 

Clip in hair extensions works by considering these 3 factors:

  1. Weight
  2. Length
  3. Shade/Color
  4. Method of Installation


Clip ins are usually categorized by weight of hair. You choose which weight is suitable for you by checking your own natural hair's weight and density.

For the most part, people who have short hair whether they have thin or thick hair will require clip in extensions that are 160 grams or above.

In general, those with thinner hair can do 160 grams or lower. Those with thicker hair can do 160 grams or above. The most common choice for those with thinner hair is 120 grams Rues Hair extensions set.


Depending on what you want, you can choose any length.

If you want a more natural and everyday look, your best bet is to go anywhere between 18 inches to 22 inches. Anything longer than 22 inches is perfect for special occasions such as weddings or a girls night out. Although, nowadays it's getting more and more popular to have longer hair.

Rues Hair extensions are 22 inches in length. When curled, they can be from 16 inches to 20 inches depending on the type of curl. This give you some room to play around with styles while also keeping hair length.


The shade of the hair extensions are important, as you would typically want to match the shade of the extensions to your own hair.

However, it's likely that you would want to get hair extensions with the purpose of dying them a different shade.

If you recently changed your dark hair to a lighter shade, it's best to get a lighter shade like Butterscotch or Lemon Drop. This way, you won't have to lighten or bleach since it is more damaging and processing intensive to lighten dark hair than it is to darken light hair.

As a general rule, it's best to change up your own hair to match the hair extensions themselves, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

You can change your hair shade to a fantasy color, in which case Rues Hair extensions shades in Coconut Cream or Iced Vanilla is best for that purpose.

Method of Installation

The method of how you install the clip in hair extensions is the last factor, and this is done by simply sectioning out your hair to see where to place the wefts.

Typically, the center of your head is where most of the wefts are clipped in horizontally straight.

Starting from the nape of your neck, create a horizontal section and clip in either a 3 or 4 clip weft.

Continue this by going up until you reach the crown of your head.

Depending on what style you're going for, you can clip 2 clip wefts going diagonally around your face. So, above your ear, in the front; these clips should look as natural as possible as it's by your face.

Here's a quick video explaining how to clip Rues Hair extensions in:

Do Hair Extensions Damage Your Hair?

The single best thing about clip in hair extensions is that you can't damage your hair while wearing them.

You can get totally experimental and explore different types of hairstyles and shades with your Rues Hair extensions without damage.

Rues Hair has cloth like fabric that is attached to the seam of the wefts which the clips are sewed onto. This ensures the most durable stitch and clips so that the hair is easy to install to your own hair.

The flexible and strong clips have a super functional silicone grip attached to it, so that it doesn't tug your hair when you wear them. It actually grips it at one clip point. This ensures no hair is ripped out when you move around.

When you compare clip in hair extensions to tape ins, glue ins, or even weaves you can see how much less damaging it is.

As far as tape ins and glue ins, it involves glue adhesive to attach to your own hair. This process involves an expensive appointment with your hairdresser, prep to your hair before installation, and moving the extensions up as your hair grows over time.

Because there is adhesive involved, if not done properly, it can pull your hair out and you might experience temporary bald spots or thinning.

Weaves are when you braid your hair very close to your scalp very tightly, and have a bundle of hair stitched into your braids so that it looks like it's your own hair. This also involves an expensive trip to the salon, along with tight braids that can damage your hair follicles.

Rues Hair clip ins have safe and secure clips that you can clip in anytime you want, even every day with absolutely zero damage.

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