I wore clip-in extensions for so many years—practically a decade—and while I have since unclipped and rebooted, I still think about the long, thick tendrils those pieces afforded me each day. It's a fun little trick hairstylists use to add heft, texture, and length to their clients' hair. Think of your favorite celebrity red carpet look, any celebrity appearance really, and chances are there are some secret extensions in there. That being said, it's a saturated market, with tons of brands touting their product as the very best.
There's synthetic hair, real human hair, and a mix of the two, all marketed as the one offering you should spend your money on. It can be confusing and difficult to wade through it all.
So to streamline it, we reached out to a few of our favorite celebrity hairstylists to offer up their most coveted brands. They discuss their go-tos, specifics about why they're different, and exactly why they love them. Below, find their advice, and opt for the clip-in extensions that will best suit your lifestyle, whether you'd like to wear them every day or just on special occasions, as well as if you're looking for added length or just a bit of thickness. Keep scrolling to find out more.
Hidden Crown Hair
"My current favorite for clip-in extensions is Hidden Crown Hair," celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan says. She routinely works with all the Kardashians, so you know she knows extensions like the back of her hand. "Each piece is much thicker than average, so you can use fewer clips to get a full head of hair," she explains. "I also love that the pack comes with one extra-thick piece for the back of the head. Sometimes I use this piece to wrap around the base of a ponytail or for added length and fullness as well," Marjan adds.
The Hair Shop
"The Hair Shop is my go-to place in L.A. However, they do sell online," says Octavio Molina, a hairstylist and the founder of Tavi Hair. He continues, "I love the quality and density of the actual extensions. I've found that some brands make their extensions on the heavier side, and that can be counterproductive and ended up pulling the hair down, making the hair look flat and at times fake. The Hair Shop does a great job at keeping the extensions looking real, with real density and texture as well as a vast variety of colors to choose from."
Clayton Hawkins, an L.A.-based celebrity hairstylist who specializes in hair-extension transformations (seriously, check out his Instagram) as well as a damn good blowout, agrees. "The Hair Shop's skinny clips are the best for fullness at the sides of your head," he says, adding, "The track is super thin, and you can put them up high near the hairline for volume without the worry of exposed tracks."
"Beauty Works' clip-in hair extensions are the easiest extensions to find your perfect shade," celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons, another long-time Kardashian hairstylist, explains. "They have something for everyone, including ombré and highlights, so it's super easy to shade-match," he says. "You just go to their website and pick the shade closest to your color. They also come in a variety of densities, like a double hair set (for voluminous, glam looks) as well as their Invisi Clip Ins, which I love for the sleek, straight styles.
They’re thin enough to be put right up to the part and melt right in."
"Laced Hair has the biggest selection of different lengths, as well as a wide range of blondes," Molina says. "Their website is super informative when it comes to haircare and education, plus the company is also women-owned and -operated."
"SoCapUSA is my choice when I am looking for extensions with roots or an ombré," Molina explains. "They also have a big selection of fun colors, including neons, frosted shades, and silvers that come in handy when I am working on set for an editorial shoot," he adds.
"Ricky's NYC is great if you don't have much time or you're looking to not spend too much money. It's so easy and super budget-friendly," suggests Molina. "They are conveniently located everywhere in Manhattan and online (with free shipping over $50)," he says. Molina adds, "The have a good selection of human hair as well as a great color range."