Hair tutorial: How to make clip in hair extensions look thicker and natural

Forget splurging on pricey human hair extensions Lauren Pope, owner of Hair Rehab London, shows you how to have flawless locks with faux hair pieces that will please your purse

We can’t all be blessed with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s bank balance that allows her to have a head full of human hair extensions, so for those of us who want to lengthen our locks without chopping our monthly spend in half we’ll need to fake it.

Hair Rehab London – set up by former TOWIE star Lauren Pope- offers a range of synthetic hairpieces and extensions from buns to braids that all smooth out your strands, thicken your mane and add length.

But to ensure your clip in hair extensions look as natural as possible Lauren shares her top tips…

  1. It’s vital you get the colour match correct for, Hair Rehab London offer a free service to ensure your hair extensions are the perfect hue. If the colour is off then this will be a huge tell tale sign that you are wearing extensions.

  2. It’s a good idea to wash your extensions first. Using your fingers, gently comb through your hairpiece. Using a mix of cold water, a mild shampoo and conditioner, gently soak the hairpiece and leave for around five minutes, then rinse with cold water. Do not rub the hair at any point.

Once rinsed, use a towel to gently squeeze out any excess water. You can use a leave-in conditioner at this point, but do not comb or brush the hairpiece when wet. Leave the hairpiece to dry naturally, do not apply any direct heat to speed this process up.

  1. Before applying the extensions make sure your own hair is tangle free, if you’ve lightweight hair it's best to use extensions a day or two after you’ve washed your hair. Section off your hair where you want the piece to sit.

Gently backcomb a small section of your own hair, this will make the extensions or hair piece feel a lot more secure and will stay in place when you're brushing and styling the hair.

  1. Style the extensions as if they are your own hair, (but never apply heat to synthetic extensions – so no tongs, wands, straighteners or hairdryers) but you can brush, plait and apply hairspray to hold the look.

Prices for Hair Rehab London synthetic hairpieces start from £9.99, to see the whole collection visit

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