August 2, 2022

How to Hide Short Hair Under Extensions

How to Hide Short Hair Under Extensions

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This article is about how to hide extensions even in short hair.

Looking for a way to glam up your short hair? Extensions are the perfect way to add length and volume without any weft-sleuths noticing! 

I’m sure you’re starting to realize that hiding your short strands of hair under your long, luscious extensions is not as easy as empire momtrepreneur King Kylie makes it out to be. 

But it’s not *that* difficult when you know what you’re doing. I’m here to make sure that you do! 

Hello, fellow long-hair lovers, I’m Bianca. You probably won’t catch me leaving the house without my extensions looking *fab*, so you might not realize this – but my hair is naturally short. 

Over the last 15 years or so, I’ve personally tried and tested all the possible ways to hide my gorgeous extension under my secret short tufts. 

Here is a step-by-step guide on hiding extensions in short hair like a PRO using seven super easy steps. 

If this sounds like exactly what you need, let’s get started!

Step-by-step Guide to Hide Clip In Extensions in Short Hair

Here are the detailed steps of my most recommended method to hide short hair under extensions.

Tools Needed

  • A Curling Iron
  • Bobby pins
  • Extension brush
  • Hair spray
  • Two mirrors
  • Long-tailed comb

Detailed Steps

Step 1: Prep your hair extensions using these steps below, and you won’t go wrong!

Brush both your hair and your extensions – this helps smooth the hair and detangle those knots! Ps – don’t forget to use an extension-friendly brush.

Step 2: Separate your hair into sections.

You’ll want to separate the hair near the nape of your neck to attach your first extension. Start from the middle-back of the ear to the middle-back of the other ear. It’s on this line that you’ll want to attach your extension. 

Step 3: Prepare your natural locks with hair spray.

Your clip ins needs strong hair to hold it up when you have short hair. The secret is hairspray to make your hair stronger and to lock in the clip or tape a lot easier. 

Step 4: Braid, fold or pin down these shorter pieces at the nape.

This is usually the biggest tell that someone’s wearing hair extensions, so don’t skip this step for a seamless look!

Step 5: Attach the clip in hair extensions. Attach the first extension at the nape of your neck.

Step 6: Attach the rest of the extensions in sections. 

Top Tip: Try and get your clip-in extensions as far around your head as possible, bringing them in front of the ear if you can. This will help frame your face with long, thick, and lovely hair.

Step 7: Style, Style, Style.

Whether you are going for Boho glam or super-straight, now is the time to get your styling tools out!

Make sure that whatever style you are going for, lean into it for a SEAMLESS look!


Check out the frequently asked questions below for more useful information on how to hide your short hair under your extensions.

What is the Shortest Hair You Can Put Extensions in?

While it may be next to impossible, and a bit more interesting than you’d hoped, trying to attach hair extensions to a buzz cut is just never going to work.

Most hairstylists agree that 5 inches are the minimum length you can get away putting clip in or tape in extensions. 

How Do You Blend Extensions with Short Hair?

Blending extensions with short hair relies on a few factors:

Color Match: To make sure your hair extensions blend seamlessly with your short hair, you need to make sure that your hair and extensions color match exactly.

If you choose to buy hair extensions online, always opt for a lighter set as you can always dye your extensions darker, but you can’t go lighter.

Texture Match: The texture of your hair should blend, too. If you have silky smooth and straight hair naturally, don’t get wavy extension – and vice versa.

The texture must match up as well as the thickness. This way your short hair will blend naturally into your hair extensions without any extra effort.

Styling: The easiest way to blend your short hair into extensions is to curl your hair.

I recommend that you curl your hair once the clip ins are in place, so the waves or curls match up.

Remember that extension hair has undergone quite a lot of processing, so invest in a good hair protector and serum to keep your ends healthy and keep damage to a minimum.

Are There Invisible Clip Ins?

Well, almost!

There are new types of clip in extensions called Seamless Extensions (various brands have started using them). And they are much thinner and more flexible than traditional wefts.

The seamless clip in wefts are sealed with keratin, and lay flat against the head. They also tend to stay put as there is resistance along the keratin weft – which stops them from slipping.

Another lovely feature of the seamless clip ins is that they don’t usually curl up at the end like the old style – no more annoying wefts poking through your hair while you’re out and about!!

The newer seamless weft style also holds more hair, so you still get that double weft thickness, without the cumbersome and traditional stitched weft.

Final Words

Hiding your short hair under your extensions does not have to be the most challenging part of your routine.

With this guide, you can now hide that short hair under your extensions without the worry of “Sally, the office gossip from Accounting” catching wind of it! 

And while it may take some time, the more you do it, the easier (and more fun) it will be. 

If you have more questions about hiding your short hair under your weft, reach out in the comment section below!

I love nothing more than discussing all things hair!


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