Not everyone dares to rock a pixie cut. That’s why it felt so liberating when you finally decided to do the chop.
But just because you have shorter hair now doesn’t mean you get to miss out on experimenting with different styles.
Since you can’t magically add length to your hair instantly, the next best thing is to use hair extensions.
But since you’ll need to blend the extensions under your hair, you’re worried your short hair might not hide them well.
So how can I make my extensions look real in short hair?
This article will spill all the secrets on wearing extensions in really short hair, so follow along to find out.
It’s a common misconception that you can’t wear extensions on really short hair as it would be difficult to blend them in.
But the trick to making hair extensions look natural on short hair is to put them in sections.
Since you’ll need to hide the base of your extensions, you’ll need a bit of length to do that.
So if your hair is closely cropped to your head, the extensions will be difficult to hide. In that case, it’s better to wait a few months to let your hair grow out before you can experiment with them.
Short hair can sometimes get dull since you can’t change your hairstyle like when you had long hair.
But wearing extensions can give you the freedom to transform your look in just a matter of minutes, but you’re worried your hair is too short.
So how long should your short hair be to wear extensions?
It will depend on the type of extensions you’ll want to wear. But they usually only need around 4-6 inches of hair to wear properly.
But if your hair is shorter than that, it’s possible to wear clip-ins and tape-in extensions on 3 inches of hair.
On short hair, where you place your hair extensions will play a role in making them look natural.
But it will also help if your extensions are of the best quality so you can make sure they look like your real hair.
So if you want them to blend in, choose extensions that have the closest color to your hair, making them difficult to differentiate.
Synthetic hair extensions may be more affordable, but you have to be careful not to pick ones that look artificial. But thankfully, there are now brands that make synthetic extensions that look close to your real hair.
If you plan on wearing your extensions often, you can also invest in human hair extensions as they will have the best quality.
They may get pricey, but if you really want your extensions to blend into your short hair, human hair extensions will be worth their price.
If you’re looking for temporary extensions that you can quickly put on at home, here are a few types that work well on short hair:
Clip-in extensions are one of the healthiest types for your hair since they don’t require any heat or chemicals to put on.
Each weft of hair already comes with several clips, so you’ll only need to position them on your head to secure them.
Clip-in extensions are also available in various widths, so you can pick different sizes depending on the style you’re going for.
The only disadvantage of wearing clip-ins on short hair is you’ll need to arrange your hair accordingly to hide the clips well.
Even though the clips usually come in the same color as the hair extensions, the plastic can be bulky on short hair. So you’ll sometimes need to apply hairspray or gel to keep your hair in place.
Halo hair extensions are the easiest types to wear since the wefts of hair are already attached to an invisible wire.
All you’ll need to do is to position your extensions on top of your head and then brush out your hair to cover up the wire.
So you can’t go wrong with them even if you haven’t tried wearing extensions before.
Since they don’t need clips or glues to attach, you’ll also seldom see any breakage once you take them off, so you can wear them often without worrying about hair damage.
They’re also available in different sizes, so you can choose one that will fit your head perfectly.
If you want your extensions to last a few weeks longer, you can opt for tape-in extensions, as you can wear them for 4-8 weeks before they need adjustments.
Get a professional hairstylist to put them on you, but if you’re in a pinch, it’s still possible to do it yourself.
They’re similar to clip-in extensions, but instead of using clips, they have an adhesive that allows you to stick them onto your hair.
But the downside of using tape-in extensions is that the adhesive dries your hair up and causes breakage. So it’s better to consult your hairstylist first if you have thin hair.
Now comes the fun part. If you want to hide clip-in extensions in very short hair, you’ll need several wefts that match your hair color.
The technique is to divide your hair into horizontal sections to hide the extensions' base.
Starting at the back of your head, leave a ¼-inch section of hair at the bottom and attach a weft above it.
Once your extension feels secure, make another horizontal section above it and attach another weft of hair.
Continue making 1-2 more sections until you reach the top of your head.
Then, move to the side of your head and create 2-3 sections to attach your extensions.
Once you're done with both sides, arrange your hair to hide clips that may be peeking out.
Tape-in hair extensions will be easier to hide since they don’t have bulky clips that could show up on short hair.
Create a horizontal section at the bottom part of the back of your head and stick one weft of hair close to your scalp.
Once attached, flip your extension to expose the adhesive, and stick another weft of hair to secure them together. Continue the same method until you’re done with that section.
Then, create another section higher up your head and do the same.
When you’re done covering the back of your head, move to the sides and repeat the same method.
This process will take a while, so don’t be afraid to take your time to make sure you're placing your extensions accurately.
You could also have a friend or family member to help make the process easier.
If you only want to add volume to your hair but keep the short length, you might want to look into investing in a hair topper.
It’s a type of hair extension that you can place on the crown of your head to give the illusion of having thicker hair. Most come with clips, so you can easily attach them to your hair without glue.
You can also have your hairstylist customize it so your extensions look close to your natural hair.
But if you want to lengthen your hair, the easiest method to add volume is using halo hair extensions.
They contain several wefts of hair that connect through an invisible wire, so you’ll only need to position it on the crown of your head like you’re wearing a headband.
Then you’ll brush out your hair to cover the wire and style accordingly.
If the hair on top of your head sticks out, you can also add a hair topper to make them blend easier.
If you want to liven up your look but worry your undercut won’t hide your extensions, you can actually sneak in a few clip-in or tape-in extensions, and nobody would be the wiser.
So instead of starting your horizontal sections at the bottom of your head, you’ll need to attach your first weft to where the shaved part of your hair ends. Then go up until you cover the back of your head.
You can also use single wefts of hair on the sides of your head to add more volume. Just make sure they blend in well with the rest of your hair.
You can also leave one side of your head exposed to go for an edgier look.
If you’re using human hair extensions, you can also go through your hair with a flat iron to make them blend better into your extensions.
Hair extensions are very versatile, no matter what length your hair is. So if you have a pixie cut, don’t be afraid to experiment with different types and lengths to create a unique hairstyle.
Hair extensions are also great for when you’re growing out your short hair or are dealing with thinning hair. So make sure to pick the type that fits your hair texture and lifestyle.
The quality of your extensions can also help in making them look natural, so choose ones that resemble your real hair the most.
It can take a while to get the hang of putting on your extensions, but with practice and patience, you’ll soon have a technique to make your hair look gorgeous.