How To Cut Clip In Hair Extensions

Cutting clip-in hair extensions requires a bit of skill and the right tools to ensure they blend seamlessly with your natural hair. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Tools You’ll Need:

  1. Sharp Scissors: Hairdressing scissors are best.
  2. Comb: A fine-tooth comb for precision.
  3. Clips: To section off hair.
  4. Mannequin Head (Optional): Helpful for easier handling and more accurate cutting.

Steps to Cut Clip-In Hair Extensions:

  1. Preparation:
    • Wash and dry the extensions as you would with natural hair.
    • If you’re using a mannequin head, attach the extensions to it. Otherwise, lay them flat on a clean surface.
  2. Measure and Plan:
    • Decide the length you want. It’s advisable to start longer; you can always cut more if needed.
    • If you’re cutting them while wearing, have a mirror handy to check the back.
  3. Section and Clip:
    • Section the hair where you plan to wear the extensions.
    • Clip the rest of your hair up and out of the way.
  4. Attach the Extensions:
    • Attach the extensions as you would normally wear them.
    • Ensure they’re secure and lying flat against your head.
  5. Cutting:
    • Start by trimming the ends to your desired length.
    • For blending, hold the scissors vertically and lightly snip into the extensions. This technique, known as point cutting, gives a more natural, blended look.
    • Work in small sections and be conservative with how much you cut off.
  6. Check and Adjust:
    • After the initial cut, check the length and layering.
    • Make adjustments as needed, keeping the cuts minimal to avoid taking off too much length.
  7. Style and Blend:
    • Style the extensions with your natural hair (curling or straightening) to see how well they blend.
    • Make any final trims for blending if necessary.


  • Practice First: If you’re new to cutting hair, practice on an old pair of extensions.
  • Go Slow: Take your time and cut in small increments.
  • Consider Professional Help: If you’re unsure, consider taking your extensions to a professional hairstylist.

Remember, once cut, you can’t go back, so it’s better to be cautious and cut less initially. You can always trim more if needed.

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