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How To Hide Extensions In Very Short Hair?

There are various types of hair extensions for beauty lovers to choose from on the market. However, some hair extensions seem a little bit hulky and rigid on short hair and thin hair. Short hair seems unable to conceal the bonds and tracks created by hair extensions. Girls with short hair wonder how to hide extensions to achieve a more seamless look. 

Here we'd like to share with you some tips and tricks for hiding extensions on very short hair. If you are interested in this topic, just keep scrolling.

Tip 1: Ensure your natural hair is long enough

It is a truth that your natural hair must be long enough to cover any bonds or tracks your hair extensions may create. We recommend getting tape-in hair extensions or clip-in hair extensions for short hair if your natural hair is at least 4-5 inches in length. Thus, before you invest in these two types of hair extensions make sure your natural hair is long enough to achieve a more seamless result.

Tip 2: Ensure your natural hair and scalp are healthy

Hair extensions can add extra length and volume to your natural hair and add pressure to the scalp as well. No matter if you opt for tape-in hair extensions or clip-in hair extensions, make sure your natural hair and scalp are healthy so that they can bear the pulling the extensions bring. 

Tip 3: Don't wear too many hair extensions

Applying too many hair extensions can not only cause too much tension to your scalp and natural hair but also looks unnatural. If you have short hair and desire a more natural result, ask your hairdresser not to apply too many hair extensions to your head. For tape-in hair extensions, typically two 40-piece packs are recommended for a full head. For clip-in hair extensions, one set (8-10 pcs) is available for a full head. For I-tip hair extensions, 75-100 hair extensions would be enough to add hair up to 12 inches in length.
tape in hair in short hair before and after

Tip 4: Select a suitable color

For short hair, wearing hair extensions that have a different color to your natural hair is abrupt and detectable. 1B hair usually matches well with black hair. Read more about 1B hair color in our previous post: 1B Vs. 2 Hair Color, Which is better for you?

Tip 4: Opt for a high-match texture

Select the hair extension texture that is similar to your natural hair. This is also the secret to achieving a more realistic result no matter if your natural hair is short or long. Typically, kinky curly hair and kinky straight hair blend well with 4C hair. 

Tip 5: Opt for hair extensions that flatter short hair

Hair extensions with small bonds should always be your first choice if you have short hair. For example, clip-in hair extensions and tape-in hair extensions are easy to apply and undetectable in short hair. Tape-in hair extensions are flat and undetectable in short hair. This type of hair extension is not only versatile in styling but also allows your natural hair to grow out. Each tape tab is 4cm in length and 1cm in width, which makes tape-in hair extensions an ideal option for those who have shorter hair.
tape-in hair extensions for black hair

Tip 7: Cut your hair 

Typically, the ends of short hair tend to be a bit blunt, which may not blend very well with hair extensions. If you are in this category, going to a salon to trim the hair ends before wearing hair extensions is a smart idea to achieve a more natural blend. Or you can also choose to hide short hair under extensions. 

Tip 6: Hide the base

This is an alternative trick to hide clip-in hair extensions in short hair without cutting your natural hair. 

What to do:

Step 1: Section about 3/4 of your natural hair off, and then clip or tie it on top of your head.

Step 2: Pull the bottom natural hair into a ponytail or a bun, and tie the ends with an elastic band. Use some bobby pins to make it as flat as possible. Or you can get over the base by braiding it. Use hairpins to fix the braids as flat as possible.

Step 3: Apply for clip-in hair extensions as normal and updo your natural hair on top of your head to cover the weaves.

Tip 6: Let the application be done by a pro

The simplest way to achieve a seamless hair look is to let installation be done by a pro. 

Tip 8: Curl or straighten hair extensions

Curling or straightening your natural hair and your hair extensions with a heat styling tool. You should spray your hair with a heat protector before you apply heat to prevent damage. To achieve a seamless look, your hair extensions should be blended into your natural hair.

Tip 9: 5 Easy hairstyles that hide extensions

half up half down with weave

Half-up Half-down:

By wearing this hairstyle, your extensions are naturally hidden by your falling hair at the top of your head. It is not only an easy and quick hairstyle that can perfectly hide hair extensions but is also stylish and suitable for all occasions.

Here are some steps to achieve a chic and easy half-up half-down hairstyle:

Step 1: After wearing your hair extensions, make a horizontal part from ear to ear. 

Step 2: Pull the top section of your natural hair into a ponytail or bun. Secure it with a hair tie. 
half up half down ponytail with weave


Ponytails should be considered the most simple and everyday hairstyle, and they can also hide hair extensions. The secret to achieving a seamless high ponytail with tape-in weaves is to leave 1-inch of natural hair around your hairline. 

Here is a guide to achieving a seamless high ponytail with hair extensions:

Step 1: Detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb.

Step 2: Leave out your natural hair about 1 inch around your hairline. Secure your left-out hair with a clip. 

Step 3: Wear hair extensions.

Step 4: Updo your left-out hair. And blend it well with the hair extensions.

Step 5: Apply a small amount of edge control to the hairline and slick your hair back into a sleek high ponytail. Finally, secure your ponytail with a hair tie.
two braids with weave


Braid with weave is also a chic style to slay. This style can perfectly add layers to complement your facial features. It's available for so many occasions and events, such as weddings, parties, dating, graduation ceremonies, etc.

Step 1: Shampoo and condition your natural hair as you normally would. Comb your hair to smooth it out.

Step 2: Make a part. You can make a middle part or a side part as you like. Apply a small amount of hair gel or edge control to create a clean part. 

Step 3: Spread a small amount of edge control or hair gel around your hairline. Slick your hair back with a comb.

Step 4: Start plaiting your hair near the line you parted just now around the hairline toward your ear. Braid your natural hair a sixth time. You can then braid a strand of bulk hair with your natural hair. Braid around your hairline and make the braid as flat as possible but not too tight. When it reaches your ear or your nape, add a strand of braiding hair and continue to braid till the ends

Step 5: Repeat braiding around your hairline on the other side. Continue to add bulk hair and braid to the ends.

Step 6: Apply a small amount of hair oil to your hair to add a polished touch.
hairstyle with weave

Top knot:

The top knot is classic, stylish, and convenient. It's also a versatile choice. Add a lazy touch to your look with a loose yet chic top knot. Or you can braid it a bit tighter and neater for a stronger take on the look.

Step 1: Comb your hair to minimize tangles and shed. Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Secure your ponytail with a hair tie.

Step 2: Divide your ponytail into two sections. Wrap each section around the other, and then wrap it around into a bun. 

Step 3: Tie the bun with a hair tie. Bobby pins can also be used to secure the bun.
two strand twist


The twist is a simple and easy-to-keep style that is very popular among black women. It is a protective hairstyle that can help to retain moisture in the hair. 

Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair as normal. It's necessary to ensure your scalp and hair are in a clean and moist condition so that the twist style can last for a longer time on your head. 

Step 2: Detangle your hair with a comb. 

Step 3: Divide your hair into 6-7 even horizontal sections. Clip each part in place.

Step 4: Start with the bottom. Divide the bottom part into several even box grips. Apply a small amount of hair lotion or curl gel to each box grip. 

Step 5: Divide a box grip into two small strands. Grab a strand of bulk hair, and fold the hair in the middle. Apply the braiding hair to blend with two small strands of natural hair. Wrap around each strand to twist them together.

Step 6: Repeat sectioning hair and twisting until you finish a full head.

Step 7: Dip the ends of the twists into hot water to fix the ends.

Where to buy affordable human hair extensions of high quality?

Elfin Hair provides a variety of human hair extensions for black hair. No matter if you are searching for seamless tape-in hair extensions, quick ponytail extensions, easy-to-apply clip-in hair extensions, strand-by-strand microlink extensions, or bulk hair for braiding, Elfin Hair has got you covered. Involving various lengths, colors, and textures. 

At Elfin Hair, no matter what your hair type is, you'll always find your perfect-match hair extensions whether you have short hair or thin hair.

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