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How To Mink Your Hair With Blonde Extensions

Just in case you’re wondering, minking is when you put light-colored extensions such as blonde under your dark hair or dark under blonde. It has been around since the 80’s, and now it’s more popular than ever. Back in the 80’s, people would usually dye their hair to achieve this look. These days most people simply use clip-in hair extensions. This allows you the versatility to change back and forth between looks as often as you like without damaging your hair with harsh chemicals that are contained in dyes.

That’s a broad overview of minking, but exactly how do you get this look? I’m going to assume that you have dark hair. If your hair is blonde, you just need to substitute the light-colored extensions with dark-colored extensions.

You start by purchasing a quality set of clip-in extensions that are much lighter in color than your natural hair. Blonde extensions work best for this application. If you were to choose extensions that are only a couple shades lighter than your hair, it may look like you made an error in judgment. People will just think you had trouble with matching your hair color. It’s important that there’s a lot of contrast between the two colors. You want it to be obvious that your hair is minked.

Now that you have your extensions of choice, you will need to make a few preparations. You will need a large banana clip to hold your hair as you put each weft in. You will also want a comb to divide your hair. Having some hairspray handy is a good idea as well, because you will want to tease the roots of your hair and/or spray hairspray where each weft is to be placed. It’s best to style your extensions prior to clipping them in. Before applying heat, you will want to use a heat protection spray on them. This will reduce damage caused over time as a result of heating real hair. Don’t even think about applying heat to synthetic hair. It will melt.

It’s time to start minking:

1.You will begin with your natural hair lying down your back.

2.Take your comb and make a straight line horizontally across the back of your head parting your hair. Use the banana clip to hold the top half out of your way.

3.Tease and/or spray hairspray to the roots of your hair along the line where you’re going to be clipping the extensions. This will keep the clips from possibly slipping. By purchasing quality hair extensions with good clips, you will greatly reduce the chances of slippage. The hairspray just adds some extra protection.

4.You can begin clipping in your extensions along the line you created where you parted your hair.

5.Once you’re done clipping your extensions in along this line, let your hair down and make a new line by parting your hair again above the first line.

6.Repeat the steps above three more times so that you have four layers.

7.Now, your ready to do the sides. Using your comb, part your hair just above your ear on one side of your head. Then, perform the same steps you did for the back of your head to apply the first layer to the side of your head.

8.Once you’re finished with the first layer, you will want to put another layer above it like you did on the back. You can go straight up or at an angle depending on what you prefer. Two layers will be plenty for the sides.

9.Repeat the same process for the opposite side.

10.You’re done! Take a look in the mirror, and you should see that the light color is evenly distributed. You have successfully minked your hair!

Keep in mind that minking looks best when using a 10-piece set of clip-in extensions that are made from real human hair. Your results will vary depending on where you place the extensions in your head and the color you choose. With a little experimenting, you’ll see that it’s easy to get the exact look you desire.

Ashley M. S.