How Many Clip-In Hair Extensions Do You Need For Thin Hair? ANSWERED!

If you have hair that is naturally thin then clip-in hair extensions will be your best option. They’re not only easy to install (so easy you can do it yourself), but they are also cost-effective! The most challenging thing about them is deciding how many you need to suit your thin hair. Well, we’ve got you covered!

If you have naturally thin hair and want to purchase clip-in hair extensions, You will need 2 packs of clip-in hair extensions for a ¼ head of hair, 3 – 4 packs of clip-in hair extensions for ½ a head of hair,  5 packs of clip-in hair extensions for a ¾ head of hair, and 6 – 7 packs of clip-in hair extensions for a full head of hair.

This table will show you exactly how many packs of clip-in hair extensions you will need to help you achieve a fuller more luscious look, and how much they will cost on average.

Head Of Hair:Extension Thickness:Number Of Extension Packs:Number Of Strands:Average Cost:
¼ head of hair40 grams240$78
½ a head of hair40 – 50 grams3 – 460 -80$117 – $155
¾ head of hair60 grams5100$194
Full head of hair80 – 100 grams6 – 7120 – 140$233 – $272
Table Showing The Number Of Clip-In Hair Extensions You Need For Thin Hair

Now that you know how many clip-in extensions you’ll need to suit your thin hair, let’s tackle another feature of hair extensions that we often tend to overlook, which can be a HUGE mistake. I’m talking about hair density!

What Hair Density Is Best For Thin Hair?

When we talk about hair density we are referring to the number of hair strands that have been used on the hair extensions.

The best hair density for thin hair when it comes to wigs is between 90% and 120%. If you have extremely thin hair then buy wigs with a density of 90%, if you have normal thin or fine hair then buy wigs with a density of up to 110%, and if you have hair that is thin to normal, you can buy wigs that have a 120% density.

When we talk about density in relation to our natural hair, we are referring to how much hair you have. So you can have thin hair but have a lot of it, you will have hair with a high density. I hope that clears up any confusion!

The average density of hair on the human head is between 100% and 120%. If you have hair that is thin or thinner than average, I recommend that you do not purchase clip-in hair extensions with a density higher than 120%.

Hair Thickness:Recommended Density:
Extremely Thin Hair90%
Naturally Fine/Thin Hair110%
Thin to Normal Hair 120%
Table Showing What Hair Density Is Best For Thin Hair
  • Extremely Thin Hair. If you have extremely thin hair then you should stick to hair extensions with a density of 90%. This is also ideal for older women with thinning hair. Just be aware that hair extensions with this density may not have a long lifespan.
  • Naturally Fine/Thin Hair. If you have naturally fine or thin hair then hair extensions with a density of 100% to 110% will mimic the density of your natural hair the best. Remember that it is important to buy hair extensions that match your hair in color, thickness, and density in order to achieve a more natural look.
  • Thin to Normal Hair. If you have thin hair but want to pull off a look with a little bit more volume for a special event, then the highest you should go is 120% density.

Now that you have all the information that you need to purchase the right clip-in hair extensions to suit your thin hair, it’s time to figure out how to clip them in. It can be tricky trying to figure out how to blend your thin hair into the hair extensions in the most natural way.

More often than not, the clips usually stick out because of how thin your hair is. I’ve compiled a few helpful tips to help you install and blend your clip-in hair extensions more effectively. Here they are:

How To Blend Clip-In Hair Extensions With Thin Hair

How To Clip in Hair Extensions for Thin Hair

To blend your clip-in hair extensions with your thin hair, create a secure base for the clip-in hair extensions by applying hairspray to your roots and then determine the safe zone (the area on your head that will keep the clips hidden from view). Position your extensions and tease the crown of your head before styling your clip-in hair extensions

Keep reading to get an in-depth method of how to effectively blend your clip-in hair extensions with your thin natural hair!

01. Create a secure base for the clip-in hair extensions

Clip-in hair extensions can often slip or slide throughout the course of the day if you have thin hair. This is why you need to make a firm base that the clips can hold onto so that they don’t slide or shift.

An easy way to create a secure base is to apply a small amount of hairspray to the root of the hair sections where you will be clipping on the hair extensions. You can even tease your hair a bit. This will definitely prevent your clip-in hair extensions from sliding and ruining your look.

02. Determine the safe zone

This is probably one of the most important steps of clipping in your hair extensions. Your safe zone is the area on your head that will keep the clips hidden from view. Normally for thin hair, the safe zone is below the line of your eyebrows. An easy way to think of it is by drawing an imaginary circle from one eyebrow, around your head, and to the other eyebrow. Anywhere below the imaginary circle is where you should clip your hair extensions.

03. Position your extensions

We all have diverse hair types, head shapes, and head sizes, so your hair extensions may sit a bit differently on your head than that of your best friend for example. This is why you should always play around with your hair extensions before you install them.

By playing around I mean that you should place them on your head (without clipping them in) to see exactly where you want to install them. You will need to pay close attention to the top of your head if you have thin hair, this is usually where the clips manage to peek through.

This is also the time where you decide which clip-in hair extensions will go where on your head and which ones you might neglect to use entirely. Once you’ve decided on that, you can begin clipping them in!

04. Tease the crown of your head

Once you have installed your clip-in hair extensions, the difference will be noticeable right away! Your hair will look and feel thicker. However, you will also notice that you have more hair at the bottom of your head than at the top of your head, this is because you have thin hair. In order to blend your natural hair more effectively, tease your hair at the crown. This will add some much need volume so that it can match the rest of your gorgeous new hair.

05. Style your clip-in hair extensions

Although we all love a sleek, straight hair look, adding curls or waves to your hair makes it look a lot more natural. It helps to hide the obvious divide between your shorter, thinner natural hair and the clip-in hair extensions that are longer. To effectively curl your hair you will need to wrap your natural hair and hair extensions around the curling iron together, this will ensure that they flow into each other smoothly.

Insider Tip: If you have natural hair that is layered, adding layers to your clip-in hair extensions can also help you blend them into your natural hair better. If you decide to layer your clip-in hair extensions, I highly recommend that you get it done by a trained hairstylist so that you don’t risk damaging your beautiful hair extensions.


Hey, I’m Jodie, the gal behind CraftyHairHacks. I have a deep passion for hair extensions, hairstyles, and almost anything that has to do with hair, which leads me to the writing and research I do for this website daily. Our site is still small, however, we’re pushing to get the best hair hacks out to as many as people as possible. ENJOY!

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