Wow I did't expect to be posting again so soon but this I've just got to share with you.
In fact I've been planning this for about half a year but I was always too chicken to do it~ I've got side-swept clip-in bangs but those don't do the same thing..
So this is DIY clip-in bangs. I couldn't find any straight bangs online in the right colour and at the right price-point for me. I did however have some old Prisila extensions that have become a little thin but still match my haircolour perfectly.
What do you need?
1. A piece of cloth that is completely not flexible.
2. 1 extension (usually consisting of 2 or more tracks sewn onto a material), an old/ratty one you've replaced will serve well.
3. 2 snappy clips, can be taken off an old clip-in extension or purchased online here or here.
5. needle and thread or a sewing machine.
6. a brush or comb for de-tangling the (old) extensions
So if you're using an old extension like I did, comb it out thoroughly and clear the clips of any tangled hair. Don't be afraid to cut out frizzy or very tangled bits in the top of the extensions. Don't care too much about the bottom.
Cut off the clips if yours has any, you can use these for fastening the bangs later
Step 1: preparing the base.
Cut out a cirlce of cloth about 15 cm in diameter and fold it in half
Sew the sides together and be sure to keep a little space open (about 3 cm) to twist it inside-out
This is the result:
Mine was about 7 cm high and 11 wide. I wouldn't recommend making it smaller but a little bigger won't hurt. If you have a clip-in fringe already, model the size after that.
Step 2: modelling the extension after the size of your base.
First take a good look at the hair to make sure you sew the most ratty side on the bottom of the base (under the rest of the hair). If it's all equally good/bad judge by the color of the extensions like I did.
Mine were 3-tones of blonde and I didn't want the darkest part to show up on top.
Now make sure that you have a long enough track to make the sides overlap a little and sew them to the back of the base. If you don't have enough, like me, the priority is on the top rows so I cut the bottom one only just long enough to cover the whole base like so:
Step 3: sewing the rows on the base.
If it's about the bottom row, you want to sew the bottom and the top to the base, on the other rows it was only the top.
Make sure you put some extra support on the parts marked red here:
Now that the extension is in place, sew it on the blue lines:
For the bottom end of you extension you want to use this lead, lifting the hair from the material it is attached to and sewing that to the bottom of the base:
red is where you sew and blue is the shape of the base.
Just to be clear:
the blue is the shape of the base, red is where you've sewn it.
Light blue is the approximate placement of the next rows.
Sew the second row and fold the ends of that one around the base, sew it securely on the end of the base like so:
Now sew the last row on. Here it's essential that you part the top track of the extension and instead you sew the second (middle) track of the row close to the top of the base, the red here indicates where you sew, purple is where you've already sewn and blue is the shape of the base
The top one you sew on the back of the base, to hide the base completely:
Red is where you've sewn and blue is where the next one will come, this also somewhat illustrates where the second one has gone.
Fold the top track over the edge of the base, if your extensions are heat resistant you can use a straightner
This is the result:
Step 4: sew the clips on:
This is self explanatory
Step 5: Cutting it.
You will have a bunch of hair. I would recommend you wear your hair in a ponytail or bun and clip this extension on your head, then have it cut by a family member, friend or hairdresser. You could also do it by yourself like I did.
First cut it about the length down to your chin. I wanted to keep some hair long on the sides to blend it with my own hair easily so I put this behind my ears. Then part it down half and cut it just past your eyes on the side that you can see.
Then comb the other side away and cut the rest.
Sorry if this is confusing I was a bit late realizing it might be helpfull to show.
It's a bit long now, but gradually cut little strands to make it work. If your own hair isn't very thick and the amount of hair is too much, just thin it out a little starting with the lowest row.
With my natural hair:
With big crocodile-clip twin-tails:
I was very pleased with the result because the structure of this hair matches my natural hair more as they were previously curly and quite full!
If you don't have an extension with several tracks on it, you can do the same thing sewing separate tracks to the base, it takes about 9 or 10 I think. There's 9 tracks on mine.