Sunday, June 12, 2011

DIY Tips on Styling Human Hair Extensions

Hair extensions have become a popular way to add volume and length to your hair. Celebrities like Jessica Simpson and Victoria Beckham have been sporting hair extensions for years. One of the best things about human hair extensions is that you can style them just like your normal hair.

  1. Flowing Curls

    • If you have straight hair, you can add hair extensions to give your locks more volume. This extra volume will make any curly style look luxurious and full. When applying the extensions, make sure to layer them throughout your hair. This is relatively easy to do if you are using glue-in wefts, but you may need some help when applying them to the back of your head. Going to a salon to get your extensions done is recommended, since the stylist can sew or clip them in for you.
      Once you have layered your extensions, apply a curl-holding cream to your tresses, including the extensions. Use a large-barreled curling iron to create big, full curls and waves. Don't be afraid to mix your natural hair in with your extensions; extensions are supposed to flow, and the best way to make the style look as natural as possible is by incorporating the false hair with the real hair.


    • Many stylists will add hair extensions when their clients ask for a formal updo. This is especially true for people with thin hair, since extensions add a lot of volume and depth. The extensions will typically be added to the back portion of the head, since this is where most of the volume will sit for an updo. A sleek updo can be created by simply applying the extensions and rolling them into a French twist at the back of your head. This will give the French twist a thicker, more luxurious look.
      In contrast, try creating a coiled updo by applying extensions and using a medium-barreled curling iron to curl select pieces of hair. Pull all of the hair into a ponytail and twist it into a thick rope. Clip the hair into place with bobby pins, making sure not to pull the hair too tight. This look is meant to be looser and more Bohemian, with curls lightly falling out and brushing against your back and around your face. Once you have secured the hair, let the remaining strands at the top fall, creating a waterfall look from the top of your head. Use the curling iron to curl the falling hair.


    • Keep in mind that hair extensions, although made of human hair, will not last forever. Because there is no root, there is no source of moisture or nutrients. This means that excessive use of heating instruments such as curling irons and straightening irons will shorten the life of your hair extensions.
      One way to avoid using heat every day is by using rollers. By applying rollers into wet hair and letting it air dry, you are minimizing the damage to both your real hair and your hair extensions. Using rollers will also give your hair a more natural look. Try applying a curl-holding cream or a moisturizing serum to your hair before applying the rollers for extra curl and shine.
      When brushing your extensions, use a soft bristle brush. This causes a lot less damage than plastic brushes or combs. The best way to brush your extensions is by starting at the ends and working your way up with the soft bristle brush. Brushing your extensions from the weft to the ends can cause a lot of tension and pulling, which will damage your natural hair and cause your extensions to fall out sooner.


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