Hair extensions are a great addition to any bridal hairstylist’s kit and if you’re planning on creating some really gorgeous styles with your clients, knowing how to use them (and use them well) is a must.
The downside to hair extensions is that you absolutely cannot wing it! Getting it wrong can lead to some big hair disasters and that is the last thing you want.
Whilst they can be fantastic for adding much-needed volume and length to finer hair or for secretly cheating hairstyles with multiple braid layers (think Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones), they will only work well if you know how to handle them. Visible hair extensions, loose hair extensions or mismatched hair extensions are a hairstylist’s (and bride’s) nightmare.
Thinking of using hair extensions for an upcoming style?
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Always Use Human Hair
Synthetic extensions are not a good look, so do not go there! Human hair is undeniably the pricier option but it’s well worth it, as it always looks best.
We love using American Dream extensions for their really natural look and great range of colours and hair types. Remember though, the hair must match your clients as closely as possible, so you may need to dye it to suit.
When using clip in hair extensions rather than glue or sew in (which will probably be the case for most of your clients), the way that you fix them into the hair is key. The last thing you want is for your clips ins to fall out, so sliding them in and hoping for the best isn’t going to cut it – you’ve got to add some texture in at the roots.
Before inserting your extension, grab your teasing brush and backcomb your clients hair right at the root where you’re going to add the extension. This will add texture and hold for the clip whilst also adding volume at the roots and hiding the clip to help the whole thing blend better.
Better yet, sprinkle a touch of texturising powder (Pam’s favourite is Osis Dust It) at the root of the hair before you clip in the extension for a 100% slip-free zone.
Know When to Use
Hair extensions work really well in wedding day up-dos, you just need to know how to work with them.
When you create your bridal hair up-styles you’ll need to build the extensions into your style carefully and strategically so they blend seamlessly with your clients hair.
Extensions can be quite tricky to hide when all the hair is being lifted up, but don’t worry, it’s easy when you know how! Learn Bridal Hair Online with Pam or join us on one of our face to face Bridal Hair Courses in London, Birmingham, Bristol or Manchester..
Extensions can also be used in hairstyles where the hair is being left down but it needs a bit of a boost or in braided styles where you want to create a thicker, more impressive plait.
If you thought that all of those beautiful, thick, braided styles on the red carpet were all natural, think again! Almost all celeb stylists will give their client’s hair a helping hand with some added thickness.
For an extra thick or long braid, all you have to do is secure the extensions in underneath a ponytail before braiding together. It can work brilliantly and is a fab way to incorporate wefts.
All Over Volume
If you’re going for all-over volume, be sure to add your extensions into the hair in layers rather than fixating on one spot. Spread them out evenly throughout the hair for a really natural finish.
If you want to curl your hair extensions, use tongs, a curling wand or straighteners rather than heated rollers for best results. Heated rollers tend not to work very well on extensions as they tend to have had a lot of chemical treatment, so you need something with a bit more heat to get them to curl.