If you know me personally, you know that I have short hair, but you probably wonder why I wear it long sometimes. Answer...clip-in extensions! In this post, I'll spill all of my secrets about clip-in extensions so that you, too, can go from short hair to long hair in just one night.
1. Clip-In Extensions
I'm so excited to talk about extensions! I have had so much fun playing with these and would now pretty much consider myself a pro at them - I wear them ALL the time, and the more often I wear them, the quicker and easier the whole process is for me. Because I change my hair color so often, I have two sets of extensions...blonde and brown. Before I talk about how to put them in, I'm going to tell you what you need to know about purchasing them...
-If you are reading this from my hometown in Maryland, you can purchase your extensions where I purchase mine: Beauty 4 U on Rt. 40 by the Sports Authority in Baltimore County.
-If you're not from Maryland, you can purchase the same type of extensions that I buy at the link that I have posted at the bottom of this section.
-The type of extensions that I buy are called Lord & Cliff. Specifically, I buy "Seven Pieces."
-The longer the extensions, the more they will cost. I have 14" extensions in brunette and 16" extensions in blonde. Anything longer than that I find to be unnatural-looking, but to each her own.
-Make sure that your extensions match up to your hair color!! Suggestion...unless your real hair is truly one solid color, it's always a good idea to buy extensions with highlights and lowlights in them because it will help them blend.
Also remember, if you have medium-length or long hair, clip-in extensions could still be something you could rock! Not only do they add length, they add volume. Awesome for styling. Keep that in mind.
-Section your hair as you normally would when styling, without the extensions
-Add the extensions one section at a time. Start with a medium sized piece, then work your way up so that the longest piece is in the center of your head, then work your way back to a medium piece as you go up. (like a diamond). The shortest pieces go on the sides, framing your face.
-Take your curling iron (I use 1 and a 1/4 inch barrel...just FYI) or flat iron and style your natural hair and your extensions at the same time.
-After each section, tease your hair so that the added volume disguises the clips.
-Use a good spray after styling each and every section, and then of course, again when you're finished. I use Aquage Freezing Hold for extensions, and Finishing Hold for everything else. My FAVORITE hairspray.
Now onto the 2. Sock Bun
As I said, I prefer Aquage hairspray. To make a big sock bun, put your hair in a ponytail on top of your head (or wherever you want the bun to be). Then take the tool and hold it to the bottom of your ponytail. Roll it all the way up your ponytail until it reaches the top of your head. Then snap the buttons. All you have to do next is push the hair around the sponge so that it covers the sponge! And you have your sock bun!
For a messier sock bun, use less hairspray and bobby pins to tuck away your fly-aways. For more of a slick ballerina bun look, use more.
I got my sock bun sponge at Ulta. I recommend getting the kind with a snap button. They seem to hold better.
3. Other Styling Tools
This part isn't really a step-by-step tutorial of any kind, but more of a product list. I do have a flat iron and a curling iron that I love, but they're so old school that I don't even think you can buy them anymore. My advice to you is to make sure you are using CERAMIC as opposed to metal. Metal will damage your hair so much worse than the ceramic will. Most heat styling tools are ceramic now, anyways. But still be on the lookout!
The heat styling tool that I can't live without is my blowdryer.