Last week I wrote about caring for hair extensions, and this week it’s all about styling.
It took me quite a while to get used to styling my extensions. I was so used to my short, fine, poker-straight hair that suddenly having long, naturally curly hair was a real shock and I had no idea what to do with it. The first few days were lost to frizz, tatty ends and clouds of hairspray as I battled with an entirely new hair type.
Five months down the line and I’ve got my routine down to a fine art. Here are my tips for styling hair extensions…
My extensions are naturally curly with a tendency to frizz, so taming my locks is a really important part of my styling routine. After washing and conditioning, I run a few pumps of Luxe Oil through the lengths and ends, followed by a teeny bit of Frizz Ease. This combination not only leaves my hair smooth and sleek, but protects it from heat damage and nourishes it throughout the day. Luxe Oil is lovely and light for finer hair – I absolutely adore this product.
Having hair extensions often means there are two different hair types on one head – my natural hair is still fine and poker straight, and I have to treat it a bit differently to the extensions further down. A spritz of Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep on my roots gives that fine hair the bounce it needs, and I blow dry the top section of my hair upside down to give it extra oomph.
I find a good blowdry is the best way to keep my hair smooth and under control. I work on small sections at a time, clipping the rest of my hair on top of my head and drying each section with a round brush to pull it straight. I use the Boar Bristle Brush from Cloud Nine (c/o) as the soft bristles glide over my bonds without snagging or pulling.
When my hair is dry and straight, I use one of two tools – either my Cloud Nine Original Irons or my Cloud Nine Waving Wand (c/o). Both these tools are absolutely fantastic – the variable heat settings mean I can lower the temperature to protect my extensions, and the results are amazing. The Irons smooth the ends of my hair so it looks sleek and shiny, while the Wand creates loose, vintage-style waves that last for days.
The final step in my styling routine is a few sprays of Batiste. Recently I’ve been wooed by the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray but I always come back to Batiste – it’s great for boosting my fine roots, especially now they’re easily weighed down by the length of my extensions.
And that’s that! In this photo my styling is a day old but still holding up nicely.
Do you have any tricks or tips for styling extensions or long hair? Share in the comments!