Don't get me wrong, I'm all for playing with color, length, and style; Hair is an accessory, after all. But if you're looking to garner attention for your beauty (and not your fillers), there are a few golden rules to live by...
To get these key tips & techniques, I called on two of my favorite hair care experts, Ken Paves and Oscar Blandi. Memorize their mantra of dos/donts (below), and you're sure to master the art of extensions.
Tips for Temporary (Clip-In) Hair Extensions from Superstylist
- Choose a texture that matches your natural texture or the texture you want to achieve, as well as a color that blends.
- Use your extensions as an accessory to your look, for example, HairDo allows you to try shorter, trendier styles without making a permanent commitment.
- Try a shade lighter or darker, which still blends with your color, to test a new shade.
- Only wear hair extensions with confidence.
- Go to the extreme...too long, too thick, too light, too dark, too something your hair is not.
- Let your hair wear you, you wear the hair.
- Take on more than you can handle.
Tips for Semi-Permanent (Woven-In) Hair Extensions from Renowned Celebrity Stylist Oscar Blandi
- Always use human hair.
- Go to a professional at a salon. They'll be able to place the extensions in the best locations possible, so they will lay more naturally.
- Always buy wavy extensions if your hair is naturally wavy, so you can leave it natural if you choose.
- Use a curling iron to achieve big sexy curls or a loose beach wave, so the extensions blend in with your own hair. Oscar Blandi Wave Enhancing Spray is great to use for both these looks, as it’s a light mist that won’t weigh the hair down.
- Wear your hair half-up to avoid being able to see the woven track where the extensions are laid.
- Wash them too often because then the tracks will loosen. The less you wash your hair, the longer it will last.
- Keep them in longer than a month to six weeks (maximum) before changing them out.
- Use too much product with extensions because it can cause a greasy effect. Hairspray will work, as will the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray (but be sure to still rub it in gently to avoid a powdered look).