styling hair with extensions
1. After using detangler + oil, R O U G H blowdry 90% of your hair. Meaning, don’t use tension or tug on the hair. At the very end you can bust out your round brush to smooth the extension hair, and style your front. I like to focus on blow drying the money piece/ bang area forward with a large round brush, and then using a “cool shot” to hold the volume.
2. Curl your hair in sections (bottom row, second row, then the top/ your natural hair). Curl away from your face always, and then you can alternate directions in the back of your head.
3. Switch it up. WRAP some pieces on the outside of the curling iron, CURL some inside the curling iron, while twisting and unwinding, and WAVE some pieces with either a flat iron or a waver. This gives your hair a more messy, undone look, which I love.
4. Smooth the ends, don’t just leave them out. You don’t want them curled if you’re going for a surfer chic vibe, but the extension hair will still need some heat to close the cuticle and not have it looking dried + fried. Remember, effed up looking hair is rad, but dead hair…too far.
5. Tousle with product. I comb out each row of curls + waves as I go, I don’t wait until the whole head is complete to comb it out. I don’t want my curls that “set”. For product, I spray L’oreal Next Day Hair for texture. If I’m looking to relax the waves even more while adding some grit, I use L’oreal Beach Waves. I always finish everyone off with Infinium #3 hairspray.
A little extra tip, please don’t spray hairspray before curling. Crunchy curls are the worst, and it’s just not necessary. The less product the better. Also, if you go to comb out your curls and they don’t relax... you curled on too high of heat and for too long. Maybe bouncy, un-rakeable curls are your jam? That’s cool, but since everyone asks how me and Mak do our beach waves... these are my pointers for that specific look.
As far as curling irons, I like the bio ionic 1.25” extra long barrel. Hot tools is fine though too. The extra long barrel part is what is most important for longer locks, otherwise you run the risk of a sausage curl. Barf.
Happy styling, guys!