You can save a great deal of money by buying your weft hair extensions online rather than getting them from a hairdresser--but it does mean you'll need to learn how to do a lot more of the work yourself! Thankfully it's not as complex as you might imagine, and with a little practice you'll have your extensions looking amazing in no time. Read on to find out how.
Your extensions will go on more easily, last longer and look better if you prep your hair for them in advance--so how can you do that?
If you dye your hair, make sure your roots are done and your colour is topped up. You might want to pick a dye that is as close as possible to the shade of your extensions. It's important to dye first, as the dying process can damage your extensions and cause them to break more quickly.
Give your hair a thorough wash with a clarifying shampoo to ensure it's squeaky clean. This will help your extensions attach more firmly to your hair once you put them on. Don't use any conditioner or styling products.
Dry your hair thoroughly (though again without using product) and carefully comb and brush it to get it as tangle-free as you possibly can.
It's perfectly possible to apply weft extensions to your own hair, but most people will find it a little tricky: it's much more straightforward to enlist the help of a friend to get the back for you. Here's what they'll need to do.
Take portion of hair the same width as your extension piece, comb through it well and use hairclips to keep all the surrounding hair out of your way. Clip back the top layer of the hair to reveal a horizontal 'parting' underneath.
Sprinkle a little volumising powder over the ends of the section you're working on. This makes the hair more workable and gives more traction to the extensions as you apply them.
Firmly clip the extension piece in along the root, and close the clips to keep it in place.
Weft extensions can last a long time if you look after them correctly! Here are a few tips on how to keep them looking great for as long as possible.
Always condition them thoroughly using a deep conditioner, and leave it to soak in for a few minutes before washing it out as well as you can.
Make sure you're using a brush designed for use on extensions, and always go carefully--starting with the ends and working up toward the roots. Never brush your extensions when they're wet; run a wide-toothed comb through them then and leave the brushing for later.
- Never sleep with damp extensions, and always braid your hair before going to bed to keep your extensions in good condition.