When it comes to clip in hair extensions, you have two options: sew them in or curl them. Curling synthetic hair can be tricky, but with the right tools and a little practice, you'll soon have beautiful curls that last. Here are some tips for curling your clip in hair extensions.
Tip #1: Use curling tongs
You can create volume when you curl the ends of your hair using curling tongs. Curling tongs are a great and easy way to create curls. The curls that you get when you use curling tongs are generally smaller and tighter than you get using a curling iron.
If you want the look of naturally straight hair, then it’s best to curl it straight. Using a curling iron can make your hair look frizzy and uneven when you remove the curls with hot, so it’s best to curl your hair straight after you wear it to help with maintaining volume. It’s important to remember that natural curls will feel crinkly and a bit rough if you wash them too much.
To prevent frizz, don’t handle curls by using a curling brush. Instead, you should gently encourage your hair to absorb the detangling power of warm cumin oil and then use a curling iron whenever your hair needs a bit of extra detangling. You can also curl your headband using a slightly shallower curl iron like the Goto CURLEX Flex 360 but make sure you only use a very shallow curl.
This can help prevent frizz and breathlessness. If you’re looking for an affordable umbral parting hair curl iron, then the Pliioli Hair CURLEX can create long, voluminous curls but it comes with the downside of not holding adjustable sets. If you’re looking for a little more help in curling your hair, then try the French Horn Curl Hawk Hair Techniques Curling Iron Tip Can.
Tip #2: Use hair clips to hold the hair in place while it cools
Use hair clips to hold the hair in place while it cools. After you’ve rolled your hair in the curler, secure it with a hair clip to keep it out of your way while it cools. Your fingers will soon become super-fluid.
Hot iron often gets a bad rap. While it produces great, shiny iron filings, it’s not the best tool for ironing, ironing iron included. If you’re trying to reduce the amount of iron you use, try this trick: Put the iron right next to your ironing board. As you iron, you’ll get better at sensing when your iron is hot enough and when it’s not.
You can also iron outwards from the ironing board rather than against it. For more on this, check out this post: Make Perfect Baked Beans With These 21 Simple Tweaks. Tip #3: Get a movable iron stand. A movable iron stand makes ironing a breeze. Just take out your iron and slip the iron with the movable holder into the stand and lock it in place. Then just grab your iron without the movable holder and quickly slide the iron right down on your ironing board. Repeat until all of your hair is nice and pomaded.
Tip #3: Let the curls cool before moving them
Once you’ve finished roller setting your hair, wait until they’ve cooled before moving them.
These tips all conveniently come to mind the moment I apply for my hair extensions. I roll my hair back in the rollers like a lazy fisherman to curl them. I do this because the roller set delivers the most voluminous hair from the longest hair.
To apply for extensions, roll the extensions in from the ends of your hair on the crown of your head to just below your ears. Then, roll up your fingers and pull the ends of the extensions into a ponytail on the opposite side of your head.
Now, roll and repeat on the other side. By incorporating both motions you can curl any colour you like and ensuring you don’t leave knots in your new Clip in Hair Extensions.
Tip #4: Give your hair a break between curling sessions
After curling your hair, give it a break before you repeat the process. If you don’t give your hair a break, you can burn it. Your curls won’t be as tight and they’ll frizz.
KNOW YOUR HAIR HISTORY
Because of the nature of these hair extensions, they likely have some fluff and curliness. If you’re planning on doing another curling session, be sure you know how your hair did before you started with the extensions. Your hair may have been a mess before, and that’s probably OK. It’s best to be gentle when you heat fix.
GRAB MODERN PREMIUM PRODUCTS
It’s always a good idea to pair your new curls with modern products. Most of these options are biodegradable, meaning they’re not toxic. Sugar Hair Extensions from Elizabeth Arden offer technology, unique design and all of your favourite spendy curls at a much lower price tag.
There are several varieties of coarse hair extensions readily available, but we choose to use Rlene C. From Nordstrom and Sally Beauty, we find these pair especially well with strawberry jam for a sweet, natural finish. Plus, they sit around the head like natural extensions, rather than floating around in the silky headband of your favourite ponytail.
Tip #5: Keep your curls looking fresh by applying a light spray of hairspray
I would recommend a light hairspray like Redken Quick Tease. It’s a fast-drying light-hold hairspray that’s great for keeping curls looking fresh.
Roll up your sleeves and get yourself some hot glue before you start any hot glue activities. We’ll be adding some faux hair here, and to hold it all together, we’ll be using hot glue guns. It gives them pop and more strength. It won’t take much to add, just enough to stick your head on and wrap the ends around.
Use the spray bottle that comes with the glue gun sander. I always have a few different colours to play around with. A quick spray of one colour then continues applying light coats of the other colour while watching that colour dry. I usually get a nice even coat of paint for each colour I’m using. I don’t need to do this, but it’s nice to change it up! I just started using the spray bottle for upper back extensions.
When the paint is dry, roll up your sleeves and get yourself some tweezers or a small straight edge sharpener. Grab your small piece of hair extension and run it along the straight edge of the small piece. If you don’t have a small straight edge, you can use a Dremel tool to rip out the part of the hair extension and program your hot glue gun to push it straight down.