Advanced Skills: How to Fake Long Hair Like a Pro

Quick tips on how to fake long hair and wear a clip-in hair extension like a pro.

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Lorenzo, Stylist at Warren-Tricomi Los Angeles:

We're going to take you through some quick tips on how to fake long hair wear a clip-in hair extension like a pro.

You're going to first start off by smoothing your hair with a blow dryer with a round brush or a paddle brush. Then you can go through your ends with a light hold hair spray or a thermal protectant spray. You're going to want to get your large tooth comb and go through your hair with your flat iron just so you can make sure your ends are sealed.

Now, these are your clip-in long hair extensions. As you can see, I picked a color that's a shade lighter just so you can see the difference between them. Now each clip-in extension has three to four clips in it.

Part your hair yourself to the roundness of your head, kind of in a U-shape. Test it out. Get a mental memory of where the clips are against your head. Tease your hair at the base where the clips are. Now the teasing will help to ensure that the clips will have some cushion and some grip. We picked a shade of extension that was about one to two levels lighter. When you choose an extension, you want to make sure that you match it completely from the base to the ends of your hair color.

Now there are two reasons to use long hair extensions. One is for length and another is for fullness. So we're going to add another row just to be a little bit fuller. Again it doesn't have to be exactly precise. You just want a U-shape around your head. So you hold up the extension to get a mental memory of where the clips are. This one has two at the end and two located more towards the center. Now the extensions that we're putting in we had previously blow-dried and ran a flat iron through them just as we did to the hair itself. A lot of times people tend to curl the extensions, cause it's easier, outside of the hair before putting them in, but what happens is that you'll get a different curl pattern, so you'll always want to make sure to curl them together.

At this point I'm going to spray it again with a little bit of light hold hairspray. I'm going to go ahead and take my 1-inch curling iron and curl them together. This is why we chose to use a shade slightly lighter so you can see that the hair that I'm grabbing is the extension hair and her hair. Just hold the iron there for a few seconds, curling the ends last.

Extensions also come in a different variety. So if you're going to be adding heat to your extensions to help blend them, make sure that they are 100% human hair and not synthetic. If you do include synthetic extensions and they're more towards the nape of your hair, you're going to want to curl your hair on top of it to help blend.

So we're all done curling and this is our finished look for blending extensions like a pro.

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by EricaF123 Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 12:18PM Report as inappropriate

Very informative,but, (isn't there always) when you need fullness it's because you have thinning hair. In that case it is hard to hide the clip. Also with thin hair you don't want to add stress. I have a form of alopecia and know from experience.

by toddfan Friday, April 27, 2012 at 03:42PM Report as inappropriate

Wish someone would do a video using clip ins for the front and sides on thinning hair.

by skinpro Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 08:30PM Report as inappropriate

That looks so natural.

by beautybody Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 01:41PM Report as inappropriate

This is so wonderful! This makes trying a long extension a lot less daunting!

by powerwoman033 Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11:57AM Report as inappropriate

Great to have both video and text. Fun and beautiful. Good Job.

by islands4me Monday, January 2, 2012 at 09:40AM Report as inappropriate

wow you cant tell she is even wearing extensions

by tinkerbella26 Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:22PM Report as inappropriate

this video is cutting out at 2:34 no matter what i do :( booooo i tried using firefox and IE too !

by nabiki Friday, November 4, 2011 at 03:40PM Report as inappropriate

i miss my curly long hair!! huhu i love the idea though of extensions...

by Mssaralee18 Monday, October 10, 2011 at 02:12PM Report as inappropriate

i want extensions so bad!!!

by addkg777 Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 05:30PM Report as inappropriate

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