How to Make Extensions Look Real in Short Hair

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Women get hair extensions for many reasons. Some have a hard time growing their hair long and some simply are not satisfied with the outcome of their most recent change in style. Hair extensions are meant to enhance you natural beauty in a very discreet manner. In order for extensions to look unnoticeable and feel as close to your own hair as possible there are a few measures to be taken. By following the tips below, which are suitable for any type of extensions (sew-In, micro-link, clip-in, etc.), you are guaranteed that you will never be asked whether this is your real hair or not.

Use high quality human hair

In case you are thinking of purchasing fake or cheap hair extensions, think twice. The higher quality the hair extensions you purchase are, the better they will blend with your natural hair. Cheap extensions not only don’t match your natural hair’s texture but also get mat and frizz up after just one wash. Yes, you would have to spend a bit more money in the begging but it would definitely pay off. In the long run, it will save you a lot of money that you would otherwise have to give quite frequently to replace the cheap hair extensions.

Type and Quantity of extensions

The quality of the hair you purchase is not the only thing to look out for. Depending on your natural hair you would also have to consider the quantity and thickness of the hair you purchase.

Types of extensions

There are different types of hair extensions precisely because there are different hair types. Depending on the texture and density of your hair, different types of extensions will work for you. For example, if you have thin hair, clips will not do the trick, as they will be too heavy for your hair. Not only will they not have desired effect, but might even damage your hair.

Quantity / Thickness

There needs to be a balance between your natural and purchased hair. If you have a fair, thin hair you would not need a lot of extensions to get the desired length and look. If you have a thick hair, however, you would need more extensions to match up to what you have and make a difference.

Consider layers

Layers are certainly one of the most important elements when it comes to blending your hair extensions with you own hair. Buying hair to cut is sounds like madness but it really is necessary, especially if your hair is short. If you attach long extensions to your short hair without layering or styling in any other way, the extensions will simply look unnatural and the desired effect will be gone. It is important to think twice before you cut them, as extensions do not grow back.

Color Match

In order for the extensions to not be distinguishable they need to match your hair color. In order to march the color of the hair extensions needs to be 2-3 shades darker or lighter than your own hair color. Pay attention that you do not match the color of the extensions to your root but to your ends.  In case you have a unique hair color that no hair extension company offers, it is always best to purchase the lightest blonde color. This also applies if you have an ombre. You can color your own extensions but having even if it has to be ombre, it would just be more difficult.

Get a professional hairstylist’s assistance

As you have read so far, there are quite a few things that need to be considered. From the type of extensions to the quality, length and color there are many things that require knowledge and skills in order to be carefully executed. Cutting the extensions too short or not coloring them in the right color will only damage them and influence you mood negatively. Save yourself bad vibes rather than money and go to a professional that can assist you through the whole process.

Bonus

Straight hair looks great but consider waves or curls. For short hair, curling the extensions and your natural hair together makes a big difference. It definitely gives the extensions a more natural look.

If you are interested in getting hair extensions come visit us on one of our salons in Chicago or Skokie.