Let's unpack the occasionally taboo topic of non-permanent hair extensions. We all know how they can go terribly wrong, like these. However, few share stories when they go right.

My friend and hairstyling maven, Bonnie Knobloch, spent an afternoon choosing proper colors and talking extension techniques. We've illustrated our process so you can confidently style your locks and erase thin, too short or damaged hair.

 

 

We don't advise DIY extensions. Your investment is upfront, so consult a professional before making a purchase.  You will want to make sure you have a proper cut, blending your extensions to fit your hairstyle.

 

Hidden side extension.

Hidden side extension.

Can you spot the hidden extension? Didn't think so!

Can you spot the hidden extension? Didn't think so!

 

Hearing the word extension ... you automatically think long. That's not always true. Bonnie uses her clip in extensions to add volume. I've never noticed and if she didn't share her story, you'd never guess she has these sneaky little locks hidden so well.

Bonnie knows thin hair. She was determined to find a solution. She was noticing significant hair loss that came when each of her little girls arrived.

 

 

How to double up on thickness. Here's a few more tricks ...

 

for super thick locks or ponies, clip smaller pieces together before using.

for super thick locks or ponies, clip smaller pieces together before using.

More options. Make your wider extensions thicker by folding in half and clipping together.

More options. Make your wider extensions thicker by folding in half and clipping together.

Pony without clip-in extension.

Pony without clip-in extension.

Pony with clip-in extension. Look at that volume!!

Pony with clip-in extension. Look at that volume!!

Extension etiquette : Proper color, proper cut! Here is an example of a poor extension choice!

Extension etiquette : Proper color, proper cut! Here is an example of a poor extension choice!

Bonnie's daughter Lucy plays hairstylist everyday. She's sporting her own set of extensions clipped into a cap. 

Bonnie's daughter Lucy plays hairstylist everyday. She's sporting her own set of extensions clipped into a cap. 

 

Starting with your own extensions is an investment but Bonnie makes it so simple by bringing colors to your home and finishing with a cut that allows natural bounce in both your own hair and the extensions.

Once you've had a session with Bonnie. (It only lasts an hour!) You will know what brush to use (I'm trying to get my hands on one!), which angle to clip for that enviable body, proper care... but more on this in next my next post!

So, next week I'm showing off how to get an ombre (highlighted) style without permanent damage to your hair. Yup, using clip in extensions!

Cheers to thick hair! -Laura

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