Beyonce Knowles works ‘mid-length’ hair extensions in a Farrah Fawcett inspired ‘do
So we all know the Midi’s the ‘in’ hairstyle of the moment, but what can we do with those old hair extensions that were flung to the back of our wardrobes when we heard this news? Cut them of course! When not offering extra length, they offer your locks an amazing thickness that until now, you only ever thought was possible on the red carpet.
So you haven’t picked up a pair of scissors since your ‘cut and stick’ days in primary school, but this does not mean to say that you can’t be a dab-hand with a snipping tool. And OK, I may not be an expert but my years working as a hairdresser’s assistant was not all tea and coffee you know – indeed, I observed haircuts till my eyes were sore.
Follow these guidelines for a quick fix for shorter, yet thicker, hair-assisting extensions:
Ask a friend or family member to hold extensions tautly, one at a time, whilst you prepare to snip off those frazzled and over-processed ends.
-Scissor the hair between your fingers and pull hair tight. Snip off as much hair as you require, taking into account the length of your own hair (remember too long extensions will only offer straggly loose ends, too short will leave you with a ‘mushroom head’ layer). By snipping just a bit off the length you can judge exactly how much hair is left to cut when the extensions are clipped in.
– Work your way along the entire width of the extension piece and cut ‘upwards’ into the hair strands in order to soften a blunt cut.
– When all pieces are completed, clip them in as you would normally. Note which bits need tidying up or shortening even more, pin your own hair up and begin to trim a piece at a time, getting afore mentioned friend to help with the back. For more tips on how to cut, see below.
If you don’t already own a set of hair-extensions you can buy them from most markets and hair shops. Cut atleast four doubled (or even-tripled) up, seven-inch panels of hair and sew together using a similar colour thread. Attach clips (two/three a piece) with needle and thread. However, I suggest not cutting new extensions yourself, as it’s a sure-fire way to easily ruin them. Take them to a hairdresser instead, who can cut them for you professionally at a small charge.