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Last updated: July 19, 2017

4 Tips and Tricks For Creating Upstyles with Extensions

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Using extensions can add some serious oomph to an otherwise dull upsyle. But how do you know what type of extension is the right fit for your client? Here, four experts weigh in on the best ways to achieve that perfect look.



1. “Leave enough hair around the perimeter to cover the attachment sites. To ensure the longevity of a guest’s updo, set the hair using your favorite hot tool, and pin each curl, allowing it to cool completely before removing.”
—Aurezu Kuhzarani, Hotheads Hair Extensions


2. “An updo with extensions works with freshly washed hair, dirty hair and everything in between. But remember that bobby pins won’t cut it. It’s a lot of hair that can become heavy. Start with a ponytail or braid base and then build from there. Sometimes I section out the whole perimeter of the hairline and leave it till last. You can carefully and strategically use it to help cover any noticeable cylinders.”
—Katherine Lewis, Dreamcatchers

3.  “My preferred method for upstyles is strand-by-strand, rather than wefts or wide strips (tape-ins). Hairdreams’ Laserbeamer Nano method offers very flat bonds to evenly distribute hair, which are virtually undetectable, making them perfect for upstyles.”
—Dorian Thomas, Hairdreams


4. “Add longer lengths to achieve an asymmetrical look. Add brighter or darker tones to create dimension without coloring the client’s hair, and add volume or length to achieve the perfect updo for a special occasion. The amazing thing about working with extensions is that there are endless possibilities, so be sure to use your artistic abilities.”
— Ron King, Invisi-Tab Hair Extensions from House of European Hair


Color Pop and Ombré
Extensions made entirely from human hair are the perfect option for adding a splash of color to clients’ tresses. They have outstanding color acceptance and can be colored or highlighted just like natural hair. In addition, to achieve an ombré effect, there is no need to color the hair. Simply use the lightest target color and then adopt a reverse ombré technique. Ron King adds: “Sandwiching two varying tones will create a dimensional look. For example, using a two-tone blonde with a deeper blonde on the bottom will cause the lighter pieces to really pop.”