HOW TO BLEND SHORTER HAIR WITH EXTENSIONS | GLAM TIME HAIR
Most of us play around with the idea of having longer, more luscious hair than we do in reality at one point or another. I really enjoyed my short hair for a long time and as I’m now growing my hair long, I’m also enjoying the mid-length stage. However I do think that having the option of instantly adding length and volume to certain hairstyles or braids, feels incredibly liberating! In my opinion the best way to do that is with clip in hair extensions.
That way you can still enjoy the perks of both shorter hair and long hair and you can easily do this yourself, without having to go to a salon for a costly and time consuming visit. Of course you also have to pay for clip-ins, but the costs are significantly lower. In addition, there is no risk of damaging your own hair in the process. Another bonus in my opinion, is that you can use anything from an entire set, or just a few clips where you need them, depending on the hairstyle you’re going for.
How to blend hair extensions with shorter hair/layers
I encourage you to see the video lower on this page for a full list of tips for cutting and blending hair extensions with your own hair (depending what you want to do exactly) and my thoughts on Glam Time Hair, which are the extensions I’m using. For now I just want to say that as a general rule you shouldn’t go overboard with the length of the extensions if your hair is quite short, because they will be hard to blend. Also, a blunt cut of your own hair is always harder to blend than a layered one with feathered ends. Another main tip I have is that it’s always easier to blend them if the extensions and your hair is curled!
Two examples of hairstyles that help blend short layers with hair extensions
My hair is mid-length, but I still have a lot of short layers on the sides. Because I love using my extensions to do braids and half up styles, I don’t like to use any clips on the sides of my head (would easily show when adding in sections from the sides) or too high up in my crown area. If your hair is long all the way around and you just want to add some volume to your hairstyles, you won’t have any problems. If your hair is on the shorter side or you just have shorter layers on the sides, you can still clip in the extensions in the back only, to add length and volume, and then blend your layers in the style itself. Let’s just jump in.
- Curl the extensions and your hair. To save some time, you can curl your hair and the extensions separately (using trouser hangers to hold them). After clipping the extensions in, you can always go back to the pieces that still don’t blend well and pick up a piece of your own hair together with a piece of the extensions and curl them together.
- Take a section on the top of your head and tie it into a ponytail with a clear elastic.
- Make a hole right above the elastic and flip the ponytail through once, so a twist will form.
- Pull out the edges of the twist for volume. Flip the ponytail over and through again, and pull on the edges of the twist some more.
- Pick up hair from below that top section and repeat steps 3 and 4 to form a fluffy twist below the first one.
- Repeat this several times (probably 3-4, depending on the size of the sections you take) until all of your short side layers are incorporated into the hairstyle.
- You can leave it like this for a simple and cute half up style, or braid the rest of your hair in some kind of braid. I chose to do a fishtail braid, where you divide your hair in two, take a small outer piece of one strand and cross it over and join it with the opposite strand and vice versa. Remember to pull on the edges of the braid after you tie it off with an elastic!
That is just an example of how I blend my shorter layers with the extensions when doing braids. To see a video tutorial of this hairstyle and my general thoughts and tips on clip in hair extensions, watch the below video:
Disclaimer: I was sent the set of extensions I used for this hairstyle to try it out, however this is not a sponsored post. I always give my 100 % honest opinion, the same way I rely on the honesty of other bloggers and youtubers when I turn to them for advise when doing research before buying something. On that note I’d also like to mention that I purchased my first set of Glam Time Hair extensions about a year ago and have liked them and used them in previous tutorials like this Game of Thrones tutorial and even my previous Halloween Mermaid Braid tutorial, both featuring my first set.
I hope this post was helpful to you if you’re in the market for extensions, or already have extensions but were struggling to blend them in.
As always, happy hairstyling and see you next time lovely!