How to Layer Hair Extensions

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If styled well, hair extensions can look as natural and beautiful as the hair grown directly from the scalp. However, hair extensions can't be styled well if they're not cut well. Even if they are applied the right way, they won't look as natural if they have a blunt cut. Layering hair extensions makes them easier to style and look more attractive.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray water bottle
  • Professional-grade hair scissors
  • Comb

Wash and condition the hair extensions and towel dry them. Leave them a little more on the wet side rather than very dry. This will help to distinguish the cut hair from the uncut hair once the cutting has begun. Keep a spray water bottle handy to mist the ends if they get too dry so they won't stick together as you proceed.

Part the hair in the middle and straight back starting between the middle of the forehead and all the way to the back of the neck. Next, starting about 1 inch back, cut from the middle part to the side of the temple in front of the ears. Do this on both sides. Comb the rest of the hair straight back and out of the way.

Concentrating on one side at a time, comb the front sections straight down over your face. If you're right-handed, take your left hand and hold the hair between your left index and middle finger. Cut the hair straight across from your nose to the end of your eyebrow so the length stops at the tip of your nose. For shorter layers, cut slightly higher than the tip of your nose but no more than 1 inch higher.

Now make a second part 1 inch behind the first part in a straight line to the side of your head again. Comb the section in the front that's already cut, pull it and hold it straight on top of your head. Now pull the uncut section of the hair against the very front section. You should be able to easily distinguish them. If not, spray both parts with water and start over. Cut the second part of the hair using the front section as a guide. For longer layers, cut slightly longer than the guide. Do not cut shorter than the guide.

Repeat this process for the remaining sections of hair, making 1-inch parts. Be sure to bring the back layers to the front and not to pull the front sections to the back.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use very sharp professional-grade scissors. Using dull scissors can ruin your hair extensions and give them the look of split ends.
  • If you're unsure about how short to cut, always cut less. You can always go back and cut more off but you can't put it back on if you cut too much. Cut below the fingers that hold the hair, not above. If you're not wearing a full weave, be careful to distinguish your hair from the hair extensions before you decide how much to cut..

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