Q: My hair is pretty short, its like 1 inch below my shoulders. I have long hair extensions that I try to wear, however it is completely obvious that Iím wearing hair extensions. You can see where my real hair
ends very clearly. My real hair tips are extremely visible. My hair is really thin as it is now so I donít know if hair extensions work on me because my hair is still too thin or if itís just how they cut my hair. Please
help. I need to wear hair extensions. I canít stand my short hair.
A: There are a couple of factors that come into play here. People usually apply the color to the top part of the head first as this is the most accessible part. This means that the color stays on a longer time period on
this part of the head than under or on the sides, resulting in a lighter color than the rest.
The success of hair extensions often lies in the cut of your own hair. You will have to have your hair cut into a layered style, to disguise the line where your own hair ends and where the extensions begin, to create a
blended effect. This means that you will have to have your top layers cut shorter, but you wonít necessarily lose length on your own hair. The goal is to layer the hair in such a way that it disguises that line that you
talk about, where your own hair ends and your extensions are visible. Also, you will need to have your extensions layered a bit as well.
The problem with thin hair is that it looks unnatural with thick extensions sticking
out at the bottom of your own thinner hair. Thus, by thinning out your extensions a bit, it will be much harder or near-impossible to see where your own hair ends and the extensions start.
Take your extensions with to your
stylist and explain to her/him what you are struggling with and what you want to achieve. He/she will then either first cut your own hair into a more layered cut, put the extensions in and then layer the extensions into
shape, or the stylist will insert the extensions from the beginning and cut your hair into style right-off. This is up to the stylistís personal preference.
Also make sure that the color of your own hair matches the color
of your extensions. If it doesnít, you wonít be able to get rid of that line with cutting only. You can then either color your hair accordingly, or buy extensions that match your hair perfectly. Ask the stylist to help
you with this as well.