How To Layer Your Extensions In Six Easy Steps


Hair shears, comb and lock of hairMost women get hair extensions for the purpose of getting extra length and volume. After you have installed 20 inch extensions all around, all the hair appears one length and very uniform. Sometimes however, that very uniformity is what leads to the installation looking unnatural.

Women with naturally long hair will usually have some strands longer than others. Not by any attempt by the women to cut their hair, it’s just in the nature of hair follicles be at different stages in the growth cycle and to grow at different rates. This is why when you get your own hair blunt cut, a few short months later, the blunt cut will have lost it’s shape.

Layering your extensions benefits you in two ways

  • They make your install more natural looking which makes it more undetectable.
  • Layering makes for a lighter install which will make it more comfortable to wear.
Of course you can avoid having to layer your own hair by remembering to purchase different lengths of extensions. If the hair you are leaving out is 10 inches long, you can install 12-14 at the top and 16-18 at the bottom to get that naturally layered effect without having to take scissors to your extensions!
A stylist is able to layer your hair for you after installing your weave but if you have self installed and you want to learn how to layer your own extensions, here’s how:
You will need: A pair of sharp hair shears, elastic bands & a razor comb.
  1. Divide you hair from ear to ear (front of the ears) and then divide that section into two pigtails tying each with an elastic band
  2. Divide the hair at the back into 3 sections with each section parted from one side of your head to the other and secure each with a hair elastic. These ponytails should be stacked one on top of the other.
  3. If you want to keep the full length of the extensions leave the bottom ponytail at the nape uncut.
  4. Standing in front of a mirror, grab the second ponytail from the bottom and bring the ends of the hair to the top of your head so that you can see what you are doing. Using your fingers as a guide, cut off 2 inches of hair carefully.
  5. Repeat this process with the third from the bottom ponytail but this time cutting 2 1/2 – 3 inches then release the hair
  6. With the two pigtails at the front, you will want to use the razor comb to slide cut the hair from the fringe section to the longest hair at the bottom. Essentially you want to create a gradual cut from fringe to the longest length. Some women find it easier to do the slide cut with the hair shears instead of the razor comb. It’s up to you which you choose.
You can still re-install extensions which have been cut especially if you leave the wefts themselves uncut. All you need to do is attach a little note with a paperclip to remind yourself which pieces go where. It should be pretty straightforward really, the longest layers always go at the back!

Take a look at this video for another way you can layer your hair extensions.

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