Braiding Extensions: How to Add Volume, Style, and Fun To Your Hair

Written by: Nancy Pinder



Time to read 4 min

Braiding extensions is one of the most popular hairstyle choices these days. Here, we provide you with a comprehensive guide on braiding extensions, from the basics to the more advanced techniques.

We also show you some trendy hair extension braid ideas that will add volume, style, and fun to your hair! 

Whether you're just starting out braiding extensions or you want to try out some new styles, this blog is sure to help!

How to Braid Extensions

Dressing up your hair with braiding extensions is a great way to add volume, style and fun to your hair.

Start by adding a small amount of product to your hair, such as mousse, gel or oil

This will help to keep the extensions in place and prevent them from slipping.

Take a small section of hair from the front of your head and divide it into three equal parts. Begin braiding this section, incorporating an extension into each braid. 

As you continue braiding, add more extensions to each braid.

When you reach the end of your hair, secure the braid with a small elastic. 

Repeat this process until all of your hair is braided.

To create a fun and interesting look, why not try using coloured extensions incorporated into your natural hair colour?

Types of Braids You Can Do With Hair Extensions

Braiding extensions is a great way to add volume, style, and fun to your hair. When choosing hair extensions, it's important to consider the type of braid you want to do.

Fishtail braids add volume and body; French braids create a sleek appearance, and Spanish braided hairstyles are versatile and stylish. 

Each has its own look and function, so choose the one that will best suit your hair extension needs and the occasion!

Fishtail braids are the most common and are created by braiding hair extension hair around two central pins in a U-shape

Dutch braids are similar to regular braids, but the hair is braided underneath, so the braid stands out on top rather than underneath.

Spanish braids are braids that are made by braiding hair extension hair around three central pins in a T-shape.

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The most popular type of braid right now is the bubble braid. This braid is easy and simple to do but creates a stylish, modern hairstyle that's perfect for any occasion.

Simply slick your hair into a high ponytail and attach a ponytail hair extension. Then use rubber bands to wrap around your ponytail, working your way down. 

To add volume, pull the hair sections between the bands. It's that simple!

Benefits of Braiding Your Hair Extensions

Braiding your hair extensions can actually have many benefits alongside looking trendy.

Braiding your hair extensions when you go to sleep can help to keep your hair extensions from tangling through the night, which will not only save you time in the mornings but also make them last longer.

Styling your hair this way can also give your natural hair a break from heat styling and can protect your hair from damage. 

It is also perfect for those who want a low-maintenance hairstyle that is sure to last all day and through the night!

Braiding is a good method for blending your hair extensions with your natural hair, as you can use pieces to hide the hair extension attachments. 

It can also help to keep your hair extensions in place and prevent them from slipping through the day if you opt for a tight braid.

Final Thoughts

Extensions are a great way to add volume, style, and fun to your hair and braiding extensions are a great way to help achieve this look. 

There are many different braids you can do with extensions, so choose the one that best suits the style you're after.

Not only can braiding hair extensions look fab but doing so can also have many benefits, such as protecting your hair from damage and keeping your extensions in place.

Why not experiment with different types of braids with your hair extensions to see which is your favourite? Or, even try mixing up types of braids to create a unique hairstyle for you!


How do I braid my extensions so that they stay in place all day long?

To help maintain your braided hair extension throughout the day, try using a good quality hairspray or gel to keep them in place. Make sure to use a good hair elastic or hair band so that your braid doesn't fall out. Always use hair extension products and tools that are designed for braiding hair extensions to avoid damage to your hair and extension.

How do I choose the right type of extension for my hair?

Extensions can be categorised into natural and synthetic hair. Synthetic hair extensions are made from synthetic materials like fibres, while natural hair is made of human hair. Natural hair extensions are usually more expensive than synthetic hair extensions. When choosing a type of extension, consider your hair texture, hair density, and hair colour.

Can braided extensions be worn in humid weather conditions?

Braided extensions can be worn in humid weather conditions as long as they are kept conditioned and sealed with hair spray. If you are going to be in an environment with high humidity, it is best to keep your braided extensions dry and avoid getting them wet.

Do extensions damage your hair?

When installed and removed correctly, hair extensions should not damage your hair. To prevent increasing the risk of damaging your natural hair with hair extensions, be sure to consult with a professional hair extension stylist. If you're not confident with installing or removing hair extensions, book an appointment with an expert who will be able to help you!

Nancy Pinder

Nancy is our resident hair and beauty specialist at RiRi Hair Extensions. She advises customers daily in our Lakeside and Bluewater stores, helping them find the perfect look, length, and shade of hair extensions. 

Nancy also presents our TikTok live to thousands of viewers across the world. You can catch her on our TikTok every week!

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