Hair Extensions Tips Revealed: Pro Advice From Our Salon Courses

Have you ever installed your hair extensions yourself, and they just don't look quite right? Or perhaps you're a hair extensions stylist starting out and need some tips to make sure you get it right?

Installing hair extensions correctly can make all the difference as to how your look will turn out. If your hair extensions aren't installed properly, your hair will look obviously fake and might even end up causing some damage to your natural hair.

And nobody wants their hair extensions to be noticeable, right?

RiRi's team of hair extension experts have put together a list of hair extensions tips that we know will help you to achieve great results. Because when it comes to hair extensions, the devil really is in the details.

Start By Choosing the Right Hair Extensions

It goes without saying you can't achieve great results with poor-quality hair extensions. 

Your hair extensions will definitely be noticeable if you're working with cheap or poor-quality extensions – they will stick out, feel uncomfortable, and won't blend in with your natural hair.

The best thing for you to do is to make sure you do your research on the types of hair extensions available, as well as their quality.

Hair extensions that are made from high-quality synthetic fibres or human hair are the best choices. They look and feel more natural, so you can be sure that your hair extensions will blend in with your own and look great for much longer.

The RiRi team only supply and work with hair extensions of the highest quality, so you can be sure you'll get beautiful results that last.

And you'll obviously want to make sure you've chosen the right hair extensions shade and length. If you're not sure, our team are always happy to give advice; just get in touch!

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Prep Your Natural Hair Before Installing Hair Extensions

This is so important if you want beautiful results that will last. Make sure your natural hair is clean and healthy before installing new hair extensions – you don't want damaged or dirty hair hiding near your scalp and ruining the look.

Wash Your Hair With Sulphate-free Shampoo

Sulphates are known to cause dryness, irritation and colour-fading, all of which you obviously don’t want.

That's why we recommend washing your hair with a sulphate-free shampoo before you install the extensions. This will ensure that your natural hair stays healthy and strong and will help you get great results.


Dry Your Hair Completely, But Gently

When you’ve washed your hair, make sure it's completely dry before installing the hair extensions. Damp hair will weaken the bond and may even cause damage to your natural hair.

And don't forget; no matter how tempted you are, avoid using a hairdryer on full heat or over-brushing your natural hair. Both of these can cause damage and weaken your hair, making it much harder to get the results you want.

Trim Your Natural Hair if Needed

This isn't a necessary step, but giving the ends of your hair a trim can make a huge difference.

Split ends can make it harder for hair extensions to blend in with your natural hair, so you should either trim your own hair or get a professional stylist to do it for you.

It's also an easy way to keep your hair looking healthy, and we would recommend that everyone gets a trim every 6-8 weeks regardless of if you're wearing extensions or staying au-natural.

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Choose the Right Hair Extension Products and Tools

When installing hair extensions, you need to make sure you have the right products and tools. This will help ensure your hair looks its best and that your extensions stay in place for longer.

Our team always recommend using a professional quality shampoo, conditioner, and styling product specifically designed for hair extensions. These products help to moisturise the hair and keep it looking smooth and healthy.

As for the tools, you'll need a brush made specifically for extensions and, if necessary, some extension tape or glue if you're using bonded extensions.

Learn the Techniques for Installing Hair Extensions Well

It is crucial that you learn the correct techniques for installing hair extensions to get the best results. 

Different types of hair extensions will require different installation techniques, so be sure to research the right method for the type of extensions you are using.

For example, you may need to learn the correct way to clip-in hair extensions, or how to apply for tape-in extensions correctly.

Let's take clip-in hair extensions as an example. In this case, you'll need to make sure that your natural hair is parted in the correct spot for the extensions to be installed and clipped into place.

You'll also need to make sure that each clip is securely closed, so the extensions stay put close to the roots and scalp. If the clips are not secure enough, then the extensions will be too far away from the scalp and won't look natural.

They will look bulky and will be hard to hide, which is not the look we're going for here!

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Know How to Hide Hair Extensions Correctly

Hiding your hair extensions is an important part of getting natural-looking results. If your extensions are not properly hidden, they will be too visible and will ruin the whole look.

With clip-in hair extensions, you'll need to make sure that the clips are securely closed and that the extensions blend in with your own hair. To do this, we like to tease the root area of the natural hair, so it looks thicker and can hide the clips more easily.

A texturising spray can also help to blend the extensions in with your own hair, as can some well-placed backcombing.

If you're using bonded or tape-in hair extensions, make sure that the bonds are properly covered and blended in with your natural hair. This may require teasing and spraying for a more natural look.

Different hairstyles are also great for hiding hair extensions – braids, buns, and half-up/half-down styles are all great for creating a natural-looking hairstyle with your extensions.

Hair Extensions Training Courses

If you're unsure about installing hair extensions either on yourself or on others, our team recommend taking a professional hair extension training course.

Taking a course will help you learn the right methods for installing and styling extensions, as well as teach you how to hide them correctly. Knowing these techniques is essential if you want to achieve natural-looking results every time!

At RiRi Hair Extensions, we offer hair extension training courses designed to give you the confidence and skills to apply extensions professionally.

Our experts will guide you through everything, from how to choose the right products and tools to how to install and style the extensions correctly. And the team are also available for ongoing support after your training course has been completed.

We really recommend this to any budding hair extension professionals out there! The more you can learn, the better your skills will be.

By understanding the right techniques for installing hair extensions, you can easily achieve beautiful and more natural-looking results every time. It's all about knowing the correct methods and having confidence in your abilities.

With a little practice, you'll be able to apply hair extensions like a pro!

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Final Thoughts: Hair Extensions Tips for Achieving Salon-Quality Results

When it comes to applying hair extensions, make sure that you take the time to learn the correct techniques. Knowing how to install and style hair extensions correctly are essential if you want natural-looking results every time.

Badly installed hair extensions will not look good, so taking the time to learn the right methods is essential.

Hair extension courses are definitely worth considering if you want to master the art of applying extensions.


What not to do after hair extensions?

It is important to avoid using too many styling products on the extensions and to avoid brushing the hair when it is wet. It’s also important not to apply any heat directly onto the bonds, as this can cause damage.

What method of hair extensions is the best?

This depends on your individual needs and preferences. Clip-in extensions are popular for those who want an easy way to add extra length or volume, while bonded or tape-in extensions offer longer-lasting results. 

Talk to a hair extension specialist to find out which method is best for you.

What should you know before getting hair extensions?

You should make sure to research the different methods of hair extensions, as well as any potential risks or side effects. It is also important to talk to a professional about which type of extensions would suit you best and what length and colour would be most suitable. 

Make sure you’re aware of any aftercare needed for your chosen method too!

Do hair extensions hurt the first day?

Your scalp may feel a little tender after the application of hair extensions, but this should subside after a few days and should not be painful. If you experience any pain or discomfort, be sure to speak to your hair extension specialist.

Written by our hair extension expert

Nancy Pinder

Nancy Pinder 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 here: @ririhairextensions_uk.

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