How to Use Hair Extensions for Volume

You know what they say, the bigger the hair, the closer to heaven. 

Sometimes, however, achieving that Dolly Parton level of hair volume requires painstaking effort, heat styling, and a lot of hair products, only for your hair to fall flat again throughout the day. Ever wondered how celebs keep their hair volumized and perfect all day and night? We'll let you in on a little secret: hair extensions. 

That's right, from short hair to long hair, celebrity hairstylists have been utilizing hair extensions to boost their clients' hair to new heights! Those voluminous lobs that seem to defy gravity? Hair extensions. Those fabulous curls that never fall out? You guessed it, hair extensions. And those long, thick braids that you just can't seem to create at home? Hair extensions strategically placed to add thickness and volume.

Hair extensions for volume 

Very often, when people think about hair extensions, they think about adding length to their hair. But what if you mostly struggle with thin hair and aren't really looking to add length to your hair—just volume? Better yet, what if you have short hair, love your hair length and just need to add a little life to your hairstyle? The best part about hair extensions is that they can be customized to solve your individual hair problems. Not interested in length? No problem!

These days, we understand that it's not all about mermaid length hair—that's why we created a 16" length to add to our collection of hair extensions. Available in a 140g weight, the 16" collection is the perfect length to complement your lob or medium length hair, while adding a touch of length, and all the volume. 

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Already have a set of our Classic 20" Luxy Hair extensions but want to embrace your shorter hair?

If you are using hair extensions for volume rather than length, the 20" extensions will likely be longer than your natural hair, unless you already have ultra long hair. Since Luxy Hair extensions are made with 100% remy human hair, they can be cut or trimmed just like your own natural hair, without affecting the integrity of the wefts or extensions.

All you need to do is give the extensions a snip to match your natural hair's length, to use the extensions just for volume. While we recommend that a professional make the chop, if you are comfortable wielding a pair of hairstylist scissors (careful, they're sharp!) you can certainly do this yourself at home. We recommend to ensure that your scissors are as sharp as possible, to cut accurately and smoothly. Otherwise, the hair will bend, rather than cut, and may end up looking choppy. 

In the following video, we'll walk you through how to use your 20" Luxy Hair extensions for volume rather than length. 

In this video, Sarah uses her 220g Ombre Chestnut Luxy Hair extensions. This set adds extra volume and thickness to her hair, while also adding some highlights at the ends and colour dimension throughout.  

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Using Luxy Hair extensions for volume is great because they can be applied to any hair type. Whether you have a lob, hair that is of an average thickness, or medium length hair, all it takes is a few snips and strategic clipping to get big, voluminous hair in just a few minutes without adding length and of course, without damaging your hair.

Hairstyle for thick hairGet Sarah's look with the 220g Ombre Chestnut Luxy Hair extensions

Hairstyle for thick hairGet Sarah's look with 220g Ombre Chestnut Luxy Hair extensions

You will need:

1. Trimming scissors

2. Your Luxy Hair extensions

3. A steady hand!

Hairstyle for thick hair

How to trim your hair extensions

It is not necessary to trim your entire set of extensions. Depending on your hair type, just a few wefts can make a big difference in the thickness of your hair, however, if you are looking for mega volume, we say go ahead and trim your full set!

Hairstyle for thick hair

Step 1: Straighten your hair

Since Luxy Hair extensions are made with 100% remy human hair, they come naturally straight. Therefore, we recommend that you straighten your hair as well, to match the texture of the extensions before cutting them. This will ensure that the length you cut the extensions to is accurate, otherwise, when you style the extensions, they will appear shorter than you originally thought.

Step 2: Trim your extensions weft by weft

In order to trim your hair extensions yourself so that they are the same length as your natural hair, we recommend to clip your Luxies in weft by weft, and trim off the excess length each time, rather than snipping off a huge chunk of hair at one go. Patience is key here! If your hair is layered, you will want to follow the length of the layers, trimming each weft a little shorter the higher up on your head that it is clipped in.

Step 3: Feather the ends

In order to make sure that the wefts you are cutting look natural, we recommend to first cut the hair horizontally to ensure that you are cutting the weft straight, leaving the weft about half an inch longer. Then, turn your scissors and snip vertically along the edge to feather the ends. This will make the ends of the weft look much more natural, rather than extremely blunt, which is not how natural hair grows.

It's that easy! Now, your hair extensions are the same length as your hair, and you can pop your wefts in whenever you feel like having some extra, voluminous hair for a night out or even everyday.

Hairstyle for thick hair

Hairstyle for thick hair

What if your hair is longer than 20 inches?

If your hair is longer than 20 inches, this is the ideal situation for you. In this case, you can simply clip your Luxy Hair extensions in right out of the box, to use for volume rather than length. Even if your hair is an inch or two longer than your hair extensions, the extra wefts clipped in will still do the trick to add volume and thickness to your hair, without the length being too noticeable.

What if you need more thickness than a full set of Luxy Hair extensions?

You're in luck! Not only are you blessed with lovely thick hair, we also have a Volumizer Weft for situations like these. Our Volumizer Weft comes with one 4-clip weft that is 7" long, with 45g of hair attached. This weft can be used as a supplemental weft to your existing set of Luxies for even more thickness. 

Hairstyle for thick hair

Alternatively, if you are only looking to add a little bit of thickness to your hair, you can wear the Volumizer Weft on its own. Be sure to trim the weft according to our instructions above if your hair is shorter than 20", however, to ensure that the weft blends naturally in your hair, giving it that extra volume. If your hair is 20" or longer, you can simply clip the Volumizer Weft in at the crown of your hair for that added thickness.

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Hair extensions are truly a versatile hair accessory and don't have to be used just for adding va-va-voom length. Even short haired gals can get in on the fun, by wearing hair extensions to enhance their hair in a natural way.

Want to add even more volume? Here are some more hacks to take your hair to new heights

1. Use a volumizing shampoo

2. Flip your hair over when blow drying

3. Add texturizing spray and a touch of dry shampoo

4. Tease your roots

5. Give yourself a salon blowout at home

Do you wear your Luxy Hair extensions for thickness? Do you have any other tips and tricks that we haven't mentioned? Let us know in the comments below.

Products used in this tutorial:

Ombre Chestnut

Length: 20" inches

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Posted by
Azra Kassam

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