Wearing hair extensions can add some gorgeous extra length and volume to your hairstyles, but is it possible to curl them? While straight hair is always beautiful, sometimes you just want to switch it up a little bit and add va va voom with some curls. Before you take out the curling wand, you need to be 100% sure that you’re not going to damage your extensions. 

The good news is that curling your hair extensions is totally doable. However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when using a curler. In this article, we’ll help you find the best method to curl your luscious locks without causing irreversible damage. 

Different types of hair extensions

Before we can advise you on how to curl your extensions,  you need to understand the different types of extensions you can buy and how they are going to react to heat. When buying hair extensions, you have the choice between: 

  • Human hair extensions
  • Synthetic hair extensions

Are human or synthetic hair extensions better?

Many people ask which of these two types of hair extensions are better for anyone who intends to curl their hair. Stylists will tell you that because hair extensions made using human hair share almost all the same properties as your natural hair, they are going to behave in a similar way to your hair. This can make human hair extensions better overall because the curling process and results are more natural. 

Keeping this in mind, you need to understand that human hair is just as susceptible to damage as your own hair is. So, just because it’s not your natural hair does not mean that you shouldn’t treat it as if it were attached at the root. 

How to curl human hair extensions

Now, onto the part you’ve been waiting for: How do you best curl human hair extensions? Well, the first thing you need to do is use the right hair extensions. As recommended by professionals, the best human hair extensions are the ones that are connected to your hair because they’re less likely to come loose while you’re styling. 

Clip-on extensions have a tendency to come loose. Tape extensions are a brilliant choice because they’re least likely to cause damage from breakage as they don’t put a lot of tangent on the hair or the follicle. However, not everybody has the time to go for a regular extension fitting with a professional,  and clip-in extensions can do the job well when attached to securely. Regardless of whether you have clip-on extensions or professionally fitted extensions, here’s how to best curl them: 

1. Choose the right hair curler

When curling your hair extensions, it’s always best to use a lower heat. The right hair curling iron will have a temperature control feature is also preferable. A hair curler that uses ceramic technology is gentler on finer hair. To get those tight, bouncy curls, use a thinner wand, and for waves, use a thicker curling wand. 

2. Use heat-protectant products

Remember that human hair extensions can still be damaged and should be treated with care when styling. One step you should never skip out on is using a heat protectant product, like heat protectant spray, which provides both the extensions and your natural hair with a thin protective barrier to prevent heat damage. 

3. Section your hair

Never underestimate the power of sectioning your hair. It might seem like it takes unnecessarily long, but it’ll save you time in the end because it’s easier to manage and will prevent you from curling the same sections multiple times and causing damage. 

4. Curl away

When all is sectioned, you’re ready to start curling. Remember that it’s best to use a lower heat for extensions, so setting the heat to 180 degrees Celsius is optimal. Each section should be curled around the wand and held there for approximately 10 seconds maximum. Next, release the curl, holding it for a few seconds to allow it to set properly. 

Can synthetic hair extensions be curled? 

While extensions using human hair may give you some beautiful results when curling,  you can also curl synthetic hair extensions. However curling your synthetic hair extensions does require a different process to human hair extensions, because synthetic hair extensions are made of smart fibers that will react completely differently when heat is applied.

When curling your synthetic hair extensions, you need to use a lower temperature when using hair curlers. Another curling method is to dip them in water and pin them up, but this also requires a slightly lower temperature than what you would use. The cooling process will take a lot longer than that of human hair, and the curls will not drop the same way.

While it’s completely possible to curl all types of hair extensions, and most are heat resistant, it’s best to avoid curling pre-style synthetic hair as using heated tools on them could disrupt the smart fibres look. 

Final Thoughts

For anyone who wants to curl their extensions, go ahead! Just remember that human hair extensions generally have a more natural-looking result compared to synthetic extensions and that when styling them, you should always use a lower heat to minimise heat damage. 

Published by HOLR Magazine.

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