Clip-in hair extensions are the easiest way to add instant volume, thickness and length to any hairstyle. And if there’s ever a time you want a quick way to achieve a pretty hairstyle in just a few minutes, it’s during the holiday season. I’m here to help! I devised two original quick and simple hair tutorials using clip-in extensions to get you looking polished and pretty in a jiffy. In fact, the second tutorial is a day-to-night combo making it a win-win for those living that #MomLife!

Whether you’re meeting up for a coffee date, attending a holiday work party, or dressing up for a swanky shin-ding, a little help from extensions can truly transform your hair in seconds. We used Bohyme Body Wave Clip-Ins for these tutorials (retailers nationwide) to add volume, length, and texture – making each look easy to DIY this holiday season.
Want to try clip-in extensions but aren’t exactly sure how to use them? Check out easy-to-follow tutorial below:

The Tiered Braid

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions


BEFORE

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You want the addition of your extensions to look seamless so go with the real deal…real hair that is!

holiday hair

holiday hair

Step 1: Unclip and place extensions. Seek real Remi hair extensions to achieve that natural look, feel, and bounce. Also, real hair extensions allow you to curl your extensions whereas synthetic varieties cannot handle the heat of curling irons and often have a shiny filmy cast.

holiday hair

Step 2: Section-off your hair in layers starting at the base of the crown or the nape of the neck depending on your length of hair. Apply clip-in wefts near the scalp and snap clips to secure. Out of the seven clip-in extensions in the bundle, we only used five wefts to create all the looks featured here. A little help really does go along way.

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Step 3: Create your first tiered braid. This braid doesn’t get any easier as you’re not even having to fuss with actual braiding. In fact, this hack is great for those of you who find it difficult to braid your own hair (especially in the back). To get this look, gather about two inches of hair from each side of the top crown and gather it into half-updo style with an elastic band. Pro Tip: Leave face-framing sides down for a soft dreamy look that flatters from all angles.

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

Step 4: Loop in the faux braid by lifting your ponytail upward and looping it overtop. The visual result is a faux braid. Magic, isn’t it? Catch the looped look below.

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

Step 5: Repeat the same process above to create two more tiered layers. You’ll begin seeing a long layered tiered braid with the help of your extensions right about NOW.

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

Step 6: After creating your third tier, wrap about two inches of hair from the bottom of your final ponytail to hide the elastic. Use hairpins to pin any loose strands in place but do not worry about it looking perfect. The messier the better with this ‘do.

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

The final look is flirty, polished, and modern with a touch of sexy. This look will even dress up a rainbow array of holiday sweaters!

AFTER

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

The Dressy Pony & Bun

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

Learn how to maximize your basic ponytail with extensions and how to DIY a nice full bun in a cinch with the transitional tutorial below for our second step-by-step in this series.

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

BEFORE

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

 

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

Step 1: DIY a full pony. With your extensions in place (again, we used just five of the full seven extensions), we added a few extra loose waves with a curling iron to pony-up! Bam, isn’t she pretty?! Our girl can head out just like this or quickly turn this glam pony into a next-level bun. Just see below.

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

 

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

Step 2: Now maximize the fullness of your extensions by easily creating a full bun. Use an Invisibobble Original Traceless Hair Ring (Amazon.com) and loop it around your ponytail.

 

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

Step 3: Next, loop the ring (or hair elastic, if you prefer) again while gathering the ends of your long extensions and real hair to form a bun.

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

Step 4: Tug at your bun to round it out and create fullness from all sides. Set shape in place and hide loose strands with hairpins. Spray in place.

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

Viola! Your bun is in ready to p-a-r-t-y!

AFTER

How To Elevate Holiday Hair With Extensions

What’s the sitch on your holiday hair this season? Sound off below and sweet tidings from all of us at Momtastic!

CREDITS

Hair by Maritza Buelvas of Beauty For Bloggers

Extensions and photos by Bohyme

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2 Easy Holiday Hairstyles With Clip-In Extensions (Tutorial)