How to do extensions if you have short, thin hair

Top tips for all you wispy haired gals out there

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Sugarscape's Lizzie Cox went on a spiritual journey to find out extensions can transform the life locks of gals with short, thin hair. 

MY SAD LITTLE STORY

If my hair were a child, it would have been taken away by social services a long time ago. Possibly an inappropriate metaphor, yes, but let's roll with it for now, shall we? 

I've always had naturally fine hair, but a 10 year love affair with the bleach bottle means it's now brittle, wispy and thin as f**k. 

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As if that weren't quite enough for my poor old follicles to be getting on with, I also had what was supposed to be a brief fling with bonded extensions. 

Unfortunately I got a bit carried away and left them in way too long - and by 'way too long', I mean until they started snapping off because my growing hair couldn't take the weight. Oops. 

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So yeah, now I have what are commonly referred to as 'tufts', which are increasingly looking like a 90s boyband member's curtains as they grow out at the front. 

The result of all this is that I now have shit hair that makes me sad, so I've been trying EVERYTHING to get it back on track. I've ditched the bleach and gone brunette, I've been taking Viviscal religiously (it's a supplement that helps hair grow), and hair masks are my new bae. 

All positive steps, right? Yeah only issue is that I'm also hella impatient and want beautiful thick hair that tiny mice could sleep in if they were so inclined NOW, not 3 months from now. 

ENTER: HAIR REHAB LONDON HAIR EXTENSIONS 

A friend suggested hair extensions - clip in, this time, I can't be trusted with the permanent type - but I've always been convinced they don't work for short, thin hair: the couple of times I've tried to wear them they look very 'Paris and Nicole circa 2004', if you're picking up what I'm putting down. 

HOWEVER I'm nothing if not willing to try again, and so I trotted off to GLO salon in Fulham to find out how to do extensions for short, thin hair with Hair Rehab London. 

5 EXTENSION COMMANDMENTS FOR GALS WITH THIN HAIR

First up here's a bit of a newsflash for you - it CAN BE DONE. My life is revolutionised, my hair is born again. As long as you stick to these 5 golden rules, you'll be... well, golden. 

Just look at these before and after pics if you don't believe me: 

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1. Opt for good quality extensions 

The better the quality, the better they'll look. If you just want to jazz up your look every now and then for a night out or special occasion then by all means, go for something a bit cheaper. But if you're going to be wearing them far more regularly, it's always best to opt for human rather than synthetic hair. 

One of the main reasons for this is that you can wash and style human hair extensions - synthetic will melt under too much heat... not ideal if you fancy curls one day and pin-straight locks the next. 

I chose Hair Rehab London extensions - the brand owned by Lauren Pope off of TOWIE and loved by the likes of Little Mix and various other slebs with fab hair. Check out their range here, if you like what you see

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2. Don't get carried away with length 

YES it's oh-so-tempting to go for the longest option possible, but the longer they are they heavier they'll be - and this will put pressure on fine hair. 

The bigger the contrast between your length and the extension length, the more obvious they'll look too. Repeat after me: volume not length. Volume not length. VOLUME NOT LENGTH. 

3. Get them cut in 

This is crucial. Take your extensions to a hairdresser, and ask him or her to cut them so that they blend with your hair. This will be done while they're clipped in, and is what's going to make them look more natural than natural yoghurt. Or something. 

4. Backcomb

The issue with fine hair is that the clips used to fix the extensions in place tend to wanna slide on out of there faster than you can say 'hey where you going, pal?'. Combat this by backcombing the small section of hair you're about to stick a clip in, before spraying it with strong hold hairspray. Trust me - these two simple steps will keep those pesky buggers right where they're supposed to be, all day. 

5. Texture is your friend 

Blending is key, and nothing helps more with that than texture - which also adds volume. Spritz with sea-salt spray for natural beachy waves, or go for bigger curls using a curling iron - the choice is yours. 

So there you have it - stennies + short + thin = can be done. Are you gonna give it a try?

With massive thanks to Hair Rehab London and GLO Salon - me and my locks thank you. 

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