How to Blend Hair Extensions with Movement, Volume & Texture

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Even if you're a stylist who "doesn't do" extensions, knowing how to cut and style them naturally is vital—any guest who sits in your chair could have extensions.

“The key to styling layered hair with extensions is to break away from the traditional iron techniques and manipulate tools in news ways to create more organic texture and movement,” says Sam Villa, co-founder and chief creative officer of Sam Villa and global artistic ambassador for Redken. 

Blending Hair Extensions When Finishing

  • It is effective to work with vertical sections on the side and horizontal near the back so the volume and texture created when styling camouflages the extensions.
  • Always combine both the extensions and natural hair together in each section. Extensions may be natural hair, but that fabric lays differently on the head, so styling together creates more balance and a natural look.
  • Do not be so methodical—it is essential to be random when cultivating lived-in texture. Curling hair in different directions with varying section sizes produces a mix of textures for seamless blending. A relaxed mindset creates a relaxed finish.
  • Make sure to apply adequate heat to lock in styling.
  • The means to creating today's texture is to leave the ends straight. Curling the entire head is a dated look.


If you want more extensions education, register here for a May 2 to 3 event with Sam Villa and Extend Events to see more cutting and styling techniques with hair extensions.