Can I Colour my Hair Extensions?

Something we are constantly being asked is, “can I colour my hair extensions?” The answer is yes…and no. Our Premium line of European extensions are of the upmost quality: True remy, 100% cuticle intact, real human hair, so the integrity is bar none.

When you process any hair, it negatively effects the hairs integrity, and the same rings true with our hair extensions. So it should come as no surprise that we don’t recommend it. Can it be done? Absolutely. In most cases it’ll turn out fine, but should always be done at your own discretion, and for this reason we cannot guarantee the hair if you decide to alter it. Instead, we suggest if you want highlights or lowlights to add a bundle of extensions in the colour you want. This way you are not over processing your hair and still getting the same result.

Can I highlight my hair with Extensions?

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It is not recommended to highlight the extensions (as we’ve already mentioned,) however If you are touching up your own highlights, it is best to just get them in your crown and a few around your hairlines. Extensions are covering a large portion of your hair so it’s better to not highlight that area and let your natural hair grow out healthy. If you are adamant that you want your full head highlighted, the best route is to take your extensions out and have your entire head highlighted, then have your extensions put back in.

Can I add low lights to my hair with extensions?

You can add lowlights into the extensions, just try to avoid the bond. The extensions are quite porous and will suck up the colour quickly, so keep an eye on them.

Can I tone hair extensions?


In most cases, toning your extensions is the best option if you just want a slight colour change. It is not as harsh as fully processing the extensions with a colour treatment. If you are applying toner to your entire head make sure that you rinse the bond area very well and dry the bond area immediately. Click here to read our blog for step-by-step- instructions on how to do this.

Can I get my roots touched up with hair extensions in?


When touching up your roots, try to colour the areas that you can visibly see. (crown and hairlines.) The rest of your hair is covered by extensions, so won’t be very noticeable. If you feel that you need the roots done on your entire head, the best option is to take out the extensions and do a full root colour, then reinstall the extensions. Another option, if your stylist is comfortable doing this, is to have them slowly work through your head (with the extensions in) and apply colour to the regrowth only. It is important not to get colour on the bonds and make sure they are using a gentle colour.

Colouring Extensions Recap
  1. Depositing colour is recommended, and bleaching (or lifting) is not recommended
  2. Do it at your own risk, and don’t get colour on the bonds as it can cause the bonds to breakdown faster than they normally would.
  3. Go to a professional to ensure no colour is touching the bonds and that a quality product is used.


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Hair Extensions and Shedding Hair

“Will hair extensions cause damage, or hair loss?”

This has to be the number one concern we hear in regards to hair extensions, but Hair Flair’s nano link extensions are the latest technology and were specifically designed for thin, fragile hair. They are the safest, most discreet hair extension option on the market and when fitted correctly by a trained professional, maintained regularly, and cared for, they will not cause any damage to your natural hair.
“If that’s true, why when my hair extensions are removed, do I see a bunch of my natural hair come out?”

The answer is simple.

The average person will lose around 50-100 hairs per day as part of the natural hair cycle. You only have to consider how often you clear out your hair brush to realize that you naturally lose a lot more hair than you realize on a daily basis.
With that in mind, I want you to picture one of your hair extensions clamped on your natural hair with a bead. Your natural hair is still going to shed those hundreds of hairs every day, but instead of coming out in your brush, or falling on the floor, in your bed, in the shower, they remain trapped within the bead with nowhere to go. Over the 6-10 weeks that you have your hair extensions in those shed hairs are going to add up!

Think of it this way: After a month or two (or three) when your hair extensions are due to be moved up or removed, you would have naturally shed around 12,000 hairs, a lot of which have not been able to free themselves from your hair extension bonds.

So for this reason when you come to your maintenance appointment, you’ll undoubtedly notice a lot of natural hair coming out with hair extensions, and this is COMPLETELY NORMAL. The hair extensions have not caused your hair to thin, and have not caused your natural hair to fall out.

Keep in mind that when you are wearing hair extensions for weeks, and months, at a time, you become accustomed to the feeling of having very thick, full, hair. When your hair extensions are removed it is easy to forget what your hair actually looked and felt like before. Just as it took time to get used to having extensions, it will also take time to re-adjust back.

Shedding is just the nature of the beast, however if at any point you do become concerned, contact your hair extensionist. A professional hair extensionist will have many years of experience in dealing with this, and will be able to answer any questions you might have, and really just put your mind at ease.

The key to hair extensions is also in finding a professional, reliable, hair extension specialist who is fully qualified, knowledgeable, and practiced. A simple look in the classifieds or social media platforms, and you will be bombarded with people claiming to be qualified specialists, so do your research and find somebody you feel good about and you’ll have no worries.

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The Most Common Aftercare Mistakes

We at Hair Flair Extensions, often tell people to treat their extensions the way you would treat your natural hair, and to not overthink things. The quality of our European hair and the method of installation makes them very easy to work with, however there are a couple of exceptions. Please read on to find out the most common aftercare mistakes and how easy it is to avoid them!


Sleeping with wet hair extensions

Do yourself and your extension technician a favour and do not fall asleep before your hair extensions have fully dried. Your hair is at its weakest when it is wet, so when you go to sleep with your hair wet or damp the roots can become intertwined, and will dry that way. Over time this will cause matting, because your bonds will becoming tangled. For you, this will mean a longer, and more painful maintenance appointment as your extension technician will have to spend a lot of time detangling (a lot of girls charge by the hour too.) As gentle as she is, there will be pain to you and breakage to your hair.


Conditioning your scalp

Another common mistake is over conditioning; rather, conditioning the bond and scalp area. After your extensions are installed, feel free to wash it normally, but you must remember to only condition from the mid lengths to the ends. If you put conditioner on the bonds they will break down faster, product will begin to buildup in the bonds, and the extensions will fall out easier since they’ve been lubricated.


Brushing too rough

Avoid taking your brush and yanking from the scalp downwards. It’ll cause stress at the bond and could pull the extension out prematurely. Instead, grab a section of hair and hold it taut, like in the photo, and brush starting at the tips working your way up. When you get to the top, hold the actual bonds as best as you can to complete brushing.


Too much heat

Never allow the hot stream of air from your dryer to sit too long in one place (near the bonds) as this can melt bonds over a period of time. A better idea would be to dry your extensions first using the cool setting. Same goes with your other heat tool; straighteners, curling rods/irons, etc. Avoid hitting the bonds with your tools – if the bonds do get overheated, the little metal bead gets stuck in the keratin bond and can be a lot harder to remove for your technician, resulting again in a more painful maintenance appointment for you/ potentially damaging your natural hair.


Over-toning and purple shampoo

A toner is basically is a semi permanent colour, so it does contain a small percentage of peroxide. We all know you blondes love your toners because they reduce brassiness, but beached hair requires the lowest volume so as not to cause damage. Our extensions do take well to toner, however you need to find someone who really knows what they are doing and has experience. Purple shampoo can certainly be over used as well resulting in dry, brittle feeling hair extensions so use with discretion.

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Why you shouldn’t sleep with wet hair when you have hair extensions

Can I sleep with wet hair when I have hair extensions?

The answer is NO.  Sleeping with wet hair extensions can cause a few problems that you will want to avoid. Lets cover what sleeping with wet hair extensions can do to your hair and your extensions.

1. Sleeping with wet hair extensions can cause tangling and matting


If you go to bed with your extensions wet or even damp, you are going to cause a big problem at the root. When you sleep you tend to toss and turn and this means that your root area is being rubbed back and forth. This causes the root area to become intertwined and results in matting.  Once matting occurs there is nothing you can do but go back to your extension stylist to have the extensions removed and the area brushed out.

2. It will be difficult to brush


You will wake up with unruly hair and possibly matted roots that can be much more difficult to brush. You will start brushing your hair more aggressively and not gently, like recommended. The likelihood of the extensions causing your natural hair and scalp damage goes up substantially since you would be a lot more likely to brush your hair more aggressively causing ripping and pulling.

3. Your hair extension bonds will breakdown quicker


Bonds, left damp will absorb extra moisture, and begin to break down prematurely. This means the investment you made in hair extensions you had expected to last for months, and months, is needing to be replaced sooner.

Moral of the story – go to sleep with dry hair. If you normally wash your hair at night, but don’t think you will have time to dry it properly before bed, just spray it generously with some dry shampoo and leave it in while you sleep. Even if your hair still looks oily in the morning, it is better than dealing with matted hair extensions.

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Nano Link Vs. Tape In, Which is Better For You?

Why Nano Link Extensions are recommended versus Tape In Extensions.


As professional hair extension stylists, we have seen it all, from damaging weaves, to poor installation and of course, bad quality hair extensions. However, one of the most common questions we are asked to date as trusted stylists is: Why do we recommend Nano-link extensions over Tape-in extensions? Before we get started on that, lets go back to some basic Nano-Link knowledge.

What are Nano Link Extensions?

Nano links are one of the newest methods of hair extension application techniques, offering a safe, comfortable and discrete application. The process consists of a tiny, metal bead that is 90% smaller than traditional application rings, along with a keratin tip that supports a metal loop, which is squeezed closed to form a strong tip that is inserted into the bead before being clamped with pliers. The extension is fitted behind strands of the clients’ own, natural hair before clamping to secure the bead.


Equipment Needed:

Nano tip hair extensions, Nano beads, looping wire and small application pliers.

Advantages of Nano-Link Extensions:
  • No heat or adhesives are used in application
  • No harsh chemicals to remove residues
  • Suited for medical hair loss (see more information on this)
  • Suited for even the thinnest hair
  • Smaller, more discrete installation
  • Versatile styling possibilities
  • More accurate colour matching and blending
  • If a piece falls out its only one piece versus a larger weft (leaving a gap in your hairstyle)
  • Safe & Innovative Technology
  • Reusable hair
  • No Damage
  • Promotes natural hair growth
  • Individual strand installation
Disadvantages of Nano-Link Extensions:
  •  Time consuming (1-3 hours) depending on how much hair you’re installing
  •  Regular maintenance
  •  Beads  may fade colour with washing
  • Professional installation only
What are Tape-in Extensions?

Tape in hair extensions consists of thin pre-taped wefts that essentially get placed between the front and the back of a section of hair. These wefts are around 1 inch in width and consist of a glue substance (usually keratin), which simply attach to the hair in minutes and last for around 1-2 months before maintenance.

This sounds lovely, right? WRONG. We will list the pro’s and con’s of this method of extension application as well, with an overall analysis of why we do not recommend tape-ins.


Advantages of Tape-in Extensions:
  • Fast and easy installation
  • Lay relatively flat
  • May come in high quality
  • Doesnt require alot of training to install
  • Chemicals required to remove the tape-in weft
  • When a tape-in falls out, a residue is left on the hair which catches and breaks your natural hair
  • Cant wear your hair up in a tight ponytail without seeing the weft
  • Sticky, uncomfortable
  • Detectable and harder to style hair
  • Limits possibilities of hair styling
  • If you lose wefts, a large visible section is noticeably missing
  • Thins and damages the natural hair with chronic application
  • Meant to be worn for occasional wear (ex. Wedding, birthday, etc.) Not for permanent long-term use
  • Susceptible to moulding if hair is not washed or dried properly
  • Harder to blend colours versus strand by strand application
  • Not a safe method for Medical Hair loss
  • Uncomfortable, heavy, thick.

And finally, WHY we do not recommend Tape-Ins:

I mean if those disadvantages are not enough to scare you away from putting these awful things in your hair, let us further elaborate. Through several years of extensive training and application on thousands of clients, collectively we have seen copious amounts of hair loss and stress on the scalp from chronic use of tape-ins. Not to mention, the removal of the wefts are strenuous on the scalp. It feels like someone is ripping your hair apart in order to get these “sandwiched” things out of your hair. Someone with fragile, thin hair will not benefit from this installation as the hair will be too weak and the extensions would be visible once installed.

The option of having single stranded bonds (nano-links) allows for maximum comfort, with no damage, allowing for a versatile look and endless colour blending options. The longevity of nano’s tend to last longer as no harsh glues are needed, resulting in between a 6 month to 1 year of reusable hair. Nano-links are more forgiving in terms of installing in more delicate spots around the face that other methods cannot discreetly provide.

Lastly, Nano-links are a safe method for women experiencing any sort of medical hair loss, as this method is extremely safe and light on fine hair. However, regardless of whichever extension method you personally prefer, just please ensure that you’re going to a licensed and trained professional. Read this to help you pick a trained professional and how to ensure you’re getting the highest quality of hair extensions.

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My blonde hair extensions are changing colour!

You have just invested in a brand new set of extensions. You went to your consult and she colour matched you to a tee, yet you notice something odd a couple of weeks later – they are turning orange/pink! How could this happen?! Fear not – there isn’t an issue with the hair extensions and the reason why it has happened is surprisingly simple.

Why do they change colour?

When blonde hair extensions turn pinkish/orange it is from a chemical reaction – it’s the same chemical reaction that causes blonde hair to go dull and brassy after a while.

It all comes down to violet and/or ash pigments.

When blonde hair is coloured, violet and ash pigments are added to balance out the warm tones, and you leave the salon with that perfect bombshell blonde you’ve been dreaming of. Slowly, as you clean your hair over the weeks, you will begin to wash away the violet and ash pigments. If your natural pigments are warm, this will result in your blonde hair looking more, and more, brassy.

This process is pretty slow, so normally by the time you are due back to the salon for a touch up, a toner can be applied, or you can use a purple shampoo to keep your blonde looking cool.



There are factors that can accelerate the “brassy” process, and this includes hair extensions. Our premium hair extensions come from Europe and do not start their life out as platinum blonde. Naturally the hair extensions will be made up of warmer pigments and will require the violet and ash tones to develop the lighter ashier shades available within the industry. Chlorine from swimming pool water, minerals from shower water, salt water, exposure to sun (both natural as well is in the tanning beds), all have the ability to strip away those violet and ash pigments.

When exposed to the above mentioned elements, the violet and ash pigments will gradually be removed, (just as it would from the non-extensioned hair, only at an accelerated pace) leaving an orangey/pink tone by revealing the natural warm tones.

So all of this being said, if you find your hair extensions have changed in colour, it’s not as serious an issue as you probably thought. It’s more or less the exact same problem anyone with blonde hair has encountered when preventing brassiness, the process has just been sped up from the higher level of natural warm pigment.

All you need to do is use a toner (professionals only) or some purple shampoo to help redeposit some violet and ash pigments.

Another common problem is the overuse of purple shampoo on extension. See what Purple shampoo can do to your extensions by reading Purple Shampoo and your blonde hair extensions

Hair Contouring

Hair Contouring with Hair Extensions

Hair Contouring 101

It’s hard to say when contouring really started, but today, many makeup artists credit the legendary Max Factor, for coining the contouring term as well as the technique. Now-a-days, because of celebs like Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian West, pretty much everyone is familiar with the miracle that is facial contouring. We use shading and highlighting on the skin to accentuate/manipulate the structure of something, for example the cheekbones. Women worldwide are now using contouring as a way to transform themselves, but this blog isn’t about make-up; it’s about hair contouring using Hair Extensions!

Hair contouring is much of the same idea as facial contouring – its goal is to compliment your face shape and work with your skin tone. It uses a specific and accurate freehand approach to highlighting/shadowing your hair in distinct areas. Depending on your face shape, you can have your stylist target specific areas, or create an all over effect – easily achievable with the use of our hair extensions, and placing them strategically for that contoured effect!

Round & Square Shaped Faces


The Goal: Create a more elongated face shape.

Using Colour: We suggest applying lighter shades nearer to the roots and ends of your hair, and darker shades along the sides. This will create the illusion of a lengthened face with a better defined cheekbone and jawline area.

Using Hair Extensions if you have a rounder face you will want to elongate it. The best way to do this is buy adding length. Adding longer hair will elongate the face and make your face appear thinner.

Diamond, Oblong & Rectangular Shaped Faces

hair-contouring-for-long-face-shapes-diamond-oblong-rectangularThe Goal: We want to “widen” the face.

Using Colour: To create this illusion, you will need darker tones to the roots and nearer the chin/jawline, and lighter sections close to the ear height. By doing this contour trick, the sides of the face will appear wider and fuller, creating that perfect oval shape.

Using Extensions: You want to add extension more in the sides and temples to create more volume around the face. You can use some lighter pieces of extensions around the face to create the illusion of a wider face shape. Dont add really long extensions as it will elongate the face more, you will want to stay with a medium length style.

Triangle & Heart Shaped Faces

hair-contouring-for-people-with-heart-or-triangular-shaped-facesThe Goal: Minimize the forehead, widen the jawline

Using Colour: These face shapes are much wider at the forehead, and pointier towards the chin. We recommend applying dark colours near the crown, with lighter shades outlining the edge of the face. This will help create the effect of a narrower forehead. We can soften a pointy chin by using lighter hair at the ends. This is the perfect face shape for ombre or a balayage effect. This can be achieved by adding ombre extensions like these.

Using Extensions: Place most of the extensions in the lower portion of the head and do not add any in the temple region or crown region. Add the bulk of the extensions so it sits at the chin line and below.

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Halloween Costumes that will cost you virtually nothing! (Part 2)

Last year we presented you with a variety of Halloween ideas that would cost you virtually nothing (show me last year’s styles!) save the time it would take to style your hair. This year, we’re back with even more cool, hair inspiring, money-saving costumes for all of our talented and creative ladies out there!

Remember; you don’t need to spend a fortune to make a big impact. Let your hair do the talking.


This one may look intimidating, but invite a friend over, pour a couple of glasses of wine, and start braiding. You can definitely dumb it down, and improvise, while still maintaining the spirit of the original. Tip: Use household items in your hair to hold the shape i.e: clothes hangers, foam etc.

Sea Goddess

Another one that looks too scary to attempt at first glance, but when you really look at it, it’s not so bad. Not everyone has a spare schooner floating around, we get that, but use your imagination – it’s Halloween! The hair strands, or Giant Squid tentacles, whimsically become intertwined with the ship. Simply use pipe cleaners in a similar colour to your hair, little clips to hold them, and a ton of hairspray. The rest is up to you!


There are some pretty cool and super easy tutorials online on how to make Maleficent’s horns. We really love the look of the horns wrapped in hair like in the photo.

Snapchat filter gold butterfly

Why not skip the Snapchat filter this Halloween, and just become one! While this costume doesn’t involve styling your hair per se, it uses hair as its focal point. Trace some butterflies onto yellow or gold paper or craft foam and glue to bobby pins or clips, and add a few gold jewels (or use makeup) to mimic the golden glow.

Mary (There’s Something about Mary)

All you need for this one is some really strong spray, mousse, or gel, and a great sense of humour!

Lydia Deetz (Beetlejuice)

For this, you’ll just need a high half pony and a lot of teasing. There are a lot of really great tutorials on YouTube for Lydia like this one as well.

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Hair, Skin, and Nail Gummies: Remembering our outside beauty is a reflection of our inside beauty

We are constantly getting consultation requests from girls with the same issues: weak, dry, or brittle, thin hair with varying degrees of damage. And every single person is seeking that “miracle” “quick fix” solution to solve their problem.

While our Nano-link hair extensions are a fantastic way to help your natural hair’s integrity, grow out damaged hair, and are safe for our ladies with especially weak hair, another thing you may want to consider is “hair, skin, and nail gummies.” We know our extensions will help your hair on the outside, but why not couple them with a proper supplement to nourish from the inside.

With a few exceptions, the health and strength of your hair is a direct result of your body’s health and any unbalance or deficiencies you might be experiencing. If you have noticed a sudden change in the condition or thickness of your hair, it’s not a bad idea to see your doctor to run a full blood test. That way you will know if you’re lacking anything and if your thyroid gland and hormones are functioning like normal.

Not all hair, skin, & nail supplements are created equal

Some are great. Some are just okay. Some are complete scams. First, let’s see what science has to say on the subject.

We all know that hair, skin, and nail supplements commonly contain antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, or Co-enzyme Q10, as well as Biotin, a B-complex vitamin. Minerals like magnesium and selenium are also often found in supplements marketed for healthy hair, along with fatty acids such as fish oil and/or flax seed oil.

Deficiencies of these nutrients, although uncommon, may cause the hair and sometimes the skin and nails to change. Over time, for instance, insufficient intake of vitamins A and E may cause rough, scaly, skin patches, whereas a deficiency of Biotin could certainly cause eczema and hair loss.

However for those of us with no clear deficiencies, experts say there’s no good evidence that supplements can make a difference. Ergo, you are wasting your money!

“I’m not aware of any robust data suggesting that any supplements can treat natural, aging-related hair loss or nail damage, or give you healthier skin,” says Pieter Cohen, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an expert on dietary supplements.

Two studies from the nineties did find that Biotin supplements may help strengthen soft, easily breakable nails. But the studies were small and not rigorously conducted, and haven’t been replicated, Cohen says.

“It’s nothing that would ever lead me to recommend it to any of my patients,” he adds.

“What if I’m deficient?”

Most people get enough of the nutrients mentioned above through diet alone, but in rare cases, a medical problem may cause a deficiency or affect your hair, nails, or skin. Take for example those of us who use antibiotics long-term, or use anti-seizure drugs. An over- or under-active thyroid could also be the culprit that’s causing hair loss and dry strands.

Still interested in hair supplements?

It goes without saying that the quality of a supplement depends on what’s in it—the ingredients.

Ideally, you should look for the following:

Biotin – Also known as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H, Biotin is a nutrient that is most prevalent in kids, which is why their hair is always so shiny and smooth. The amount of Biotin in our bodies decreases as we get older. Biotin deficiency is associated with thinning, graying hair.

Try to find a supplement that contains minimum of 3,000 micrograms of Biotin. If you can get one with even more than that, great! Anything less, however, may not make any difference to you.

Anti-oxidants – Two absolutely essential anti-oxidants are Vitamin C and Vitamin E. These are two of the best nutrients for your hair and really, your entire body. Try to find a supplement with even more anti-oxidants, like grapeseed extract or Goji berry extract, but the most important are Biotin and Vitamins C and E.

Gotu Kola Extract
– Gotu Kola is an herb that has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries for fighting and treating infections. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties that can make it effective for healing and rejuvenating the body’s production of essential vitamins for hair support. It also affects hair follicles and the scalp and skin moisture.

Bottom line is to always be wise before you buy. These companies spend millions on marketing and advertisements, including paying celebrities to endorse them. These trendy, yummy treats are never going to fix your chemical haircut, nor are they going to dramatically thicken your limp locks. Don’t expect your dry, bleach blonde hair to become shiny and manageable, or your pixie cut to start growing faster. That said, if you do come across a good supplement and research what is in it (and how that will benefit you personally) we believe that can’t be a bad thing! At Hair Flair, we are huge advocates of strong, confident women, and we know it starts from within.

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Must Have Hair for Back to School

Step up your hair game for back to school! Your Hair Flair extensions can look even more amazing than normal when you pair them up with some of these brand new styling ideas.

Topknot with a Train

Kendall Jenner and other A-listers have been rocking this ultra-modern and trendy trained topknot around Beverly Hills lately, and we know it’s only a matter of time before everyone else jumps on the bandwagon. Set the trend at your school!

Pinned-back Volume

For best results, chose either a tight spiraled curl, or a soft, loose wave to compliment this effortlessly cute style. Once you have achieved your curl, simply pin the sides back behind your ears. Tease the remaining hair for XL volume.

Messy Milkmaid Braid

Pull your hair to one side and style into a normal braid or a fishtail braid. Bring it around the front of your hairline, secure it behind your ear, pull at some of the layers, take out some face-framing wisps, and there you have it! A perfectly undone, gorgeous milkmaid braid.

Sleek Pony

Be a fierce, kick-ass force to be reckoned with this school year by rocking a high, sleek pony. Start by flat ironing all of your hair, then polish it with a glossy serum. Pull it up in a super high pony, and wrap some of the hair around the base. Slick back any fly-aways. Perfection!

Barely there Waves

Get the vibe of this chic style by using a flat iron. All you need to do after blow-drying is to use your straightener to subtly “bend” your hair. Mess it up with your fingers and some pomade.

Girly Bun

We really like the effect of teasing the top of your hair then brushing it back into a cute bun. Pull down some face-framing wispies and add a bow. Adorable!

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