Warren Tricomi salons have a new rent-an-extension service. For $100, a stylist will color-select, apply, and style human hair clip in extensions. You can be Cinderella (or Rapunzel) for the night, then return the extensions the next day – so they can be sanitized for the next customer. If you decide to rock the long locks for more than 24 hours, it’s $100 per day – and if you decide to keep them, the final cost will have a deduction from the time you rented them.
Or for half the price, you could make your own extensions – and wear them as many times as you’d like. Hell, you could be Cinderella every day…never worrying about the clock striking midnight and your weave turning back into a pumpkin. Here’s how. You’ll need:
One package of wefted human hair
Basically, it’s a track of hair that can be cut into smaller strips. Be sure to buy human hair because, unlike synthetic, it can be styled with thermal tools. Human hair can also be washed with shampoo, which will extend the life of your extensions. I also recommend going to a beauty supply store to purchase the hair – as opposed to buying online. This way, you’re guaranteed to get hair that more closely matches your own hair color. If you’re confused, ask for a salesperson’s assistance.
A few packages of wig clips
These usually come in packs of 2 or more. I typically use 2-3 small wig clips per hair extension, depending on the width of the extension. My recommendation is to buy more than you think you need, because they’re pretty inexpensive and it’s always better to have more than to come up short. If you have light hair, buy wig clips that will easily blend with your hair color. If your hair is dark, you can get away with the standard black wig clips.
A spool of thread
The color should match the color of the hair.
A sewing needle
Step one: Cut the hair wefts into strips. I like to trim them in various widths, so that the end result looks more real. Here’s a good recipe:
Six to eight strips that are 2” in width
Four to six strips that are 3” in width
Four to six strips that are 4” in width
Three strips that are 6” in width
Two strips that are 8” in width
Step two: Once you’ve cut your strips, take your needle and thread and sew on the wig clips. The comb side should be facing out, and the teeth should be pointing down. A good rule of thumb: the 2, 3, and 4” strips need two wig clips – one on either end. The 6 and 8” strips need three wig clips; one on either end and one to anchor the middle.
Step three: Once you’re finished sewing, you’re done. Clip those babies in, put on your cutest outfit, and go git your Prince Charming.