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You’ve just had your new hair extensions installed, and you’re feeling great. However, you’re planning to go out and want to braid your hair. But, you’re not sure if it’s possible or if it will harm your extensions. At The Hair Alchemist, we’ve got all the information you need on how to braid hair with extensions. So, how do you braid hair with extensions?

Braiding hair with extensions can be a bit tricky, but it’s definitely doable. To nail it, you need to learn the right techniques like parting your hair, gently brushing it until it’s smooth, securing the extensions properly, and braiding in the right sections. You can also pin sections back if needed. After practicing these methods, you’ll be an expert in no time.

To learn how to braid hair with extensions correctly, the tools you need, and if braiding hair with extensions is damaging – read on.

How Do You Braid Your Hair With Extensions?

Braiding your hair extensions is easier than you think. With a lot of practice, patience, and the correct equipment, you will be flaunting your braided hair extensions in no time. Outlined below is the  equipment you’ll need for braiding hair extensions and a step-by-step guide on how to braid them.

Equipment You Need For Braiding Hair Extensions

Outlined below are 5 essential pieces of equipment you will need for braiding hair extensions.

  • Specialist hair extension brush 
  • Parting combs
  • Hair clips/grips
  • Elastics/hair ties
  • Two mirrors

A Guide on How To Braid Hair With Extensions

When it comes to braiding hair extensions, fishtail braids are typically the easiest to master. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to fishtail braid when you have hair extensions. 

  1. To get started, ensure your hair extensions are tightly secured to your head and look seamless.  
  2. Next, gather your hair along with the attached hair extensions into a high ponytail, concealing the extensions within, and fasten it using hair bands. You may require a few additional bands compared to your usual ponytail to provide adequate support for the added weight of the extensions.
  3. Following that, run a brush through your ponytail to ensure your hair is sleek and prepared for braiding. If you want, you can opt to tie a section of hair around the hair tie using pins to conceal its presence and achieve a more refined appearance.
  4. After your ponytail is done, start your fishtail braid by sectioning your hair into two sides using a parting comb.
  5.  Finally, select a small strand of hair from one side, cross it over, and incorporate it into the opposite side of your hair. Repeat this process on the other side, and continue this technique throughout the length of your hair to craft a fishtail ponytail. 

Source: GlamFam Hair & Beauty



Find more braiding and up-do inspiration in our recent blog, Can I Put My Hair Up With Extensions?


Will Braiding Hair Extensions Damage Them?

To put it simply, braiding should not harm hair extensions. On the other hand, it requires a lot of practice and should be done correctly. However, it is definitely worth it to practice. If you don’t braid your hair extensions correctly, it can often look unkempt and reveal the bonds or tapes that you usually want to keep hidden. Learn more about this in our blog, Do Hair Extensions Cause Hair Loss?

Can I Sleep With Braided Hair Extensions?

Yes, you can sleep with braided hair extensions. Braiding your hair serves as a very effective method to prevent your extensions from tangling while you rest. However, you should ensure you employ a gentle braiding technique and use a hair tie to firmly secure your braid. This approach also offers a wonderful opportunity to attain heatless waves. Upon unraveling your braid, you’ll enjoy the emergence of soft waves in your hair. So it’s a win-win!

Award-winning Hair Extensions at The Hair Alchemist

The Hair Alchemist is an award-winning hair extension salon, specialising in luxury Russian hair extensions. We offer a number of types of hair extensions, including Russian hair extensions, micro rings, and clip-in extensions. We only use quality Russian and Slavic hair for our extensions due to its health, strength, and quality. 

You can schedule an appointment with us and have us braid your hair extensions for you if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. Give us a call now on 07538970628, or schedule an appointment online!

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