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My Favorite Curly Hair Extensions Makeover: Before & After Transformation (Plus, How I Did It)

Photo grid of before and after photos of client with a curly hair extensions makeover

Curly Hair Extensions Transformation: Giving Short Hair Gorgeous Length and Volume

  • I recently enjoyed transforming a client's short, beautiful curls with sew-in curly hair extensions. 

  • If you've been dreaming of longer, fuller locks but have short hair, these extensions could be the solution for you! 

  • Here's a breakdown of the process:

Step 1: It All Starts with Healthy Hair

Grid of three photos showing client with curly hair extensions process
Every good curly hair extension begins with an appointment, and some wine, of course
  • We began with a thorough consultation, (with snacks and wine of course) assessing her hair and scalp health. A sew-in works best with a strong, healthy foundation.

  • We discussed her dream look in detail – length, volume, and specific styles she loved.

  • The most crucial step was finding curly hair extensions that perfectly matched her natural curl pattern, texture, and color.

  • To prep, I gave her hair a clarifying wash and deep conditioning treatment to ensure it was clean, detangled, and nourished.

Step 2: Creating the Braided Foundation

Photo grid of three photos explaining the braided foundation
  • Strategic Sections: I divided her hair into sections based on where we wanted the extensions to be placed for maximum volume and a natural look.

  • The Beehive Braid: I used a circular "beehive" braiding pattern because her hair was shorter. This provides a secure, comfortable base for the new locks.

  • Nape to Crown: I braided from the nape of her neck upwards, ensuring the transition between her natural hair and the new locks would look seamless.

Step 3: The Magic of Sewing 

Tools for sew-ing hair extensions at Ame Salon
  • Secure Thread: I used a sturdy, curved needle and thread matching her hair color as closely as possible.

  • Knot Knowledge: I tied off the thread with a few secure knots at the base of each braid for long-lasting hold.

  • Careful Weaving: My sewing technique was vital! I wove the thread and wefts of hair onto the braids, staying close to the scalp for the most natural look. I ensured to sew over the weft, not through it, to avoid damaging the extensions.

  • Even Placement: I spaced the wefts evenly for a balanced, full appearance.

Step 4: Blending and Styling

  • Layered for Perfection: Once the extensions were in, I carefully cut and layered them to blend flawlessly with her own hair.

  • Style Star: Now for the fun part! We discussed her desired style, and I worked my magic, always using a heat protectant and low heat settings to keep both her hair and the extensions healthy.

Curly Sew-In Success: Key Considerations

  • Tension Talk: Braid and sew with the right tension—secure enough to hold but not so tight that it causes discomfort or damage.

  • Texture Match: The closer the new locks match her natural hair, the more effortless and gorgeous the result!

  • Aftercare Advice: I gave my client detailed instructions on washing, moisturizing, and nightly care to keep her extensions looking their best for as long as possible.

Bonus Tips:

  • Test Braid: I like to do a test braid first so the client can feel the tension and make sure they're comfortable before I proceed.

  • Net Know-How: For clients with very fine hair, using a net under their braids can create a smoother sewing base and protect their natural strands.

Disclaimer: Short hair can be trickier for sew-ins.

A stylist experienced with curly hair and extensions is essential for the best results!

How to Keep Your Curly Hair Extensions Gorgeous

  • Gentle Wash: Wash 1-2 times weekly with a curl-friendly, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Cleanse the scalp mainly, and avoid harsh rubbing.

  • Deep Condition: Once a week for serious moisture and frizz control.

  • Detangle Carefully: Work through wet, conditioned hair from the ends up with a wide-tooth comb.

  • Minimize Heat: Use low heat with a protectant if necessary. Air-drying is often best!

  • Nighty Night: Gently braid your hair or use a satin/silk scarf and pillowcase to prevent tangles.

  • Maintenance Visits: See your stylist every 4-6 weeks for adjustments.

  • Love those Curls! Pineapple updos, leave-in products, and satin/silk accessories are your friends!

Benefits of Curly Hair Extensions

  • Instant Volume and Length: Get thicker hair and try longer styles effortlessly.

  • Protective Styling: Give your natural hair a break from styling while still looking fabulous.

  • Style Versatility: Experiment with different lengths, colors, and curl patterns without affecting your own hair.

  • Color Experimentation: Add highlights or bold colors without the risk of damaging your natural hair.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Cost: Quality extensions can be an investment.

  • Maintenance: They need their own care routine.

  • Potential Damage: Improper application or overly heavy extensions can stress your natural hair.

Curly extensions can be a great way to overcome common curl challenges.

Just remember to do your research, choose a skilled stylist, and invest in strands that match your hair.


Q: Can you do extensions for curly hair? 

A: Absolutely! Curly hair extensions are a fantastic way to add length, volume, and style to your natural curls. Finding a stylist experienced with curly hair textures is critical.

Q: How long do curly hair extensions last? 

A: The lifespan of your curly extensions depends on the type and your care routine. Sew-ins generally last 6-8 weeks, while clip-ins or tape-ins may need replacing sooner.

Q: How do you blend curly hair extensions? 

A: Seamless blending requires carefully matching your extensions' curl pattern, texture, and color to your natural hair. Your stylist may need to cut and layer the extensions for a flawless transition.

Q: How do you restore curly hair extensions? 

A: The curly extensions need moisture to stay bouncy and frizz-free. Use sulfate-free cleansers, regular deep conditioning treatments, and gentle styling practices. Minimize heat and opt for overnight refreshing techniques when possible.

Ready for the curly hair makeover of your dreams? Experience why Amē Salon is the best hair salon in Englewood and a why Yelp ranks it as one of the best hair salons in New Jersey. Book your consultation today.

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