You can simply watch the video tutorial (below) to see how I created this look, but to make this a more helpful post, I’ve described the process below along with some tips for using steam rollers and ways to get more mileage out of your clip in extensions. I am wearing mainly 18” clip-ins from Tonsure hair, with a few 14” near the front to create a natural layered effect. To see how I wore this clips in the past check out this post.
Clip in extensions are extremely versatile. You can use them between sections of your real hair to add length or volume, creating instant glamour. This is traditionally the way people wear them. But did you know you can use clip ins to create the same look as a full head weave? Yep, you can! Braid your hair flat with about 8 cornrows and leave out the top area, the same way you would with a weave. You can then clip the extensions directly into your braids or you can sew a weave cap to the perimeter and clip the hair to the cap. If you decide to clip them into your hair, braid horizontally rather than from front to back for easier placement of the combs. And just like the convenience of u-part wigs, the clips can be removed nightly for easy moisturizing and sealing. To create this “faux sew-in” look you will need more than one set of clip ins. But, if you have some wefted hair but were hesitant to turn it into clip ins because you thought you could only wear them with your real hair left out, this presents another option. Alternatively if you have a few sets of clip ins, now you know you don’t have to remove the clips to reuse the hair differently. One last advantage to using clip in extensions this way is that your hair is well protected.
For this look, I opted to just clip the extensions between sections of my hair. Since I had already flat ironed my hair last week, I definitely was not about to use any additional direct heat to style. So I pulled out my Caruso steam rollers instead. To create the look, I placed the roller in the center of the section I was working with spiraled the length around the roller instead of rolling from the ends upward; This is the secret to the cascading look rather than tightly rolled hair. Also, I used mainly medium sized rollers. When I first started using steam rollers, I always grabbed the large or jumbo because I thought they were best for loose curls. I always ended up with big voluminous hair, but not much curl definition. After a few attempts I finally realized my mistake! For well formed curls, medium sized rollers are best but for just a slight bend or to add volume to limp hair go for the large and jumbo sizes.
Lastly, I did not use any holding product (gel or hairspray) for this look because I did not want any build up on my real hair. Caruso curls do not always last without some assistance but by the end of the night instead of cascading curls, I was left with soft waves, which was a beautiful style in and of itself. However if you are gonna rock this look to a club, wedding, or outdoor event you probably will need to use at least a soft hold hair spray, just look for one that is alcohol free to avoid drying out your strands.