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Beyond Basics: Mastering Advanced Hairstyles with Extensions

- Irene Gilman
Beyond Basics: Mastering Advanced Hairstyles with Extensions

Feeling a bit meh about your hair lately? Don’t get us wrong you love your loose waves and blowouts, they always look great on you, but sometimes you just want to do a little something extra, something with a bit more oomph, especially when you’re going out with your girls or just committed to working on your hair and overall style.

We’re going to show you 3 hairstyles that will give you that much-needed edge.  These styles are about to become your new go-tos. And the best part? No need to rush and start adding things to your amazon cart, most of the stuff, tools and styling hair products; you’ve probably got right at home. 


Here are the Atelier Hair Extensions picks for the hair styles with extensions that will redefine your look and style for those moments when more is more


Bubble Braids

We know you've been seeing bubble braids all over your feed, and yes, they give that "how do you even?" vibe. But, honestly creating these fun braids is surprisingly easy hairstyles to do with extensions.

Some Essentials:

  • Hair Extensions  (optional)
  • Hair Scrunchies, any kind 
  • A Brush to smooth.
  • Gel, if you want that sleek finish (optional)

Pro tip: When applying your extensions, make sure the clips face upwards. This makes pulling your hair back into that ponytail a breeze, with zero weird bumps or gaps.

Step-by-Step to a High Bubble Ponytail:

  • Smooth Start: First things first, let's get those tangles out with a good brush through.
     
  • Extension Time: When clipping in those extensions, apply them with the clips facing upwards. Work your way up to only the widest part of your head, as you'll be gathering everything into a ponytail.

  • Pony Up: With your extensions in place (optional), it's time to pull your hair — extensions and all — into a high ponytail and tie it up. The higher, the better for that dramatic look.

  • Section and Secure: Grab a scrunchie and tie it a few inches below the base of your ponytail. Repeat this step down the length of your ponytail, spacing them to your liking.

  • Bubble Time: Gently tug at the sections of hair between each scrunchie to puff them out into those iconic bubbles. Be gentle but firm to achieve that voluminous bubble effect without loosening the scrunchies.

  • Make It Perfect: Adjust each bubble to your heart's content. If any pesky flyaways escaped, a dab of gel can help smooth them back into place.

Middle Part Glam Waves with Pearls 

Pearls are making a comeback, but did they ever really leave? This 2024 season, they're not just gracing necklines— they're everywhere from new york fashion week, to your friends birthday glam photoshoot. Now, it’s your turn to give this look a try.

Some Essentials: 

  • Hair Extension (optional)
  • Brush to smooth
  • Small Elastic Rubber Bands
  • Hairspray
  • Heat Protectant
  • Curling Iron
  • Wide-Tooth Comb

Creating Your Pearled Waves

  • Middle Part Perfection: Begin by parting your hair down the middle. A fine-tooth comb can help you get a sharp, clean line.

  • Front Section Set Aside: Select and separate a 2-inch section of hair at the front. This will later lay flat like a headband, so leave it out for now and clip the rest of your hair back.

  • Tame and Tie the Front: Without needing a flat iron, spray some hairspray on the front section, then brush it smoothly against your head, securing it behind your ear. Tie the ends together at the back of your head — this creates the 'headband' effect.

  • Apply Your Extensions: Starting at the nape of your neck, apply your hair extensions. Make sure they're clipped in and blend with your hair

  • Time to Curl: Protect your hair by spritzing with a heat protectant, curl small sections with a 1-inch curling iron. Ensure all curls are going in the same direction for seamless waves. Allow the curls to cool before moving on.Repeat, and work your way up to the rest of your hair.

  • Create Volume: When you reach the crown, pause to tease the roots with your fine-tooth comb for that glamorous volume, then smooth back the top layer of hair.

  • Complete the Curls: Finish curling the hair at the crown, allowing these curls to set as well.

  • Create waves with a Wide-Tooth Comb: After your curls have cooled, use a wide-tooth comb to brush them out gently. This will transform those tight spirals into soft, flowing waves.

  • Set with Hairspray: A final flourish of hairspray will ensure your waves stay put and any flyaways stay down for a smooth, sleek look.

Additional Toolkit for Adding Pearls (Optional):

  • Eyelash Glue
  • Pearls or Rhinestones
  • Applicator (Optional)

Placing Your Pearls:

  • Once your waves are complete, decide where you want to place your pearls or rhinestones.

  • Take a small amount of eyelash glue and apply a thin circle on the spot where you want your pearl or rhinestone to sit. Be sure to use just enough glue for the pearl to adhere without weighing down the hair.

  • Gently place your pearls or rhinestones onto the glue spots. Give them a moment to set 

  • Once all your pearls are in place, do a final check to make sure each one is secure. Give your entire hairstyle one last gentle spritz of hairspray to set everything in place.

Rope Braid High Ponytail

As the days get longer and the temperatures climb, we all need that go-to hairstyle that keeps us feeling cool yet looking effortlessly put together. The rope braid is just that. They're flattering on everyone and are easy to do. And the best part? This braid is as comfy as it is cute — no pulling or tightness, just a smooth, and cool hairstyle to do with hair extensions


Some Essentials

  • Atelier’s Volume Hair Extensions
  • Brush
  • Small Elastics
  • Hairspray

How to Create the Look:

  • Slick It Back: Start by brushing your hair back into a high, sleek ponytail. The smoother, the better, as this will be the foundation of your look.

  • Volume Up: Take your volume hair extensions, making sure to remove the detachable invisi-string first. Wrap the extension around the base of your ponytail, pinning it securely in place.

  • Hide and Secure: Grab a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the base to conceal the extension's band. Pin this piece discreetly to keep everything neat and tidy.

  • Braid Away: Now, with the extensions hair blending seamlessly with your natural hair, braid the combined length down to the ends and secure with a small elastic band. This step transforms your ponytail into a chic rope braid.

  • Set with Spray: A generous misting of hairspray will not only add a glossy finish but also ensure your rope braid stays put through all your summer adventures.

Space Buns: The Playful Mood Booster

If you’re looking to inject some fun into your day, space buns are the way to go! Whether you're out for a quick coffee run, heading to your Pilates class, or simply going through your day-to-day life, space buns add a playful touch. It’s a hairstyles to do with extensions at least once, even just for the heck of it.

Some Essentials:

  • Hair Extension (optional)
  • Curling Iron 
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties, To hold your buns in place.
  • Bobby Pins
  • Light Hold Hairspray

Creating Space Buns:

  • Brush and Clip: Begin by brushing your hair to ensure it's free of tangles. Clip in your hair extensions starting from the bottom and work your way up to the crown area, leaving the top section of your hair free for the buns.


  • Curl and Texturize: Curl your hair to add some playful waves. Use a texturizing spray to give your waves a more defined look.

  • Section for Buns: Once your extensions are in place, create a middle part and section off the top portion of your hair where the buns will sit.

  • Tie the Knots: Gather each section of the top part into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Twist each ponytail around the base to form your space buns and secure with another hair tie, adding bobby pins for extra hold.
  • Final Touches: Make any necessary adjustments to your buns to achieve that shape and fullness. A final spritz of light hold hairspray will help your look last all day.



Although these particular looks might not be suitable hairstyles for tape in extensions, there's an abundance of other styles waiting for you. And for hairstyles for ladies with extension, each twist and braid is a chance for you to show off that head of hair. So grab your hair extensions and let these ideas spark your next amazing hair day. Remember, it's all about making the style uniquely yours.

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