Whether you have keratin or tape-in extensions installed or are going with a temporary clip-in or halo extension option, there’s one thing every extension wearer struggles with – hiding their extensions.
And while some hair extensions may be more discreet than others – ahem, we’re looking at you, keratin hair extensions – there is always a risk of the adhesive playing peek-a-boo along the way.
As an avid extension wearer myself, I know that the struggle is real, queen. That’s why I’ve put together this list of the very best hairstyles that hide extensions. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy or don’t mind a little work to achieve hair greatness, you’ll find a style that suits your needs below.
Grab your hair tools and products, and let’s get stylin’!
Top 6 Hairstyles That Hide Extensions
Exposed hair extensions are a fashion faux pas. But luckily, with these top ten hairstyles that hide hair extensions, you won’t have to worry about your extensions showing themselves. Trust me – it’s easier than you think to conceal them with the right looks.
1. Half Updo
A half updo is precisely how it sounds – half the hair is pulled up while the rest of the mane is left down. The only real concern with this hairstyle is that you want to leave a good amount of hair down to hide the extensions.
The trendiest way (currently) to style a half updo is to pull the top portion into a messy or clean topknot. The hair left down can be straightened or zhuzhed up with loose beach waves or ringlets.
Don’t love that half-up style, or simply want to incorporate some new looks into your portfolio? Here’s an awesome video showcasing three stunning ways to wear half updos with hair extensions:
2. Low Ponytail
Low ponytails are an obvious go-to for hairstyles that hide hair extensions. That’s because there is no pulling the hair up, which is one of the biggest causes for hair extensions to show.
Now, when you think of a low ponytail, you might think – boring! Sure, low ponytails may have gotten a bad rep in the past. But women everywhere have found a million and one ways to take humdrum low ponytails and turn them into trendy styles that are gorg enough for the Red Carpet.
Don’t believe me? Then check out this video:
I just love her unique low ponytail hairstyles – especially the ones with stunning braids!
If you absolutely can’t stand low ponytails and want to wear a high pony or bun instead, you can. Just know that it will take a little more effort to keep those hair extensions from exposing themselves.
I love braids. There is just something so infinitely feminine and delicate about them. They’re irresistible! Oh, and they just so happen to be an excellent option for concealing hair extensions.
The best way to hide hair extensions while wearing braids is to opt for a single braid. You can keep it casual with the classic three-strand braid or try your hand at some intricate plaits such as the fishtail, rope, lace, or ladder braid.
While you can do double braids, it will be much trickier to conceal your hair extensions. So, unless you’re ready to work some literal magic on your mane, stick to a single-braided hairstyle.
4. Beach Waves
Did you know that adding texture to your locks is an easy way to hide hair extensions? Not only that, but textured hair looks oh-so-stunning. You can’t tell me you don’t look at texturized hair and think it’s fabulous!
Adding beach waves is a great way to add some dimension to your strands. There are plenty of great ways to get them, but my personal favorite is with this tool. It’s a cinch to use, and it works surprisingly well on my hair type (which doesn’t hold texture very well).
Beach waves are the perfect combo of effortless and chic, making them a versatile style you can wear anywhere.
Remember earlier, when I was going on and on and on about texture and how great it is for concealing hair extensions? Well, I couldn’t stop at beach waves; I have to discuss curls, too!
Curls are another favorite in the hairstyling world. Whether they’re smaller, tighter, and more glamorous or voluptuous and loose, like the kind you see on the beautiful Victoria’s Secret models, there’s no denying that curls are an absolute knockout hairstyle.
Again, there are lots of ways to get bouncy curls. My latest obsession is the Beachwaver, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t jump on the heatless hair curler bandwagon. Each one definitely serves its purpose – so why not have both on standby?
6. Low Bun
Low buns are another hairstyle that may have been overlooked in the past, but they’ve made a big comeback. I mean, honestly – some of these glammed-out low buns have had us turning our heads in amazement. And they just so happen to be a top-notch option for hair extension wearers.
Now, if you don’t feel like spending a half hour in front of your mirror, you can simply toss your hair into a low bun. It has those “carefree” vibes that are great for those days when you don’t want to get dolled up.
But if you have a few extra minutes to spare, you can try some adorable low-bun hairstyles. This video has a couple of styles you’ll definitely want to try:
Alright, babes – now you have no excuse not to dabble with hair extensions. There are so many charming ways to hide them and look your best! If you want to learn more about this topic, I’ve added a couple of frequently asked questions to help you out.
What hairstyles can I do with extensions?
Honestly, you can do just about any hairstyle with hair extensions. The key is ensuring that your natural strands cover the adhesives. This is more challenging with certain hairstyles over others. For instance, it’ll be tricky to cover up bonds with double French braids but simple with a single fishtail plait.
How do you hide extensions in short natural hair?
Hiding extensions in short hair isn’t complicated. The best tips are to place the extensions a little bit higher. Braid your locks at the nape of the neck to create a place for the extensions to grip onto while also concealing the fact that your natural mane is so short.
Does your hair grow if you wear extensions?
Your hair will continue to grow if you wear hair extensions. In other words, hair extensions don’t stop your hair from growing. In fact, some make the argument that hair extensions are beneficial for your locks and can encourage strong new hair growth.
There Are So Many Hair Extension Hairstyles!
Whether you love half updos, big romantic curls, or keep things simple with low buns and ponytails, you can rock all of these looks – and more – while wearing hair extensions. Just make sure that your natural hair is covering the bonds, and you’re good to go!
What is your favorite way to style your locks while wearing hair extensions? Do you have any tips for concealing the extensions? We’d love to hear from you!