How to Cut and Layer Hair Extensions

A little while ago I purchased Sassy brand hair extensions for a hair tutorial but watched as they sat in my bathroom collecting dust after that. I never thought I would be the type of girl who wore them. Hair extensions simply weren’t for me and even as I purchased them, I was wishing I could walk out without them.

Recently, as I noticed them hanging up I decided to clip them in, pretending I was wearing them for real, to see how I felt about them. I decided to wear them for an outfit post and as it turned out, were so silky soft that I felt pretty darn glamorous wearing them (ha!). After that I knew I needed to trim them up so I could start wearing them more regularly if I wanted.

This tutorial works in three parts and begins by clipping all the hair extensions into place around the head. With them clipped into their proper spot they can be trimmed down to the desired length. I decided to keep mine about 1-2 inches longer than my real hair. After the hair is roughly trimmed the extensions are removed so they can be layered and thinned out.

Layering the extensions is easy to do once you know how to properly position the scissors. Starting about 2-3 inches up from the bottom of the hair, carefully snip downwards at a vertical angle, until the bottom of the strands are reached. This method is continued through each extension so they are all thinned evenly.

The last step is to clip the extensions back into place, once more on the head, and trim the hair around the face to align with any face framing layers. This will help them blend better with your tresses and appear more natural.

Good luck and happy trimming!

How to Cut and Layer Extensions

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  1. Katie
    June 23, 2014 / 8:53 AM

    I’ve been looking all over for a tutorial on how to cut/layer my extensions (my stylist also told me she wouldn’t do it!), and this is exactly what I needed. Thank you!!!

    • June 23, 2014 / 11:00 AM

      You’re welcome (:

  2. June 22, 2014 / 9:39 AM

    Hi melissa, your color match is so perfect. thanks for sharing. I am using Van Glam Hair Extensions, what do you think about them?

    • June 23, 2014 / 11:00 AM

      I’ve never actually tried the Van Glam Hair Extensions (:

  3. Rachel
    March 10, 2014 / 4:16 PM

    What hair extensions are you using?

    • melissa
      March 11, 2014 / 9:10 AM

      Hi Rachel! They’re the Sassy brand extensions from Sally’s Beauty Supply (:

  4. March 7, 2014 / 4:26 PM

    Stunning! I had thought this was your natural hair, looks perfect on you.

    • melissa
      March 8, 2014 / 6:41 PM

      Thanks, Nicole!

  5. March 7, 2014 / 1:50 PM

    Yes, you did a great job layering this, there is no way anyone can tell they’re extensions… you go girl!!

    • melissa
      March 8, 2014 / 6:41 PM

      Thanks, Nailmattic!

  6. March 7, 2014 / 12:36 PM

    K, they really are perfect. They blend sooo good Missy!!!

    • melissa
      March 8, 2014 / 6:41 PM


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  7. March 7, 2014 / 6:32 AM

    They blend in seamlessly! The color match is also perfect.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    • melissa
      March 8, 2014 / 6:41 PM

      You’re welcome! Thank you, Renate!

  8. March 7, 2014 / 6:21 AM

    can’t even tell you have extensions in. perfect.

    • melissa
      March 8, 2014 / 6:42 PM


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