How To Hide Thinning Hair

We all wish we could have naturally thick, luscious hair forever, however, thinning hair is a problem many women (and men) face on the regular. There are many reasons why your hair may be thinning, including age, over-processing your hair, stress, using the incorrect products, conditions like Alopecia, and more.

If you find yourself constantly asking, “Why is my hair falling out?” and wondering how to hide thinning hair, we’ve got some answers for you.


So…what is the reason for hair loss and thinning hair?

The simplest answer is age. As we age, our hair, just like our skin, does too. Our scalp begins to produce less hairs, and the hair strands themselves get thinner. If you feel that you are too young and spritely to be experiencing hair loss, you may be performing some bad habits contributing to your thinning tresses.

So…how to hide thinning hair?

Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks for those experiencing hair loss to hide this issue.

1. Chop it off

An easy way to quickly create the illusion of thick, full hair is to snip a few inches off and add some layers. Shorter hair tends to naturally create more volume as it is not weighed down. Strategic layers can also add volume to thinning hair – request your hair stylist to add layers around your face and to leave the back fuller, to create body and volume.

Short hairstyle for thinning hair

2. Embrace the greys

As hair ages, it also greys, and guess what? Grey hair actually expands the hair’s cuticle, adding additional volume! If you really can’t stand those greys, however, plan to touch up your roots only once a month and add highlights every two to three weeks to keep your hair as healthy, full, and thick and possible.

3. Blow it out

Adding big volume can be achieved with a good blowout after washing your hair. The best part is, this can be done at home with one simple tool: the round brush. Using a boar bristle brush, start blow-drying damp hair by pulling section up and blow-drying in the opposite direction that the hair naturally falls. Be sure to add an additional blast of cool air for a few seconds before letting go, to set the style. You may want to warm up those arms, as this does require some extra effort and time, but trust me, it’s totally worth it!

Check out the video below, to learn how to style an epic blow-out:

4. Get some help

Hair extensions, hair toppers, and wiglets are all amazing resources to disguise thin hair and instantly add amazing length and volume. For hair that is thinning at the top of the scalp, a hair topper can be a lifesaver as they are designed to target as conceal partial hair loss. These are especially helpful for those experiencing bald spots due to alopecia. You can even combine a hair topper with Luxy Hair extensions to create that full, Victoria’s Secret model hairstyle you’ve always dreamed of! Our 220g sets are perfect for those looking to add drama and oomph to the hair. If you’d like to go even further, you can even opt for our 24″ Luxies for mermaid length hair! We recommend to check out this blog post to learn how to blend Luxies with thinner hair for a beautiful, seamless blend. 

Hair extensions for thinning hair

5. Products to hide thinning hair

A volumizing shampoo combats limpness and puffs up the hair to hide thinning and is a great prerequisite to that blow-out we mentioned earlier. Choose a shampoo that is alcohol and sulfate-free is as these ingredients can be very harsh on the hair and further lead to hall fallout and thinning. You can also add additional volume by working a volumizing mouse through the hair before blow drying. Again, try and stay away from ingredients you can’t pronounce, as these can weigh the hair down.

Volumized hair is all well and good, however, if your scalp is still peeking through, there are products to help further disguise this issue. Conceal scalp lines, bald spots, and thinning hair with hair building fibres that come in many different shades to instantly transform hair and create the look of ample volume. Products like Toppik are created with high grade Keratin, which is the same protein found in natural hair. These Hair Building Fibers have a natural static charge, which tightly bind to the hair to build it up. As the fibers are created with Keratin, they blend naturally and undetectably into the hair! Be careful though, there are many imitation products that use Keratin derived from plant-based materials, cotton, or rayon, which can end up looking unnatural or clumpy. When shopping for Hair Building Fibers, ensure that the Keratin has been derived from a natural wool source, as this contains a natural static charge for the most natural blend possible.

Hair Growth Fibers for disguising thinning hair
(Photo from Toppik Canada)

 

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So…how do I prevent hair loss?

Now that we’ve covered how to hide thinning hair, here are some hair growth tips to preventing thinning hair and boosting hair growth.

Hair oils are our fave, as certain oils promote certain benefits to the hair. Castor Oil is rich in Vitamin E, proteins, and minerals, and has anti-microbial properties that works wonders for the hair! Not only does Castor Oil soften and moisturize the hair, it promotes blood circulation in the scalp, which can lead to faster hair growth. To use Castor Oil in your hair, apply it on scalp and run through the hair, leave it in overnight, and wash it with a mild shampoo the next day. This oil is quite thick and can be a bit difficult to wash out, however, with regular use, your hair should grow thick, moisturized, and lustrous. Here are a few of our other favourite hair oils for gorgeous hair. 

Castor Oil for hair growth

Supplements like Biotin or Vitamin H are also great for promoting healthy hair, skin, and nails. You can take biotin as an extra supplement or in your daily diet – foods like egg yolk, almonds, nut butters, bananas, and whole grains are packed with biotin – be sure to eat them raw to get the full effect of this vitamin for hair growth.

Taking super hot showers, is also a big no-no when it comes to keeping you hair as healthy and thick as possible. Hot water and steam dehydrates the hair, causing brittle strands that are more prone to breakage and fall out. Instead, turn down the heat to medium, and try and rinse your hair with cold water – we know, this can be super difficult when it’s freezing cold outside, but your hair will thank you!

After showers, pat dry your hair and refrain from aggressively towel drying, as this could lead to breakage and shedding. Comb your locks with a paddle brush BEFORE showering, and refrain from brushing the hair when wet.

When choosing your hair style, keep it loose! Tight ponytails and hairstyles can put excessive tension on hair follicles, which can damage and permanently destroy them. This could even lead to traction alopecia, making hair impossible to grow back. Check out our YouTube channel for many beautiful loose hairstyle ideas. 

Loose hairstyles for thinning hair

For additional tips and tricks to preventing thinning hair and promoting hair growth, be sure to watch the video below and check out this blog post where Mimi shares her own special words of advice. 


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3 Easy Hairstyles For Date Nights

Ahhh, February – the month of love, chocolate, and flowers. Emphasis on the chocolate.

Whether you’ve got a romantic date planned with your boo, or have a fun night out on the town planned with your girlfriends, we’ve got three cute and easy date night hairstyles lined up for you. In today’s blog post, we’ve teamed up with our ever-so-beautiful friend, Karin, to show you three date night staple hairstyles you need to try out this Valentine’s Day.

  • Big, sexy waves
  • Stacked side braid
  • Voluminous bun

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Interested in learning how to create one, or maybe all of these beautiful and easy hairstyles? Watch the tutorial below or keep scrolling for a step-by-step guide.

Big, Sexy Waves

Luxy Hair Clip-In Extensions

What you’ll need:

  • Clip-in hair extensions (optional)
  • Curling iron
  • Hairspray

1. Clip in your hair extensions (not sure how? Don’t fret, girl – we’ve got you. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial). Karin is wearing her 20″ 220g Dirty Blonde Luxies to achieve more volume and length for this look. Although this step is totally optional, it is highly recommended in order to really achieve those va-va-voom big, sexy, voluminous waves. 

2. Take your beloved curling iron and start curling one side of your hair in small chunks. We recommend to curl away from your face as it helps create a more natural look.

3. Once you’re finished curling a section, pull on the curl in order to help loosen the hair – we don’t want tight pageant curls tonight, ladies. 

4. Don’t forget the other side! Repeat instructions until every piece is fully curled. 

5. Run your fingers through your curls to break and loosen them up. 

6. Grab your hairspray, stretch your arm out and spray. We don’t want crunchy curls on date night, so distance is key. You want to spray just enough product so that your curls stay in place all night.

Voila, beautiful! You’re all done. And we must say – you look lovely. 

Stacked Side Braid

Luxy Hair Clip-In Extensions

What you’ll need:

  • Clip-in hair extensions (optional)
  • A couple of clear hair elastics
  • One bobby pin

1. Clip in your hair extensions. Again, this step is totally optional but it gives you more hair to work with so you can achieve a more voluminous braid. Interested in checking out our collection? Click here

2. Bring all of your hair to one side of your face, and take a small chunk of hair and put it aside for now. We’ll get back to that one later. 

3. Braid your hair in a regular three-stand braid and secure the end with a clear hair elastic.

4. Your braid should be fairly tight right now, but we want to loosen it up. Pull on the hair to fan it out.

5. Remember that chunk of hair we put aside? We’re going to bring that one back in the picture to finalize the look. Braid the hair in another regular three strand braid, and tie the two braids together at the very ends with another clear hair elastic. 

6. Take a bobby pin and pin the two braids together towards the top, so they both remain secured in place. 

And there you have it – our stacked braid! Looks super intricate, but only involves two easy three strand braids. Trick your date this Valentine’s Day into believing you’re a braid genius *wink*. 

Voluminous Bun

Luxy Hair Clip-In Extensions

What you’ll need:

  • Clip-in hair extensions (optional)
  • Hair elastic
  • Hair brush
  • A few bobby pins
  • Hair spray

1. Clip in your hair extensions upside down (so that it pulls into an updo easier). Have we mentioned this step is optional? We personally love to clip in a few wefts when creating a bun or updo look, as it gives you so much more hair to work with. Want to see some examples? Click here. 

2. Gather your hair and tie it up in a high ponytail and brush it out. 

3. Gently twist your hair around the base to create a bun and secure it in place with a few bobby pins.

4. Spray hairspray to ensure any fly-aways remain in place and to hold your bun together.

Andddd you’re done! It was easy as that, and girl – you look GOOD.

Those are our top 3 go-to beautiful and easy date night hairstyles. Which look did you rock on date night – 1, 2, or 3? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine’s Day Updo

This week’s tutorial is all about the ultimate Parisian babe: Brigitte Bardot.

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine's Day Updo

For decades, people have emulated her style – especially her signature voluminous hair. It’s effortless shaped, perfectly textured and effortlessly cool. Jenny from the amazing Margo & Me takes us through recreating one of her signature ponytails. This is also the perfect Valentine’s Day date look and can work for absolutely any occasion.

How to: Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine’s Day Updo

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine's Day Updo

What you’ll need:

Step-by-step instructions:

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine's Day Updo

1. Begin by spraying dry shampoo or texturizing spray, to give it a bit of hold and extra texture.

2. Work the product through your hair by rubbing it in and messing it up a little.

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine's Day Updo

3. Section your hair starting with the middle part, to get ready to curl. The first section should be behind your bangs.

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine's Day Updo

4. Proceed to curl your hair in loose curls

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine's Day Updo

5. Create the volume at the top of your head by teasing small sections.

6. Make sure to spray what you tease so it holds.

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine's Day Updo

7. Gently comb all the hair into place to create the shape you want.

8. Pin to hold at the crown of your head.

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine's Day Updo

9. Grab the remainder of your hair and put it up into a classic ponytail

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine's Day Updo

10. Wrap a piece of hair around your elastic to finish.

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Valentine's Day Updo

And voila! You’ve got the perfect Parisian hairstyle in less than twenty minutes. C’est chic, non?

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How to Style Long Hair: Beach Waves & Messy Bun

We’ve got another special treat for you today – a blog post from the lovely Torie Bliss! Today Torie will be showing us how she styles her 24” Ombre extensions. Since she’s #hairinspo all day, every day we thought, who better? Torie, take it from here, girl!

How to Style Long Hair 

How to Style Long Hair

Who doesn’t love long hair?

I’m all about loooong luscious locks – I love to look at them, style them, pretty much anything to do with long hair is my #hairgoals. Which is exactly why I love my Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair extensions so much. My hair is already quite long, but this set gives me a couple of extra inches and wonderful thickness.

If you have long hair (or are using hair extensions to achieve long hair), you’ll know that it’s not as easy to style as some may think. That’s why I’ve come up with the perfect long hair style: beachy waves and a half up messy bun.

Beachy waves are the perfect no-fuss hairstyle because they are meant to look lived-in. Add in a super easy messy bun, and you’ve got a match made in long hair heaven. I also have a trick to make your messy bun come out the same every. single. time. Do I have you hooked yet? Let’s get this party started!

If you’re using hair extensions, you can go ahead and clip them in first.

How I clip in my Luxy Hair Extensions:

  1. First, add the first weft about 1/2 inch above the base of your hair line
  2. Then, proceed to clip each 2 clip weft on alternating sides
  3. Place the 3 clip wefts on a separate layer
  4. Add in the four clip wefts
  5. Then, clip 2 one clip wefts on each side of your head
  6. Finally, add the last one clip weft to the crown of your head.

For step by step video and photo instructions, you can check out this blog post on how to clip in Luxy Hair extensions!

How to: Beachy Waves for Long Hair

Tip from Torie: When choosing an iron for creating beach waves, make sure to use a barrel that is a uniform width from top to bottom, no tapering.

1. Split your hair into two equal section and pull it to the front

How to Style Long Hair

2. Take different sized sections from the original two sections are start making waves

How to Style Long Hair

3. Wrap each section away from your face and leave a few inches straight at the bottom

How to Style Long Hair

4. Release the curl off the iron into your hand and give it a little scrunch as it cools

Tip from Torie: This is a really important step – if you drop the curl hot, your long hair will weigh down the wave.

How to Style Long Hair

5. Repeat each of these steps with each section

How to Style Long Hair

6. Finish with a bit of texture spray and low-hold hairspray!  

How to Style Long Hair

How to: Messy Bun for Long Hair

If you want to take your hairstyle to the next level, a half-up messy bun is the perfect way to do it! This adds an extra element to your style, and the longer the hair, the more volume you can create.

How to Style Long Hair

1. Leave a few sections out around your face to soften the style and make it more whimsical!

2. Part a section of hair and start wrapping it into a ponytail.

How to Style Long Hair

3. On the final wrap, don’t pull your hair all the way through – leave a loop bun.

How to Style Long Hair

4. While holding the bun with one hand, pinch and pull at the base of the ponytail to give it volume and texture.

For the next few steps, you are going to be using the hair from the tail end of the ponytail

How to Style Long Hair

5. Take a section from the left part of the ponytail and twist it back towards the bun.

How to Style Long Hair

6. Working your way up and down the twist, pinch and pull at it to make it fluffy.

How to Style Long Hair

7. Take the twist and drape it over the base of the bun and pin into place

How to Style Long Hair

How to Style Long Hair

8. Repeat these steps on the right side.

How to Style Long Hair

How to Style Long Hair

And just like that, you’re done!

Waves and messy buns = perfect pair (PB&J!)

How to Style Long Hair

Thanks again to our beautiful friend Torie Bliss for being a guest contributor to our blog today! Make sure to check out Torie’s blog, and if you’re in Massachusetts, go visit her in person and have her create some magic on your hair!

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How-to: Romantic Updo Hair Style for Special Occasions

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means all things LOVE.

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And what’s LOVElier than a new tutorial? (see what I did there?)

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

This week, our friend Alex Gaboury has created an amazing and simple updo for that big Valentine’s Day date, or any special occasion. This hair style would also be perfect for a bride, bridesmaid or wedding guest to wear on the big day.

Alex added in her 220g Ash Blonde Luxy Hair extensions to create this beautiful braided bun. The extensions help create volume and fullness, which is really important with updos

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

 

You can watch the full tutorial here, or scroll down for step-by-step instructions! 

 

How to: Romantic Updo Step by Step Tutorial

What you’ll need: A clear elastic band and several bobby pins

If you are using extensions: Clip your four-clip wefts together, and then your three clip wefts. This will create two sets of “super wefts” that you can add into this hairstyle to make it even more full and luscious.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

1.Using a comb, start by gently teasing the hair on crown of your head to create some extra dimension and volume.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

2. Grab some side pieces from around your face and leave them out (they will be used to add a beautiful twist detail after).

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

3. Gather all the rest of your hair and divide into three separate sections.

4. Start braiding! This braid is a standard three strand braid.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

5. Secure the braid with the clear elastic band, and create a small loop at the end to help with the rolling process.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

6. Grab the bottom of your braid and roll it upwards towards your head.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

7. Once the braid is at the top of your head, secure the braid with bobby pins.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

8. Grab a section from the outside of your braid and gently tug on it. Secure the edge of the braid to your head with a bobby pin. This gives a fuller look to the bun.

9. Repeat step 8 on the other side of the braid and at the top.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

10. Twist the front pieces away from your face and tightly wrap each section around your bun. You can pin the ends on the underside of your bun with a bobby pin.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

11. Go in with a curling iron and gently curl any remaining pieces around your face for an extra romantic look.

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

And there you have it! A beautiful updo. Let us know in the comments if you liked this tutorial and if you were able to re-create it, make sure to tag us on Instagram at #LUXYHAIR. 

How-to: Romantic Updo for Special Occasions

 

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10 Perfect Hairstyles For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day. Some of us may believe that it’s an overly commercialized holiday. But some of us are hopeless romantics, who absolutely ADORE the idea of Valentine’s day and everything it stands for.

As for us? We love love. We love celebrating love. We love giving love. We love doing it every day. And since we are firm believers that we don’t need a certain date a year to do all this, Valentine’s day becomes simply an occasion to dress up and glam up 🙂

In this post, we’ve compiled 9 of our favorite hairstyles you can rock on Valentine’s day. Scroll down for video tutorials on how to recreate these beautiful and romantic yet easy hairstyles!

1. The Heart Bun

Seriously… a heart in your hair for Valentine’s day? How perfect is this? This hairstyle is super unique and creative. Give it a try! Mimi is wearing her clip-in Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair extensions to add that gorgeous balayage dimension in the hair. 

Hairstyles For Valentine's Day - Heart Bun

2. Romantic Date Night Hair

This look is very romantic and feminine, perfect for a date night. Throw on a lovely dress and you’re ready to go, beautiful!

In this tutorial, Mimi is wearing Mocha Brown Luxy Hair extensions for length and volume in her then-shorter hair!

Hairstyles For Valentine's Day - Romantic Date Night Hair

3. Valentine’s Half Up Braided Hairstyle

Pin two braids, curl your locks, and you’re done! Fast, convenient, and super cute for a whole day of fun Valentine’s Day errands and activities.

Anddd the Mocha Brown Luxies come out to play yet again!

Hairstyles For Valentine's Day - Half Braided Hairstyle


4. Romantic Updo

STUNNING. This looks so complicated but really is as simple as 1 braid and 2 twists. Alex clips in her Ash Blonde Luxy Hair extensions to create extra volume in this gorgeous bun (but you can totally do it without the extensions, too).  

Hairstyles For Valentine's Day - Heart Bun

5. Valentine’s Inspired Hairdo

Tease a little, curl a little, and you’re left with a stunning hairstyle that is gorgeous and fitting for the event! Love it.

Leyla’s wearing Dark Brown Luxies in this one!

6. French Braid Crown

Ok ok, so other than the fact that this is a Christmas theme (*secretly jams to the Christmas song*), this hairstyle is just GORGEOUS for any occasion, especially Valentine’s day. Swap up the accessory and you’re as good as new!

Missy Sue wears her Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair extensions here for extra volume. 

Hairstyles For Valentine's Day - French Braid Crown

7. Fishtail Updo

If you’ve got some detail in the back of your shirt or dress that you want to show off, try this fishtail updo. For how easy this is to pull off, this look is absolutely spectacular!

Hairstyles For Valentine's Day - Fishtail Updo

Ok here’s another pic just because it’s so pretty:

Hairstyles For Valentine's Day - Heart Bun

8. Half-up Hair Bow

This bow hairstyle is just so unique, and quite easy to do with some practice. It may not be for every day, but what better occasion to rock it than Valentine’s Day?

Hairstyles For Valentine's Day - Hair Bow Hair Tutorial

9. Double Rope Braid Bun

For those who love their buns, here is a cute way to get creative with it. Feel free to add some accessories like glittery pins for some sparkle!

Hairstyles For Valentine's Day - Double Rope Braid Hairstyle

10. Faux Knot Braid

This is a technique that is easy to do, yet looks intricate and unique. This hairstyle looks great especially with open back dresses and tops.

In this video: Ombre Blonde clip-in Luxy Hair extensions

Hairstyles For Valentine's Day - Faux Knot Hairstyle

Love is all around…

Whether you are spending this day with your loved one, or your family, or your best friend – get up, dress up, put a smile on your face and remember to SHARE THE LOVE wherever you go! <3

 

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