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Whether you want to create a glamorous party look in an instant, add volume to you style or try a fringe without having to go for the chop - hair extensions could be the answer

Award-winning stylist Steven Goldsworthy shares his expertise on how to make the most of extensions.

If it's all about volume how can we use extensions to best achieve the look?

Volume can be achieved with added hair. Trial with clip-in pieces to the crown, such as Balmain Hair B-Loved, then go for a more permanent option if you're happy with the results. The front of the hair is often fine so use clip-in pieces for more volume - and go for permanent bonds after your trial. More volume also gives the look of length.

Will extensions help get the day to night, office to party look?

Ready to wear extensions are perfect for office to party looks - there are so many available now! Instant updos, added ponytails and easy strand additions for instant colour, length and volume. The list is endless and it's easy to achieve glamorous looks in an instant!

What are the biggest party hair looks on the high street?

The favourite looks are ‘big' curls, shine and stunning glamour. Volume at the crown, plaits, chignons to the side or at the nape of the neck; but it's all about undone, low maintenance beauty.

How can you use extension fringes to re-create your hairstyle?

Clip-in fringes are a great way to totally change your look. A fringe can be trialled with no commitment to scissors; really fun looks can be created with clip in fringes! If you enjoy your new look then a fringe can be cut in.

Are clip-in ponies glam enough to wear in the evenings?

Ponytails are great for glamour. Either slick back the hair at the front, with heavy make-up for a rock chic look, or backcomb the hair at the crown for volume and then attach a ponytail for a looser undone look. Alternatively ponies can be clipped round into a chignon for a more elegant look. The pony can also be curled or plaited - they are so versatile!

What are the easiest type of hair pieces to wear that still look natural?

There are so many application methods that are natural looking, just make sure you select quality extensions companies that offer perfect colour matches! Go for easy strand application - a clear strand that is not visible when applied; clip-in - where the clips are hidden or tape applications that are very flat, easy to apply and look very natural.

For a new full set of extensions, what is your advice on how you find the right stylist to fit them? Should they be weaved, bonded or clip-ins?

Do your research ask around for the very best salon in the area that is HABIA accredited with professional certified extensionists. Call the manufacturer who will always have a list of reputable recommended salons. It's also important to have a detailed consultation, to help to decide which application method is best for you.

Is it true that using specialist extension hair products helps them to last a lot longer?

When a professional extensionist is talking about products, they are helping you to keep your extensions in tip-top condition, which will also prolong the life of your added hair. Bristle brushes also prevent the hair from matting.

Author: Steven Goldsworthy

Steven is a Global Ambassador for both Balmain Hair and Schwarzkopf. He is constantly in demand for teaching, shows, magazine work and is involved in the development and testing of new products and tools. Steven is a regular at fashion weeks and is highly regarded as an inspiration to the hairdressing industry.

Steven Goldsworthy is an exceptional hairdresser who is passionate about beautiful hair, industry-renowned for high tech precision cutting systems and has created the "cut with memory" cult. The Goldsworthy’s salon attracts a wide range of clientele and specialises in colour and re-colour techniques, extensions and long hair.

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