It’s not every day you get to sit down in front of celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton (whose clients include Jenners, Kardashians, a certain Lopez, and a Perry), so when you do, it’s safe to say he can have his way with your hair. However, that’s exactly the circumstance I found myself in earlier this week, and surrounded by Glam Seamless hair extensions, bottles of hair products, and enough curling wands and flat irons to cover a red carpet, we eventually decided on an angle: a quick and easy summer hair tutorial that would give me the glossy mermaid-esque waves Kim and Kylie have practically trademarked on IG, paired with the volume and thickness à la J.Lo. The bar was set high.
Since I’ve always thought of my heavily highlighted hair as pretty unremarkable, I was skeptical my gimpy strands would be able to pull it off. Yes, my hair has been growing like crazy and now grazes my mid-back, but it’s on the thinner side, damaged, and uncooperative when it comes to my usual styling efforts. And once the hot, humid summer months set in? Forget it. That said, I had complete trust in Appleton (who was kind enough to compliment my hair upon arrival—seriously, bless him) due his amazing roster of loyal clientele and the magical hair looks he effortlessly creates for them.
Sure enough, roughly 10 to 15 minutes after landing on a styling decision, I was walking out the door with hair that looked and felt twice its normal thickness (hallelujah!) and more appropriate for a magazine cover, beach, or night out than its actual and rather anticlimactic destination, my lowly office desk. That said, the process was so fast and foolproof (Appleton has so many great tips!) I feel 100% confident I’ll be able to re-create the look this coming weekend or whenever I feel the urge to have really, really great hair. Oh, and you totally can too.
To spread the hair love, I’m sharing Appleton’s step-by-step process, which involved some strategic clip-in-extension placement, hair spray, a flat iron, and maybe a quick hit of texture spray if you’re feeling like it might be that kind of night. (Literally, that’s it—four products.) Ahead, how to use clip-in extensions to your hair’s advantage this summer, as shown by celeb hair magician Chris Appleton. Keep scrolling!