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How to Add Volume to a Lob or Bob Haircut

I Used Hidden Hair Extensions to Add Volume to My Lob, and I'll Never Go Back

How to Add Volume to a Lob or Bob Haircut
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I've always coveted a chic, voluminous lob like the ones you see on celebrities walking the red carpet. I have fine hair — and a lot of it — so I benefit from having zero layers to make it look fuller. But while I've always favored a bob or lob haircut, I also suffer from some pretty bad hair breakage around my hairline, which prevents me from reaching my all-one-length-haircut dreams.

Since moving to London a year ago, the combination of the city's hard water, regular bleaching sessions at the salon, and a poor decision to get curtain bangs earlier this year (so many regrets) has caused the front section of my hair to become much shorter than the rest of the hair on my head.

So when I visited my salon a few months ago for my regular root touch-up and trim, I begged my colorist to tell me how she maintains a long, blunt haircut while still getting it bleached regularly. Her secret? A few strategically placed tape-in hair extensions around her face. This led me down a rabbit hole of information relating to hair extensions and eventually to Adam Cooke, a stylist at Samantha Cusick London in Notting Hill. This salon (and Cooke) understood that I wanted a subtle transformation rather than a huge bombshell makeover, and since they exclusively use invisible tape-in hair extensions (just like my colorist recommended), I didn't have to make any tough decisions about which salon to visit.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about using hair extensions to add volume and how to care for them once you do. Plus, check out my before-and-after photos, which totally changed what I thought about hair extensions.

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