Karla Valenzuela, elite stylist and Sam Villa ambassador, provides two easy and effective tinsel installation methods (perfect for the upcoming holidays).
According to Valenzuela, aluminum tinsel can be left in the hair and washed, styled and manipulated with thermal tools.
“Tinsel excites me because I have an obsession with anything holographic, and I love that it makes hair look iridescent! It’s a trendy way to be fun without any long-term commitments or harm to the hair,” says Valenzuela.
How-to: Tinseled Spider Web Tail
- Prep tinsel extensions. You can use Bellami one-sided extension tape and attach tinsel strands to the sticky side. Then, press double-sided tape over the tinsel to “sandwich” it between both tapes. Be sure to leave the protective tabs on the other side of the double-sided tape until you are ready to use.
- Prep hair for a directional blow-out using a paddle brush and Redken Guts 10. Blow dry all the way back for a low ponytail.
- Peel off protective tabs from the tinsel extension and press them on with the sticky side to the hair. Place them in the interior of the hair one inch from the hairline. (Eight tinsel extensions were used for this model.)
- Use a Sam Villa Artist Series Finishing Brush and Redken Fashion Works 12 to gather all hair into a low ponytail. Secure with black sewing elastic and a butcher’s knot. Wrap the elastic several times to embellish.
- Use an extra-long piece of the sewing elastic and a plastic needle (from a craft store) to weave in a spider web. Start sewing in a weaving motion as if highlighting hair (from the bottom of the pony up) and create a checker-pattern by weaving every other section.
- Once the web is big enough, bring the sewing elastic underneath hair and connect to the starting point of the web and tie a knot.
- Spray Redken Iron Shape 11 for heat protection to the ponytail and use Sam Villa Pro Results Double Waver to create texture. (It is safe to add heat to the tinsel.)
- Finish with Redken Triple Take 32 for lasting hold.