This hairstyle is perfect for special occasions and even bridal hair if you want! It’s ridiculously easy to recreate, but it still looks very intricate and elegant. Without further ado, here is our easy pull through braid tutorial!

Step 1 – Apply a set of Velo Extensions

 

This step is semi-optional. If you’re already happy with your hair’s length and fullness, you can skip it. But if your natural hair is short and fine like this model’s, Velo Extensions are a must to achieve this look.

Step 2 – Tease the hair

Easy Pull Through Braid Tutorial

With a teasing brush, tease hair  around the crown in order to boost volume for the style.

Step 3 – Brush with a Paddle Brush

Easy Pull Through Braid Tutorial

It’s very important to use our Mixed Bristle Paddle Brush for this step! It’s specially designed to detangle both your natural hair and extensions in order to create a seamless blend. It’s great regardless of whether or not you’re wearing extensions, though!

Step 4 – Create small half ponytail and flip it

Easy Pull Through Braid Tutorial

Leaving some face-framing pieces in front, make a tiny half ponytail (as pictured) and flip it inward.

Step 5 – Repeat step 4 several times

Easy Pull Through Braid Tutorial  

Continue pulling small pieces toward the back and flipping them inward, layering them up and creating a braid effect.

Step 6 – Stop about halfway down and adjust

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Once you reach the desired stopping point, finish the last half ponytail and gently pull on some pieces to widen and texturize the pull through braid.

Step 7 – Set with hairspray

Easy Pull Through Braid Tutorial

Lightly spritz some Ostia Collection Flexible Hairspray to hold the style in place.

Step 8 – Use comb to add texture

Easy Pull Through Braid Tutorial

Using a rat tail comb, comb upward at the ends to add some texture to the remaining hair.

Easy Pull Through Braid Tutorial

Last but not least, enjoy your gorgeous pull through braid! Yes, this tutorial really is that easy. For more hairstyle ideas and tutorials, check out the rest of our blog.

 


There’s a lot of misinformation floating around the internet in regards to hair extensions, so we thought it was high time to set the record straight! Now there’s a couple of ways to break down this question because there’s no easy answer. The short answer is no. The long answer has to do with brand, maintenance, type of extensions, etc. So buckle up, we’re about to get technical!

Brand

The first factor to take into account when asking if hair extensions damage your hair is brand. Not all extension brands are created equal. And it doesn’t just have to do with the quality of the hair itself (although that is very important). It has to do with the technology used. Tony Odisho’s extensions use tested technology to safely secure the wefts to your natural hair. 

Plus our specially formulated removal solutions help ensure that damage during the removal process is slim to nonexistent. Not every brand takes the care we do to ensure the safety of your natural hair!

Type of Extensions

Tony Odisho carries three different types of extensions: Fusion, Tape, and Velo. Our Velo Extensions are made with a double wefted wire suspended clip-in system, so they are virtually damage-free and can be taken in and out by the wearer as desired. 

Tape extensions are applied in smaller wefts. Their seamless application technology is safe on hair when applied and maintained correctly. Plus, they last 6-8 weeks and can be reapplied up to two times after the initial application.

Fusion extensions are applied strand by strand and stick a lot longer than tape. They last up to 4 months. Removing them is a more involved process than with tape, but our removal solution is specially made for it, so any TO certified professional hairstylist can remove them with minimal damage.

Application/Removal

Proper application and removal cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to avoiding damage from hair extensions. That’s why Tony Odisho offers such carefully designed, hands-on certification classes. Our classes will leave stylists fully equipped to create a perfect extension application every single time. 

Maintenance

Of all the factors that come into play in regards to minimizing damage to hair after wearing extensions, maintenance is the most important. First, we highly recommend only using product from the Ostia Collection hair care line because all of the products in it are specially formulated to be safe on extensions.

We also recommend using our mixed bristle paddle brush at least twice a day to limit tangles and distribute healthy natural oils to your extensions. Additionally, when heat-styling hair, you should always use a heat protectant like our 3-in-1 Mist and avoid placing heat directly onto tape tabs or fusion bonds. For any other questions you have regarding maintenance, be sure to ask your stylist!

So we finally have an answer to the question: do hair extensions damage your hair? It doesn’t have to be as scary or daunting as some folks make it out to be. If you follow these tips, you’re sure to love your hair while you have extensions and after you remove them!


Sure, dry hair sounds like more of a winter than summer problem, but hear us out! Your hair can get severely dried out from a number of different factors in the summertime. For example: sun exposure, chlorine, and even saltwater. Here’s how you can combat these and keep your hair hydrated this summer without sacrificing any fun!

Heat Style Less Often

We know how hard it can be to put down the blow dryer and curling iron, but this is important. If you can even just go a few days with your natural hair texture, it will do your hair a lot of good. If you really can’t stand how your hair looks, try some heatless hairstyles like braids or buns. The benefits to lessening heat styling are immeasurable!

Use a Heat Protectant

If you absolutely must heat style your hair, be sure to use an effective heat protectant. We recommend 3-in-1 Mist because it packs so many benefits into one bottle. Not only does it protect against heat, it also protects against UV rays and has detangling properties! It’s a must for your next beach day.

Brush Regularly

Brushing out your hair often helps distribute healthy oils from your scalp so they can moisturize your hair naturally. Be wary if you have naturally curly hair, however. If you have straight or wavy hair, this step is essential. We recommend brushing with a boar bristle paddle brush at least twice a day, especially if you have hair extensions.

Deep Condition Semi-Regularly

Deep conditioning is an easy way to rehydrate your hair quickly. However, you should make sure to check the ingredients and only use products that are free of sulfates and parabens. Sulfates and parabens actually dry out your hair and can even compromise your color! Luckily, the Hydrate Masque (formerly known as Intense Conditioner) is free of those harmful ingredients!

Drink More Water

This may seem like an odd inclusion on a list of hair tips, but it’s actually very important. If your body is hydrated, it’s easier to keep your hair hydrated. It’s really as simple as that. If you’re spending a long day out in the hot sun, be sure to fill your water bottle (or bottles) ahead of time!

Apply Smooth Serum

Smooth Serum is made with a super lightweight formula that moisturizes dried out hair without weighing it down like other hair serums. Apply it to damp hair after a shower or to dry hair as needed. It smells and feels fantastic so you’re practically guaranteed to get hooked and use it year-round!

Whatever your hair care regimen is, be sure to carve out some time and choose products specifically to keep your hair hydrated this summer. Follow these tips and you’ll have healthy, hydrated hair, no matter what the season!


You’re packing for summer vacation. You’ve got your favorite clothes, most reliable makeup, and of course, your hair care products. Did you remember to pack 3-in-1 Mist? It’s an absolute must-have hair care product for your travels this summer! Here’s why.

Heat Protection

First and foremost, 3-in-1 Mist offers heat protection. Even if you’re not heat styling your hair every day, it’s super important to protect it. It’s also important to take into account that sun exposure is heat exposure. So if you’re spending a long day lounging at the beach, protecting against heat is vital! This will also help keep hair from drying out or getting frizzy after prolonged sun exposure.

UV Ray Protection

Speaking of sun exposure, 3-in-1 Mist also protects against UV rays. Why does this matter? Well UV rays can seriously compromise your hair color and even dry it out. If you want your color to stay vibrant and your hair to stay hydrated, prep with 3-in-1 Mist before setting foot outside this summer.

Detangling

If you’re spending your summer swimming a lot or generally just staying active, your hair is going to get tangled. It just so happens that 3-in-1 Mist is a super quick and easy-to-use detangler. So no matter how much time you spend on a windy beach, you can rest assured it won’t take long to detangle your tresses afterwards.

Shine

As if all those properties and benefits weren’t enough, 3-in-1 Mist also offers a natural shine to the hair. It’s perfect for hair that’s dull or dry because it adds much-needed shine and moisture, but not so much that it weighs down the hair. Plus it smells heavenly. So it’s a win-win-win all the way around!

Don’t leave 3-in-1 Mist out of your suitcase when packing for your next vacation. Take advantage of its numerous benefits and enjoy healthy hair all summer long! Buy it here.


If you tend to spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, then this list is for you! Don’t neglect your hair care regimen just because you’re on vacation. Now it’s more important than ever to protect your hair against harsh chemicals and sun exposure. With these essential summer hair care tips, you’ll be ready to take whatever this season throws you!

Protect Against UV Rays

Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause severe damage. It dries hair out, makes it frizzy, and can even fade the color. The solution to this problem is protecting your hair with the Ostia Collection 3-in-1 Mist. Not only does this one-of-a-king product protect against UV rays, it also protects against heat styling and has detangling properties. It’s an absolute must for your summer hair care routine.

Try to Go Longer Between Washes

Admittedly, washing hair less frequently is doubly difficult in the summertime, but hear us out! You can still rinse out the sweat and grease with just water. Plus using our talc-free Ostia Collection Dry Shampoo can help extend your style even longer. The reasoning behind washing hair less frequently is that it can actually be very drying, which consequently causes the scalp to over produce oil. It becomes an endless cycle of oiliness where the more you wash it, the oilier it gets!

Use Conditioner While Swimming

If you swim a lot, it’s very important to protect your hair. From the extreme drying properties of chlorine to the possibility of blonde hair turning green, you’re going to want some protection. We recommend wetting the hair and applying a generous amount of conditioner before swimming. Leave the conditioner in–don’t rinse it out before you swim. This will help protect hair from many kinds of potential damage.

Deep Condition Semi-Frequently

Another vital summer hair care tip is making sure to deep condition your hair. We recommend doing it every 1-2 weeks. The best product for this is our Hydrate Masque. It’s comprised of a unique formula that restores and maintains the health, moisture and shine of hair. Apply to wet hair from the mid shaft to ends and leave in 5+ minutes for best results.

These essential summer hair care tips are just that–essential. Don’t destroy your hair this summer, instead nourish your mane and enjoy gorgeous healthy hair, year-round!


tony odisho collaborated with artshow chicago

Photo by @renewarrior_portraits

On February 9th, 2019 the Tony Odisho team collaborated with ArtShow Chicago to put on a unique fashion show, entitled Fashion Show 2 F R E E D O M. ArtShow Chicago is a non-profit that puts on art and fashion shows to highlight local artists and designers, as well as draw attention to social issues while giving back to the community. This particular show, Fashion Show 2 F R E E D O M, was created to celebrate the most fundamental human right and demonstrate what it means to the community.

The designers involved with the show primarily went to design schools in Chicago or have/had their own personal lines before. Most of the designers didn’t take a literal interpretation of freedom in their collections, but instead made collections that celebrate the joy of freedom to them personally, consequently creating a diverse and innovative collection of pieces.

artshow tony odisho fundraiser

Photo by @renewarrior_portraits

Tony Odisho’s involvement in the show came in the form of hair styling with our high end Ostia Collection styling products. Stylists Margot (Hairy Godmother) and Josue (of Exsalonce Salon Chicago) handled hair styling for the majority of the models in the show. Additionally, Tony Odisho’s director of sales and professional makeup artist, Alexa applied makeup for many of the models.

Initially only 150 tickets to the event were available, but they sold out so quickly that ArtShow added more and ended the night with nearly 300 tickets sold! Suffice it to say that this event was a smashing success. Proceeds of the show went toward funding artists in Chicago. This one-of-a-kind celebration of creativity and–more specifically–freedom was a sight to behold and the Tony Odisho team was honored to be a part of it.

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Photo by @renewarrior_portraits


The winter months can do a number on your hair, leaving it dry, dull, and limp. That’s why it’s so important to combat its effects as we make our way into spring. The focus should be on hydration, nourishment and shine. Here’s our list of easy tips to revive your hair after winter.

Use the Right Brush

One of the easiest ways to combat dry hair is by simply using the right brush. Brushing your hair 1-2 times a day with a mixed boar bristle Paddle Brush helps distribute the natural oils from your scalp to the rest of your hair. This a great way to nourish and add some natural shine to your dry ends.

Try a Deep Conditioning Treatment

In order to fully revive your hair after winter, deep moisturization and nourishment is a must. That’s why we recommend doing a deep conditioning treatment every 1-2 weeks. The Ostia Collection Intense Conditioner is perfect for this because it doubles as a masque. All you have to do is apply it from the mid-shaft to ends and let it sit for 4-5 minutes before rinsing.

Wash with the Restore Line

The Ostia Collection Restore Shampoo and Conditioner are ideal to revive your hair after winter or even just for color treated or heat damaged hair. This pair of products restores moisture to dry, frizzy hair and even offers nourishment and UV protection. That’s why they’re among our most popular products!

Apply a Serum

The Smooth Serum is lifesaver when it comes to reviving hair. It adds moisture and shine without weighing hair down or making it look greasy. Apply it to wet hair after washing or to dry hair as needed for added shine. It works wonders on dry, damaged hair and even helps tame frizz.

It’s not hard to revive your hair after winter, but it is very important! Cold weather can really knock the shine and hydration out, so it’s essential to take steps to combat this. With these easy tips, you’ll have gorgeous, deeply moisturized hair just in time for spring!


Whether you have long or short hair, it’s easy to make hair drying mistakes. There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to drying and styling hair, so it’s easy to slip up. Unfortunately, that means it’s extremely easy to dry out and/or damage your hair! So we put together this essential list of 5 common hair drying mistakes to avoid.

1. Towel drying too roughly

This is an extremely common hair drying mistake and it can cause a lot of damage. First of all, this doesn’t help your hair dry faster. Second, the super absorbent fabric towels are made of can cause frizz if rubbed against wet hair too aggressively.

2. Leaving hair in a towel too long

See the above tidbit about towels and frizz. Also, leaving your hair up in a towel just slows down the drying process. Let your hair air dry and breathe a bit before blow drying it. It’ll make the whole styling process much easier.

3. Not using a heat protectant

We cannot stress enough how important it is to use a heat protectant on your hair before drying or heat styling it. It’s an easily avoidable mistake that has pretty steep consequences. The Ostia Collection 3-in-1 Mist will protect your hair from heat damage while offering UV ray protection and detangling properties.

4. Heat styling damp hair

Your hair should be 80% dry before you even touch a round brush. It should be 100% dry before you use a curling iron or straightener. Heat styling damp hair can cause severe breakage and damage. No matter how impatient you are, always make sure to dry your hair thoroughly before heat styling it!

5. Not directing hair for volume

If you want lots of volume from your blowout, you have to over direct the hair. Skip this step and you’ll be sorely disappointed by how flat your hair ends up! It’s less dire than the other hair drying mistakes, but it’s certainly one worth keeping in mind.

It’s easy to make these common hair drying mistakes, but luckily it’s just as easy to avoid them! So make sure to run down this list next time you dry your hair. And feel free to share your most dreaded hair drying mistakes in the comments.


If you struggle with giving your flat, lifeless hair the volume of your dreams, you’re in good company! A lot of women deal with this, but it’s easier to fix than you may think. Here are 5 ways to add volume to your hair.

Use Volumizer Shampoo & Conditioner

The Ostia Collection Volumizer Shampoo and Conditioner are an absolute must. They are paraben and sulfate free so they don’t dry out or damage your hair (or make your color fade). Plus, they smell amazing and work well on hair extensions and natural hair alike!

Prep with Volumizing Mousse

Prepping wet hair with Volumizing Mousse is a great way to add volume to your hair. It’s a lightweight foam that enhances your style without getting sticky or stiff. It’s perfect for showcasing your natural hair texture (if you air dry) or giving smooth volume if you blow dry.

Get an Extra Boost With the Root Lifter

If you want some extra volume at your roots, the Root Lifter is the way to go. It gives a major boost of volume while increasing the longevity of your style. Just spray some at your roots while hair is still wet and reap the benefits!

Use Dry Shampoo

A great hack for adding volume to your hair is using Dry Shampoo! Your scalp naturally products sebum and oils to keep your hair moisturized. But these oils can also weigh down the hair as they build up. Dry Shampoo helps you combat this by reducing excess oils to keep hair light and voluminous!

Gently Tease Hair

Using a rat tail comb or teasing brush, gently tease at the roots where you want to add volume to your hair. We strongly emphasize here that you need to do it gently. Teasing too roughly or too often can cause breakage and snarls. So do it sparingly!

Try Extensions

Lastly, a tried and true way to add volume is hair extensions. If you have particularly thin or fine hair, we recommend using Tony Odisho Fusion Extensions. Tony Odisho Tape Extensions are also a good bet if you use our unique, single-sided tape technology so that the extensions don’t weigh down your natural hair.

Try these 5 ways to add volume to your hair and let us know what you think! Do you have any favorite ways to add volume? Comment below!


If your New Year’s resolution is to workout more, welcome to the club. Also you may be wondering the best way to care for your hair extensions if you’re working out regularly. Well no worries on that front. In this post, we’ll break down what to do when working out with hair extensions!

Pre-Workout

Before you work out, secure your hair in your favorite style. Ideally a bun, ponytail or braid. Make sure it’s tight enough to stay in place, but loose enough that it doesn’t cause extra strain on your tape strips or fusion bonds. Lower hairstyles tug the least on your hair extensions.

If your workout involves swimming, wet your hair and apply conditioner to it from the mid-shaft to ends. This will protect it from getting frizzy and dried out from the chlorine.

If your workout is outdoors, apply 3-in-1 Mist to protect your natural hair and hair extensions from harmful UV rays (plus get the benefit of it being a detangler while offering added shine).

Post Workout

After you’re finished working out for the day, wash your hair with your favorite Ostia Collection shampoo and conditioner. The Ostia Collection is specially formulated to be safe on hair extensions.

If your hair is feeling a bit extra dry (if you swam in chlorinated water, for instance), use the Intense Conditioner because it doubles at a deep moisturizing hair masque. Just let it sit in your hair for 3-5 minutes before thoroughly rinsing it out.

It’s truly that easy to take proper care of your hair while working out with hair extensions. So don’t let the hair care daunt you, catch up on your New Year’s resolution today!