Summer is about to start winding down soon, but there’s still time to try this cute summer side braid hairstyle! It’s a great way to get some of hair out of your face in this scorching hot weather, plus it looks adorable and can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

This tutorial is being demonstrated on a model wearing our new Weft Extensions, which will be available for purchase this fall. We will also be offering beaded weft certification classes shortly thereafter!

Step 1 – Prep

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Prep the hair with your favorite styling products. We recommend 3-in-1 Mist for its detangling properties and heat protection. Flexible Hairspray will add some buildable hold for the base of the style as well.

Step 2 – Curl

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Curl the hair into soft waves using the Infrared Curling Iron. For this style, we removed the clamp from the iron and used it like a wand to create a looser wave.

Step 3 – Section

Part the hair on the desired side and use a clip to keep excess hair out of the way before you begin styling.

Step 4 – Braid

Begin braiding small pieces at the top of one side of the head, gathering more hair as you work your way down. Tie off with clear rubber band.

Step 5 – Widen

Pull on sides of the braid to give it a wider, fuller appearance.

Step 6 – Wrap

Take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the clear rubber band and tuck the end in the band itself so that it doesn’t show.

And that’s it! You have a gorgeous summer braid hairstyle that super easy to recreate and can be worn on just about any occasion.


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

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

Step 3 – Brush with a Paddle Brush

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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

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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

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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

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

Step 8 – Use comb to add texture

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

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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.


It can be a struggle to make wire suspended clip-in extensions look natural on thick short hair, but rest assured it is possible! It just takes some easy tips and tricks to make it look more blended. In this tutorial, Tony Odisho himself demonstrates how to apply Velo Extensions to thick short hair.

First, clip up most of the hair using Tony Odisho’s double hinged non-slip alligator clips.

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Begin French braiding the hair on the right side of the head, starting above the ear.

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Repeat on the left side.

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Pin up the two braids so that they don’t show after the Velo Extensions are applied.

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Let down a layer of the clipped up hair and then re-clip the top layer.

How to Apply Velo Extensions to Thick Short Hair

Apply the first weft of the Velo Extensions. Adjust wire as needed.

How to Apply Velo Extensions to Thick Short Hair

Release another layer of the clipped up hair.

How to Apply Velo Extensions to Thick Short Hair

Then, using the clips attached to the Velo, apply the second weft of the hair extensions.

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Brush out the hair and extensions using the Mixed Bristle Paddle Brush.

How to Apply Velo Extensions to Thick Short Hair

Apply Flexible Hairspray for heat protection and hold.

How to Apply Velo Extensions to Thick Short Hair

Using the Infrared Curling Iron, curl the hair into loose waves.

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That’s it! A fool-proof way to apply Velo Extensions to Thick Short Hair. They look blended and natural, not choppy or disjointed. Try it on your own set of Velo Extensions today!

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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!


It’s officially prom season and we are thrilled to share this cute and easy updo tutorial for it. This elegant hairstyle can work well with just about any prom dress, plus it’s insanely easy to create. All you need is: Dry Shampoo, Flexible Hairspray, Strong Hairspray, and an Infrared Curling Iron. Here’s how!

On dry hair, apply Ostia Collection Dry Shampoo. This will help add some texture. Plus the formula is talc-free, so it leaves zero residue!

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Apply Flexible Hairspray. This acts as a heat protectant and it offers a buildable hold that’s perfect for updos.

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Using the Ostia Collection Infrared Curling Iron, create soft curls for added texture and volume in the updo.

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Tease hair at the crown of the head to create even more volume.

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Lightly brush out hair afterwards.

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Pin into a bouffant, leaving plenty of face-framing pieces in front.

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Take a piece of hair from the right side and twist it slightly, then pull it across the head, beneath the bouffant. Pin into place.

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Repeat the previous step, this time going from left to right.

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This style can be worn to prom as is or with the following steps you can create an updo!

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To turn this into an updo, repeat the last step listed, going piece by piece.

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Finish pinning everything into place, then spray with Ostia Collection Strong Hairspray to hold the style while you dance the night away.

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And that’s it! It’s an easy yet elegant updo, perfect for prom. If you enjoy our tutorials, be sure to check out the rest of our News page for more fun hairstyle ideas.

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As you may know, the America’s Beauty Show is fast approaching and Tony Odisho will have a booth at the show. Whether you’ve already purchased a ticket or are about to, consider visiting our booth, #11020. From our special offers to our amazing team of specialists, here are 4 reasons to visit the Tony Odisho booth at America’s Beauty Show!

1. Get 25% Off

Yes, you read that right! All of our products, from tools to hair care to extensions will be 25% off all weekend long. You won’t want to miss this exclusive discount. We only have a sale this big once a year, after all!

2. Enter the Raffle

We will have a raffle that everyone at the show is free to enter. You can enter your ticket into the raffle any of the three days. The drawing will be held at 4PM on Monday, April 1. The winner will receive a black zip up tote bag, Styling Clips, Infrared Curling Iron, Dry Shampoo, 3-in-1 Mist, and Flexible Hairspray. If you win and aren’t at the show that particular day, we’ll ship you the prize!

3. Receive a Free Gift

This year we’re offering a FREE Round Copper Brush to everyone who spends $100 or more at our booth. Buying a few packs of hair for a client? Get a free brush for yourself! Need to stock up on backbar shampoos and conditioners? Free brush! It’s our little gift to you as a thank you for being a valued customer!

4. Meet the Team

The Tony Odisho team is unlike any other. We’re comprised of some of the industry’s finest professionals with a passion for hair and customer service. If you want to see friendly faces and have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with industry experts, booth #11020 is a must-see at America’s Beauty Show.

Now hurry up and get your ticket! We hope to see you at the show this weekend.


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.