by Alexandra Samuel
WireImage Did you guys see Solange at the Falls Festival in Australia? I swear I did a double take at her gorgeous, butt-length strands. Usually, I'm not into super-straight hair but Solange pulls it off like a pro. But the surprising secret to her straight-as-a-rail strands? Volume.
Solange's version of volume is made up of hundreds of tiny little braids, but unless you've got eight hours (or more) to sit in a salon chair, you'll probably have to pass on the plaits. Instead, up your volume with clip-in extensions that are heat-style-friendly (which it should say on the packaging).
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You can either rock a straight line of extensions (I've heard great things about Luxy Hair), or you can choose a set that clips around your crown, which are my personal fave. In fact, I swear by my Hairdo for E! Liveextensions, which you can heat-style up to 350 degrees. They look totes natural and set you back about $100 (yeah, a little pricey, but cheaper than comparable sets). Plus, they stay super comfortable all night.
Prep damp strands with a mousse like Garnier Fructis Volumizing Sky-Hi Volume Mousse, then blow dry in two-inch sections, using a round brush. If your hair tends to be on the curlier side, you can also use a straightening serum. You want volume at the roots and a slight bounce at the ends, so use the round brush to push the section forward at the roots and then roll hair around the brush at the ends.
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When hair is totally dry, separate the top section of your strands (use the top of your ears as a marker) and twist it out of the way. Tease the roots a little bit to help the extension clips grip, then secure the top row of clips in place. Smooth the hair underneath, then secure the bottom row of clips.
Finish by rubbing a little styling lotion between palms and smoothing all over. Then, work it Solange style.