Victoria’s Secret Hair Tutorial

Well, Hello! Wanted to show you how I did the VS hair from last week, I am trying something new, a photo tutorial instead this time. I figured it would be nice because you can get all the goods without committing to a whole video. Let me know if yous think it’s a good idea, or a terrible idea.

My hair is already pretty thick so this takes me a long time (like 45 minutes) to do this from start to finish, but if you have shorter hair than mine or thinner it shouldn’t take you nearly as long!

Supplies: (not including the extra hair…we’ll get to that in a second)
Curling Iron {here} -this is a really good price for this tool!
Duck Clips {here} – side note: get them here or at Sally’s the duck clips they sell at Walmart and Walgreens are weak and don’t work for me.
Hairspray {here} or if you aren’t wanting to spend that much use this one {here}

First Section:

Second Section:

Top Section (and bangs):

Extensions: ( I am not a self professed clip-in expert, I have never really been taught how to use them, this is just what I do and it works for me, so if you have any suggestions, please comment!)

I curled these a few weeks ago so I didn’t need to today (which is really nice) but if you are starting with straight clip-ins clamp them to your hand towel holder with a big clip and curl them the same way you curled your hair. Then I lay them right on top of the curls so they can set without having to clip them:

Get some hair {here}

Since I just curled my hair I carefully pull up the sections and use a clip to keep it out of the way while I put my borrowed hair in.

Now I’m gonna go to bed cause it’s almost 1 am, so if you are looking at this tomorrow morning and you notice a bunch of grammatical errors, I apologize, I think my brain stopped working an hour or so ago…but let’s be honest, even at full capacity my brain still can’t manage an error free post.
Love you all!


  • Whitney

    10.12.2012 at 08:01 Reply

    Fabulous tutorial! In my opinion very easy to follow… Unfortunately my hair is too short:| Thanks so much! LOVE your blog!

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:57 Reply

      Thank you! I need to get some short hair tuts on here!

  • christina

    10.12.2012 at 09:10 Reply

    Love your blog and love the hair! Today is going to be my first attempt at highlighting and countouring! Woo! Hoo! Can’t wait! Thanks!

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:56 Reply

      Oh fun! PLEASE let me know how it goes!!!

  • Brenda

    10.12.2012 at 09:21 Reply

    Loved it and no problem in following the directions. You do a great job at your blog! Hey that rhymed lol.:)

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:54 Reply

      Thanks for the lovely poem:) haha

  • Stephanie

    10.12.2012 at 09:22 Reply

    Very cool!! I used your HAC instructions for my holiday party last friday – I thought I looked great!! 😉 and the leg make up – a first – and yeah, it does come off a little – glad you warned me!! love your tutorials – and love the picture tut!

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:53 Reply

      Oh I bet you looked so pretty! I am so glad to hear it, I know HACing can take some trial and error so I am extatic it worked for you the first time! You’re a natural…

  • Mackenzie

    10.12.2012 at 09:30 Reply

    LOVE the photo tutorial!

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:52 Reply

      Thank you !


      09.07.2014 at 11:04 Reply

      Yes, I <3 the pics tutorial! Which is what got my attention to begin with. Thanks. Saved in my PINS.

  • Rachael

    10.12.2012 at 09:56 Reply

    Uhm, so I *may* have spent all weekend surreptitiously devouring your entire site…. all, like, 65 back pages of entries… whoops! I guess you can say I love your site! :) I went out and bought Rimmel bronzer yesterday… lol. Anyway, I love the photo tutorial idea. I like videos but when I play them my toddler toddles over and asks a bunch of questions and then I can’t actually hear the video. Photos are easier! :)

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:51 Reply

      haha WOW! I am so happy you liked it enough to read that much! I totally know how that is one minute you click on the page and a few hours later…you’re still there! So glad it was mine for you this time:)

    • Sarah S.

      11.12.2012 at 10:19 Reply

      I may have done this as well the day I discovered your site…(:

      • Rachael

        11.12.2012 at 10:33 Reply

        Glad I’m not the only one! 😉

        • Sarah S.

          11.12.2012 at 11:22 Reply

          You are definitely not alone!

  • Emily

    10.12.2012 at 10:06 Reply

    Love this tutorial! Where do you purchase your extensions? Thanks!!

    • nancy

      10.12.2012 at 10:12 Reply

      Once again – you are amazing!! I really like the picture tutorial. IT was so well thought through and organized to perfectin!

  • Kesley

    10.12.2012 at 10:18 Reply

    Love your site! But I do find the video tutorials more helpful when it comes to curling and clipping just so we can see the techniques you’re using :)

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:49 Reply

      Thanks Kelsey! I think you are right, I’m thinking both might be best!?

  • ashley

    10.12.2012 at 11:01 Reply

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photo tutorial. In fact, that’s the only bummer I’ve ever had was that I had to sit & watch a whole video. I have a 3 year old and that’s pretty impossible. The photos are easy to follow. Fantastic!

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:24 Reply

      haha thank you! I have the same problem! Christian thinks the computer is youtube cars video time!

  • Katie

    10.12.2012 at 11:13 Reply

    Thanks for the photo tutorial. I love the hair and it was definitely easier for me to look through the pictures instead of watching the video. I’m loving your blog!

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:47 Reply

      Glad it worked Thanks so much for the feedback Katie!

  • Thedressychick

    10.12.2012 at 11:18 Reply

    I like both pictorials and videos. Which one is more work for you? I know for the folks who sneak a peek at work pictorials are much quieter 😉

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:26 Reply

      I would say they are pretty comparable as far as effort for me, I agree about the work thing though, I remember when I worked at my desk job and was totally busted if a video or sound bite came on! haha

  • Alicia

    10.12.2012 at 11:31 Reply

    I also love the photo’s! The perfect post! Thanks!!

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:39 Reply

      Thanks Alicia!

  • Jess

    10.12.2012 at 11:40 Reply

    First of all, love your blog, second, love the pic tutorial. Thought it was just as great as the videos! Keep our daily dose of fab tricks a comin! 😉

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:33 Reply

      Thank you Jess!

  • Mary Ellen

    10.12.2012 at 12:16 Reply

    I can’t tell you how much love your blog! I did the same as the reader before me – went through every page of your site last week! All of your tutorials are amazing. I did HAC and Mila Kunis’s eyes for dinner Saturday and everyone noticed a difference. I got so many compliments. :)
    I just want to say thank you for all your help. I’ve always been terrible and makeup and hair but with your tutorials, it’s been so fun.
    Also, I like both the video and the picture tutorials. Sometimes it’s easy to see the picture tutorial but I really like seeing the videos as well to make sure I know exactly what you’re doing.

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:35 Reply

      Thank you soo much Mary Ellen! I bet you looked so gorgeous! I love the Mila eye, one of my favorites!

  • Jenni

    10.12.2012 at 12:47 Reply

    Just curious why you don’t attach your extensions first, then curl?

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:29 Reply

      Good question! One reason is that I curl them once and it lasts at least 3 uses the second is that it usually gives me more volume with they are curled separately and third is because I don’t like to play with them too much once they are in because I feel like it loosens the clips grasp and makes them feel unstable.. ALTHOUGH, some people might disagree, I think if I had thinner or shorter hair I might do them together so they looked more natural and blended better…sorry that was a mouthful!

      • Brittany

        12.12.2012 at 20:06 Reply

        Cara, I’ll have to try your technique! I use clip-ins all the time but I usually put them in first and then curl. But the curl does only last for the one day and the next time I use then I have to re-curl again. I noticed you said your hair is thick. My is too but not quite as long as yours…with the extensions you recommend on Amazon, do you feel they are thick enough for your hair? I’m not sure if I would need extensions that weigh more then 100g since my hair is a bit shorter. Thanks! Your blog is great and I absolutely love HACing!!

  • Camille

    10.12.2012 at 13:17 Reply

    I LOOVE the photo tutorial. I’ve been following your blog for months because I am just awful at makeup and love how you break it down. Unfortunately, I read alot of your blog at work and am usually unable to watch the videos so this photo tutorial is money!

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:26 Reply

      thank you! and yes I totally relate to the sneaking a peak at work thing!

  • Lindsay

    10.12.2012 at 20:04 Reply

    Love this idea but would like a short video with it!! You’re the best!!

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:29 Reply

      good idea, maybe I should do both and give you guys the option??

  • Kaitlin

    10.12.2012 at 20:24 Reply

    I absolutely adore your blog, Cara! I’m so excited to try this one! I do like the picture tutorials for a quick glance, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE your videos! You always explain things so well and it helps me to see a continuous flow of what you’re doing. And for me, I need all the help I can get! Your videos just brighten my day! Thanks for all you do!

    • Cara

      10.12.2012 at 21:31 Reply

      Thank you so much Kaitlin! I am sooo glad you like it, your comment totally brightened my night!

  • Megan

    10.12.2012 at 21:53 Reply

    Thank you for posting!! SUPER easy to follow.

    ****As far as clip ins go I’ve been using them for YEARS. The best way to do it I’ve found is to brush them out individually so there are no tangles – then clip in hair line starting at the nape of your neck with the shortest weft and working your way up. Once in brush your hair into your clip-ins and curl from there. It’s the most natural way of styling extensions so they don’t look noticeable! :). ****

  • Ary

    10.12.2012 at 23:41 Reply

    Love it! Now lets just see how it works on short hair. What size curling iron do you recomend for shoulder lenght hair?

  • Stephanie

    11.12.2012 at 09:05 Reply

    I love all of your tutorials! The pictures were easy to follow and I can’t wait to try, but I actually miss the videos. I hope that’s okay to say. Ill still love and follow your blog either way:).

  • Kim

    11.12.2012 at 10:04 Reply

    I love your blog. Wanted to mention another good hairspray is by Nexxus and it’s called Comb Thru 😉

  • Andrea

    11.12.2012 at 10:14 Reply

    Hi Cara! I was just curious if the link to the hair extensions are the same exactones that you use?

    I purchased some about a year ago from a different site and it claimed they were 100% human hair but they do NOT curl! It just seems like it burns the extension when I attempt to curl them.

    BTW-I LOVE the photo tutorial, super easy to follow! :)

  • Katie

    11.12.2012 at 15:32 Reply

    REALLY like photo tutorials so I can read it at work :) can’t get on youtube here so I don’t usually go home and watch video tutorials

  • LaLa

    11.12.2012 at 18:14 Reply

    I LOVE your blog. You’ve done an amazing job! You make it look so easy to do =)

  • Catherine

    11.12.2012 at 23:50 Reply

    Ah, why are you so perfect?! I just love your blog to pieces! Xo

  • Mistorm

    13.12.2012 at 09:52 Reply

    Your tutorials are awesome!!! Please keep them coming. I have a question though, how so I bring out my green eyes with make up?

  • Meredith

    17.12.2012 at 14:23 Reply

    Hi Cara! I was just wondering if the extensions you use are the same ones from the link you provided? I’m thinking about ordering them bc the price is amazing but they have mixed reviews.

    Ps. Love your site!! Big fan 😉

  • stacey

    17.12.2012 at 22:32 Reply

    I was also wondering if that link was for the ones you actually use. I bought some blond ones about 4 years ago and I LOVE them and use them all the time, and they are still in perfect condition. They were from Sally’s and about $125. They said REMY on the outside of them and are 100% real human hair. I recently dyed my hair brown and was planning on purchasing a brown set (I switch back and forth between hair colors often and don’t want to ruin the blonde set by dying it), and the price is now about $150 for the same ones I bought before. I clicked on your link and by the pictures it looks very similar to the ones I have (although hard to tell since it doesn’t show any packaging) and I am wondering if they are just as good, because I would obvs rather pay $35 than $150!

  • Megan

    23.12.2012 at 14:09 Reply

    Hey cara, i just wanted to let you know, i used this tutorial for the way i wore my hair the day i got married. (yesterday actually :)) and it was awesome. the only curls that will hold in my hair. i love your blog and tutorials. they make me feel so pretty when i use all your tips and techniques. keep up the good work and inspiring people everywhere :)
    much love,

  • Kristal

    27.12.2012 at 15:23 Reply

    Love! Ill be hacing today and whippin out the old hair clips. I never thought top curl the top section back, came wait to try this tonight. So glad you do this biog so I can feel les they thee, mom of five and more sexy wife for the holidays, thanks!

  • Kristal

    27.12.2012 at 15:26 Reply

    Thats thirty three

  • Angela

    17.02.2013 at 05:16 Reply

    Question – do you start with wet hair or did you blow dry first?
    Also how long did you hold the curler in? I can never to keep it in long enough for my curls to last.

  • Jess

    06.10.2013 at 18:23 Reply

    So gorgeous! But I can’t decide what color extensions would match my hair. Do you have any advice on how to pick the right color, or where I might be able to buy some in person, so I could actually compare them to my hair?

  • Haley

    17.10.2013 at 10:01 Reply

    I have been using clip-in hair extensions for 5+ years now! This may sound odd, but I like to hold the wefts in between my toes and then curl them. Also, a little tip to add more length is to attach one weft to the other (I generally would take B and attach it to A leaving a cm from the top of A). Then I would attach it where you had A. Second, I would move D lower because my hair is so thin and I didn’t want it to show! Try it out and see if you like it :)!

  • Morgan

    21.11.2013 at 19:03 Reply

    oh my goodness! I love this. I will be using this for my boyfriends and my photo session next week… along with your big eyes makeup instructions! I am thanking sweet baby Jesus I found your blog right in time!

  • Ashley

    05.02.2014 at 19:38 Reply

    I just found your blog and LOVE it! I went out today and bought all new makeup. I already had extensions but rarely used them. Going to the salon Friday morning for a new color. Can’t wait to try my new look on date night Friday night! Tired of looking and feeling 41! Time to switch it up. Thanks for inspiring me!!!!!

  • Leslee

    11.07.2014 at 19:23 Reply

    First, I love your blog and am always going through your archives. Second, I’m curious, how do you get the hair off the curling iron for the pinch step so that you don’t burn your fingers and it stays in a roll to clip it? I’m guessing that before you are ready to set it you go to the tip and roll all the way up? I normally curl my hair starting in the middle and working my way down so the heat doesn’t stay at the ends.

    Would love to know your feedback as I curled my hair today before seeing this and it wasn’t exactly what I was going for (more so this look).

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