1. You will need a big claw-style hair clip, a bag of hair braiding rubber bands, 1, 14 inch piece of yarn or string in the color of your horse’s tail and a latch-hook like you’d use when braiding.
2. Pick the right level to install the hair. Not too low or too high up the tail bone.
3. Part the hair on the dock horizontally and clip up the top part. This is the hair that’s going to come down and eventually hide the extension.
4. Take a piece of hair in the center of the tail below the tail bone and divide it into three sections. This is the weight-bearing braid, so you want the piece of your horses’ natural hair to be big enough to distribute the weight of the extension, but not so big that it can’t be hidden.
5. Divide the hair into three parts, start a braid, incorporate the yarn by placing the yarn behind the two outer branches of the divided hair to be braided. Proceed to braid in a downwards fashion 3-5 braid notches. 5a. Using your latch hook pull the center piece of hair (of the started braid ) through the material loop at the top of the extension.
6. Continue to braid the hair below the loop, so the top braid is now supporting the extension. Braid tightly to keep the extension in nice and secure. Continue braiding until the braid under the extension is about 2 inches long. Band the end of the braid off tightly using the yarn ends using the same closing knot used when braiding a horse’s mane. If you are not familiar with a closing knot, you can use a rubber band to secure the braid.
7. Take the loose ends of the yarn and cross them behind the tail bone and bring them back to the front (cross two to three times) and finally tie them off at the front. The yarn should be snug against the tail bone. This all should be done to keep the braid and the yarn snug and close to the tail bone but not to cut off any blood flow to the tail bone or tissues. Injury or permanent damage can occur to the horse’s tail bone if proper care is not taken.
8. Release the hair from the clip. You should have enough released hair to cover up the installation braid and loop at the top of the extension. Run a brush gently though the tail extension bottom to the top to blend the extension hair and your horse’s hair together.
Our Spicy Storage Satchels come with every imaginable feature to make storing and carrying the tail extension trouble-free. Spicy Satchels are designed specifically for Spicy Tail Extensions.
Storage Satchel Features
*Open bottom allows the extension to be inserted from the bottom up which smooths the hair and allows for air circulation
*Convenient interior Velcro loop to secure the extension
*Zipper with hidden flap feature to allow easy access and to protect hair from catching
*Two handles; use one for hanging and both for carrying
*Light weight, durable, signature fabric with smooth interior
Insert the clean/dry Spicy Tail Extension into the zipped Spicy Storage Satchel through the bottom opening. Continue to move the extension through the Satchel until the loop at the top of the extension is even with the interior Velcro loop. Secure the loop to the velcro fastener. Holding the handle at the top of the Spicy Satchel, gently shake the Satchel and Extension, this action should smooth any hairs on the Extension that may have tangled a bit while moving the Extension up through the Satchel. You can now safely store your Spicy Extension in a hanging fashion, or folded in half. To remove the Extension simply unzip the zipper on the Satchel about 1/2 way open, “un-Velcro” the loop at the top of the Extension and pull the Extension free through the top of the Satchel. Brush the Extension gently bottom to top. The Extension is now ready for installation!
TIP- Between shows, periodically take the Extension out of the storage Satchel and gently brush. The opening at the bottom of the Satchel allows for air circulation and enables any debris in the Extension to fall out.
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