Hair extensions are a wonderful way to add highlights, thickness or simply make your hair longer. While they can improve your look dramatically, if they’re not taken care of properly, they won’t do much for you. These simple tips will help you take the best care of your hair extensions so that they will last a long time and you will get your moneys worth.
1. You should be gentle when brushing. Without the proper treatment, your hair extensions will get damaged quickly.
2. Wash with moisturizing hair care products. Hair extensions will not get any of the moisture from the natural oils your scalp produces, moisturizing hair care products will keep your hair healthy. If you are longing for shine, use a serum. Many hair care products that promote shine have a drying affect on hair.
3. Deep condition once a week. Leave the conditioner on the hair for approximately 20 to 30 minutes and rinse. Leave it on the hair for at least 20 minutes, then rinse and let them air dry (using a blow dryer will damage them if used too much. If necessary, put the dryer on a cool setting, almost as if it was wind!).
4. Use a heat protectant. Nowadays, just about everyone uses heated appliances on their hair. Whether it’s a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron, they all have one thing in common: they damage your hair. If you want to make your extensions last, your best bet is to use a heat protectant whenever you use a heated appliance on your hair. This simple step will prevent breakage and keep your locks looking great a lot longer.
Tips & Warnings
1. Wash your extensions every 2 to 3 days. This will prevent them from getting dried out due to over shampooing and conditioning.
2. Do as much as you can to NOT scrub at your scalp. It will loosen everything up. Use conditioner only on the ends of the hair or it will work against the glue and your extensions will come out.
3. Your best bet is to wash your hair as little as possible and use a ‘dry shampoo’ in between washings. It’s an areosol and it’s dry like a powder.
4. You spray it at your roots etc and it keeps your hair from looking greasy etc. Try to wait until your extensions are mostly dry before combing or brushing them.
5. The hair extension is easily damaged while wet. Hold your hair tight near the roots when brushing, or press your hand flat against the ‘glued seam’ on your head to avoid pulling or tugging at the bond.
6. Make sure to carefully cut the hair. It doesn’t grow back!