Hair extensions, especially high-quality ones, may cost a little more, but they are a long-term and worthwhile investment. When you make this big splurge, you need to take proper care of your hair extensions. To ensure that your hair extensions last as long as possible, you need to maintain them properly.
If you don’t take care of your hair extensions, you can damage your own hair. Keep in mind that real hair extensions and synthetic hair extensions are different and require different procedures. So read on to find the best way to maintain your hair extensions
How To Take Care of Human Hair Extensions
Taking care of human hair extensions is not difficult, but there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Keep Your Hair Clean
Dirt and sweat can make your hair extensions tangle. To prevent this, you should wash with a shampoo that does not contain sulfates or parabens. Before shampooing, detangle your hair from the ends to the roots and then wash your hair from root to tip.
Ensuring That You Dry Your Hair After Washing or Swimming
Wet or damp hair can damage the tape adhesive or bond of hair extensions. Therefore, it can be removed from your real hair.
Use Soft Bristle Brushes
The soft bristle brush removes tangles while preventing damage to the adhesive of the tape. Start at the ends of the hair and work your way up. All brushing should be done in a gentle downward motion to prevent putting too much pressure on the hair extensions.
Avoid Prolonged Exposure to Sunlight, Chlorine and Salt Water
They are the worst enemy of human hair extensions. Sun exposure, chlorine and salt water can leave your hair dehydrated. This in turn can lead to dryness and tangles.
When swimming in a pool or at the beach, it is recommended that you wear a swim cap or put your hair in a ponytail or braid. If your extensions do get wet, use shampoo and conditioner as soon as possible.
Apply Conditioner to Your Hair Extensions Regularly
Using conditioner will not only extend the shine of your hair, it will also repair the protective layer of your hair, the cuticle. When applying conditioner, make sure to focus on medium length hair to the ends to avoid your roots becoming too greasy.
Avoid Washing Your Hair Extensions Every Day
Washing hair extensions daily will dry them out. To keep your hair extensions moisturized, wash them no more than three times a week, but this will depend on the thickness of the extensions and the amount of product you use.
Dry Your Hair Completely Before Going to Bed
When you sleep with wet human hair extensions, tangles can form. Some hair extensions can also pull on your natural hair, causing damage. You can blow dry your hair extensions because they are 100% human hair. They are heat resistant and the bonds will not melt when you blow dry them. We also recommend tying your hair in a low ponytail or braid before bed to prevent tangles.
Dip Your Hair Extensions in Water With Diluted Shampoo
The easiest way to clean hair extensions is to soak them in water with diluted shampoo. Before soaking, comb through the extensions a few times to remove any tangles. Soak the extensions in the water for 10 minutes and move them from one side to the other to clean them properly. Do not rotate the extensions in the water to prevent tangles from forming.
Rinse Your Extensions Under Running Cold Water
Flowing water helps remove dirt from hair extensions. The cold water temperature keeps the moisture in the hair extensions and prevents them from drying out. After rinsing, squeeze them with your hands and place the clips on a clean towel to dry. For a permanent method, pat dry with a towel before blow drying.
Temporary Versus Permanent Hair Extension Methods
Clip-in hair extensions are temporary, while permanent extensions can stay in your hair for six to eight weeks, depending on how they are maintained. Temporary hair extensions can be styled as usual, however, it is recommended to wash them sparingly to avoid stripping them of moisture. To make sure your permanent hair extensions look as good as they did on day one, make sure to maintain a proper hair extension care routine and follow your stylist’s specific instructions.