Maybe it’s your first time doing hair extensions. Maybe you’ve had hair extensions in the past, but they didn’t last as long as expected. We want to make sure this doesn’t happen to you again. Here are some of the most important do’s and don’ts to follow when caring for your tape in hair extensions.
How Do I Care For My Hair Extensions?
You are excited to bring this new and exciting change to your hair with hair extensions. However, adding geometric, longer thicker hair does mean that extra care is needed. Hair extensions are also different from your natural hair in some ways. Hair extensions are an investment, so you’ll want them to last. Better care means more longevity. The main way they differ from your own hair is that they are not attached to your scalp. Your scalp produces oils that lubricate your natural hair and keep it healthy. When hair extensions are cut, it requires more care, especially for permanent types like the one that you wear every day. We have some care tips that you can follow to maintain the beautiful quality of your new human hair extensions so they can be reused. With hair extensions, daily care is a must. They need more than just a wash and go. With these care tips and with hair quality always being a factor, it is possible to reuse hair for a year or more. The biggest factor in longevity is caring for your hair on a daily basis.
Dos of Tape In Extensions
Comb your hair extensions before shampooing
This will help eliminate any tangles, as the stress of shampooing may make the tangles worse.
Hold the top of the hair extensions with one hand while combing
This will stabilize the hair and prevent putting unnecessary stress on it.
Use the shampoo and conditioner recommended by your hair stylist
The type of hair care product you use does matter when it comes to keeping your hair intact.
Comb your hair from scalp to ends at least twice a day
This helps prevent tangles and will evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils for extra shine and improved texture.
Before styling your hair, use a heat protection spray
This works on blow-dried, straightened or curled hair. The spray can help reduce damage to hair extensions and natural hair.
Spend money on quality hair extensions
You want your hair extensions to last and look great – you also want to make sure they don’t damage your natural hair. Hair extensions crafted by a professional are the way to ensure all of the above.
Don’ts of Tape In Hair Extensions
Do not color your hair extensions yourself
You can color them, but it should be done by a professional to avoid damaging not only the extensions, but your natural hair as well.
Do not try hair extensions for the first time before a special occasion
Although it is unlikely, you may be allergic to the adhesive. The last thing you want to do on a special day is scratch your scalp.
Don’t wash your hair every day
Washing your hair every day can strip your hair of its natural oils, giving it shine and texture. Washing your hair extensions every day will wear out the adhesive faster, which can shorten their lifespan. Learn to love dry shampoo!
Do not wash or excessively sweat your hair for at least 24-48 hours after your hair extensions
For best results, wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo on the day of your appointment. And avoid washing your hair or exercising for a few days.
Do not apply conditioner to the scalp
You should apply conditioner from the extensions down, concentrating on the ends of the hair.
Daily care tips for wearing seamless hair extensions.
- Take the time to care for your hair extensions every day to keep them in place.
- When hair extensions are wet, avoid brushing them with any type of brush other than a wet brush.
- Don’t go to bed with wet hair extensions. After drying and brushing your hair, braid it into a ponytail to avoid tangles while sleeping.
- Use a wet hair brush or hair extension brush and brush your hair several times a day. Hold the roots of your hair in your hands while brushing to avoid tension on the extension bonds. If needed, use a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles.
- Do not use any products, especially near bonds that contain alcohol, oil or ethanol, as this can damage the bonds of hair extensions and cause them to fall out. When using products on your hair, choose high-quality products. However, do not overuse them as they can build up over time and cause tangles. When choosing shampoos and conditioners, use sulfate-free products.
- When you condition your hair, apply conditioner only to the ends of your hair up to your mid-shaft. Avoid letting conditioner get close to the label as it may weaken your band bonds and cause them to fall out.
- When you apply an oil or serum, use the same caution as you would with a conditioner, applying it from the ends of your hair to your mid-shaft. Avoid touching tapes close to the scalp. Using natural products will keep your hair healthy and shiny. Products such as coconut oil or argan oil are great natural options.
- It is very important to never use bleach or lighters on your hair extensions. When depositing coloring, do not exceed two shades of dark color. Always use a test strand first to see how it reacts to the color.
- Always wash hair extensions after swimming or exercising to remove any chemicals or foul language.
- The high heat of hot tools can shorten the life of hair extensions. When using them, be sure to use a heat protection spray. A lower heat setting is recommended to protect the longevity of your hair.
- When using a flat iron, do not leave it on the tab. This can weaken the bonds and cause them to slip off.
- To keep your hair extensions healthy, it is important to remove and reattach them every six to ten weeks.
- Your natural hair will shed 50 to 100 strands per day. Many of these hairs will be in the bonds of your taped hair. Seeing them released when you make a move is normal and should not be considered hair loss or damage to your natural hair.
- Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo prior to your hair extension appointment. Your stylist will also use a clarifying shampoo before installing hair extensions. This will make your tape bonded re-installations clean, so no chemicals or oils will affect the tape bond.
- If you have a lot of hair loss due to thinning hair or disease, ask your stylist about other options, as hair extension tapes will most likely not fit your natural hair.
Your hair extensions are an investment in yourself and they are beautiful. Caring for them is extra care and daily work, but it’s worth it to keep them long lasting.