Getting a brand new set of gorgeous hair extensions is exciting. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities to style your hair. But for most of us, they’re an investment. Like anything else that you purchase, you’ll want to take care of your extensions in the best way possible.
Knowing what the hair extensions need can make the biggest difference in how long they’ll last and how well they’ll do their job. Without further ado, here are some practical tips for caring for your hair extensions:
Know the Difference
Extensions aren’t attached to your scalp, which means they can’t get the nutrients that your natural hair gets from the food you eat and your body’s natural oils. This means that hair extensions will not have the same level of natural protection as your original hair does.
Thus, you should make sure that you’re providing your extensions with products that help replace. Products like those oils and nutrients lightweight oils and heat protectants are essential to prolong your extensions’ life and keep them damage-free.
Wash Your Extensions
Products like strong-hold hairsprays, texturizing sprays, or even hair gels can make your extension greasy. You’ll find it difficult to style them, and they may even start weighing down a bit. This is when you’ll know it’s time to wash them.
Extensions are much weaker than your natural hair, so you’ll have to be careful when washing them. It’s good to wash them in sections rather than all at once, especially since they could get tangled and damaged later when you try to untangle them.
Be sure, however, to wash your extensions with sulfate- and alcohol-free shampoos. Sulfate and alcohol are two ingredients that really get the gunk out of your hair. Yet, in doing so, they can also strip your hair of their much-needed essential oils.
Dry Them The Right Way
To make your extensions last as long as possible, avoid exposing them to heat as much as you can. While you could blow-dry your natural hair after every wash, you can’t do the same to your extensions — not just because of the heat, but also because the extensions aren’t attached to your scalp. Blowing them around might therefore cause tangles.
Instead of using heat, squeeze the water out gently and lay them to dry on a flat surface. Microfibre towels or cotton T-shirts can absorb the water quickly to dry your extensions in no time.
Brush Them Properly
Just because extensions aren’t permanent doesn’t mean you don’t have to be careful when brushing them. Like your natural hair, extensions can also become matted if you don’t brush them properly. And, if you leave them unbrushed for too long, they can become tangled and difficult to manage.
To avoid this situation, it’s a good idea to use a hair extension brush. These tools are specially designed for extensions and their unique properties. If you aren’t able to find one, you can still use a wide-tooth comb or a soft bristle brush.
Stack all the pieces in your extension set on top of one another and run the brush or comb from the ends to the clips, very very gently. Avoid tugging or pulling, and carefully undo any tangles using your fingers before you brush them again. Ideally, you’d want to brush them with every other use to keep any stubborn tangles from forming.
Avoid High Heat
The whole point of getting Remy human hair extensions is so that you can style them however you want, and they’ll look real. Many people mistake this as a go-ahead for using their hot tools on their extensions at the highest heat setting.
While natural hair extensions offer the benefit of being less heat sensitive than synthetic ones, exposing them to heat continually is not a good idea. Your natural hair might be able to withstand higher levels of heat, but extensions don’t. They’ll lose the nutrients they need to stay healthy, and with no natural source to get more, the hair strands will become weak and fall out.
Be Mindful of Shedding
All of us happen to shed hair. An average person sheds about 50-100 strands of hair per day, and this is a normal part of your hair’s life cycle. Extensions, being made of real hair, are similar. Some strands might get damaged or fall out.
Many people try to minimize the shedding by not brushing the hair or not washing it. It’s common to think that minimal interaction with the strands will prevent the issue, but that’s not how it works. Brushing or washing the hair less often will only add to how much it sheds overall. Just be gentle when washing the extensions, and you’re good to go.