Taking care of your hair extensions is one of the most important aspects of having hair extensions in the first place. It is much like taking care of our natural hair; essentially all of the same rules apply such as keeping up with regular washes, making sure to brush the hair daily, and using the best products. We eat food to feed our bodies with nutrients which eventually makes their way through our system to feed our skin and hair. We cannot feed hair extensions in the same way so we need to use alternative methods.
When it comes time to wash your hair extensions you want to make sure you have all products you will need and a space to allow your hair extensions to air dry. Everything you would normally do to your natural hair you can cut in half when dealing with your hair extensions. Instead of the normal two shampoos you would give to your natural hair, hair extensions would only need one shampoo.
Use organic and no sulfate shampoos to regularly feed, moisturise and treat your hair extensions. Remember, coloured hair goes through a chemical process, especially when lightened to blondes and special colours, this is unavoidable to achieve the colours we all desire. A little moisturising oil (we prefer Almond) each week is key. Conditioning your hair is an important step in any hair care regimen, We suggest you deep condition your hair once a week.
Brushing your extensions must become a regular activity. You don’t have to do it daily if you don’t wear them, because that would just be wired, but if you do, brushing before and after is a must. While brushing be patient and gentle, start from the bottom and after detangling those areas move up and do the same until you finish. Don’t pull hard, as that can cause major breakage and you will end up with a set of hair extensions that looks less than desirable.
Tape-in extensions allow for easy removal, the ability to reuse the hair, and the ability to maximize placement options giving the client a more natural, clean look.
Ensure that you are using the proper products. This will make all the difference in whether your extensions will tangle or stay soft and manageable. Be sure to check the ingredient listing and ensure you don’t see the words: SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Alcohol Denat, Ethanol, SD Alcohol 40, Propanol, Isopropyl, and Propyl.
Knowing how to wash human hair extensions is only one portion of how to extend the life of your extensions. Maintenance is key; just like we need a trim every six weeks, it’s a good idea to give your hair extensions a trim after a few months. Overtime extensions begin to shed hair and can have split ends, just like our natural hair if we do not care for it properly.
Clip in hair extensions have the huge advantage of being easy to take off and it’s recommended to do exactly that before jumping into the pool. If you just don’t see yourself without those babies on, then you have to take some precautionary measures to make sure you don’t do any damage. Two words: swimming caps. We know that they aren’t exactly this season's, or any for that matter, hot items but believe us, you will appreciate the protection it provides when your hair still looks bankable after a swimming session.
Show some love to your extension, not just use and abuse them. After usage don’t just rip them out from your head and throw them wherever. The right thing to do is to deposit them in a box that is big enough to properly accommodate them. Make sure they are laid down nicely, detangled and not in a pile.
It may seem like hair extensions are high maintenance, but if you were to compare your natural hair routine with your hair extensions routine you would quickly decide which one you’d rather do. The best part of knowing how to take care of hair extensions is how much you will save in the long run; think of it as protecting your investment. The better you become at taking care of your hair extensions, the better off you and your wallet will be.
Feel free to create a effective way to style your hair care routine, but remember to follow hair care principles, or you will damage your hair.