How well you take care of your hair extensions will have an impact on how long they last and how good they look. When having the extensions done, your hairstylist should be able to advice you on how to maintain them in the best possible condition. Always follow the instructions they provide for maintaining your extensions. Below is a look at some of the basic tips for keeping hair extensions beautiful for longer.
Caring For Hair Extensions
Keep both your hair and scalp clean. When there is build up of dirt and sweat on the scalp, this causes the hair to tangle. Wash with a good quality shampoo and then condition your hair. Consult your hairstylist on the best products to use on your hair extensions. Before you shampoo the hair, detangle it first from the ends to the roots. Next, wash the hair gently in a downward motion from their roots to the ends. Avoid rubbing as this could cause the hair to get tangled up. Once done, thoroughly rinse the hair. Ensure that it is clean before using a hair conditioner.
Condition your hair extensions after every wash. Remember that the extensions do not get the natural oils from your scalp. Avoid applying conditioner in the root area or close to the attachments as this could loosen the bonds and make the extensions fall out. Gently dry your hair by moving the towel in a downward motion from the roots to the ends, without rubbing. Detangle the hair gently. After getting hair extensions it is advisable to wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair.
It’s best to avoid heat when styling your hair extensions. Heat is one of the biggest enemies of hair extensions, as it tends to reduce their life span. Allow your hair to dry naturally and try to avoid the use of flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers.
When brushing, use a special brush for hair extensions, which is typically a soft bristle brush. It is best to begin with the ends of the hair and once all tangles are out, work your way up gently. Always brush the hair in a downward motion, a few times a day.
Use a good leave-in conditioner that will keep the hair soft. But avoid using too much product as this could lead to build up. Also avoid hair products that contain alcohol as this tends to dry the hair. Consult your hair stylist on the safest styling products to use on your extensions.
Never sleep with wet hair. Ensure that the hair extensions are completely dry before you go to bed. Make a habit of tying your extensions together in a ponytail to prevent it from getting tangled.
Swimming is fine, just as long as you don’t expose your hair to salt or chlorine water for long periods of time, as this may cause it to mat up and tangle. It is recommended that you always wear a swim cap or wear your hair up to keep it out of the water, and thereafter shampoo and condition your hair immediately after swimming. It is generally a good idea to wear your hair in a ponytail or up during exercise.
Synthetic hair extensions are handled pretty much in the same way as human hair extensions. In fact, the high quality fiber hair tends to behave more like natural human hair than the low quality fiber hair. Just as with human hair extensions, it is important to follow the instructions of your hairstylist on how to best maintain them.