How to care for hair extensions is and should be one of the most important steps in your decision to get them. Sounds a bit odd, but think of it this way – would you be happy with extensions that look good only about a month or so? Of course not! Taking care of hair extensions is an ongoing process, girlies, the results of which depend on you, your efforts and knowledge as well as your hair stylist. So, before you decide to shell out a serious amount of cash thinking that’s all it takes to have gorgeous hair, take a look at these tips on hair extensions maintenance.
Brush, Brush, Brush
Taking care of you hair extensions is as important as brushing your teeth each morning. Brushing your extensions is a regular upkeep kind of thing, something you should remember to do often, right and with the help of a good tool. Soft bristle brush or pro, Looper brush will, therefore, be perfect for that job, helping you detangle your hair without damaging it. As for the technique that ought to ensure long lasting good looks of your extensions. Patience and care – that’s all there is to it. Start at the bottom, as you would with your natural hair, detangling that area first before you move up to work on the top sections. Be gentle with your extensions too, as pulling will cause serious breakage, turning your gorgeous, shiny clip-ins into a frizzy, dingy-looking mess. You surely don’t want that to happen.
As per the popular belief, you do not need to wash your hair once in a blue moon. In fact, washing in crucial for the proper maintenance of hair extensions and there are a couple of rules to follow to make sure they continue looking good. First- detangle before shampooing, second – use a good shampoo and third (and maybe the most important of all) – take it slow. Wet your extensions bit by bit to prevent tangling using a downward motion when shampooing and rinsing them. You can, of course, follow up with a wide-toothed comb in case they start to knot, but you must be super-gentle.
Condition Like A Pro
A nice, nourishing leave-in conditioner will be a perfect follow up for your hair-extensions maintenance routine. Spray it on or work it in using the same downward motion, brush out any remaining tangles carefully and voila – your hair pieces are ready to be left to dry.
Go Easy On Bonds
Speaking of bonds, tip-toeing around this area is highly advised. In order to keep them good-looking and long-lasting, you’ll need to treat them with care not only when blow drying but while styling as well which, in plain English sounds something like this –“Do not clamp your flat iron over the bonds.”
Wear A Swimming Cap
Taking care of hair extensions in summer needs to include a serious cap-wearing habit as chlorine and salt aren’t your hair’s best friends.
Visit your Hair Stylist Regularly
That caring for hair extensions also involves regular trips to the salon for a pro checkup. Your hair can look absolutely gorgeous up to six whole months if you decide to follow the rules and check back with your stylist every 5 to 7 weeks for professional, thorough detangling, styling, chop and eventual re-fitting.
Protect Your Hair From Direct Sunlight
Hot bonds aren’t exactly the most beach-friendly option and I’m sure you’ve heard how spending too much time in the sun can cause them to melt and either completely fall off or leave a lot of sticky messes for you to handle when you should be having fun instead. Hey, few girls who could share an almost identical vacation horror story that has everything to do with melted bonds.
Say No To Alcohol Based Products
Alcohol-based products are not the best ones to be using on your hair extensions as they will dry them out, matte them down and make your hair pieces prone to tangling. Furthermore, applying a lot of alcohol-based products and failing to rinse them out fully and in good time can weaken the bonds and cause a lot of shedding.
Stay Beautiful, pretty ladies!