We are constantly seeing celebrities with beautiful hair extensions which make them look absolutely glamorous. However, once we try them, it seems that we don’t get the same vow effect, and one of the reasons for this can be quite simple – the lack of adequate care. So, in order to help you with this issue, we have prepared an ultimate hair extension care guide.
Before we start talking about the right ways to take care of your extensions, let us discuss how to choose the right extension method. This will depend on your budget, preference and hair type. For example, sewn-in extensions are ideal for curly thick hair which is strong enough to hold them. Furthermore, they require frequent visits to hair salons, so make sure that your budget is not too tight for something like this. On the other hand, adding clip in hair extensions has proven to be quite practical since there are no limits regarding the hair type. What’s best, they require much less care, so it’s not surprising that every experienced hairdresser will recommend exactly them. These are two of the most usual methods; however, feel free to research the following ones as well: pre-bonded, tape and micro-ring extension methods.
The first important rule is to brush your extensions regularly. However, be careful since if you don’t do this properly, you can damage them quite easily. When it comes to clip-in extensions, you should take them off in the evening and brush them with a wide-toothed comb. Start from the bottom part and then go all the way to the top. But remember never to do this while they are still wet since this can seriously damage them. The same goes for sewn-in extensions except you can do all of this without taking them off. We would also recommend that you use a special looper brush with looped bristles which are specially designed for hair extensions.
Another extremely important thing to remember is that you must use gentle cosmetics unless you want to ruin your hair extensions. Thus, go for gentle sulfate-free shampoos and nourishing conditioners which will soothe your real hair as well since strong cosmetics with hazardous substances can damage the roots of our hair as well. With this in mind, make sure to read the labels carefully and stick to natural products only.
Your sleeping habits are extremely important if your extensions are not removable. First of all, you must remember not to go to bed until your hair is completely dry since sleeping with wet hair can significantly weaken and damage the bonds. Furthermore, it’s of the utmost importance that you switch to silk pillowcases since they are much gentler both to your real hair and your extensions. Thanks to them you’ll prevent the faster appearance of split ends after you had a haircut as well.
If your hair extensions are synthetic, forget about using any heat styling methods on your hair, be that curling or straightening since you’ll immediately destroy them. On the other hand, using these styling techniques in the case of extensions made of real human hair is absolutely acceptable, but still, you should be careful and use heat protecting sprays. Also, keep the temperature on low to medium in order to avoid damaging both your real hair and extensions. As you can see, taking care of your hair extensions like a pro is not that hard. All you need to do is be careful and avoid using shampoos and other cosmetic products which can damage them easily. Finally, keep in mind that higher-quality extensions cost more, but they are certainly worth every penny since they’ll last much longer than the cheaper ones.