Last week a client wanted to understand how to care for hair extensions. And she kept asking how the likes of Beyonce and Selena Gomez look amazing all the time in their hair extensions.
The truth is that it has nothing to do with being a celebrity!
Looking fabulous in your hair extensions doesn’t have to be short-lived. In this article, we shall look at a proper human hair extension care routine by answering some of the frequently asked questions.
Whether your choice is synthetic extensions or human hair extensions, observing simple daily rituals like conditioning, detangling, brushing, and choosing the right heat protection products will keep your hair looking good at all times. Let’s get started.
How Long Do Hair Extensions Last?
Well, that depends on which hair extension you have.
Tape–in extensions take an hour to be fixed and need to be re-taped after every six to eight weeks. However, you can reuse them for a whole year.
Glue-in extensions, are glued to the hair and not the scalp. If you use as little glue as possible, preferably latex-based adhesive, these extensions will last for four to eight weeks before they detach.
Keratin bonded extensions, when firmly fixed to hair strands matching the weight of the extension, will last for six to eight weeks. Ensure you brush the hair properly. And don’t yank it with a flat iron, especially on the bonded spot. Remember to check that the products you use are Sulphate-free.
Clip-in hair extensions are relatively quick to fix. Since you can set and remove them on a daily basis, they will last for up to one year.
Ultimately, your lifestyle and hair maintenance routine will determine how long the hair extensions last.
How Do You Take Care of Real Human Hair Extensions?
First, observe the following routines:
- When going to bed, remove clip-in extensions. Otherwise, any other extensions should be dry and secured at bedtime.
- Be on the lookout for any buildup of oil or other hair products on the extensions and ensure that you keep the roots of the extensions oil-free. With this in mind, wash the hair regularly, preferably once a month.
- Be gentle on your hair. Always detangle the hair before brushing it.
- Deep condition the hair using oil-based conditioners at least once a week.
- Avoid inverting your head or wearing a high ponytail because this tends to put a strain on your wefts.
- If you’re too busy to follow the routines at home, ask your stylist about the aftercare services that they offer human hair extension care and book them regularly.
If you have thick, curly, long, fine, dry or damaged hair extensions, the hair will tangle and mate from time to time. To avoid this, shampoo and condition the hair using a leave-in conditioner.
Use a wide-toothed comb to brush the hair starting from the knots to the tips of the hair.
Apply heat protectants to your hair before doing any heat-based styling. If possible, limit the use of heat treatments, because they tend to dry your hair over time.
Tuck your hair in a loose bun when you sleep so that you wake up with tangle free hair.
How to Reduce Shedding
High-quality extensions rarely shed. Make sure you buy quality hair extensions from reliable brands. Hair extensions that are made of machine double wefts are the best.
Request your stylist to use the flip-over method when installing the hair extensions. This is important because the wefts are uncut.
Wash the hair with a clarifying shampoo and condition it regularly. Strengthen the wefts with adhesive like Dritz to minimize shedding.
Comb and wrap your hair before going to bed.
Consider getting new hair extensions installed if the shedding is too much.
Coloring/Dyeing Hair Extensions
Use semi-permanent hair color so that you have the freedom to change it any time you want.
The color you choose should match your skin tone. Pale skin blends well with warm color tones while darker skin tones blend well with cooler shades.
Moisturize the hair regularly. Avoid washing or applying excessive heat treatment.
How Should You Wash Human Hair Extensions?
- Gently comb and detangle your hair using a wide-toothed comb.
- Wet the hair with lukewarm water.
- Use the root to tip motion to apply a Sulphate-free shampoo and lather thoroughly to remove any hair products and dirt in the hair.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Apply conditioner from the roots to the tips of the hair.
- Pat the hair dry with a towel and let it dry naturally in the shade.
- If you have to blow dry the hair (although we would not recommend it), apply a heat protectant first.
- Once dry, comb the hair, oil and style it to your desired look.
Use Top Quality Care Products. When you are brushing your hair, be gentle. Without the proper treatment, your hair extensions will get damaged quickly.Treat this hair just as if it was your own hair. Use good quality shampoo and conditioning products to keep your hair soft. Conditioning your hair is very important to keep it soft and manageable, so use leave in conditioners.
Firstly,you need to detangle your brazilian virgin hair from the ends to the roots before shampooing.Don’t rub your hair violently,because of this method causing the hair to tangle,so you need to wash your gently from the roots to the ends.
Dry your hair gently, don’t rub it with a towel but move in a downward motion from roots to ends. Gently detangle your hair.You can also use products like gel and hair spray to keep the curls in place , but make sure to wash your hair and not leave in these products in for a long time.
The above tips will help you enjoy your hair extensions for longer. Alternatively, ask your professional stylist on how to care for hair extensions. They always recommend a personalized human hair extension care and maintenance plan.
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