Caring for your hair extensions properly is vital to preserving the quality of the hair. Not using the correct products or techniques to care for your human hair extensions will result in tangling, matting and the fibres becoming damaged and dry. The better you look after your hair extensions, the longer they will last, which is great as hair extensions are often quite expensive. They will also look a lot nicer and healthier in the long-run too.
Brushing and Combing Hair Extensions
The first important part to looking after your hair extensions properly is brushing or combing. This stops the strands of hair becoming intertwined, resulting in tangles and eventually matting. It is important that hair extensions are brushed or combed thoroughly and regularly, but not too often as this can cause shredding of the extensions, in which case they will fall out at a more rapid rate, resulting in thinning (2-3 times a day should be enough).
The right brush for use on hair extensions will contain loops (as shown below), as apposed to bristles or ball-tips, which will get caught in the hair extension weft and cause more unnecessary hair loss. Alternatively, a large, wide-toothed comb should be used.
To comb hair extensions, simply apply pressure from the palm to the top of the head, ensuring that the hair weft is held firmly and securely against the head, whilst combing or brushing gently through the lengths of the hair extensions. This reduces snagging at the root of the hair extensions, or on the weft, which can cause shredding of the extensions and tugging and damage to the natural hair.
Sleeping in Hair Extensions
Some people are a lot more active in their sleep than others and as a result, movement during sleep can cause tangling and matting of the hair extensions. To reduce the chance of this happening, always ensure that you brush or comb your hair at bed time as part of your nightly routine. This will remove any tangles in the hair that could become matted during sleep.
It is also a good idea to tie the hair up into a bun. To do this, simply scrape the hair back as if to put it up into a pony tail and tie with a scrunchy. Then continue to twist the pony tail, whilst wrapping around the scrunchy. Secure the bun with a second scrunchy. This will keep the hair extensions neatly in place and reduce the chance of tangles and matting whilst you sleep.
Remember to brush your hair again after removing the bun.
Washing Hair Extensions
You should try to wash your hair extensions as minimally as possible if it can be helped. Washing too regularly will cause the hair to shred, the bond/ fixture to come loose and the process of blow drying can be damaging to the hair, causing it to become dry and brittle.
Only wash your extensions every other day or every 3 days. The less you wash your hair extensions the better.
When showering or bathing, simply use a shower cap to keep your hair extensions from getting wet and In between washes, use a dry shampoo product such as Batiste. This will freshen and add volume to hair that may become greasy or lifeless after going unwashed for a few days.
When you do wash your hair extensions, however, ensure that you use a high quality, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, making sure that the ends of the hair are conditioned well. During conditioning, before rinsing, comb through the lengths with a wide-toothed comb. The conditioner will smooth out the hair, whilst combing simultaneously will remove any tangles, making the hair extensions sleeker and more manageable.
To dry, simply twist the hair, squeezing out any excess moisture and then pat dry with a towel. Do not roughly towel dry, rub the hair extensions or twist the towel on top of the head, as this can cause damage to the hair extensions.
Once excess moisture has been removed from the hair, you may choose to blow dry it. It is recommended that you only blow dry when it is require, otherwise it is best to towel dry or leave to dry naturally. Always apply a heat defense spray or serum product to the hair before applying heat and only use heated tools when necessary. Use the lowest temperature setting possible, as this will reduce damage to the hair extensions. Using rollers is also a sensible alternative to heated curlers as they provide volume and body without the need for heat.
About Author: Martin is hair care specialist and a freelance writer, he love to write articles on hair care and he recently wrote on how techniques on getting highlights for dark brown hair.