Taking special care of your hair extensions is very important to ensure their health, color, and vibrancy over the long term. Hair extensions that have been properly applied and cared for look and feel brand new every time. Following a maintenance routine at home can be of great benefit, regular maintenance routines can keep hair extensions healthy and looking amazing.
Since the best hair extensions are made of pure human hair, they require the same amount of maintenance as a regular person with natural hair. The key to longevity is maintenance and there is no better way to start than at home.
Hair extension maintenance is different depending on the type of bonds you have. When shampooing you will only be washing your scalp. Using your fingertips, gently massage the skin of your scalp. Do not worry about washing their hair. After gently using your fingertips to wash your scalp and massage in between the bonds, tilt your head up towards the ceiling and with your back facing the shower head, allow the water to start at your forehead and rinse the shampoo. As the shampoo rinses it will travel through your hair and gently cleanse your hair extensions without over cleansing them.
If for some unusual reason you feel that your hair extensions are in need of a deeper clean then you may gently work the shampoo into the hair extensions before rinsing but always be mindful not to over shampoo as this will dry out the hair extensions. The reason you never face the shower is that your hair will fall in front of you and will more easily tangle when trying to put it back where it will naturally fall and be worn.
To condition your hair, you will not put the conditioner on the bonds. Keep the conditioner at least a few inches away from the bonds as it can cause the hair extension bonds to release. Conditioner is very important for the hair extensions health so apply the conditioner to all of your hair extensions other than three or four inches away from the bonds and gently detangle all of the hair extensions with your fingers. After detangling using your fingers which in a sense are your largest comb, use a wide toothed comb that you will keep in your shower to further detangle your hair extensions. Always and only detangle your hair extensions while the conditioner is in the hair.
Conditioner has a slipping agent in it which will help detangle the hair extensions more easily. All hair including hair extensions are only half as strong wet compared to dry therefore damage can happen much more easily so be gentle and take your time and do a thorough detangling with the conditioner in your hair extensions. When your hair extensions are completely detangled, you may rinse the hair extensions exactly as you did the shampoo. A cool water rinse is great to help close down the cuticle layer of the hair to further reduce tangling. Gently squeeze the water from your hair. Gently fluff the hair extensions with your hands and then squeeze the hair extensions again to release more water. Do this about four times to release most of the water from your hair extensions. This will make it much easier and must faster to style your hair extensions later.
Products to Avoid at all costs
Certain products can damage your hair extensions and hair solutions. Products high in alcohol can dry out and discolor the hair extensions. Ingredients in certain suntan lotions can turn your hair extensions orange so keep it completely out of your hair, in fact don’t even allow your hair to brush against your body that has suntan lotion on it because it will pick up the lotion from your skin and discolor. Self-tanners will definitely stain your hair extensions if it comes into contact with them. Never use Baby Shampoo. It seems like it will be gentle but in order for it to not cause tears it is alkaline, so it causes the cuticle of the hair to open up making your hair like Velcro which generally causes irreversible extreme tangling and damage. All products used on your hair should be acidic and be between the range of 4.5 to 5.5 on the PH scale. It is important to protect your hair extension investment. Some products work great on your own hair but not well on hair extensions.
Dry Hair for Bedtime
Your hair must be completely dry before you go to bed and secured in a loose ponytail. Wet or even damp hair will tend to tangle throughout the night and when you wake up and the hair is dry it may be impossible to detangle the hair extensions. Even if this long hair was your own, tangles can occur the same way. For this reason, make sure that you have completely dry hair when going to bed. This is a mandatory part of your hair extension maintenance.
How to Sleep
Make sure when going to bed that along with your hair being completely dry that you put it into a loose low ponytail at the nape of your neck or a loose braid at the nape of your neck. It is best not to wear ponytails or braids off to one side because it is over directing the hair and one side of your extensions will be going through stress. Also, your braid and ponytails must be loose enough to not feel any tension on your scalp. If the bonds are being pulled tightly it will cause stress on the bonds which can cause them to prematurely release or even cause premature shedding of your hair. Another great idea is to sleep on a silk pillowcase. The fibers in silk are very tightly woven so this creates a nice smooth surface for your hair to glide over. Cotton pillowcases rough up the cuticle of the hair and cause tangles as well as pull moisture out of your hair which can dry it out. You could also try a silk hair scarf or wrap instead of the pillowcase.
The lifespan of your hair extensions depends on regular maintenance and this can be done by planning or scheduling maintenance cycles. A daily brushing routine, hydration, and application of natural hair care products that avoid drying chemicals are essential. When it comes to natural hair extensions, remember to treat them as if it was your own natural hair.
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