Hair extensions will give you the look and feel of naturally long hair. You can switch from short to long hair in a matter of minutes. They are also ideal for those with fine, thin hair as they create additional volume to your natural hair. Ultimately, you can have great looking hair without having to bother about maintenance.
In order to maximize these benefits, it is important that you know how to take good care of your hair extensions. Follow these tips to make sure that they stay in great shape.
Washing requirements depend on the type of extensions you have. Clip-in extensions are temporary and are removed before going to bed. Since it is removable, you don’t need to wash it frequently. Washing it once a month is enough to keep it clean and in great shape.
Permanent hair extensions, on the other hand, require more frequent washing. Since it is attached to your hair, you need to wash it like you do with your natural hair. Also, dirt, sweat and oil may build up on your hair extensions. Washing it regularly will help keep it clean and fresh. Your stylist will give you recommendations as to which products are best for your extensions.
After washing, the next thing you need to do is to condition it. This will keep the strands soft, smooth, and easy to manage.
Apply the conditioner using a downward motion and try to run a comb through the strands while you’re at it. This will help get rid of tangles. Since you’re washing your hair extensions, and not your natural hair, there is no need to invest on a whole lot of conditioning products. Regular conditioners will do.
In order to keep your hair extensions from tangling, you need to brush it regularly. Otherwise, you’ll end up having messy, frizzy hair. Think of it as your natural hair. Brush it using a soft-bristled brush and be gentle when handling your hair extensions. Start from the ends and work your way up. Be careful when removing tangles. Patience and care is the key.
Hair extensions usually stay in place between 6 weeks and 3 months. In order to maintain the quality of your extensions, it is best to visit the salon once a month. During the appointment, your stylist will have to check on the extension to make sure there are no knots. He/she will also give you a trim to give your hair a more cared after look.