10 tips for taking care of your hair extensions

22 Jan

Beautiful brunette with long hair flying

If you’ve bought Dream Girl hair extensions you want them to last as long as possible. A no brainer, right? Your hair extensions won’t grow back, like your natural hair, so you need to take care of them.

What you need is a new set of hair habits. Here’s our ten step guide for taking care of your hair extensions for as long as you can.

Brush before you tuck in

Yes, it might make you feel like a child again but there’s method in it. Hair extensions last longer when they’re tangle free. So using a natural-bristled brush before you go to sleep will help keep hair tangle free and keep it looking lush for longer.

Be careful when hair is wet

When hair is wet it’s at its most vulnerable. It’s the same with hair extensions. You want hair follicles to stay in place and if you brush while hair is still wringing wet you could rest breaking them.

Don’t use cold water to wash your hair

Warm water is best for hair extensions, not too hot and not cold either. It’ll help absorb shampoo and conditioner so that hair stays tangle free and smooth for as long as possible.

Use the right shampoo

Many hair products contain detergent or sulfates to help them perform better; sulfates help your shampoo lather more easily, for example. These chemicals can strip your hair of natural oils while also irritating your skin. On your natural hair you can repair any damage. With hair extensions once they’re damaged, they’re damaged for good. Use shampoo and conditioner designed for hair extensions to minimise risk.

Wash gently from the top down

Gently does it when it comes to washing your hair extensions. You want to protect those hair follicles as much as you can so start at the roots and work your way down to the tips.

Reduce friction

You might be used to bunching your hair up on your head while you wash, or rubbing your fingers into your scalp. This will damage the delicate hair cuticles that help keep hair smooth and long-lasting.

Use natural oils

Conditioner is key for keeping your natural hair shiny and looking healthy. If you don’t want to use it on hair extensions use a couple of drops of natural oil, like coconut. Be careful not to use too much as hair can become lank and greasy with too much oil.

Turn off heat

We use heat almost every day on our hair and it does it real damage. Heat moulds and melts hair making it easier to style but it also dries it out and can cause split ends. Reduce the amount of heat you use on your hair by allowing it to dry naturally as much as you can after you wash it.

Don’t use straighteners

Never, ever use a straightener on your hair extensions. It will strip your hair extensions of the oils they need to stay healthy looking, they’ll become dry and brittle. You don’t want frizzy hair extensions!

Talk to a stylist

Fancy a new style? Do not cut your hair extension yourself. They won’t grow back. If you want to take off some length or try something new talk to a stylist first.

 

 

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