How to Properly Care for Your Hair Extensions?
Hair extensions add length and volume to your natural hair, making it look extra long, thick and luscious. It's important to take care of them properly. Do you know what the best hair care tips are for hair extensions? In this blog we will introduce you in detail. This will help your extensions last longer and prevent damage or shedding due to tangles, and they will look great whenever you wear them.
Here's everything you need to know about maintaining and caring for your hair extensions.
1. Prepare in Advance
1. Wide tooth comb or brush
A wide-toothed comb or brush designed for extensions will help you detangle your hair easily without causing breakage. (Steel and metal combs are fine, don't use plastic combs) They are very gentle and won't snag on the strands.
Regular brushes and combs have much less space between the bristles. Forcing them through your extensions can cause pulling and excessive force.
2. Non-oily conditioner
Spray a few times before wearing a extension, the hair will be silky and bright, and it can also prevent static electricity, keep the hair moist and soft as new.
3. Microfiber Towel/Cotton T-Shirt
Using a microfiber towel or cotton T-shirt can help reduce drying time without causing frizz. Traditional cotton towels create more friction and can be more damaging to your hair. It is therefore recommended to avoid drying with a rough towel.
4. Get an expert hairstylist
Getting a haircut by a professional hairstylist with previous experience in working with curly hair, who truly understands the science and all the perks that come with having curly hair, can make all the difference. An amazing haircut which looks great with your naturally curly hair is more likely to make you want to put that straightener away and rock your curls!
Do not use:
1. Hair Spray
Do not use hairspray like gel water, pomade to your hair extension, it will make hair be oiled and get messy easily.
2. Products With Harsh Chemicals
While harsh chemicals are generally a no-no for healthy hair, they’re especially damaging if you have hair extensions in place. Avoid products that contain sulfates, parabens, or alcohol, as these can strip the hair of its natural oils, making it dry and brittle. This can lead to further breakage and damage. These chemicals also make the hair appear dull and lifeless.
Opt for sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, as they will keep the strands clean without compromising the quality and color of the extensions.
3. Hairsprays and mousse
Not only can it make your curls crunchy (a big no-no!), these two products are also ones that contain the highest amount of alcohol.
2. Hair Wash Details
Clean the scalp（The Beginning of a Thorough Hair Cleanse）
When shampooing, concentrate on rubbing and cleansing your scalp properly with your fingertips.Use cold water or mild water to clean your hair extension. The biggest concern that many people have with air-drying their hair, regardless of hair type or texture, is frizz. If you are planning on air-drying your hair you need to ensure that you thoroughly cleanse the hair in the shower, as product buildup will prevent the moisture of your conditioner or leave-in product from reaching your hair. Hair must be adequately moisturized to successfully air-dry and hair that has not been fully cleaned may not benefit from the effects of conditioner and leave-in products.
Gently Wash Your Hair Extensions
Keeping your extensions clean is essential, but be very gentle while you wash them. This means using lukewarm water and a gentle scrubbing motion so the strands do not loosen or break.
Note how often you wash your hair: Wash your hair less
Generally, curly hair is prone to being dry, which is the reason why it's so important not to over-wash it. Excessive shampooing opens up the cuticles and strips the hairs of their natural oils, which will dry out your curls even more. Washing your human hair extensions once about 1-2 months is best, and also it depends on the frequency of wear. The less you wash, the better!
3. Hair Blowing
It is best not to dry the extensions with a hair dryer, use to suck additional water in the hair, and place it to ventilated place, avoid damage of hair caused by sun exposure. Believe it or not, there are right and wrong ways to air-dry hair—both for the health and appearance of your hair. It spares your hair from the potential heat damage caused by blow dryers. Air-drying is preferable if you live in warmer climates and if your hair isn’t low porosity. If you're in a hurry and have to blow dry your hair, make sure the heat isn't too high. It is best to blow with cold wind.
When the hair is thoroughly dried, comb a strand of hair several times, from hair ends to top, be patient.
4. Matters Needing Attention
Regarding the temperature
1. Avoid High Temperature
Do not place your virgin hair extension close to high temperature. Do not use Flat-iron or curler too often, it will cause you hair extension lack of glossy, dry and easy to broken.
Excess heat can cause your curls lose their natural spiral-like shape, making them look lifeless. If you notice this, avoid using any kind of heat (including the blow drier with the diffuser!) for a week or two, and focus on rehydrating your curls to give them that bounce back. If you do use hot styling tools, use them on moderate heat settings and always use heat protectant.
2. Avoid Frequent Heat Styling
Constantly using straighteners or curlers can lead to severe hair damage. It is best not to use heat styling tools too often, especially if you have hair extensions in place. If you need heat to create a particular hairstyle, apply a heat protectant spray or serum first. Use the lowest heat setting possible to minimize damage to the strands.
About tying hair
Avoid Tight Braids or Ponytails. You absolutely can wear your hair extension up. Just need to know the "rule" that do not tie your hair extensions too high, just in case your own hair leave out. Tight hairstyles, such as braids and ponytails, put a lot of tension on the hair extension bonds. This can lead to loose strands or breakage. If you tend to tie your hair up or wear braids frequently, opt for looser styles, or find hair ties that are meant for use with extensions.
Don't Go to Bed With Wet Hair. Wet hair tends to be weaker and more prone to damage, and this applies to extensions as well. Wet hair extensions get tangled or matted when slept on. You also risk bacteria or fungi growing if you repeatedly fall asleep with damp hair. To ensure successful air-drying, you want to make sure that you aren’t going to bed directly after washing and conditioning. Even if you sleep on a silk pillowcase to reduce friction, you may put dents or creases in your hair by sleeping on it before it fully dries. Additionally, you will cause frizz with any movement you make while sleeping. Make sure that if you are planning on washing your hair at night, you leave enough time for your hair to fully air-dry.
Regularly Go For Follow-Ups To Maintain Your Hair Extensions
Follow-up appointments are very important if you want to ensure that your hair extensions remain secure and look their best. So book regular appointments with your professional stylist every six to eight weeks to keep your hair extensions looking flawless.
About knotting and shedding
If you hair extension is tangling after long use, do not pull your hair, spray some extension-specific non-oily conditioner, and comb it with wide-toothed comb or hand carefully and do not rush, take your time.
When you found your hair fell out a little bit. Do not be scared, a little shedding is normal when your comb and wearing your human hair extensions.
About Out-of-Home Hair Care
Sunscreen: ultraviolet rays will not only hurt your skin; If exposed to the outside for a long time, they will also dry and break your natural hair and hair receiving parts. When exposed to the sun for more than an hour, wear a sun hat.
Swimming: chlorine and salt water can damage your hair. Before swimming, moisten the conditioner with tap water. This can prevent your hair from absorbing chlorinated water or salt water, which is very unfriendly hair reception.
Maintain moisture: moisture starts from the inside out. Drinking plenty of water can make your skin and hair look good. In addition, you can withstand pressure better. You can also use essence fluid after boiling water to help your hair keep dry and avoid splitting.
Relax you and your hair: now is the season to refresh you. Relax and don't expose yourself to the hot sun. You can use less hair dye and hairstyle, let your hair rest and nourish natural vitality.
Hair extensions enhance your natural look, but like all beautiful things, they do require some tender loving care. Whether you have curly or straight hair, LaaVoo Hair has the perfect extensions to suit your particular hair type. Once your extensions are in, just make sure you follow these hair care tips to keep them looking healthy and beautiful. It may seem like a lot, but it comes down to the right hair care products, detangling brushes, and proper hair hygiene.
So, get those extensions you want and make a resolution to care for them well, and the future is sure to be amazing!