HAIR EXTENSION CARE TIPS AND TRICKS
Whether you're new to hair extensions, or have used hair extensions in the past, it's always a good idea to refresh your memory on how to deal with and take care of your set. After all, the better care your hair extensions receive, the longer they will last you. And hey, don't we all want hair on fleek for as long as possible? Generally, this should be applicable to most types of high quality human remy hair.
With regular care and attention, you can ensure your extensions last as long as possible and stay looking healthy. So, if you want to learn how to best take care of your hair extensions, read on to discover all of our best care tips and tricks!
The Lifespan of Hair Extensions
With maximum care, your hair extensions can last up to a year or even longer, depending on how often they are worn. The more you wash and style your extensions, the shorter their lifespan will be, so keep washing and using additional products to a minimum. The important thing to remember is that your hair extensions don’t have a natural hydration source like your own hair does, so keeping them moisturized and reducing dryness is crucial.
All hair extensions, however, can and may tangle - it's normal and to be expected. The reason being is because tangles are caused by the friction of your natural hair rubbing against your hair extensions, which is why we never recommend you sleep, shower or swim with your extensions in. This will only mix all the hair together and create knots.
The best way to keep your extensions tangle-free is to keep on top of regular brushing. Always have a paddle brush on hand so that even when you’re out and about you can still give your hair a quick run through. Make sure you brush your extensions every time you apply and remove them.
How to Reduce Shedding
On average, your natural hair will shed approximately 100 strands a day, and because our hair extensions are made of natural hair, you can expect some shedding throughout its lifespan. Every time you brush or style your extensions there will be light shedding, so don’t be surprised or worried when this happens. This, however, does not mean to reduce the amount you brush your extensions. You can minimize shedding in other ways.
Washing your extensions too much will dry out the hair which may cause them to shed. The more products you use, the more you will need to wash your extensions, so the best way to reduce shedding is to use a minimal amount of products when styling your hair.
Your extensions have a beautiful, healthy finish already so you shouldn’t need much product to enjoy them. If you want more hold when curling your extensions, try pinning up the curls and leaving them overnight or even just for an hour to ensure the curls stay in place without the use of hairspray. If you do want to reach for hairspray, consider a lightweight formula which you can still easily brush through. Extra strength hairsprays will clog up your extensions, which means more washing.
How Often Should I Wash my Hair Extensions?
Hair extensions don’t need to be washed as much as our natural hair. The less you wash your extensions, the longer they will last you.
Whilst natural hair needs regular washing due to oil being produced from the scalp, hair extensions are not attached to our scalp and therefore do not endure the same oil build-up and only need washing when there is too much product in them. We find it is best to wash your hair extensions every 15-20 wears.
Bottom line is, how often you wash your extensions is mostly down to your personal routine, so it’s important you pay close attention on the quality of your extensions. If your extensions feel like they’re becoming increasingly difficult to style, this is a likely a sign that there is product build-up and they need to be washed.
Washing your Extensions
When washing your extensions, it's important you hydrate them as much as possible. Since hair extensions don't receive the natural nutrients and oils from the scalp like our own hair does, it's important to ensure that your set is always nourished and moisturized, as this will help keep it looking healthy. We recommend to stay away from products that include sulfate and alcohol as these ingredients will help dry the hair out.
Hair extensions that are made of 100% human remy hair can be dyed a darker color. If you do decide that you want to colour your extensions, it’s always best to head straight to the salon and find a professional who is experienced in working with extensions as you’re unlikely to run into problems this way.
We do not, however, recommend bleaching your hair extensions as they have likely already been dyed at the manufacturing level. Forcing bleach on hair that has already been dyed can be difficult, and finding alternatives like increasing the concentration of bleach or leaving it in longer to soak will only lead to damaged hair. Also, keep in mind that the color may not come out as intended because of the existing hair dye.
When coloring your extensions, we recommend to have a one clip weft tested first prior to dyeing the full set to ensure that you're satisfied with the results.
Remember everyone’s hair is different, so it’s always best to keep an eye on your own natural hair and your extensions to see how often they need to be washed and which products are best to use. Like natural hair, the best way to reduce damage is to keep things as hands-off as possible (except with the brushing!) and to avoid over-styling and over-washing.
With a good routine, you can wear your extensions for months on end and enjoy fuller, thicker and healthier looking locks.