How To Care Human Hair Extensions
Human hair extensions can transform your entire look by adding volume and length to your hair. Celebrities use them to get glamorous hairstyles in only a day. Just like your natural hair, human hair extensions require a certain amount of care. If you want your hair extensions to make you look beautiful, you better learn how to maintain them.
Washing Permanent Human Hair Extensions
Treat them like your natural hair
- Because your extensions are sewn in, you can wash them along with your natural hair in the shower. Be gentle, though, so that you don’t loosen your extensions. If you’re too rough with them, they won’t last as long.
- Be sure to use a moisturizing formula shampoo. The more that a shampoo moisturizes, the better it will be for your hair.
Use sulfate-free shampoo
- Sulfates are the cleaning detergents in shampoos that cause them to foam. Sulfates are effective cleaners. However, they can dry out the natural oils in your hair that serve to protect it. Your body is constantly creating new oils for your natural hair, but your extensions do not have a direct supply, so you need to be very careful about drying them out.
- Sulfates can cause split ends to form in your hair.
- Sulfates can make your hair look dry or frizzy over time.
Wash your extensions three to five times a week
- Don’t wash your extensions every day. Just like your normal hair, they’ll become dried out if you over-wash them. On days that you don’t wash your hair, give it a gentle rinse and use some conditioner.
- How often you should wash your hair depends on its thickness, oil content and how much product you use in it.
- For example Someone with thick, dry hair who doesn’t use too much product wouldn’t have to wash as often as someone with thin, oily hair who styles it daily.
Dry your hair
- Blow-dry your hair completely before going to bed. You should never go to bed while your permanent hair extensions are wet. Wet hair extensions will bunch up causing tangles to form. As you move around in your sleep, the tangles in your extensions could get stuck and pull on your natural hair, damaging it.
- You can use an ionic hair dryer to limit your hair’s exposure to heat.Ionic hair dryers release negative ions that attack the water molecules in your hair. The water molecules then divide allowing them to evaporate quickly.
Taking Care of your Extensions Between Washes
Brush your extensions
Not only does brushing remove any tangles from your extensions, it also spreads the essential oils in them evenly across the strands. Brush your extensions every day to smooth them out and give them a healthy luster.
- Be sure to use a soft bristle brush and be gentle.
Make your own hair freshener
- Mix some of your favorite essential oil with some water in a spray bottle. Keep your spray bottle with you throughout the day and spray your extensions whenever they start to dry out.
- Coconut oil and rosemary oil are great to use on your hair.
Use heat protectant spray
- Heat protectant spray adds moisture to hair while stopping natural moisture from escaping it. Make sure to add some heat protectant spray to your extensions before you dry them or before you go out on a hot day.
- Heat protectant spray makes a shield around the cuticle of a hair strand and allows it to keep its shine.
Replace your hair extensions
- You should replace your sewn in hair extensions every eight to ten weeks. If you keep them in longer, the hair growing underneath them will come in matted. You can keep a clip in hair extensions as long as they look healthy and keep their shape.
- Always get sewn in hair extensions taken out by a trained stylist.
- Store your clip in hair extensions in a breathable material like cotton to maximize how long they can last.