Hair extensions began growing in popularity in the 1950s. Nowadays, there are tons of salons that offer extension services. Whether you’re looking for length, thickness or a pop of color, extensions can completely change the look of your hair. They are an investment, so it’s important to know the proper care. If you want your new extensions to last you a long time, you need to know how to properly take care of them to save the integrity of the hair.
Hair care always begins with the wash. Purchasing a special shampoo and conditioner is extremely important when it comes to keeping your extensions from falling out. These shampoos and conditioners are designed specifically for extensions and tend to be gentler on the hair. Make sure to wash out the conditioner last before you step out of the shower to ensure maximum moisture. Be extremely cautious when drying your hair, making sure to be gentle. This will help you manage any tangles.
Invest in a good leave-in conditioner. There are great to help keep your extensions soft and silky. If you can, avoid washing your hair every day to prevent access tugging on the hair.
When you get your extensions, you should also invest in a “Looper brush”. These brushes are designed specifically for extensions and will help you avoid any snagging. A wide tooth comb will work as well after you have showered and washed your hair. Always make sure you’re gentle when brushing your extensions. Brushing too hard will cause them to fall out or break off. Soft, slow strokes should help get rid of any tangles while avoiding any fall out. Take out any knots before you shower, working your way from the bottom up. You want to avoid any sort of tangles at all cost.
When you sleep, secure your hair in a loose ponytail or braid. This will make sure your hair isn’t in a tangled mess in the morning.
Extensions made from human hair are your best choice if you ever want to use heat tools on your hair. Synthetic extensions will melt if heat is applied. Heat includes curling irons, flat irons, wands and even blow-dryers. Keep in mind that using heat on human hair extensions will shorten the life of the hair. It’s important to keep your heat setting low, use heat protecting spray, and do weekly deep conditioning treatments to slow down the damage.
Make sure you wear a swim cap with all the extensions tucked underneath while swimming. Chemicals such as chlorine can be extremely damaging and will cause your extensions to fall out. Wash your hair immediately after swimming to get rid of any chlorine that has soaked underneath the cap.
Always make sure that your extensions are right for your hair. Getting extensions that are heavier than your natural hair can be uncomfortable and will break off and damage your hair. If you have any concern about the upkeep or possible damage extensions could potentially cause to your hair, always express them to your stylist. They are the best people to talk to about your concerns. They can recommend what is best for you. If you have any issues with your extensions falling out, knotting or becoming matted, please go to your stylist immediately. You don’t want to break off your natural hair!