Happy Humpday Hair-mavens! Just thought I’d swing by and give you some helpful tips I wish I knew in the beginning of my hair extension career! These rules can be applied to all different types of extensions, a few adjustments for clip ins, but all-in-all these rules still apply:
Keep your hair and scalp clean! When sweat and dirt build up your hair tangles. Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner. Your stylist can tell you what products are best for your hair and extensions. Detangle your hair first from the ends to the roots before shampooing. Wash your hair gentle in a downward motion (from the roots to the ends).
Rubbing can cause the hair to tangle. When you’re done rinse your hair thoroughly. Make sure that your hair is clean before you use a hair conditioner. Condition your hair after every wash. Your extensions don’t receive the natural oils from your scalp. Do not apply conditioner in the root area or near the attachments. It can loosen the bonds and make your extensions fall out. Dry your hair gently, don’t rub it with a towel but move in a downward motion from roots to ends. Gently detangle your hair. After you get your hair extensions it is best to wait 48 hours before you wash your hair.
**Clip Ins: Skip the shampoo. Clip in’s don’t have the luxury of getting the natural oils from your scalp. Pre-rinse your extensions by dipping them into a large bowl of luke-warm water, making sure they are fully saturated with water, then follow with a great KERATIN FREE conditioner. Also, Do yourself a solid, lets those bad boys air dry, nothing kills extensions more than blow drying.
It is better to avoid heat. Heat is your one of your hair’s biggest enemy, the more you use it, the shorter your hair extensions will last. Be careful with the use of blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons. It is best to let your hair dry naturally. This is why one of my biggest recommendations is to purchase hair extensions which are similar to your own hair pattern and texture. This will enable you to air dry the hair, keeping it in better condition for a longer amount of time.
Use a special brush for hair extensions when brushing your hair (soft bristle brush). It is best to start at the ends of your hair and when all tangles are removed gently work your way up. Always brush in a downward motion. Brush your hair a few times a day. You can purchase something called a loop brush, the bristles don’t come to a point, they look back into the brush. These brushes are more gentle on both the hair and scalp.
Another important aspect of styling any type of extensions is using a good heat protectant. A great one is Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off The Press. Bonus: Paul Mitchell does not endorse or conduct animal testing!
Use a good (leave-in) conditioner to keep your hair soft. Don’t over do it. To much conditioner or any other hair care product can cause a build up and tangling. Avoid hair products that contain alcohol and keratin. Alcohol makes hair dry and keratin can easily make the hair brittle.
Confirm with your stylist or hair extensions technician that all styling products (including shampoo and conditioner) that you use are OK for use on your hair and extensions. The best line of products I have found for both styling and washing are from either AG Hair Cosmetics or Paul Mitchell. Both are cruelty free companies contain a huge range of products.
DON’T sleep on wet hair. Make sure that your hair is completely dry when you go to sleep. A good habit is to tie your hair together in a ponytail to prevent tangling as much as possible. Another great protective style is a french or regular three-strand braid.
**Clip Ins: Don’t sleep in your clip ins. Unless you want your hair to break off at the root and your extensions to be matted together. It’s not a good look.
Avoid long exposure to chlorine and salt water. Chlorine and salt water can cause the hair to tangle and mat up. It is recommended to wear a swim cap if possible or wear your hair up to keep it out of the water. After swimming it is best to shampoo and condition your hair immediately. In general it is a good habit to wear your hair up or in a ponytail when you exercise
**Clip Ins: You don’t need long hair to burn calories. Leave your extensions at home, in your gym bag, or where ever else. Sweating with your clip ins in will only require you to wash them that much more often, shortening their life span.