Hair extensions are a great way to lengthen the look of your natural hair or even make your hair appear thicker. You can apply a streak of color to your hair using clip-in extensions. While hair extensions are a great way to improve the look and style of your hair, you must also remember that they require proper care. Read on for nine tips on caring for your extensions to ensure you can get the most out of them.
1. Buy Quality Hair
Ever heard that old saying, “You get what you pay for?” Well, in many cases this is true. Consider investing a little extra money in your extensions, particularly if you want them to look natural and last a while. Shop around. Visit local beauty supply stores and compare brands and prices. Also, be sure you have a trusted, professional stylist attach your hair extensions. Ask a friend to recommend a stylist.
2. Avoid Using Too Many Hair Care Products
Be sure to wash and moisturize your extensions. However, avoid using lots of heavy cream, hair spray or gels on your extensions. Doing so could cause them to look greasy and/or weighted down. Wherever you buy your extensions from, ask the seller to recommend hair care products that work well with the type of hair you’re purchasing.
3. Invest in Human Hair
Many synthetic extensions can’t be dyed or styled as well as human hair. For this reason, some people choose human hair over synthetic. However, many types of human hair are more expensive than synthetic hair. Ask a beauty supply store worker or hair stylist for advice on which human hair brands are the best quality for your money.
4. Follow Your Stylist’s Suggestions
If you have sewn-in extensions, ask your stylist what daily care routine you should follow. Some stylists will recommend certain shampoos and methods for washing extensions. Many stylists will recommend that you don’t wear your sewn-in extensions longer than 2-3 months. Some stylists don’t recommend their customers to dye their extensions because it may ruin the synthetic fibers.
5. Wash Clip-ins Separately
“If you have clip-in hair extensions, take them out of your natural hair before shampooing them,” said My Fantasy Hair. Hang them up to dry and comb them using a wide-tooth comb.
6. Purchase Reusable Sewn-in Extensions
Many sewn-in extensions can be reused over time. Keep them in a few months, have them removed, and then save them to be re-sewn at a later date. Ask a stylist for advice on which brands are best.
7. Avoid Styling with Heat
Some synthetic brands of hair are ruined by heat. If you know you want to try different styles with your hair, such as curling or straightening, opt for human hair instead.
8. Wash and Moisturize Your Hair
Remember that you must still manage your hair by washing and moisturizing it often. Every hair type is different Some people wash and condition their hair daily. Others may only wash and condition twice per week. Ask a hair stylist for advice on how often your hair type should be washed and conditioned.
Sometimes hair extensions get tangled, even human hair. Always keep a wide-tooth comb on-hand to untangle your extensions. You could also invest in a wig brush or looper brush, both of which are made especially for weaves and extensions.
Hair extensions are a fun way to change your look. Many of them are versatile and affordable. To ensure that you can keep your extensions looking better longer, take care of them.