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Six Things You Need to Know to Maintain and Preserve Your Hair Extensions

Hair extensions being added

With a wide variety of hair colors and lengths, it’s no wonder why hair extensions are so popular.

Hair extensions can give you the look you want without the commitment. Styling your hair extensions is simple, but maintaining them at all times is important. If you don’t maintain your hair extensions properly, they could start to lose their fullness.

To keep your extensions looking their best, following these tips:

Use gentle, sulfate-free shampoo

Wet your hair with warm water and use a sulfate-free shampoo every time you wash your hair. IdHAIR’s Long Hair Shampoo is designed to strengthen the extensions as well as your hair. The shampoo is sulfate-free, gluten-free, non-allergenic, paraben-free and has vitamin C and shea butter, which work together to moisturize and condition your hair.

Rinse and repeat, rubbing the shampoo between your extensions. Avoid scrubbing your hair vigorously as it will entangle the extension pieces.

Use a detangler and comb out any knots/matting that may occur

Avoid putting tension on the extension pieces with pulling and over brushing. For extensions, use a brush designed for wet hair or gentle detangling. Your extensions may be damaged by inferior quality brushes and ineffective brushes that will not give the same type of results. Detangling should be performed from the ends to the roots, preferably while the hair is damp and with the proper products applied.

Come in routinely for the necessary hair extension touch-ups and maintenance required

Scheduling a follow-up visit after you receive your extensions for the first time assure the proper maintenance needed. Your first follow-up visit should be followed by maintenance visits every few months. As your hair grows, your extensions get longer as well, your stylist will need to adjust them so that they will continue to look natural and undetectable.

Use a silk scarf or pillowcase to protect the hair at night

The key to keeping your weave extensions looking perfect is to avoid friction that can cause damage. For an added touch, ensure that they are neatly wrapped in a silk scarf or a satin pillowcase before going to bed. Silk and satin keep your hair free from tangles and tugging.

Use products to keep the ends of the hair moisturized and protected from heat/dryness

It is important to choose products for hair extensions carefully since they do not receive continual nutrition or oil deposits like natural hair.

To keep hair extensions shiny, healthy-looking, and free from split ends, deep conditioning treatments at least every two weeks. Using products with coconut oil, argan oil, or castor oil gives the extra moisture needed for extensions. Avoid using products containing “bad alcohols” such as sodium lauryl sulfate, propanol and ethanol. These products can cause frizz and dryness.

Different types of extensions

Allow your stylist to do a proper consultation in order to ensure that the right type of extensions are chosen. Express your expectations and wants from your extensions to your stylist. Some extensions are best for adding longer length while other are for more fullness to your hair while still maintaining a discreet appearance. Stay open-minded and be prepared for the options offered by your professional stylist.