Let’s say you’ve already decided that you’re gonna install some hair extensions. Maybe you want more volume or more length to your natural hair- it doesn’t really matter why you want to do it as the main effect is the same: a new, fresh look for you.
Let’s assume you also know by now which type of hair extensions you’re gonna get (human hair or synthetic one) and have the perfect idea about how you’re going to install them.
Suppose you decided to go with sewn-in extensions or clip-in ones. Now that they’re installed…How do you take care of them? Is it the same for all hair extensions or each type needs specific caring actions?
Scroll down for some useful tips that help you expand the lifespan of your hair extensions and keep your natural hair shiny and healthy at the same time.
Just installed sewn-in extensions. What’s next?
No matter how tired you are, you do need to take it nice and slowly, following some specific steps.
- It’s essential to detangle your hair not only before you wash it, but also every night, before you go to bed. You may use a special looper brush or a wide-toothed comb, but a wig brush would do just as well. Since it’s created especially for hair extensions, it’s best to use a looper brush that has looped bristles. Comb your hair smoothly from the ends to the roots, bit by bit. You should never comb your hair from roots to ends.
- Keep in mind not to comb your hair the first few days after you installed the hair extensions. If you really have to do it, try to stay away from the joint as much as possible.
- Use a gentle shampoo for your hair every now and then and apply it from scalp to ends. Stay again away from the sewn part and pamper yourself massaging the hair with circular motions. Play it safe and ask your hair stylist which shampoo is best to use. It’s her/his thing to know about hair extensions.
- You may also use a conditioner, but it’s important to apply it from below the sewn part. Be extra careful with the amount you use as too much conditioner may cause your extensions to fall out.
- You need to completely dry your hair and it’s great if you could use also some heat protecting spray first. You want to dry and protect your hair at the same time. Don’t be surprised if it’s gonna take you longer to dry your hair. After all, you do have twice as much hair with the extensions.
- You should also use heat-protecting spray also when you really have to heat style your hair. We’d rather you didn’t, but if it’s a must, you need to use the heat styling tool at medium to low temperature, protecting at first.
- And now that we’re in the styling section, try not to tie your hair back the very next day after you got the extensions.
- Last, but not least, get ready to cover your hair with a net or a sleeping cap when going to sleep. You may look funny and all that, but it’s more important to have your hair extensions protected from getting frizzy or tugged out during your beauty sleep.
What about clip-in extensions?
If you have clip-in extensions, first thing to do at the end of the day is to
- …take them out before going to sleep. This is why you decided to get them in the first place-they are a temporary solution, after all. You do need to brush them nice and easy every night for better appearance. You may sleep with them, but the tiny clips may dig into your scalp- last thing you want in your sleep. Let’s not forget that clip-in extensions aren’t as durable as sewn-in ones also.
- You do have to wash your hair extensions once a month with a smooth shampoo and conditioner. Use a bit of shampoo and give a nice massage to the fibers. Continue by rinsing and apply the conditioner as well. Remember the part about synthetic hair extensions and human hair extensions? Keep in mind that you should use a shampoo for synthetic fibers for the first type and hair products for the human hair extensions for the second type.
- No matter how much you’d be in a hurry, never comb the hair extensions while they’re wet and wait for them to dry. Gently use a soft towel and clip them to a pants hanger. Put the hanger in a well-ventilated space and wait for them to completely dry until your brush them. As for combing, it’s best to use a wide-toothed comb. Comb the hair extensions from the ends and go way to the top. No matter how easy it may seem to you, never comb the hair extensions from the top to the ends. Expand the life span of your hair extensions by moisturizing them especially if you style them pretty often.
- As for styling, try not to wear them in a ponytail in the first day you installed them. Better yet, check the label as it may tell if you can wear them in a ponytail at all.
- It goes without saying that you do need to stay away from heat styling (curling/straightening), especially if the extensions are synthetic. Always use heat-protecting spray if you really have to do it. Check the hair extensions to be dry and don’t blow-dry them either. You should style them before you actually clip them to your hair (weird, right?)
Final tip: If you’re really into straightening/curling your hair, get two sets of the same extensions and use each for “just curling” or “just straightening”. It’s gonna keep the hair extensions in better shape for longer time, for sure.