Hair Extension Do's and Dont's:
How To Make Sure Your New Hair Looks Fine, Not Fake
Hair extensions, hair extensions… I have seen so many of them lately! I have had more hair extension appointments in the past six months than I have in my entire career. Hair extensions, of all kinds, are being brought to me, whether it be for new application or a redo. I have seen some gorgeous hair, but, on the other hand, I have also seen some damaged and unmanageable messes that I know could have been prevented. So, I'm writing this blog to tell you how to keep your extensions as soft and as pretty as your real hair.
After all, no matter which method you choose, from protein bonds or beads (which I recommend), to wefts, the fact is this: you need to take even better care of the hair than your own (and hopefully, that's pretty darn well). A note at the start: if it's possible, purchase hair at different lengths, as it allows for a more blended finished product.
Speaking of getting a nice finished product, check out my simple suggestions for long-lasting extensions:
Redo them often: I can't stress this enough, hair extensions are high maintenance, but in such a beautiful way if you maintain them. Maintaining them is a must! Every two months is ideal, because the longer you wait to redo your extensions, the further they grow away from your scalp, resulting in more weight in your hair follicle, and the possibility of pulling your hair out. No matter how in tact your extensions are now, after those two months, you'll see matted patches, hair loss, and scalp irritation.
Deep conditioning is also a must: Be sure to restore moisture to your extensions once a week, because your hair extensions went through a lot before they even got to you. They were sanitized weekly, and the process was harsh. When you deep condition your hair, you restore shine, making sure that your hair will be softer and last longer. Insider tip: never condition at the roots, as the conditioner will make your hair more slippery, and your extensions will slip out much more quickly.
Keep your hair under control while sleeping: Yep, hair extension control is a 24/7 job. But it's pretty easy to maintain overnight. At bedtime, simply create two side braids to prevent tangling while sleeping. In fact, wrapping your head/hair in a handkerchief is the best thing to do, as it holds the hair in place, but many find two side braids easier to do night after night. Another word to the wise: sleep on a satin pillowcase, because the soft fabric is less likely to cause tangling of the hair
Shampoo and style with care: Shampoo in a downward motion to avoid tangling while washing, and while styling, hold your hair at the top as you brush the rest of your hair to avoid pressure and strain on your extensions. This preserves the bonds near the roots. Another tip: make sure to always examine for matted patches, and always comb them out. Skip them, and they will turn into even bigger bunches of trouble.
The good news is that with these tips, you are only a few simple steps away from healthy, shiny hair that looks like your own. Happy styling, and enjoy your new, glamorous, and longer hairstyle.