Hair extension care doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful, but many users are unsure how to go about it. We want to make this process as easy as possible, so follow these helpful tips for worry-free extension care.
Of course, it is essential to consult with your stylist regarding your extension care to avoid unintentionally damaging your investments. They know your hair and the specific extensions you are using and can point you in the right direction.
1) Wash with Care
Keeping your hair and scalp clean is the best and most reliable way to ensure the longevity of your hair extensions. When they are first applied, your stylist will most likely recommend shampoos and conditioners well suited to your particular hair and skin type.
Natural shampoos with tea tree oil or mint extracts can restore and moisturize your skin, reducing flakiness and irritation. Keeping your scalp free of oily buildup will keep your hair extensions looking great for longer.
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2) Use the Right Styling Product
A good leave-in conditioner will help keep your hair soft. Conditioners containing keratin, a natural compound your hair is formed of, will restore your natural hair and extensions.
Avoid using products containing alcohol as these will dry out both your own hair and the extensions. Dry, brittle hair is more prone to split ends and breakage and is not as shiny or soft.
3) Brush Regularly
Good hair extension care hinges on daily brushing. Discuss with your stylist the best brush type and technique for your hair and extensions.
Use a soft bristle brush and start at the bottom, detangling near the roots, and gently brush through your hair. This helps nutrients from the scalp get to the ends of your hair, maintaining an even sheen.
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4) Don’t Sleep with Wet Hair
Sleeping in wet hair is not only uncomfortable but can also cause difficult tangles to develop. Make sure that your hair is totally dry when you go to sleep in order to prevent these tough tangles. Another good bedtime habit is to tie your hair in a low ponytail before lying down to sleep. Going to bed with a low and loose ponytail will help keep your hair knot-free overnight.
5) Stay Away from the Heat
Personal hair dryers seem like a convenient way to get you looking great in a hurry. However, extensive exposure to heat wreaks havoc on your natural hair and extensions!
Flat and curling irons and blow dryers will shorten the lifespan of your hair extensions by drying them out, making them more brittle and prone to breakage. It is always best to let your hair dry naturally.
6) Protect Your Hair While Exercising
When running or doing aerobic exercise, tie your hair up in a ponytail. This not only keeps your neck cool, but reduces the amount of sweat and oil buildup that will damage your extensions.
It is possible to swim while wearing extensions, but avoid long exposure to chlorine and salt water. Wearing a swimming cap is the best way to ensure your extensions are protected.
7) Use Care Around the Extension Tape
The areas where your extensions are attached to your hair should be treated with care when washing and drying. It is easy to mistakenly dissolve the extension tape when washing or to pull the extensions out while towel drying, which can be very painful.
8) Store your Extensions Properly After Removal
Correct hair extension care requires cleaning and detangling your extensions before storing them. This may seem obvious but is still a very important step nonetheless! Following the previous tips in this guide will help to keep your hair extensions clean and tangle free.
Get an airtight container, such as a zip-top plastic bag, which will fit your extensions without folding or crumpling. Ensure that the extensions are totally clean and dry before placing them in the bags and make sure they lie flat. This prevents them from getting moldy and tangled while in storage.
9) Follow your Stylist’s Advice to Keep Looking your Best
Consult with your stylist before embarking on your hair extension care regimen. They can also properly prep your hair for new extensions, which is essential for getting the most out of your investment.
If your stylist does not carry Walker Hair Extension Tape products, recommend that they check out our product reviews. We believe that our products are the best way to keep your hair and skin looking great!