Caring For Your Hair Extensions: Maintenance Tips And Tricks

If you're like most modern consumers, you undoubtedly already know that hair extensions can provide instant length, volume, and a touch of glamour to your look. However, you may be unsure how to care for them so that get you get the most from your investment. 

Just like your natural hair, extensions need proper care to keep them looking their best. Here are some essential tips and tricks to keep your extensions in tip-top shape.

Daily Maintenance: Comb Carefully

One of the first things you'll need to do is ensure that you're combing your extensions properly. Start by using a wide-toothed comb or a brush designed specifically for extensions — the one you use on your natural hair may be too harsh and can potentially cause the extensions to shed or become damaged. Always be gentle, and detangle from the bottom up to prevent any unnecessary pulling or stress on the extensions.

Washing Wisely: Less is More

While it's important to keep your hair extensions clean, you don't need to wash them as often as you do your natural hair. Overwashing can lead to dryness and damage. When you do wash them, use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo to keep them hydrated and prevent any color from fading.

Condition, Condition, Condition

Conditioning is vital to keeping your hair extensions looking sleek and shiny. Apply a generous amount of conditioner or a deep conditioning mask once a week. Rinse thoroughly to avoid build-up, which can make the extensions look dull. Avoid leave-in conditioners, which may result in residue build-up. 

Heating Tools: Proceed with Caution

If you're styling your extensions with heat, always use a heat protectant spray first. This not only protects the extensions from damage, it also helps to prolong their lifespan. Remember, just like natural hair, extensions can be damaged by excessive heat. Try to let your extensions air dry whenever possible, and keep the use of hot tools to a minimum.

Night-time Care: Avoid Tangles

Before heading to bed, make sure your extensions are completely dry, and consider braiding them loosely to prevent tangles from forming as you sleep. Never go to bed with wet hair extensions as this can cause matting and knots. A silk pillowcase can also be a great investment to reduce friction and avoid any potential frizz.

Periodic Maintenance: Visiting Your Stylist

Regular visits to your stylist are necessary to maintain your extensions, especially for permanent types like sew-in or tape-in extensions. Your stylist can help adjust, retouch, or remove the extensions as needed.

For more hair extension maintenance tips, reach out to a local salon.