So you finally got your beautiful hair extensions and they’ve been holding on pretty good for some time, but now you’ve noticed that your hair extensions are starting to look damaged, tangled, and dried out. And now you’re trying to figure out what to do with your hair extensions. Don’t worry; there are many different ways you can try to repair your damaged looking hair extensions and getting back their original shine.
Hair extensions are extremely popular in all forms, from the clip-ins, sew-ins, wigs, lace frontals, and more. You like them because they add volume and color to your natural hair and you wear them for multiple reasons; or for no reason at all – just because they’re a popular trend and have been for many, many years. Since you paid a good amount of money for your hair extensions, I know you’re not ready to dispose it just yet….
There are some easy steps and tips to restore your hair extensions back to life. Firstly, lets discuss the care and maintenance of your hair extensions. Using good hair products that take good care of your hair extensions are most important, I’ve posted some hair care tips in the section of “Hair Care Tips” of my website. But to reiterate some tips; you have to ensure you are using a good quality sulfate-free shampoo and a good conditioner, I’m not advising you to spend high dollars on shampoo and conditioner. There are good quality shampoos and conditioners that you can find for $5. It’s not about the cost of the product, it’s about the use of the product to ensure a less chance of damaging your hair extensions.
As much as possible, avoid using hot tools daily, if you must, ensure to use heat protectant.
It’s imperative to brush your hair extensions every single day, twice a day is preferred. Use an extension brush, not a regular bristle brush. Brushing keeps your extensions in great condition and helps prevent matting and tangling.
When washing your hair, be mindful on how you scrub your hair, I suggest not to scrub it upside down, this will cause matting and tangling.
To keep your hair moisturized for an extended period of time depends on how you layer your hair products, the technique for retaining moisture in to your hair extensions AND your natural hair is the Liquid, Oil, Cream Method. Hydrate your hair with a water-based product which is your liquid, seal in the moisture with an oil, and then apply a cream-based product to close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss.
Ok, so now lets get into some tips on what to try in restoring your hair extensions.
One tip is to use oil, a couple of my favs are argan oil and coconut oil, oh! And olive oil – ok, that’s a few. Put a little bit of either of the oil, no measurement to how much, add the oil in a bowl and microwave for no more than 60 seconds. You want it nice & warm, not so hot to where you’re unable to touch it. Put your hair extensions in the bowl and douse them in the oil several times. Next, out the hair extensions in a zip-lock bag, close it, and keep them in there for about an hour. Rinse the extensions and brush through it a little, not too harsh – be gentle. Afterwards, add some conditioner to coat the hair – leave-in conditioner is suggested. Lastly, put the extensions on a towel and let it air dry.
Another tip is to try the boiling method, it helps revive dry and damaged hair extensions. Simply boil a pot of water and add a few drops of oil and a spoonful of conditioner, once it reaches the boil, remove it from the stove then add the extensions in the pot for about 10-15 minutes, Let the hair cool down before you take it out. Again, put them extensions on a towel and let it air dry.
If you don’t brush your hair as often as you should, this is probably a reason why your hair extensions end up tangled. Work from the bottom to top, carefully detangling each piece. You have to be gently and patient with brushing your hair extensions to rid of all of the tangles and knots.
I will end this blog by saying if you treat your hair extensions with gentle love and care, they will last to its entire wear. Most extensions can be worn periodically for a year or a little more. Keeping them healthy, moisturized, and shiny and using the LOC Method that I mentioned above, you’ll love the reason why you purchased them. IF all else fails, hate to say it – but you’ve probably purchased a bad quality of hair extensions. These tips are definitely worth a try because they can really work wonders, I’m sure there are more tips and methods out there in world of hair extensions – it’s up to you to do your own research.
Treat your hair extensions as if they were your own hair – and don’t neglect your own natural hair. For the most part human hair extensions are similar to our own natural hair. They are of course made of the same exact material (human hair), and can be washed, straightened, curled, and treated as normal in terms of day-to-day styling. The difference is that human hair extensions and natural hair is the amount of care that is needed to maintain its condition.
What do you do with your hair extensions when they begin to look old and dry?
Do you have some other methods to help restore the moisture and dryness of your hair extensions?
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