Published : 02/03/2017 14:05:54
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How to look after your Hair Extensions
In this article we will have a look at the best ways to care for your hair extensions to ensure that you get the most out of your investment and to protect the integrity of your natural hair. Your aftercare routine plays a vital role in the longevity of your hair extensions. With tons ofadvice available online it is easy to get confused as to the correct aftercare of hair extensions. Below are the most important factors when it comes to proper aftercare.
Use Company and Stylist recommended products.
This is crucial to protect the delicate moisture balance of your hair extensions. Hair extensions receive no natural oils from the scalp, which means your extensions need plenty of moisture. Sulphate free shampoos are your best option, as sulphates dry out the hair. It is essential to use a haircare system that provides moisture. No protein based products should be used as protein weighs the hair down and can dry out the hair if used too often. And by moisture, we do not mean silicones. Silicones do not provide moisture to hair, they only coat the hair and cause serious product build-up.
Wash you hair extensions correctly.
The proper way to wash hair extensions is to ensure that you shampoo the scalp and restrict conditioner/treatment to mid-lengths to ends. Ensure that the water is lukewarm and not hot as this may cause your bonds to slip. Wash your extensions row for row , not up and down as this causes irritation at the bonds and may result in damage to your natural hair. Never wash your hair upside down in the bath or in a basin, this is a sure way to tangle the bonds and cause slippage. The weight of the hair when wet will apply to much tension to your natural hair resulting in damage to your natural hair. Do not rub the extensions vigorously after washing as the friction causes the hair to frizz and it damages the hair. Keep in mind that hair is most fragile when wet, so give your hair a good brush before washing to ensure all tangles are removed. Always dry your hair completely before bed and secure you hair to reduce tangling.
Attend regular Hair Extension Maintenance with your stylist
This in crucial to maintain the integrity of your natural hair. It is recommended that you have your extensions refitted every 4-6 weeks depending on your natural hair growth. If you do not have your extensions refitted at the recommended times, matting of your natural hair may occur. Your extensions should be removed before you have your roots coloured. Applying colour or lightener over your bonds will cause breakdown of the bonds and slippage depending on which system you use.
Keep a close eye on your hair extension bonds
It is essential that you separate your bonds often as this ensures that no tangling occurs at the roots and makes removal much quicker. To separate your bonds, you need to run your fingers through your hair where the bonds are installed and feel if it is positioned alone and not tangled with other strands of hair. Do this before washing and at night before you go to bed. Ensure that you use a suitable hair extension brush, this helps to prevent knotting and tangling close to the bonds.
Proper hair extension aftercare ensures that your extensions remain in the best possible condition throughout the wearing time. Protecting your natural hair should be one of your main concerns when wearing hair extensions. Never attempt to remove your extensions, unless you are a professional. Contact your stylist if anything is bothering you. Your stylist will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or queries.