Hair extensions are an easy way to add volume and length to your hair. If you have invested in custom hair extensions that blend seamlessly with your hair, you will want to make sure you know how to take proper care of your extensions.
#1: Get an Extension Brush
When you have your hair extensions in, you will want to invest in a special extension brush and retire your regular hairbrush. Your extension brush will allow you to brush your extensions without damaging them.
When you brush, make sure that you don't brush your roots. If you brush your roots, you are going to end up pulling your extensions out, as they are bonded to your head at the roots. Just use your fingers to keep your hair from tangling around your roots lightly.
#2: Change Your Shampoo Routine
Next, you are going to want to change your shampoo as well. You will want to use an all-natural shampoo or use a shampoo that is specially designed for extensions. You don't want to use any shampoo that contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS). SLS will damage the bonds holding your extensions in place.
With the conditioner, you will want to only apply conditioner to the ends of your hair and not to the roots. When you wash your hair, just before you get out of the shower, you are going to want to run some cold water over your hair. This will help keep the bonds of your extensions tight.
#3: Cool Dry Your Hair
You are going to want to cool dry your hair. Instead of using the hot setting on your hairdryer, turn on the cool setting to allow your hair to dry without damaging the bonds completely. Hot heat can be damaging for the bonds holding your extensions together.
#4: Braid Your Hair at Night
Before you go to bed, braid your hair. Putting your hair in braids will help keep your hair and extensions from getting tangled up. Additionally, when you wake up and take the braids out of your hair, you will have some beautiful waves to enjoy.
#5: Itching Is Okay
Finally, it is important to understand that itching is okay. When you first put in your extensions, it is normal for them to feel a little itchy at first. This should fade away relatively quickly. Sometimes, all you need to do is wash your hair to get rid of the itchy feeling. If the itching feeling persists, you are going to want to go back to your hair technician.
Custom hair extensions will allow you to enjoy full and long hair. Your extensions will last longer if you take proper care of your extensions. Get an extension brush, use all-natural shampoo, condition the end of your hair, cool dry your hair after you shower, and braid your hair at night. Talk to your technician to find out more about how to take care of your extensions.