How well you take care of your hair extensions will have a direct influence on how they will look and how long they will last. Here is how to maintain your hair extensions in order to keep them in the best possible condition.
-Brush or comb (wide tooth comb) before bed and before washing to ensure there are no natural occurring tangles caused by wind or friction.
–Do not brush wet hair as that is when hair follicles are at their most vulnerable.
-Use Organic and sulphate free shampoo. Sulphate strips hair of natural oils, as there is no direct supply of nutrients from your scalp into the extension strands, its vital that you use a no sulphate shampoo to avoid drying the hair out.
-To avoid damaging the extensions, the cuticles and your scalp, only wash with warm water.
-Wash the hair gently in a downward motion with your palms, do not scrub or bunch the hair together as this will cause open cuticles to rub against each other causing friction.
-Rinse between each wash, and wash only 1-2 times.
-Whilst wet, add 2-3 drops of natural oil such as Almond or Coconut by gently applying it evenly over the hair, these oils will penetrate the cuticles and add moisture to your virgin hair extensions.
-Natural oils do the work of most conditioners without the added chemicals and silicones, natural is always best.
-Finally, lower the shower head and rinse your hair (not scalp) with cold water, this is known as an Arctic Rinse it will close the cuticles to lock the moisture and nutrients from the oil in, leaving you with nutrient rich hair extensions. If your virgin hair has been made into a wig you can remove wig and rinse.
-Let your hair air-dry at home, take 2-3 hours to wash and naturally dry your hair – Do not use heat as this will swell and dry your strands.
-Apply a small amount of Almond or Coconut oil 2-3 times a week or when required. Argan oil is a great finishing oil for styling and frizz, however its a dry oil and does not moisturise the hair as well as Almond or Coconut.
For long lasting hair extensions, moisturise your hair as you do your skin, it makes perfect sense.
The simple answer is use of chemicals, heat and lack of moisture. We eat food to feed our bodies with nutrients which eventually makes their way through our system to feed our skin and hair. We cannot feed hair extensions in the same way so we need to use alternative methods.
Use organic and no sulphate shampoo’s to regularly feed, moisturise and treat your hair extensions. Remember, coloured hair goes through a chemical process, especially when lightened to blondes and special colours, this is unavoidable to achieve the colours we all desire.
A little moisturising oil (we prefer Almond) each week is key.
Avoid shampoo and conditioning products which use Sulphates, Isopropyl Alcohol, Formaldehyde and Propylene Glycol, these are strong chemicals which will strip the hair of natural oils and leave them dry and sometimes damaged if used for a prolonged period of time.
Looking after looking after your virgin hair extensions. not difficult, yet it is important to follow a consistent hair care routine to keep them looking their best. A hair strand is essentially a tube with an inner cortex encased in a delicate outer layer, called the cuticle. When the cuticle layer is perfectly closed, hair looks supremely glossy and doesn’t tend to tangle or break.
We all know that the overuse of heat styling tools, chemical products and colouring can affect the natural health of your hair, and yet most of us do want to be able to use tongs, straighteners and colours on our hair to keep us up to date with style trends.