By Christeena Satterfield
With the use of hair extensions, the dream of having mermaid hair can become a reality. But how do you maintain those lovely locks and keep them looking fabulous? Taking care of your hair extensions is the best way to extend their lifespan. Just as you would take care of the hair on your head, apply the same rules for the extensions. You don’t want matted mermaid hair, do you? Follow the tips below for extending the life of your long, gorgeous extensions.
When it comes to washing your hair extensions, use sulfate-free and “sensitive hair” shampoo. Since the hair extensions are no longer naturally growing hair, they don’t need to be washed as often as the hair on your head. It’s recommended to wash them every 10 uses or cut everything in half that you normally do for the hair growing on your head. For example, if you wash your hair twice a week, then you would wash the hair extensions once a week. When conditioning the hair extensions, leave the conditioner in half as long as your hair and don’t use too much. Wash in warm water to allow the intact cuticle to open and let the product in. Then rinse in cold water to close the cuticle and lock in moisture. Allow the hair extensions to air dry to prevent any damage. Once the hair extensions are washed and dried, comb out the hair. Start at the ends, working your way up to gently to remove any tangles.
Just like the hair on your head, too much product and heat can cause damage, dryness, and breakage. A good pair of hair extensions can withstand heat from curling irons and flat irons, but not on a daily basis. If you’re going to use the product, use a small amount and look for “sensitive hair”, organic/natural, or gentle products.
Let’s be honest, we don’t wake up looking like we just came from the spa. Hair can get tangled and matted during the night. To keep your extensions from looking like a train wreck the next morning, sleep with silk satin pillowcases and/or bedsheets. If that’s too glamorous for you (it is for me!), sleep with your hair in a soft ponytail, bun, or braid. Whether you have silk satin bedding or not, it’s a good idea to sleep with your hair in a bun or braid to avoid tangling.
The way you store the hair extensions between wears can have an impact on their lifespan. Delicately place them on a hanger to allow them to breathe and avoid tangling.
Hair extensions may seem like high maintenance, but with proper care, you will save money in the long run. Treat your hair extensions like your own hair and they will last longer. Follow these tips for extending the life of your hair extensions and protecting your investment.
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