Treat them like your own natural hair
If you have a sewn extension, try washing it with your natural hair in the shower. Be gentle to avoid loosening them. If you are too rough, they will loosen and will not last long. Use moisturizer shampoos for them to last long. Glued and clipped extensions should not be washed together with natural hair. They should be detached.
Use sulfate-free shampoos
Although sulfates are good cleaning detergents, they can clean out natural oils found in the hair that are meant to offer protection. These extensions do not have supply of natural oils as your natural hair so sulfate shampoos will destroy them. Sulfates can cause split ends to form on your hair extensions and can also make your hair to look dry or frizzy for a long time.
Apply hair conditioners
Conditioners give your hair back its body. Each strand of hair has a cuticle responsible for hair protection and reflects sunshine which makes your hair to shine. This is the solid reason why conditioners are important. During the wash, make sure the conditioner reaches the roots of your hair.
Wash your extension three to four times a week
Do not wash hair extensions on a daily basis. Just like normal hair, they will dry out. How often you should wash your extensions depends on its thickness, oil content and the products used on them. If you have thick, dry hair, there is no need to wash it often as someone with thin, oily hair.
Make sure you straighten or blow-dry your hair before going to bed. If you go to bed with wet extensions, it will form tangles. If you decide to plait your natural hair before putting on an extension, make sure it is completely dry before attaching the extension.
Otherwise, you are likely to develop mildew and/ or awful odor. To dry your hair well, sit under a dryer. The amount of time you will spend under a dryer will depend on the volume of your hair and the intensity of the extension.
Take out your extensions before going to bed
Clip-in extensions contain tiny combs which may hurt your scalp when you to bed with them on. Remember to take them out when going to bed unlike sewn hair extensions. This helps to avoid tangles in them.
Comb the hair extensions
First, make sure the extensions are dry before combing. Use a wide-toothed comb. Start by combing the ends first as you move upwards. If you have a synthetic hair extension, do not use the same comb as that of your natural hair. Your natural hair contains oils which may destroy the extension.
Heat-style the extensions
Avoid heat-styling (straightening and curling) synthetic hair extensions. They are prone to melting. For natural hair extensions, use sprays and low temperatures while heat-styling.
Wear hair extensions in a ponytail if they are made to be worn so
Be careful to read the instructions on the extension labels. If they indicate ponytail style, then do it. If they do not, then don’t spoil them.
Cover your head with a sleeping cap before going to bed
This helps protect the extensions frizzy or tugged out while sleeping. If you do not cover your head while in bed, they will loosen as you move around in your sleep and will not last long.
Human hair is quite expensive as compared to synthetic hair extensions. So for them to last longer you need to do all you can to keep them in good condition for long? Although synthetic hair extensions may never look as real as human hair, when taken good care of, no one will realize that it isn’t real.
As women, we do pride ourselves on our appearance and would love to keep up-to-date fashions. For many, this means trying out something as gorgeous as themselves. Most ladies will spend hundreds of dollars on hair extensions only to see them last for a few months yet they have a greater lifespan.
To avoid this, thy need to know how to maintain hair extensions to last longer and be worth the money spent on them. It’s good to share out and help a sister. So before buying one, you need to be ready to take care of it to avoid extra costs.