Hair extensions can add length and volume to your hair instantly, saving you the seemingly endless wait for your hair to grow naturally. Washing and drying your extensions correctly is vital if they are to stay in great condition for the longest time possible. Read on for some helpful advice.
Washing your extensions the right way
- When you have your extensions fitted, make sure that you obtain shampoo and conditioning products to suit your new hair from your hairdresser. This is because there are many different brands of extensions and not all hair-care products suit all brands, so it's important that you get the right ones.
- Before you wash your hair, carefully remove any tangles and separate the extension bonds using your fingers to gently tease them apart. This prevents the extensions from becoming matted at the roots and weakening the bonds.
- It's best to wash your hair whilst in an upright position rather than bent over a sink. This allows your hair to hang down straight and prevents the extensions from tangling.
- It's very important that you don't rub your hair whilst applying the shampoo, as this will cause the extensions to tangle. Smooth the shampoo over the extensions in a downwards direction, and use your fingertips to work the lather into your scalp.
- Rinse your hair thoroughly, remembering that the extensions create extra volume, so you'll need to spend a little more time on this part of the process than you would do normally.
- When you apply conditioner, keep it to the mid-lengths of your hair right down to the extension ends. Don't use conditioner on the extension bonds as this can cause them to come loose.
Drying your extensions correctly
- While your hair is damp, give it a spritz with a detangling product (as recommended by your salon).
- Comb your hair through carefully using a wide-toothed comb.
- Don't towel-dry or rub your hair as this could cause it to tangle. Instead, use the coolest setting on your hairdryer to begin the drying process. When your hair is just damp, increase the heat setting on your dryer to the midrange. It's best to avoid the hottest setting, as this could melt the bonds.
- Divide your hair into sections and dry it a section at a time using a special extension brush. Keep the hairdryer pointed downwards to ensure that the hair dries smoothly.
- You can safely finish your hair styling with straighteners, heated rollers or tongs, but be sure to keep the heated element of the tool away from the extension bonds, and apply a heat protection spray to your hair before you begin styling.
In order to keep your new hair extensions in great condition, it's important that you wash and dry them correctly. Simply follow the guidelines above to keep your tresses looking fabulous and lasting longer!