Hair extensions are a girl’s best friend when it comes to achieving long, luscious flowing locks that are just impossible to grow on your own. They look amazing, but they also require special care and attention to keep them looking lush, healthy and natural. It is also important to properly care for the bonds and adhesives that attach the extensions. Take a look at our top tips on how to look after your hair extensions and ensure that they stay looking gorgeous for as long as possible.
Don’t forget to brush
Brushing your hair extensions every day is just as important as brushing your teeth! It helps to detangle, keep extensions silky and prevent any nasty matting. Soft bristle brushes or wide tooth combs are prefect as they are easy on the strands, cause minimal breakage and very little in the way of dreaded frizz. Starting at the bottom and working your way up is the best way to make sure you smooth out every tangle.
Your extensions won’t get as dirty as natural hair however this doesn’t mean you should neglect the washing process. Keeping extensions clean is an essential part of making sure they look shiny and natural. There are three basis steps to follow: detangle, use a good shampoo and take it slow. Be aware to never use shampoos that contain silicone as this can break down bonds and may result in the extensions slipping out. Also remember that extensions aren’t cut out to handle the rigorous washing that some people subject their locks to so above all, be gentle!
Condition and nourish
A nourishing and shine enhancing leave in conditioner or serum is the perfect way to finish up the washing process. Spray on conditioners are great as they are less likely to tangle however creams can also work wonders if they are applied gently and gradually worked through the hair. Again, never use anything containing protein or silicone as this can cause extensions to slip out. Whatever you do, don’t over condition as this runs the risk of leaving your extensions greasy, limp and dull. It will also mean you have to wash them again sooner!
Let them air dry
Excessive heat can have disastrous effects on hair extensions so try to always let your dry naturally to keep them in the best shape possible. If you must use a hairdryer always take it slow and use the lowest heat setting. This will reduce the risk of shedding, breakage and stickiness that every girl dreads!
Learn to love ponytails
Tying your hair back in a ponytail before going to bed is a great way to reduce tangles and avoid that messy bed hair look. Satin pillowcases come highly recommended as they let your hair move freely and discourage tangles. If you’re exercising a ponytail is also a good idea as it stops extensions soaking up sweat which will mean you have to wash them sooner.
Hair extensions are a wonderful investment that let all ladies achieve luscious flowing locks regardless of their natural hair type. With the right care and attention you can make sure your extensions look lovely for longer! For tried and tested products, Hair Development has a range of specialty hair extension care products that will extend the life and beauty of your extensions.