A girl can get a lot out of quality hair extensions. Along with gorgeous hair in minutes, they hold up much better than their poor quality, synthetic counterparts. We’re revealing the hacks that will help you get the absolute most out of your hair extensions, so keep reading to get the scoop!
Extensions made from real human, Remy hair like
Clip-in hair extensions are part of many women’s daily routines, and just as we are aware of how important it is to wash our makeup off at the end of the day for the health of our skin,
While we focus on clip-in hair extensions,
Storing your extensions
Storing your extensions properly is one of the best and simplest ways to keep them looking better, longer – and it doesn’t take that much time or effort. After removing your extensions, ensure the clips are closed and give them a thorough brush before putting them away. We recommend storing them in the Luxy box they come in or in the
Before storing your extensions, make sure they are thoroughly brushed and use a hair tie to secure the wefts near the base of the hair. Then, gently roll the extensions into a loose circle. To pre-style the extensions, use the hair and tie it in a gentle knot before storing them in the box, this will create a nice wave for when you’re ready to wear them next.
Alternatively, using the Extensions Carrier also allows for easy styling as the extensions can hang from the bamboo hanger, this will also help maintain its shape when storing after being styled.[article handle=”hair-extensions-for-volume”]
Brushing is essential before storing your extensions, and using the right brush is just as important. The
Make sure to never brush the extensions when they are wet because this is when breakage is more likely to occur. Also, start and the ends and work upwards towards the root to feel out for any knots and prevent snagging the hair. Don’t reserve brushing just for when you’re about to store your extensions. Instead, brush the hair throughout the day to prevent knots from forming. Keeping the hair tangle-free prevents matting and extends the look and the lifespan of your extensions.
Have multiple sets
It’s okay to have more than one set. In fact, it’s better! Imagine hopping out of bed after hitting snooze a couple of times to realize you’re running late with a big day ahead. Instead of using precious minutes to curl or style your extensions, imagine having a curled set ready to be clipped-in.
If you can swing it, having one straight set of hair extensions and one
Just as many women like to transform their color or highlights with the season, having darker hair extensions for the winter months and lighter extensions for spring/summer will also help your extensions last longer.
Avoid multiple hair products
Using multiple products on your hair extensions means more work will be required to remove and replenish the hair. It can also cause damage, stripping, and breakage. Using a variety of styling products in hair extensions causes product buildup and in some cases, this can decrease the lifespan of extensions. It’s best to use products sparingly or only when absolutely needed such as using a heat protectant spray before using hot tools. Keep in mind
Avoid products with SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Alcohol Denat, Ethanol, SD Alcohol 40, Propanol, Isopropyl, and Propyl. Using sulfate-free and alcohol-free shampoos, conditioners, and other styling products helps preserve the health and longevity of the hair as sulfates and alcohol strips the hair of natural oils and dries strands out quicker, causing tangles, split ends, and matting. Read the labels of your hair products carefully. Be mindful that even the products you use in your natural hair may transfer into the extensions your wearing, so it’s best to steer clear of these products all around.
If you’re looking for a color refresh, remember
Only wash extensions when necessary
Products and washing go hand-in-hand; the more products you use, the more often you have to wash your hair and your extensions, which really should be avoided when trying to extend their lifespan. For daily extension wearers, a general rule is to
Remember, unlike our natural hair that will produce oils to keep strands moisturized, extensions do not. That’s why using a hair oil, or sulfate and alcohol-free conditioner is important in preserving the lifespan of your hair extensions. Sometimes, washing with conditioner only and skipping shampoo is also a good way to keep the extensions looking and feeling like new. Use your judgment based on how often you wear your extensions, how you style them, and how long you’ve had them to determine whether a shampoo is necessary.
When washing, handle the extensions gently and avoid vigorous rubbing. Rinse the extensions in cold water to help preserve moisture at the end of your cleansing routine. Allow your extensions to
Do not sleep or workout with hair extensions
While extensions may be part of your daily routine, it’s best to keep them out of some of your daily activities to help keep them lasting longer.
Remove your hair extensions before bed and don’t sleep in them. The friction against your pillow (even if you sleep on a silk pillowcase), as well as from the tossing at night will entangle the wefts with each other and your natural hair. Clips may also come loose and pull on your natural hair.
While the natural oils and sweat can be easily cleaned and washed away post-workout, the same does not go for hair extensions. Sweat will cause matting to the wefts and may produce bacteria if you don’t wash your extensions. The constant movement and friction will also cause tangles and knots. Essentially, make sure to remove your hair extensions before heading to the gym or starting any sweat session, this will help keep the hair dry, healthy and last longer.
Taking a few moments to follow these tips will ensure your extensions last. Consider it a beauty investment that pays off with beautiful length, volume, and style every time you wear them! Do you have any hair extension hacks you sweat by? Let us know in the comments below!
Written by: Rosalyn Solomon