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Long Hair Extension Routine To Follow: How To Wash, Dry, And Style

June 3, 2020

Your hair care routine will play a vital role in the longevity of your hair extensions. Starting a routine as soon as your extensions are installed will ensure they stay looking natural, smooth, and silky for longer.

How To Brush Your Hair Extensions

It’s important to brush your hair fully before starting the hair extension washing process. Removing any tangles before washing will ensure they are washed completely and are easy to brush once washed.

Be careful brushing your hair when it’s wet because that is when it’s the weakest. Pull your hair extensions to one side, in a side ponytail position. This will reduce any tension on the extension bonds or the weft track. If you have clip-in hair extensions, gather the top of the clip into a ponytail bundle as this will ease the brushing process.

Start from the bottom and use a wide-tooth shower comb to work through it gently. Once the bottom section is tangle-free, slowly work your way down, stopping before the bonds.

Now the larger knots have been removed, use a dual bristle brush to work through the finer knots, and smooth the hair completely. If you have permanent hair extensions, you can use your brush right up and over the bond. It will glide over without tugging and pulling on the bonds. You can use a dual bristle brush to work right to the top of a set of clip-in extensions.

If you have high-quality hair extensions, simply brush them daily to reduce tangling. However, if the quality of your extensions is lower, you may find yourself brushing multiple times to manage knots.

How To Wash Your Hair Extensions

Washing your hair correctly is vital when caring for your hair extensions. You may have to change your normal routine to accommodate your hair extensions. Using a pre-shampoo treatment will nourish, cleanse and hydrate your hair, acting in the same way sebum will on your natural hair.

If you have the time, apply a pre-shampoo treatment overnight to ensure the human hair extensions are provided with the essential oils necessary. However, if you have limited time, using the treatment for 30 minutes can make an improvement.

We recommend washing your hair standing in the shower and let the water flow in the direction your hair grows. Avoid washing your hair with your head flipped upside down as this will encourage tangling. Wash your extensions no more than three times a week. You want to keep the extensions clean so the oil doesn’t make them slip and become loose, but you don’t want to overload them with the product.  

As you would your natural locks, wet thoroughly with water and then apply the shampoo. You will need more shampoo than normal, especially if your hair has greatly been lengthened by extensions.

Avoid the bonds when washing your shampoo, as you don’t want to loosen them. Make stroking not scrubbing motions when washing your hair extensions. Always use a sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfate strips hair of its natural oils and will soon dry out your extensions

 It’s important to ensure that the shampoo and conditioner are fully washed from your hair. Any remaining residues left in the hair extensions may cause itching. As well as shampoo and conditioner, you should be regularly applying intensive treatments to your hair extensions. As hair extensions don’t receive natural oils to keep them soft, you will need to put in some extra hair to keep them moisturized. The best way to achieve this is to use oil-based formulas at least once a week.

How To Dry Hair Extensions

Hair extensions can be air-dried, but you must never sleep with your hair extensions wet or even damp. If you do air dry, ensure you allow enough time for your hair to dry properly before you sleep and you are concerned that air drying will cause frizz, apply a small amount of hair oil to each weft to keep them feeling silky smooth.

If you wish to blow dry your hair, although we recommend air drying as much as possible to prevent damage. Always prep your hair with a heat protectant spray to shield from damage and protect the color from fading. Use your hair dryer on the lowest heat setting, working your way from the ends to the root. Once your hair is totally dry, run your finger through your hair to ensure the bonds are separated. 

How To Style Hair Extensions

Adding long hair extensions to your locks is a fantastic way to add length and volume, giving you a host of ways to style it. From beach waves, big curls, or wedding-ready hair do’s you have infinite choices when it comes to style hair extensions. Here are so tips and tricks to making sure you get the most of your hair extensions.

  • Styling your extensions beforehand makes it much easier as you can use both hands, and can get a good view of your work.
  • If you want to recreate layers, clip your wefts in a diagonal line to avoid the fake look of uniform extensions.
  • If you have thin hair and find your hair extensions regularly slip, backcomb your roots to add more texture.
  • Clip your hair extensions in upside down when creating a ponytail. This will avoid bumps and will lay flatter when you pull your hair up.
  • Hair wands take less time than curling irons to style your hair, meaning you use less heat time on your extensions.
  • Test your heat setting on a strand of hair before styling your whole head.
  • Avoid using hot tools on synthetic hair extensions, it will damage and potentially melt them.
  • If you need do wish to style synthetic hair, ensure the heat at or below 180 degrees.

Hair extensions are a fantastic and versatile way to get those thick diva worthy locks. It’s important to use care when brushing, washing, and styling them. 

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