So far I have discussed how to buy hair extensions. Now I want to review how to properly care for your hair extensions so that they can last the prognosticated lifetime or to even lengthen the lifetime of your bundles. Chances are many of you already know that you’re supposed to take care of your hair extensions as you would take care of your hair and you probably even know some of the best products out there. However; if your hair bundles aren’t lasting as long as it needs to and you don’t understand how other people with the same type of hair are wearing it for an extended period, you may be doing something wrong. Many of us are keen to slam hair companies, but we are guilty of deliberately or unintentionally abusing our extensions. It is not to say that you’re always wrong about a hair being of poor quality. We also have to be realistic with ourselves about the prices and the type of hair we are buying. When it comes to hair, there are unquestionably good bargains out there, however, the majority of the time, you will get what you pay for. There are extra precautions you must take when you have purchased cheaper hair or cheaper quality hair. Let’s get to the 5 things you’re doing that is destroying your weave and how to avoid those mistakes. You’re using cheap products You do not use $1.00 shampoos, $1.00 conditioners on your hair, so why do you think it is ok to use them on your human hair bundles? Because we are spending our money at these hair companies, we set very high and nonsensical expectations. We expect the hair to take any type of chemicals, not to shed, not to tangle or mat up. Unfortunately, that will not happen, especially if you’re using cheap products on the hair. Cheaper shampoos and conditioners for example usually have sulfates that cause hair to become excessively dry and frizzy. Here are some of the top reviewed products that are proven to work best for caring for your hair bundles. Organix Renewing + Argan Oil of Morrocco Shampoo & ConditionerYou’re not washing the hair enough Just like your natural hair. Your hair extensions get dirty, build ups and even starts to smell when you wear it throughout the week. It is recommended that you wash your extensions twice a week if you have a sew in and once a week or every two weeks if you have a wig. If your hair is of cheaper quality, wash it much less often and with very high-quality products. Below are steps on accurately washing your hair extensions.
- Before washing your hair, comb the hair extensions, and get rid of any knots. Make sure you get rid of any knots to decrease shedding.
- Wet your hair bundle using lukewarm water in a downward motion starting from the weft. Do not soak the weave.
- Apply some moisturizing shampoo, also in a downward motion. Avoid shampoo and conditioning products with Sulfates, Isopropyl Alcohol, Formaldehyde, and Propylene Glycol, which will strip your extensions of their natural oils and cause them to dry up.
- Apply a good conditioner to the hair, again in a downward motion. Leave it in for about 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with luke-warm water and make sure the water looks clear before drying to prevent product build-up.
- It is probably best to air dry the hair or sit under a dryer.