Hair extensions are a great way to experiment with different looks and feel more confident about your appearance. However, it’s natural to worry that they won’t last. They’re artificial additions to your hair, after all! Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make sure that your extensions stay in place for as long as possible. Whether you have human or synthetic hair extensions, there are some tips and tricks you can use. Consider these maintenance tips the same advice you would get from a trusted friend who has had extensions for a while. We've also included some expert advice from Tricoci University's Licensed Cosmetologist and Hair Extensions Specialist Kayla Taylor on how to care for your hair extensions at home so that they last as long as possible. So read on for everything you need know about keeping those locks looking great!
Don’t Overdry Your Hair
We’ll start with the basics, because nobody wants to damage their hair! It might sound obvious, but drying your hair too much can cause breakages. You’ll want to give your extensions a break from heat too, so air drying is better than blasting your hair with a hairdryer. Some people also find that using a wide-toothed comb is less damaging than a hairbrush. It’s also important to remember to use the right amount of conditioner so that your hair isn’t weighed down. Over-conditioning your hair can cause limp extensions and lead to a greasier scalp. That’s not something anybody wants!
Use The Right Products
Any hair product can be used in moderation. Depending on your hair type, you might not need any styling products. If you do use certain products, it’s important to make sure they’re designed for extensions or curly hair. As well as styling products, make sure you use a good hair shampoo and conditioner. These are important for keeping your hair and extensions clean and moisturized. If your stylist recommends a specific product, try it out. You don’t want to risk damaging your extensions and having to go back to the salon sooner than planned. If you don’t have a specific product you should be able to use your normal shampoo and conditioner and just be careful not to get them in your extensions.
Use The Right Tools
While nobody likes being tethered to the wall, a hair dryer can make all the difference when it comes to styling your hair. If you use a hair dryer with a diffuser, you can try to keep your extensions dry while styling your own hair. If you use a hair straightener, try to use a lower temperature. It might feel safer to use a higher temperature, but it can damage your hair and cause breakages. Curling irons are another useful tool. Just choose the right size barrel to make sure your extensions don’t get too close to a hot surface.
See a Professional Once In A While
While you might think that extensions are easy to maintain at home, it might be a good idea to see your stylist once a month or so. This is especially important if you’re not installing clip-in extensions. You can get your stylist to check your extensions for breakages or other issues. They can also re-tighten or re-sew any loose extensions. If you regularly see your stylist, they can also show you any maintenance tips that aren’t on any websites. This is also a good time to ask questions about any issues you’re having with your extensions. It’s easier to solve problems early than to have them fester and become bigger issues.
Slip-in Extensions Are Your Friend
If you’re worried about your hair becoming too damaged, you could consider using a different type of extension. Weft or clip-in extensions are a great option for people with curly hair or particularly fragile hair. They are also less time-consuming as they’re applied by sliding them into your hair rather than sewing them in place. They tend to be less damaging and you can take them out as soon as you’re tired of the look. If you want to keep your real hair healthy, but still want the freedom to change your look whenever you like, you might want to consider clip-in extensions. As long as you take care of them and don’t wear them when you’re not going out, they can be a great way to give yourself a boost!
Our Final Words
Speaking of boosts, when you get extensions, you might feel like you’ve been gifted some magical new hair. But as we’ve discussed, hair extensions aren’t magic – they’re real, living hair. With the right care, you can make sure your hair extensions last as long as possible. Remember, the best way to make sure you maintain your extensions is to take care of your own hair. Once you’ve got extensions, you probably won’t want to let them go anytime soon. So make sure you give your extensions the care they deserve, and they’ll keep you looking great for years to come!