Hair extensions are and always have been one of the most popular ways of styling hair. As such, you’ll find and hear a great number of tips on how to care for hair extensions. The only problem with a lot of this advice is it’s far less useful than it sounds. In fact, many people make big mistakes with the care of their hair extensions, causing them to last not nearly as long as they should! To keep you from making the same errors, we’ve put together this article on what to do and what not to do when caring for and wearing your hair extensions.
DO Keep Up with Maintenance
If you don’t check up on your extensions on a regular basis, they’re far more likely to accumulate extensive damage. No one wants to wear damaged extensions and risk making their hair look terrible. We recommend taking a trip to see your stylist at a minimum of six week intervals. They can help keep an eye on your extensions for signs of splitting and other woes.
DON’T Overuse Your Extensions
Extensions are versatile and can even be a lifesaver, but there can always be too much of a good thing. Partial cap extensions are generally damage-free, but wearing them too often can still create lasting effects for your scalp. Many celebrities who’ve relied on extensions on a frequent basis now find themselves balding and the damage to their natural hair too extensive to reverse. Let your hair air out every so often and you and your scalp will both be happier for it!
DO Research Your Stylist Before Booking an Appointment
You don’t want to get to the salon only to realize your stylist has no knowledge whatsoever of how to work with and how to care for hair extensions. A stylist who’s never worked with extensions won’t be any more competent in managing them than you are, putting you at risk for damage. At best, you may wind up with extensions that aren’t blended well into your hair, which never looks good.
DON’T Wait Until a Special Occasion to Start Using Extensions
It takes time to get the hang of wearing extensions. You’ll want to adjust to them before you have any big events to attend, if only to prevent any awkwardness on your part. As with any new hair care routine, you want to be sure your extensions are not only comfortable, but safe to wear. Some people have suffered bad allergic reactions to the products used to secure extensions in place.
DO Try and Stick to Clip-ins As Much As You Can
Clip-in extensions are the safest varieties of hair extensions you can find. They’re also incredibly versatile and easy to install and remove, making them great for beginners. Maintenance is also a cinch; all you need is a bit of the best shampoo for weaves and you’re solid!
We hope these tips will help you wear your hair extensions a little more safely. Don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions on how to make the most of your extensions!