We have all sometimes wished we could have a different hairstyle every day. One day you want long luscious locks, the very next you feel like rocking a smart bob. Or you would just like your hair to have more volume, especially when you put it in a ponytail. Luckily, there are things you can use to help you achieve just that. Hair extensions are a fantastic way to glam up your do, but they can be a hassle if you do not know how to properly care for them.
Replace them regularly
With proper care and attention, your extensions can last you quite a while. Having said that, they cannot last forever. Eventually, they will dry out, shed, and start looking dull. The upkeep will just become more difficult. Not just that, but certain extensions, if worn too long, can damage your own hair. Most extensions will last you a couple of months if cared for properly. Another thing to note is the fact that top-quality hair extensions can last longer than regular, cheaper strands. Keep in mind that they are a luxury item and that they need to be treated that way, so this is no time to be economical.
Braid your hair
If you have shorter hair, keeping it from sticking out can prove to be difficult. If you are putting in the extensions yourself, try braiding your hair before you attach them. Grab the bottom strands at the nape of your neck and braid them. Bobby pin them down and attach your first extension. This should result in a much more natural look.
Store them properly
Besides brushing and washing, your extensions’ lifespan can be extended with proper storage. Put your clean, brushed bundles in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight. You can put them in your closet or have a dresser drawer just for them. Make sure that they are completely dry before you store them. Another option is putting them in a satin or silk pouch (even a pillowcase will do) or the box they came in. Collect all the bundles and tie them together with a hair tie at the wefts, curl them in a loose circle and gently put them in the box. This will ensure that, in the morning, you have extensions ready for use.
Brush out the mats
To prevent your extensions from becoming a matted mess, they will need some regular brushing. Always be gentle and use soft strokes. Collect the wafts together and start brushing from the bottom of the hair, slowly working up towards the wefts. Make sure you get all the knots out and separate the individual weft if necessary. If you have straight hair extensions, never brush them wet, and use a paddle brush, and a wide-tooth comb if working with curly hair. This will prevent breakage and split ends.
Putting in extensions can be the perfect time for you to switch up your harmful hair products. Since they are made of human hair, not synthetic materials, they require the same care your normal hair needs. One thing that makes extensions prone to drying and splitting is the fact that they do not get lubricated with natural scalp oils like your own hair. This means that you must use gentle shampoos, which are alcohol and sulphate-free since these ingredients further dry out both your hair and extensions. Your extensions do not need to be washed as often as your hair but try to do it every two weeks. In between washes, you can use dry shampoo. Moreover, a heat protectant is necessary, and to add a little pizazz, spray them with shine spray.
Whether you want to change up your style, protect your hair, or just have a more voluminous look, hair extensions always work in your favour. Just make sure you take loving care of them and follow our advice. Otherwise, you might end up looking like a hot mess.