Easy Hair Extension Care- Caring for hair weaves
Hair extensions are an expensive investment, one that should be taken care of. There are simple steps you can take to make the process of hair weaves and extensions more successful, more comfortable and more long lasting. By taking care of your hair weaves, you ensure that you will have the healthiest and most natural look for the longest amount of time.
- Before applying your hair extensions, wash to remove any residual chemicals, dyes etc. It is also a good idea to wash your own hair a few days before with a quality shampoo so that you don't seal in all that junk for the next 6-8 weeks.
- Press shampoos and conditions into the hair weaves gently; avoid rubbing, scrubbing or other abrasive actions.
- Once administered, apply a leave in conditioner to the weaves frequently. This will avoid breakage or cracking from weaves getting dried out, and will keep the extensions soft.
- If you can, avoid using any sort of heating units. Air dry whenever possible. As with real hair, heat is the most commonly used enemy for hair extensions.
- With your fingers, not a brush or comb, gently comb through your locks in the morning and evening to separate tangled strands and remove knots.
- Check back with your stylist every 6-8 weeks (some extensions like the Malaysian weave) can last three months. Your stylist will assess the current health and condition of your hair, and together you can decide if you should continue with hair weaves or give your natural hair a break.
More Hair Extension Care:
- Wash and condition your scalp as frequently as you would your own hair.
- The hair extensions need extra moisture (because they don't get any of the scalps natural oils), so a leave in deep conditioning treatment is a fabulous idea.
- Wash extensions once every week or two, using gentle products and deep conditioners. - Try not to treat the hair with dyes, chemicals or heat excessively, as these can all damage or dry out your hair extensions.
Care for yourself as well. If, after your extensions are removed (this can be anywhere from four to twelve weeks), you or your stylist notice that your hairline is receding or your hair is damaged, be kind to your head. Take a break from the extensions for at least six months during which time your hair can replenish its strength and luster. If a problem persists, consult your dermatologist. Premature balding, hair thinning and alopecia are all potential hazards of hair extensions. These additions are often a heavy load for your natural hair and scalp to hold, and the pressure is sometimes more than they can handle.
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| November 16, 2018
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