How to Care for Sewn-In Extensions

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How to Care for Sewn-In Extensions
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Sewn-in extensions can help to build volume and length to hair. They are available in a number of different shades and lengths. If you get human hair sewn-in extensions, you can dye them to match your hair colour exclusively. Sewn-in extensions can be a great accessory for special occasions like weddings, birthdays and parties to create a new look. They should be treated with care, just like you would treat your normal hair.

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Things you need

  • Heat protectant
  • Brush or comb
  • Deep conditioner

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    Use a heat protecting product if styling tools are used. Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons can dry and damage hair quickly. Using a heat protector product helps to protect the hair from damage caused by heated styling tools.

  2. 2

    Brush or comb hair carefully. You should treat sewn-in extensions just like you would treat normal hair. It's best to prevent breakage by starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots.

  3. 3

    Wear hair in a ponytail a couple times a week to give the scalp a break. After extensions are sewn-in, there is a lot of extra weight that your scalp isn't used to carrying around.

  4. 4

    Use a deep conditioner once a week. Deep conditioners help to keep the sewn-in hair extensions healthy. Avoid gathering too much conditioner near the bondage points (where the hair extensions have been attached to the hair or scalp) because it may cause them to weaken. Excess conditioner can also cause more product build-up which can result in tangling.

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    Visit your stylist every 6 to 8 weeks for maintenance of sewn-in hair extensions. They can check to be sure everything is still holding well, repair extensions if need be and suggest further care instructions specifically for you.

Tips and warnings

  • Brush and braid hair prior to going to sleep to help prevent tangles.
  • Carry extra hair clips in case an extension needs to be pinned back into place when you're on the go.
  • Don't sleep on wet hair.
  • Don't put wet hair into ponytails.

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