How to Manage Hair Extensions

Written by charley prescott
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Managing hair extensions is a fairly simple process, if you are committed to taking care of them after the installation at the salon. With hair extensions it is a good idea to care for them similarly to how you treat your natural tresses, but with a bit more care and caution. Prior to leaving the salon, discuss home maintenance with your stylist and a general time line for when you should remove the hair extensions.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Gentle shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Spray leave-in conditioner
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Brush
  • Satin pillow case

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    Comb and brush the extensions. In the same manner that you take care of your natural hair, you want to maintain the extensions. Comb and brush them beginning at the bottom of tresses and working your way upward to the root. Use caution as you approach the attachment area, so you do not loosen the extensions. Always be gentle when combing and brushing the extensions.

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    Sleep on a satin pillow case. A satin pillow case will protect your delicate tresses from the excessive friction of a cotton pillow case.

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    Wash and condition your extensions in the shower. Always care for your extensions as you would your own hair. Use a good shampoo and conditioner that will enhance the overall condition of the hair. Depending on how oily your scalp is naturally, occasionally skip the shampoo and only use conditioner and water. Before wetting the hair comb through to remove any tangles. Wash, condition and air-dry. Use leave-in conditioner in between washings to revive the hair.

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    Avoid applying oily hair products to human hair extensions. Oily hair and scalp oils can detract from the look of some human hair extensions, so they are not ideal for use. If you have synthetic extensions, use of hair oil in moderation often enhances the look of the extensions.

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    Wear a swim cap. At the beach and at the pool, it is a good idea to wear a swim cap. Chlorine and saltwater are extremely drying to natural hair and more so to hair extensions. Always protect your investment by covering your extensions in a swim cap.

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    Use heated styling tools in moderation. Heat always can be used on human hair, but rarely on synthetic extensions, so familiarise yourself with the specifics pertaining to the hair you had installed. In the same manner heated styling tools are detrimental to your own hair, they also can cause breakage and damage to hair extensions. Always use caution and try to not use these tools too often in your hair extensions.

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    Remove the hair extensions in a timely manner. Avoid wearing extensions past the removal date the stylist told you. Although fresh hair extensions look incredibly stylish, outdated extensions that need to be removed are not a positive for anyone's appearance. For the health of your hair, it is a good idea not to wear hair extensions for too long because this can result in breakage or matting of your own hair.

Tips and warnings

  • Never go to sleep on wet hair, because you will wake up with matted tresses that are tangled.

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