How to Store Hair Extensions

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How to Store Hair Extensions
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Many women wear hair extensions to achieve a quick and new look, but when your extensions aren’t in use, you must care for them as you would care for a wig or your own hair. Failure to properly store hair extensions could lead to tangles and matting, which could shorten their use period. Learn how to clean and store your hair extensions properly to preserve them and save money.

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  1. 1

    Clean your hair extensions with shampoo or a special hair extension cleanser. Hair extensions with product build-up can make your hair extensions sticky. Sticky hair extensions will attract dust and dirt during storage and can lead to tangles overtime.

  2. 2

    Allow your hair extensions to dry thoroughly before storing them. You can lay them flat on a towel or use clothes pins to clip them to a hanger and then hang them to dry. Storing damp hair extensions can lead to mould, mildew and strong odours within the hair fibres, especially for human hair extensions.

  3. 3

    Place your hair extensions in a plastic bag or a plastic storage container. Select a container large enough to provide adequate space for the extensions to breathe and remain neat. You can purchase a storage container designed specifically for storing hair extensions at a local beauty-supply store. These storage bags typically contain mesh vents to allow air to circulate around the extensions to prevent odours and keep them fresh.

  4. 4

    Place the storage bag or container in a location away from direct sunlight, such as a closet shelf or drawer. Extended exposure to sunlight can lighten the natural colour of your hair extensions and make them look dull or dingy.

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