Hair extensions are not only for salon-goers who want to instantly lengthen and style their hair. Individuals struggling with thinning hair often choose hair extensions to combat the look of hair loss and restore volume. If you’ve invested in this hair replacement option, knowing how to care for them will ensure that the extensions last for as long as possible.
- Sleeping with Hair Extensions
Hair extensions can easily become tangled while you’re sleeping if they are left unprotected. To prevent tangling, try loosely tying up your hair, braiding it gently, or wearing a silk scarf over your hair to reduce friction against your pillow while you sleep. Also, never go to bed with damp hair extensions.
- Brushing and Styling Hair Extensions
When you’re brushing your hair extensions, it’s best to use a brush specially designed for hair extensions. The looped shape of the bristles makes them gentle on your hair extensions. Always begin brushing your hair at the ends; as the knots and tangles are brushed out, slowly work your way up your hair. Don’t brush roughly; this puts undue strain on the hair extension attachment. For synthetic hair extensions, always avoid heat from blow dryers and curling or straightening irons. With natural hair extensions, limit the use of heat, as it will weaken the hair extension attachment.
- Washing Hair Extensions
Before washing your hair and extensions, always brush your hair. By eliminating tangles before washing, you’ll prevent extensive knots after washing. Use a gentle shampoo, and avoid shampoos and conditioners that are greasy or contain excessive chemicals. Massage the shampoo through your hair from roots to tips without scrubbing vigorously.
- Swimming with Hair Extensions
Using a swim cap while swimming is the best way to avoid tangles, however, you can also braid your hair to avoid knots. After swimming, leave in the braid while in the shower and rinse out the chlorine or salt. Then, shampoo as usual.
At Hair Restoration of California, we specialize in the gentle application of hair extensions without damaging your natural hair. To meet with one of our skilled hair stylists, call (310) 477-2320.