Caring for hair extensions
More and more women are opting for hair extensions these days, but that doesn’t mean they all know how to care for them. If you’ve ever seen someone with the dreaded matted look, or a clear line of definition between their real and fake hair, the chances are they haven’t bothered with upkeep. When you consider that a decent weave can cost hundreds of pounds, we’re talking about some seriously false economy.
“Firstly it is important to remember to wash and condition the hair in one direction, from top to bottom,” hair extensions expert Tatiana Karelina explained to Cover Media. “Use shampoos and conditioners that hydrate and add moisture. Conditioning your hair is very important to keep it soft and manageable, so using a leave-in spray conditioner in between shampoos in a good idea. Be sure that your hair products are alcohol free as alcohol is a drying agent.”
It’s a good idea to stick to sulfate-free products too, as they tend to be kinder to your hair, plus invest in a brush which is specially made for extensions. As Tatiana advises conditioning your tresses is vital to ensure they remain glossy and manageable, just don’t add the product directly to the attachments as it could make them come lose.
Also consider a new routine when you are styling, as your new hair is delicate and needs to be handled carefully. Brazenly carrying on as normal might seem like a time saver, but it’s also a sure-fire way to end up with frazzled extensions which look fake and dry.
“You must use a heat defence products to protect your extensions from drying out while using hot styling tools on your hair extensions,” Tatiana added. “Many straighteners have a temperature range between 180 degrees to 230, so this extreme heat will fry your hair if you haven't properly protected it. When selecting a heat protector you must ensure that it does not contain any silicone, as they can be even more damaging to your extensions.”