Taking care of extensions is crucial to make them last longer. Quality hair extensions aren’t cheap, and you should ensure they pay their worth once you have made this investment.
While we all want our extensions to have a long life, most of us don’t know the right way to maintain them. To help you with that, here are a few tips to take care of extensions:
- Watch Out for the Products You Use
While your natural hair may heal over time after being subjected to harmful chemicals in hair products, extensions aren’t that persistent. Read how a product is made before you purchase and use it on your extensions. Avoid using any product that includes Propanol, Isopropyl, Ethanol, or Propyl as an ingredient.
Furthermore, they shouldn’t contain any alcohol or sulfate as they can be damaging to your extensions to the point of no return, even in small quantities. You should also avoid any products that clog hair extensions, such as hair wax, hair gel, and hair spray. If you do use them, be sure to wash them off as soon as you take extensions off.
- Properly Wash and Dry Them
You don’t have to wash extensions as much as natural hair because they are not affected by the oil produced by the scalp. The less you wash them, the longer they will last. Wash hair extensions just once a month to avoid product build-up.
However, you can shampoo them if you notice dirt on them. Instead of using a blow-dryer to dry the extensions, let them dry naturally. However, use a heat protectant if it’s necessary to use a blow dryer. Furthermore, don’t leave them out in the sunlight to dry. This will only damage them.
- The Right Way to Store Hair Extensions
Most hair extensions get damaged when not stored properly, which affects their lifespan and quality. Gently brush them after each use and store them in a cool and dry place.
They can develop molds if they are not dry. It’s better to use the original packaging they came in for storage or use an air-tight container after drying the extensions. Furthermore, make sure they don’t come in direct contact with sunlight when stored.
If you wear them almost every day, it’s better to simply place them on hangers. However, make sure the space where they are hung is not too congested.
Everything has a life, and even the most expensive hair extensions have to be replaced. They can last anywhere between three months and three years. When properly taken care of, good-quality extensions will remain a part of your life for a few years.
Simply following the three tips shared in this article are more than enough to increase the life of your extensions. Furthermore, you should prefer high-quality extensions when purchasing them, even if they cost more. If they are low-quality, they will barely last a month no matter how careful you were with them.