So you've either decided to get those extensions or
you're intrigued enough about them to learn more. Well, you have come to the
right place. Whether synthetic or real, all hair extensions need to be cared
for properly to extend the life of them. For what people pay to lengthen their
locks, keeping them around for as long as possible is very much desirable. Our
goal is to help you get the most bang, or bangs, for your buck.
Let's start with the basics-shampooing. Be sure to use a rather gentle shampoo
and conditioner and don't skimp on the quality. Don't ruin your hair and/or
extensions by trying to save a couple of dollars on the super cheap stuff. I
have read in a couple of places that some of the really high priced shampoos
may actually speed up the rate at which the bonder is broken down. If you do
start to have extensions falling out far before their "expiration date", take a
look at your shampoo and give your stylist a call. It may be as simple to fix
as using a non-conditioning shampoo or simply a different brand. Now, if your
extensions are sewn in, you do not need to be as concerned about this type of
reaction occurring. After your shower, feel free to dry your hair the same way
you would have dried your own natural hair. I would highly recommend an ionic
dryer, I personally love mine and have had many people say that they won't dry
their hair with anything else.
As far as coloring your hair and extensions,
plan ahead. Color your natural hair the desired color before your extensions
are applied. Your stylist will then color match your extensions, whether
synthetic or real, to your new color to make your purchased hair look like the
real thing. Highlights can even be added by adding different colored extensions
in the same randomness as highlights applied to hair pulled through a cap. If
your roots need a touchup before you need to change your extensions, play it
safe and leave the coloring to your stylist.
When it comes to
styling your hair it totally depends on the type of lengthener you have. If you
have real hair, most of your styling tools can still be used in the same
fashion. However, with some types of synthetic hair extensions, more care
needs to be taken. As with everything else, talk to your stylist. He or she will
be able to tell you all of the styling rules specific to your type of
extension. Also, feel free to put your hair in ponytails, braids, buns and
barrettes as you would have normally.
(found from another source)
It is important to wash your hair; shampooing removes dirt, dead skin cells,
hair oils, any hair products you may put into your hair.
When shampooing, rinse your hair out before applying any shampoo to
remove any dust, dirt, and any other foreign items, then apply the shampoo onto
your scalp and massage it gently with your finger tips and work your way
outwards. After you are done make sure that you thouroughly rinse out your hair
to remove any shampoo residue that may be left. Shampoo residue may dry your
scalp/hair and or attract dirt. It is recommended that you only lather once to
avoid drying your hair out. If you have oily hair, lathering again may
stimulate your oil glands to create even more oil than normal.
You should wash your hair as often as you feel necessary to keep it
clean but a general rule for oily hair is that you should wash it every day or
every other day and for dry hair only wash it 2-3 times a week.
Try rotating the shampoo and conditioner periodically, your hair
responds differently to different products.
Use a conditioner after shampooing; it'll moisturize your hair, give
it extra protection, add shine, reduce static, and makes it easier to untangle.
Use a leave in conditioner; it'll hydrate and protect your hair. A
leave in conditioner on your hair is the equivalent of moisturizer on your
When conditioning your hair, try to spread conditioner evenly
through out your hair and leave it in for a couple of minutes before rinsing
out your hair.
Put the conditioner in at about an inch away from the scalp, the
roots of your hair contain the most oils and usually don't need the extra
Be gentle when shampooing and conditioning. Don't use excessive
force rubbing your hair, remember hair is most vunerable when wet.
The following are some basic hair care tips that you can use to improve the
health and look of your hair.
A healthy lifestyle will mean healthier hair for you.
Excessive stress, smoking, not exercising and not eating nutritiously are not
healthy for your hair.
Get enough sleep.
Hair Products (Gel, mouse, hair spary...)
Avoid using hair styling products with alcohol which
dries out hair.
Avoid puting hair styling products directly on your scalp; if you
put it on your scalp you'll clog the pores on your head.
Before entering a pool, wet your hair so your hair will
soak up the initial water instead of the chlorinated water.
When swimming where a cap to protect your hair from chlorinated
water, if you choose not to wear a cap make sure you shampoo and condition your
hair right after you are done swimming.
Hot air can be damaging to your hair so when using a hair
dryer use the cool setting.
Don't leave the blowdryer in one spot for more than a few seconds,
keep it moving and at a good distance away from your hair.
To speed up the drying process, pat your hair dry with a towell and
let the remaining moisture in your hair dry naturally.
Gently use your fingers or a pick to untangle any knots while your
hair is drying.
Use a brush whose bristles are made from natural
animal hairs, it is softer and more flexible, which means less damage will be
done to your hair.
Hair is most fragile when it is wet so avoid brushing or combing
when it's wet, or else it will cause breakage. Wait until your hair is almost
completely dry before brushing it.
Use brushes/combs with widely spaced bristles/teeth and smooth tips.
Sharp tooth combs can damage your hair, cause split ends, and scratch your
To keep your brushes and combs clean, wash them weekly using soap or
Comb your hair to remove any tangles before brushing it.
Begin by combing your hair gently at the ends to get any tangles out
and work your way up to the base of your hair.
Always brush/comb with a downwards stroke.
Avoid using plastic brushes/combs which create static electricity
Shampooing and Conditioning
Buy shampoos & conditioners that match your hair type.
Trial and error is the best way to find out what specific hair product is best
for your hair.
Shower with warm water; hot water can dry and/or irritate the
Dry and cold winter can be very damaging to your hair. Hair easily becomes
dry during this time of year from the dry indoor heating and the dry cold
weather outside. Proper preventative steps need to be taken during this seasons
to ensure that your hair does not get damaged.
Wear a scarf, hat or cap to protect your hair from the
cold and wind. Make sure that it's not so tight where it will restrict
circulation in your scalp.
Use a conditioner daily.
Once you have your hair moist, lock in the moisture by running your
hair through cold water; this will also give your hair an extra shine.
Don't go outside with your hair wet, you risk breakage. Your hair
will freeze if it's cold enough outside and may break.
Limit your use of "hot" items on your hair such as a blow dryers and
If you need to use a "hot" item use a leave in conditioner before
using the item on your hair.
Avoid taking hot showers or washing your hair in hot water. Use warm
or cool water instead, the heat can dry out and/or damage your hair and skin.
Hair products that have the word, "Replenish" on it is made to
moistureize your hair.
Try using a dry shampoo if you need to wash out your hair. One dry
shampoo you can use is baby powder, simply sprinkle some onto your hair and use
a comb to comb it off.