In this post I am going to give you a few of my tips and tricks I’ve picked up when it comes to taking care of your hair extensions. Having hair extensions is a luxury item so make sure you invest in the right care to make them last.
I’ve had many different types of hair extensions over the years from tape ins, sew-ins, mirco-link to braidless sew-in. So I have learned a lot of what to do and what not to do when it comes to caring for your extensions. So many of these tips will apply to many methods of hair extensions.
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Let’s get to the tips:
1. Keep up with your maintenance!
Don’t wait longer than you need to to get your extensions touched up or moved up. For tapes my technician (shout out to @Bondgirl_Hair) recommends having your tapes removed and put back in every 6-8 weeks. I have seen other sources recommend 10-12 weeks. But honestly the longer you wait the more likely you are to get tangling and matting at the root, which is such a pain to get out. I remember when I had micro-links I think I had to get them moved up every month and a half or so, and I thought that was too often so I tried to skip one appointment and lo and behold some of my extensions started to fuse together in to a dread-like mess. Eeks. So yeah long story short keep on top of your extension maintenance it will save you a headache, literally.
2. Wash your hair less.
Don’t wash your hair that much! I made a whole video (see below) about washing your hair with tape-in extensions which I will insert in to the bottom of this post. It will make your extensions last longer if you don’t wash them as much, once or twice a week is good. When your hair is wet it will pull on your bonds or tapes and make them slide, washing your hair also makes your extensions dry out faster because they don’t really get the oil from your head the same way your natural hair does.
3. Invest in the right products.
Finding the right products for your hair let alone your hair extensions can sometimes be tricky. Some tips to keep in mind are to look for sulfate free shampoos and conditioners and stay away from volumizing products. You also want to avoid really moisturizing shampoos near the root area as this can weaken your bonds/tapes. I would recommend a gentle clarifying sulfate free shampoo and a nice deep conditioner to use on your ends once a week. I haven’t found my dream shampoo yet but I am absolutely in LOVE with this deep conditioner from Fekkai. It smells so yummy like vanilla and Shea and it is super moisturizing, just be sure to rinse it out well as it can be quite heavy and you don’t want to leave any residue on your hair.
4. Care for them while you sleep
Braid your extensions, or tie them in a low pony tail when you go to bed to prevent/ reduce tangling. I also would recommend sleeping on silk/ satin pillow cases, as cotton pillow cases can adsorb the moisture from your hair while satin ones will help keep your hair happy and shiny.
5. Brush your hair
That might sound obvious, but I’ve seen how easily one tangle can turn in to a big mess when it comes to extensions, both on myself and others. Be sure to brush through your hair at least once a day if not more, I like to use a tangle teaser like this as it’s pretty gentle on extensions and won’t snag. Play close attention to your bond area make sure your hair isn’t matting in between bonds or you aren’t starting to form any dreads. This is especially important to keep an eye on once your hair extensions are a bit more grown out, not so much when they are fresh. I also carry a small brush with me in my bag, I definitely recommend this as extensions are prone to tangling throughout the day.