Our hair extensions are meant to be a part of our everyday look. As with our overall appearance, hair extensions should be adequately cared for. To ensure that our hair extensions remain luscious and silky we have to care our extensions properly. Quality human hair extensions are expensive, and therefore it is crucial that we handle them with care. Let's explore all the ways to keep your extensions healthy and long lasting!
Shampoo, Lather, Rinse, Repeat
We must care for our extensions as if it were our natural hair. Therefore, you have to wash your extensions regularly. If you are purchasing 100% Virgin Hair from Kesini, it is vital to treat them like it growing right out of your scalp.
During the week, your weave can have a lot of buildup from dirt and the hair products being used allowing it to get dry and get stiff easily. To avoid lack of moisture and stiffness, you must shampoo and condition your weave. When you shampoo your weave, you want to make sure that you are getting in between tracks to ensure that you are getting all the gunk out. Remember not to bunch up the hair to avoid tangling. After you rinse out the shampoo, use conditioner throughout the weave, and brush or comb out from the tips to the root using a wide-toothed brush or comb to out all the tangles.
Taking these necessary steps will ensure that your hair is cleansed regularly and maintains that flow and silkiness.
It's All About Deep Conditioning
Extensions can easily become dry from the excessive heat and products that are used. In addition to regularly shampooing and conditioning; deep condition your hair and extensions to regain its moisture. The moisture allows the hair to keep its natural shine, retain that flawless look, and protect it from damage. Here are some of my favorite deep conditioners:
- Cantu’s Shea Butter for Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque
- Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque w/ Sea Kelp, Argan Oil, and Shea Butter
- Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner
- Shea Moisture Organic Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque for Thin, Fine Hair
Minimize Heat Styling
To achieve some of the hairstyles that we want we have to add some heat to our hair. But, the problem with heat is that it makes your hair dry and makes your hair split towards the ends. To refrain from applying an excess amount of heat to your hair opt for options that will allow you to achieve the look you want without damaging your extensions. For instance, you can flexi-rod your hair to achieve a curly look instead of using a curling iron. If you are wearing a straight weave, flat-iron it on days when it is necessary. This will ensure that your weave does not fry and become unpleasantly stiff. Opting for no-heat styling tools are also inexpensive!
Wrap Your Extensions Before Bed
Sleeping with a bonnet can help maintain healthy extensions and keep them tamed. It helps to maintain your hairstyle and keep your hair’s natural luster. Also, it helps prevent breakage caused by the friction of your cotton pillow and your hair. You can avoid this friction by investing in a satin/silk pillow or a satin scarf. Investing in these inexpensive things can help promote long-lasting extensions. Your hair will no longer be tangled and dry.
It’s Not You, It’s Me
Extensions are not meant to be installed for more than 3 months. Not only is it dangerous for your natural hair, but your weave will suffer the consequences as well. The longer you wear your hair extensions it minimizes the lifespan of your hair. The continual manipulation of your hair and addition of tension causes hair breakage and premature alopecia. Therefore, taking your hair out at the appropriate time will give your hair a well-needed break and maximize the life of your extensions.
As women we spend so much time and money on our extensions, so we should treat our extensions like the most prized possession! Your bank account will thank you in the long run! Stay beautiful, my queens :)
Hair Lover, Writer, Editor, and Blogger