Now that summer is in full swing, you’re probably spending a ton of time outside, soaking up the sun. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably hitting the beach or pool as much as possible throughout the week, and while there are plenty of amazing things that go along with this – i.e. cold drinks and gorgeous tans – there are also a number of aspects that can make life challenging for those with hair extensions.
On a hot California day, things such as salt water, chlorine and even our own sweat can have a major impact on the overall health of our hair extensions. So how do you manage to give your extensions the proper care without having to give up some of your favorite summertime activities?
Avoid Tangles – While a quick dip and a seemingly light breeze off the water may seem like no big deal, both can easily lead to a head full of tangles. If you’d like to go swimming, no worries; all you need to do is wet your hair in the shower, put in some leave-in conditioner and braid your hair. Once you’re done swimming or playing in the water, wash and dry your hair as normal. If you still find yourself with tangled strands, use a brush that is specifically intended for hair extensions. Their looped bristles are designed to glide easily through hair, without tugging at the extensions.
Use Skincare Products Carefully – If you know that you will be out in the sun for an extended period of time, you should always make sure that your skin is protected with sunscreen. However, just be sure that after you apply the lotion to your skin, you wash your hands thoroughly before touching your hair.
Use the Right Products – You treat your natural hair with only the best products, so why not do the same with your hair extensions? After all, you want to protect your investment. As we mentioned in our last blog post, you will want to steer clear of any haircare products that are made with sulfate, as it can rid your hair of its natural oils. Since being out in direct sunlight will be drying out your hair already, you don’t want to make matters worse with the wrong products.
When it comes to protecting your hair extensions during these brutal summer months, a quality leave-in conditioner and an extension brush will undoubtedly become your best friends. Don’t miss out on all that the season has to offer just because you’re nervous about the effects it will have on your extensions. Talk to the stylists here at Mane of Your Dreams – we’d be happy to expand on some of the points mentioned in this post and to point you towards the best products to get you through the heat!
When you’ve gone ahead and invested time and money into your hair extensions, it’s only natural that you would want to take care of them as best as possible. So if you find that over time, those extensions become a bit dried out and brittle, it might be time to start looking at the products that you’re using. Although your extensions may be 100% human hair, they don’t have the ability to replace natural oils or regrow.
Check out these great tips on the tips of hair products you should be avoiding when it comes to caring for your extensions:
Shampoos that contain sulphate – Sulphate is a pretty strong chemical that is used as a type of detergent, often found in toothpastes and cleansing products. In a shampoo, its main purpose is to get deep down in your roots for a really good clean, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing when it comes to your extensions. When you wash your hair with a sulphate shampoo, it rids your of the natural oils that keeps your locks from drying out. While your naturally grown hair can replace that moisture, your extensions can’t.
Alcohol – Hair products containing alcohol will only leave your hair extensions in a tangled mess and cause strands to shed. So before you make a purchase, flip the label over and take a look at the ingredients; if alcohol is at the top of the list, move onto the next option.
Bristle Brushes – You may have used this type of brush on your natural locks in the past, but once you have extensions, it’s time to say goodbye to the bristles. Instead, opt for brushes that are advertised specifically for hair extensions so avoid breakage and shedding.
WEN Hair Products – This brand is the absolute worst for your hair extensions. Unfortunately, many women have found this out the hard way after discovering an increased amount of hair strands in the shower drains and hair brushes. If you want to keep your hair thick and luscious, we would highly recommend steering clear of all WEN products.
Overall, most every over-the-counter product should be avoided when it comes to hair extensions. If you are second guessing a purchase, simply put whatever you’re holding back on the shelf and consult the experts at Mane of Your Dreams. We’d be more than happy to recommend the best products to keep your extensions healthy and beautiful.
Hair extensions are certainly not just for Hollywood mavens anymore; many everyday women are becoming extraordinary women by using hair extensions to add length, style and volume to their hairstyles. Whether made with real hair (like ours) or synthetic, hair extensions should be treated gently and with care. If it is your first time having hair extensions done, be sure to have them done by a true professional.
Now once you have had hair extensions added to your natural hair, you may have a few questions on how to keep them in as pristine condition as possible. For starters, you will want to know how to wash your hair extensions when it comes time to shower. Well firstly, you’ll want to gently comb out any tangles and brush the hair, preferably with a looper brush. If your hair extensions are applied using our safe and superior method, it will be easier to care for your extensions.
Use a mild good quality moisturizing shampoo and carefully shampoo your hair, working the suds down the length of your hair. Then gently rinse the hair and softly blot it dry. This method will keep it from getting twisted and tangled.
After shampooing, apply a leave-in conditioner daily, which is the healthiest way to clean and moisturize your hair and extensions. Use a wide tooth comb to remove any tangles and to prevent them from occurring. When shampooing hair at night, it is best to let it dry completely before lying down to sleep. If you can, allow hair extensions to air dry, but if you are in a hurry and you must use a blow dryer, make sure that it is on low heat.
Generally speaking, as long as you are consciously making decisions to protect your investment, there is really no reason why you cannot treat and style your extensions the same way that you would your natural hair. Plus when you choose 100 percent human hair, like that used at Mane of Your Dreams, you’ll understand that unlike synthetic hair, there are much fewer restrictions on what can be done to your extensions, because they react just as your own hair would to hair products and styling tools.
For more information on extension care, don’t forget to ask your stylist once you’ve had them installed. We’d be happy to answer any additional questions you might have!