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A Guide to Hair Extension Maintenance

Now that you have decided to invest in a beautiful set of human hair extensions, you are probably wondering how to take care of them. Your hair extension expert can provide you with specific care tips based on a number of factors like the length and method of extension. However, there are some general things everyone should consider when it comes to keeping extensions looking fresh and natural for as long as possible. Read on to learn more.

Install Appropriately

All types of hair extensions have different installation methods and instructions. For example, long-term, semi-permanent methods like sew-in, keratin, and tape-in extensions should be installed by a trained hair extension professional. Otherwise, serious breakage and damage can occur, both to your natural hair and your extensions. Quality human hair extensions are an investment, so it is important to handle them with care. Otherwise, short-term options like clip-in extensions should be carefully applied according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Wash Infrequently

Since your extensions are not subject to the sebum and natural oils from your scalp, they do not need to be washed as frequently. In general, the less you wash your extensions, the longer they will last. However, if you use styling products, you will likely want to wash them once there is some product buildup on your strands making it difficult to style them naturally.

Washing Hair Extensions

Hydration is key when it comes to washing hair extensions without damaging them. Since extensions do not have access to the oils from your scalp, they need extra nourishment via products like deep conditioners and sulfate-free shampoos. Avoid products that contain alcohol and sulfates, which strip the hair of oil and make it more prone to matting. Focus more on using conditioners and hydrating treatments and masks. Squeeze excess water from the extensions rather than rubbing them dry with a towel.

Avoid Heat

Heat is inherently drying and can cause your extensions to become dull, brittle, and vulnerable to breakage. Let them air dry after you wash them, and try to avoid high temperatures on your styling tools. As you would with your natural hair, use heat protectant. Use a small amount of a quality hair oil to keep your extensions looking silky and natural.

Be Gentle

As with your natural hair, you will want to be gentle when it comes to brushing and styling your extensions. Choose a wide-toothed comb, and work through tangles and knots carefully. A soft bristle brush is also a good choice. Extensions are susceptible to breakage just like the hair on your scalp, so try to handle them gently.

Don’t Overuse Products

While it’s good to use some products to keep your extensions looking fresh and shiny, it’s important to avoid overusing them. Once there is enough buildup in the strands, they will become dull and more difficult to style. In the words of stylist Sabrina Porsche, “I would recommend using only a heat protectant, dry shampoo, or shine spray.” Use whichever products work best for your hair and your extensions, but try not to overdo it.

Develop a Bedtime Routine

Avoid sleeping with your hair extensions in if you use clip-ins. If you have a more permanent attachment method, it’s a good idea to sleep in a braid or a low bun. Invest in a silk pillowcase for decreased tangling and damage, and never go to bed with wet hair. Add in a light serum or oil just before bed if your extensions feel dry.

Make Regular Appointments

Even with the best quality extensions, regular professional attention and care is vital. That’s why it is important to work with the best hair extension service in your area in order to develop a long-term relationship with your stylist. The various types of extensions need to be replaced and refreshed at different points, so work with your stylist to develop an appointment schedule. In the words of stylist Kim Kimble, “You will know it’s absolutely time for your hair to come out when your install is completely showing because your hair has grown out so much. Also, if it’s been a few months and the style you starts to look like a completely different style from which you started with — and not in a good way — it’s time to come out.”

Contact Eldorado

If you are interested in the best hair extensions in Baltimore and beyond, contact Eldorado. We install quality UltraTress extensions for a natural, gorgeous look every time. Let our hair extension professionals help you achieve your hair goals and improve your confidence and happiness with your appearance overall. Call 410-709-6627, or schedule your free hair analysis now.