Caring for hair extensions is an important step in the process of having a beautiful afro-textured or afro-curly hairstyle. The type of hair extension used can be made from different types of human, synthetic, and animal hair. Here are some tips on caring for your hair extensions at home:
Washing Your Hair Extension
Cleanse your hair extensions with shampoo and conditioner every 3 weeks to keep them looking healthy and shiny. Allow the shampoo and conditioner to sit in your hair for a few minutes before rinsing. This allows them to fully penetrate the strands of hair extension thoroughly, removing any dirt or styling product that might be present. Rinse with cold water to close off the cuticle layer on each strand and prevent tangles from occurring. Here is a look at how to wash your extensions.
Protecting Your Hair Extensions
Apply heat protectant spray before using any heat styling tools to avoid damaging the strands that you have added to your own natural afro texture or curly locks – this will help maintain their shine! Wearing a headscarf or wrap is another great way to protect your hair when you are not wearing it in its afro-textured style. Tying back afros can also cause breakage and damage by pulling on the strands constantly, so just be mindful of how often this happens! Don’t forget to moisturize hair extensions! This is crucial to maintaining afros and curls that are healthy, bouncy, shiny, and nourished. Adding moisture will also help reduce tangles and knots in the hair extension strands while helping it grow even longer than before! A great way to do this is to apply a light oil or cream that can be found at your local beauty supply store.
Knowing When It’s Time To Replace Your
Even with the best care hair extensions won’t last forever and there will come a time when they are going to need to be replaced. On average your extensions can last two or three months with regular maintenance and care. Your hair can grow more than an inch in that same time period totally changing the style and if color is involved your hair can start looking messy. You will know when it is time for your extensions to come out. High-end stylists recommend changing your locks somewhere between six and eight weeks. It will keep your hair from getting matted and tangly.
Hair extensions look fabulous but they are a big investment in terms of both money and time. Take care of them properly so that you get the longest life out of your extensions that you can. These tips will go a long way to making your extensions last.