The hairdresser tells you a couple of tips and may even give you a care packet but nothing prepares you for extensions like talking to somebody who has had them for years.
With this in mind I know how hard it is when you first get them done and you don't really know how to look after them, they are not cheap after all so you want to make them last as long as possible.
Here are my secrets to keeping your hair extensions in great condition and making them last as long as possible!
1. Always dry your roots.
This is where the bonds will be so whenever you wash your hair make sure that you take a couple of minutes to blow dry your bonds using COLD air. I would use the hot setting on my blow dryer and they would get all warm and soft which is the opposite of what we want. So always use the cold setting.
2. Wash less
It's a good idea to wash your hair as little as possible to keep your bonds in tact. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for this. Extensions tend to hold styles and curls a lot better so why wash it if you don't need to? You can also do a top wash. Section your hair in half, making sure all the extensions and bonds are neatly tied in a bun at the nape of your neck out of the way, leaving your natural hair free at the top of your head. Put your head upside down over the bath and do a shampoo and condition on the loose/top part of your hair. I do this once per week between washes.
3. Serum and mask
It's likely that the ends of your extensions will get dry because they are not attached to your head they are not getting any oil to them. To combat this I use an all natural hair serum by arbonne on my ends everyday, it keeps them shiny.
4. Shampoo sans SLS
One of the main reasons my extensions often last 6 months is because I only use shampoo with out nasties like sodium laurel sulphate and silicones. SLS is a foaming agent which strips away the colour and moisture of your hair. Best to avoid these ingredients to promote longevity of your extensions. I use Arbonne FC5 shampoo and conditioner.
5. Brush gently
I know this sounds simple but it really makes such a difference. Brush your hair very gently and hold on to the top part of your hair while you run a soft bristled brush from near your hand to the bottom of your hair. Braiding your hair at night to keep it from getting tangled over night is a great idea too!
Feel free to share your tips on keeping your hair extensions in great condition…
Love Ashly xx