Investing in high-quality human hair extensions is a great move if you’re looking for longer, thicker, more luscious hair. But because of their delicate nature, you do need to spend some time caring for your hair extensions – they don’t come cheap and by caring for them, as you would your own hair, you’ll ensure they last for longer and look beautiful too! Our tips will help you to get the most out of your hair extensions, whether you’re a blonde, brunette or redhead.
Washing your extensions
You know that washing your own hair everyday strips the scalp of natural oils and can lead to dry, brittle hair and split ends, so don’t wash your extensions everyday either. Shampooing every few days (a maximum of three times a week is recommended) with a gentle shampoo helps to keep your extensions in tip-top shape. You should always shampoo gently, detangling with a wide-toothed comb or your fingers, and avoid scrubbing too hard, which could damage the extensions.
Deep conditioner – a must
Hair extension care should start with a good deep conditioner, and it’s important to do this at least once a week, to keep your extensions smooth and silky. Leave the conditioner on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse and air-dry your extensions for the best results. Of course, you can use a hairdryer, but we recommend a low heat and plenty of heat protectant spray.
Styling your extensions
Much of the damage that occurs to hair extensions happens whilst styling your hair. Curlers, tongs, straighteners and even your hairdryer can all cause hair to become dry and damaged, so avoid using them too often. Make sure you use a good heat protectant (such as one from GHD) when styling your extensions, to prevent split ends and dryness.
Can you dye hair extensions?
Because they’re usually fairly expensive, it’s not the best idea to start experimenting with hair dye at home – although you can dye human hair extensions the same as you would your normal hair. If you’re confident using a certain colour and brand of dye, by all means go ahead, but your hairdresser is a better option if you want to colour your extensions to match your own hair, or dye them a contrasting shade.
A good night’s sleep helps keep your hair healthy, but it can also be a recipe for tangled, knotted hair extension, particularly if you have very long extensions. By piling your hair into a loose topknot with a scrunchie or similar covered band, you can help prevent night-time tangles!