Now that you have your bundles of joy, here are a few tips to maintain your gorgeous hair!
1. BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH!!!
Brushing your extensions is a regular upkeep task, something you should remember to do as often as needed, done the right way and with the proper tools. ie.. the coarser the hair the wider your teeth should be on the comb!
2. ROUTINE WASH, CO-WASH, AND CONDITION
Although each step holds its own value, this step is probably the most important part of the entire maintenance journey.
Wash (shampoo)- Shampooing is vital to remove excessive build up in the hair such as oils, hair sprays and other products used to create the perfect style for you. This is what strips the hair completely dry to leave it extra clean. But keep in mind due to the extensive cleansing process it is important to follow up with a conditioner to bring moisture back in.
Condition/Co-Wash- If you are one who does not have time to do a complete shampoo AND condition all at once, then co-washing is your best friend. Co washing simply means you replace shampoo and wash hair with conditioner. This technique gets your hair pretty clean and adds moisture back into the hair all at the same time.
But for BEST results shampoo your hair once every 2-3 weeks and co-wash weekly!
Products we recommend....
Garnier Fructis- Triple Nutrition (both Shampoo & Conditioner)
Organix - Entire Shampoo and Conditioner Product line
Organix- Moroccan Oil (light weight spray) & Coconut Oil (light weight spray) adds shine without weighing your hair down
3. Heat on Your Hair Extensions.....
As we should all know by now, using heat on your hair can be damaging especially high volumes of heat on high settings. If you are going to use heat, make sure to use a heat protectant before use of any heating tools such as blow dryer, curling irons/wands, and flat irons. This will help to reduce the amount of damage created by the excessive use of heat. A great alternative is to air dry your hair, if you have the time or use heatless curling products like cold rods/flexirods.
4. Protect Your Hair (this applies to your own natural hair as well).....
For those using extensions as a sew-in......
Since you do not have the luxury of taking your hair off every night like a wig wearer or clip-in queen would, you hold the most responsibility. It is very important to sleep in a soft silky or satin cap/ pillowcase to protect your hair. Materials such as cotton pillowcases will absorb the moisture from your hair ( whether its your natural hair or extensions) leaving it dry and brittle over time. This also shortens the lifespan of your hair extensions.
For those using extensions as a not so permanent hairstyle.....
Since you do have the luxury to remove your hair, this may or may not apply to you. Although you may not sleep in your hair , it is still important to store your unit/clip-ins in a satin bag, protective box or mannequin to ensure your hair is not bothered while resting! :)
While there are MANY ways and many more tips to share, these are the basic ones everyone can use to sustain beautiful hues.