Hair extensions have long been a popular crowd favourite across the globe, but in actual fact, the origin of these nifty accessories dates back to Ancient Egypt, when wigs and sewn-on hair pieces were used to enhance beauty. In more recent times, with many females admiring lengthy locks, extensions are widely used as an everyday essential. However, due to an increase in demand, there’s been calls for improvements to the quality and variety of these products, in order to meet consumer expectations.
Nowadays, buyers have the choice of clip-ins, tapes, wefts, micro-beads and more. The varieties are endless, and regardless of your preferences, there are still measures that need to be taken in order to look after them properly.
So, what do I need to do to look after my extensions?
The first major step that is essential for keeping your added locks intact is washing them correctly. Microbeads and taped extensions all need to be washed here and there, so that they last. However, it’s important not to overdo it. During your routine, remember to be gentle, so that the extensions aren’t loosened or damaged in the process. Also, try to find a quality, sulphate-free shampoo to ensure a glossy finish after the wash. Choosing a cheap product will potentially dry out your locks, and cause split ends or fizziness – so it’s always best to avoid formulas with harsh chemicals (like sulphate) in it.
Similarly, conditioner is necessary to conserve your extensions and ensure they look fresh and tidy for the long-term. During this process, massage the conditioner deep into the roots of your hair. However, if you have tape extensions, avoid contact with the tape panels, as this will cause them to slip.
How to dry them off
After you’ve cleaned them carefully, it’s important to try and reduce tangles before they dry. To do this, blow-dry them until there is no dampness remaining. If your natural hair is braided underneath the extensions, this will need to be dried too.
Between washes, remember to regularly comb through your hair to reduce knots and to spread natural oils throughout. For extra protection against damage avoid chlorine and salt water where possible. To provide a shield against heat, enlist the help of a heat protectant spray before straightening or curling. As a rule of thumb, you should always aim to be gentle with your extensions at all times.
By carefully following these tips, you’ll give your hair extensions the best shot at lasting for the long-term. As these are particularly delicate accessories, you’ll need to allocate time to nurturing them frequently, and without causing any added stress to them along the way. Remember that these locks don’t naturally get the oils that your own locks do, so you’ll need to provide these essentials instead. When in doubt, your hairdresser can help you find the best solution for your type of extensions.
Thinking of getting extensions? Book in a consultation with Ibiza Hair now – an award-winning stylist in Albert Park, Melbourne.