Hair Extensions 101: The Dos and Don’ts for Hair Extension Care

June 25, 2021

Hair extensions are one of the easiest and fastest ways to completely transform your look. Whether you’re trying to get past an awkward “growing out” phase or you just miss having long, luxurious hair, extensions can provide instant growth, volume and even a brand-new color. However, hair extension aftercare is just as important as the process it takes to put them in. Here’s how to take care of your hair extensions so they look great for a lot longer.

Hair extension “dos”

  • Wash your hair regularly: Hair extensions need to be washed just like your natural hair, especially if they’re made from human hair. While washing your hair every day isn’t good for your locks, do make sure to wash it about three times per week with a mild shampoo. On days you don’t shampoo, you can “co-wash”—that is, wash your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. This will keep your hair soft and undamaged.
  • Brush your hair (almost) as normal: You can and should brush your hair extensions regularly—in fact, some experts suggest that you take your brush into the shower with you. Look for a brush that has wide-set bristles. This will untangle your hair and keep it from matting up. Gently work your way from the ends to the roots, untangling as you go.
  • Visit a salon: If your extensions are looking a little worse for the wear, it’s time to visit your stylist. You might be in need of a trim, a conditioning treatment or simply some style and care tips. Your stylist will be happy to help guide you through hair extension aftercare and get your style back to top shape.
  • Take a break from extensions: Finally, although it seems counterintuitive, take a break from your extensions once in a while. Whether yours are sewn on or glued in, they can damage your scalp and natural hair.

Hair extension “don’ts”

  • Don’t go to bed with wet hair: If you go to bed with wet hair—whether you have extensions or not—your hair can end up matted and tangled. If you can’t avoid going to bed before your hair is fully dried, braid it so it doesn’t tangle on its own.
  • Don’t use too much heat: Heat styling tools aren’t great for natural hair or extensions, so use them sparingly—and try a heat protectant if you use them regularly. Keep your heat styling tools on the lowest setting possible to prevent damage.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals: Generally speaking, you should avoid harsh chemicals in hair products like parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, dimethicone and alcohol. They’re not good for your natural hair, and they’re really not good for your hair extensions.

Although hair extensions require a little extra aftercare, they’re a versatile and fun way to change your hairstyle. Interested in trying them for yourself? Talk to one of the friendly stylists at Studio FX Hair Design LLC. We’ll help you find the perfect look, whether it involves hair extensions, a new color, a new ‘do or a total rethinking of your approach to hair care.

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