5 Simple Hair Extensions Care Tips
5 Simple Hair Extensions Care Tips
There is nothing that looks worse on a lady than an unkempt weave or damaged hair extensions.
If your hair is matted and new growths and tracks are visible, you can be sure everyone will give you a side eye and a silent judgment.
Whether you are working two jobs while trying to complete your masters or are a busy mom with little time to care for your hair, you must find some time and apply a little effort to care for your hair extensions.
It takes very little effort and definite steps to keep your weave and extensions looking, feeling, and smelling fresh.
Here are five important tips to help you take care of your hair extensions.
1. Wash your weave and hair weekly or bi-weekly with lukewarm water
With a weave or extensions on, you cannot wash your hair like you normally do.
Depending on how active you are, you can wash the hair once a week or once every two weeks, making sure to wash the hair underneath as well.
After that, gently massage your scalp in between the braids and rinse off the shampoo with lukewarm water.
It is advisable that you repeat this process at least twice per wash, avoiding scrubbing or bunching so as not to tangle the hair.
2. Apply dime-sized leave-in conditioner even between washes
After each wash, apply leave-in conditioner to the hair and weave or hair extensions.
Take a dime-sized amount of the conditioner and massage it onto the hair with your fingers, gently coating it.
Refresh the hair between washes by applying the conditioner especially if the weave or your hair feel too dry.
Avoid applying hair oils because not only will they weigh the hair down and retain dust and dirt; they also cause matting and tangling.
You can use a very small amount of oil if the hair loses its luster, especially if you wash frequently.
3. Let your weave dry naturally
Do not use a towel to dry your weave or extensions after washing.
It is best to give it some time to dry naturally.
However, if your must, you can gently dry using a blow dryer, starting on the weft and moving to the ends then working your way up.
Adjust the dryer to the lowest heat setting.
Excessive heat will heat-dry the weave, causing it to bond and loosen from the hair.
Use a wide toothed comb to straighten extensions and a finger-styled one for curlier weaves.
4. Use a wide-toothed comb to comb and detangle extensions
You must take extra caution when combing and detangling hair extensions and weaves—it’s all in the technique actually.
Choose a wide-toothed comb that will not rip through the weave or extension.
Considering that the tracks are sewn onto the hair, pulling and yanking damages the extensions as well as the hair which may cause them to fall from all the tugging.
Be very gentle when combing the hair, starting from the bottom up and doing it preferably when it is still wet.
5. Use a weave spray for braided or twisted weave for added freshness
If your weave is braided, twisted or worn-in locks, it will take longer to dry compared to a loosely worn weave.
Because of this, the hair is susceptible to bacteria and mold, which causes it to have a musty smell.
A weave spray applied lightly on the hair once a day should kill the bacteria and help detangle the hair and keep it smelling and looking fresh.
You should never go to bed with a wet weave because it not only results in the matting and tangling of the weave, it also encourages the growth of bacteria and ‘weave stink’.
While different rules apply to different types of hair extensions and weaves, a lot of times, these five hair extension care tips go a long way to keeping your hair looking fresh and leaves you feeling great the whole day.
Use these tips to take good care of your weave and extensions and they will last longer and protect your natural hair better.