Hair extensions are extremely popular, but many people are hesitant about using them. After all, the best extensions are 100% human hair, never synthetic. It can seem strange, if you’ve never done it, and first timers usually have a lot of questions. Hair extensions can help your hair look great and boost your natural hair growth, provided that you use them properly and take good care of them. Here are a few things about hair extensions that will help you learn about their use and maintenance;
Choose the right ones: When it comes to hair extensions, you have a lot of options. First of all, you have to choose whether you want individual strands or wefts. Individual strands can be hooked on at different places in your hair to create a layered look. If you want to go for an equal length hair look, you can get wefts which are kind of a curtain of hair that is hooked from the top and free at the bottom. Another choice you have to make is between clip-ons, glue-ons, weaving, and using waxes or chemicals to stick them to the hair. The simplest option is to get the clip-on extensions, so you can easily take them off and put them back on whenever you want. If you want to use any of the other products, it is best to ask your stylist for advice – she knows your hair best.
Avoid Synthetic extensions: Don’t ever buy synthetic hair extensions as they look very bad as they cannot give a natural look. Moreover, they get damaged very easily and you cannot treat them like normal hair. Always choose hair extensions made from real 100% human hair as they give a more natural look and are easy to style. However, you need to make sure that the extensions match your hair color and if you have streaks, ask your hair stylist to create a similar look with the extensions.
Wash & moisturize: Most people don’t realize that you need to take care of your extensions and treat them just as you treat your natural hair. You need to wash them after a couple of days and them moisturize them using a good conditioner. Remember, your hair gets moisture from the scalp but the hair extensions don’t, so you have to take special care with them.
Avoid harsh treatment: Don’t pull on your extensions, use hair dryer in extra high heat or apply too many chemicals to them. You have to keep in mind that these hair extensions have already undergone a lot of processing before they reached you and exposing them to more treatments will only cause the hair to break. Make sure that you brush softly but take out all the tangles before you go to sleep.
Visit the stylist every 6 weeks: Your hair grows about an inch every 6 weeks so it is important to schedule a visit to your hair stylist at that time so that he can remove the extensions and check for any kind of product buildup. After inspection, she can clean and reattach any loose extensions, or extensions that have grown out, and you are good to go for another 6 weeks.