Fusion hair extensions can be a great way to achieve the thick, luxurious lock looks you want. Installed and cared for properly, human-hair fusion hair extensions give you a completely natural look that falls, bounces, and shines as if it were your “real” hair. But, if you’re not careful, fusion hair extensions can also be a disaster – just check out celebrity gossip magazines and websites for pictures of celebrities (people with mega-fortunes and stylists!) sporting woefully nest-like fusion hair. This just doesn’t have to be!
The two biggest threats to your fusion hair extensions are tangling and split ends. Remember, human hair extensions are still human hair – you must get regular trims from your stylist and comb it carefully. For best results, keep a standing salon appointment every other month, so that your beautician can replace or tighten any loose or lost locks, shape up your ends, and make sure you’re on the right track. When combing hair, detangle from ends to roots – similar to the method used for natural Black hair – and use a wide-toothed comb. This eliminates tangles and reduces pressure on the hair before you reach your roots and the vulnerable fusion bonds there.
Speaking of your fusion bonds, make sure to keep all heat appliances far away from them. Flat irons, curling wands, and the like can cause your cold- or hot-fused keratin bonds to crack or weaken. Instead, when blow drying or otherwise heat styling your mane, focus your attention on the length of the hair and let the roots air-dry.
When washing fusion extensions, use a gentle hand. Never scrub, as this will cause matting and breakage, and try a gentle, non-stripping shampoo. For longer extensions, it’s best to wash hair in the shower, tipping your head backwards and gently cleansing the scalp with the pads of your fingers. The downward stream of water from the shower head will help rinse your hair clean from root to tip without you having to manipulate the strands too much. You also won’t have to flip your hair back and forth too much, reducing stress on the easily-loosened hair at your nape and hairline.
And when it comes to conditioners and styling products, avoid buildup and flaking by using smaller amounts of lightweight products. After all, you bought your perfect locks because of their natural beauty. Why paint over a masterpiece?