Summer has come and gone…fall awaits and with it, the changeover in trends and style that mimics the changing of the seasons. As both celebrities and salon goer’s alike shift from summery beach blonde to fall warm hair tones, the one dominant trend in hair for 2016 is still reigning supreme: long hair. From shoulder length to Kim Kardashian’s mermaid-like waist length hair, throwback long hair hasn’t had such a moment since the 1970’s.
Because of how “in” long hair has been, if you’ve been rocking more hair than you were born with (or even cheated time a little bit), you want to get the most of your gorgeous weaves, clip-ins and hair pieces. To give you a head start, we rounded up our top 6 best hair extensions hacks to keep your long hair extensions looking great between now and the holidays and beyond.
1: Find the perfect storage for your hair:
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to untangle matted and knotted clip-ins that have been tossed around. To keep add-on hair gorgeous, you need to show it the same love you would your own natural hair to keep it looking best. Pick a dresser drawer to organize your clip-ins. If you have more than 1 set, we recommend using our hair extension storage pouch or purchasing a few silk pillowcases to line the bottom and to sandwich your extensions in layers. The silk fibers are fine enough not to cause the hair to tangle or damage the cuticles. Best of all, the drawer can also be used to re-curl your clip-ins every day! Simply put the clip end in the drawer, close it and then gently re-curl them with a styling wand. Way easier than trying to re-curl them when they are on your head.
2: Don’t forget to wash them regularly.
While you are rocking them, don’t forget that even clip-ins need to be shampooed and conditioned from time to time to keep them looking great. Dust, pollen, oils, styling products…all of it builds up in your hair extensions in the same way it does your natural hair. The result? Dull, flat looking add-on hair. What to do? Clip them in once a week while showering and shampoo and condition as if they were your own hair. But remember…not any haircare will do. Perfect Locks INSPIRE Shampoo and Conditioner are sulfate & salt-free to not harm the hair.
3: What about wefts while showering?
Unlike clip-ins, sew-in wefts and even bonded extensions need to be treated gently…but still cleansed and conditioned from time to time. Remember, the key to long lasting wear is not stressing the bond…so HOW you cleanse your hair in the shower needs to be gentle. Shampoo and conditioner thoroughly, combing your hands through your hair from weft to ends, keeping the hair as straight and smooth as possible. Never “ball and lather” the hair, as ultimately this puts strain on the bond and also leads to a tangled mess.
4: Air dry that hair…NEVER blow dry.
Blow dryers even for natural hair may speed up morning routines, but more often than not the heat essentially microwaves the hair, causing the cuticles to flake or not sit flat. Allowing your hair extensions (and even your own hair) to air dry, allows the cuticles in the hair that swell and rise to gently return to normal temperature. You’ll be amazed at how shinier the hair is using this method as opposed to speeding things along with a blow dryer. If you still want to use a curling iron or wand, wait until they are 100% dry.
So there you have it, a handful of our favorite hair extension hacks, so you can get the most out of your gorgeous faux hair all fall long!