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Hair Extensions at Home Do's & Don'ts

Tue, Aug 23, 16

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Nothing ruins a flawless style than a bad hair day. Since the BEST hair extensions are made of pure human hair, you need to give that weave a little love to keep it looking gorgeous. It’s all about knowing what to do and not to do to keep them looking great…and while it may take a few extra steps, trust me, it’ll be worth it!

DO Shampoo

Shampoo 2 to 3 times a week, taking great care not to rub, scrub or bunch your hair as you wash it. Remember, the key to longevity is not stressing your bond…whether its keratin or tape-in. Be gentle! Leave-in conditioners are fantastic for keeping your extensions from getting tangled and dried out. Regular daily conditioner should be applied to the mid-shaft to the ends of your hair only.

DON’T Use Bad Shampoo

Use ANY shampoo that contains sulfates. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a common ingredient found in cheap shampoos to achieve a sudsing effect. The problem is that it is super drying to hair (which is why our Perfect Locks Inspire Hair Care products are sulfate free), which can lead to dullness, split ends or worse…a compromised bond. Also avoid oils and heavy conditioners.

DO Brush with a Loop Brush

Brush your hair EVERY day, especially in the summertime….but not just with ANY brush. Use a special hair extension loop brush. It's a must have for anyone that cares about their natural hair and the longevity of their hair extensions. Start at the ends of your hair and when all tangles are removed, gently work your way up. Always brush in a downward motion.

DON’T Brush When Wet

Ever brush or comb your hair extensions while they are wet. The strain on the bond (tape or otherwise) can cause it to prematurely weaken. Additionally, regular nylon or bristle brushes can be course, tugging and pulling on tangles…which also can cut into the life of your extensions.

DO Sleep on a Nice Pillowcase

Swap out that cotton pillowcase if silk or satin one for your bonded extensions. Because of how finely woven the fibers are, they won’t catch and tug on your hair at night as cotton fibers do. Satin scarfs or satin sleep caps work great as well. Alternatively, you can tie your hair in a bun before bed to keep them from tangling.

DON’T Sleep with Wet Hair

Ever go to sleep with wet hair (and wet extensions) or try to “speed dry” them with a blow dryer set on high heat. As horrible as too much heat is on your natural hair, your extensions don’t have the benefit of receiving oils from your scalp…so they’ll simply dry out and be prone to frizzing. If you put your hair up before bed, never set it in a ponytail. Ponytails can add collective weight on your bonds, causing them to weaken.

At the end of the day, with a little love, your hair will stay gorgeous and so are you! When in doubt, ask your hairdresser…or better yet, give us a shout!

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