It's an investment to purchase a set of hair extensions, as they can be quite expensive at times. When they start drying, matting, tangling, and frizzing, it gets really frustrating because we compare them to how we got them at first, and ask ourselves if it's even worth it to save. But don't throw out your extensions just yet, because we can still revive them.
It is inevitable for hair extensions to dry out regardless of their brand or quality, because hair extensions do not receive the natural oils our natural hair does. Our scalp produces sebum that moisturizes our natural hair, and keeps them soft and healthy. Since hair extensions are not attached to the scalp, they do not receive this natural oil, and that’s why they start to feel dry over time.
Everyone wants their hair extensions to last longer, stay healthy, soft, and beautiful. So if you're wondering what you should do now to save your hair extensions, don't you worry! There are several ways to save your hair extensions and bring them back to life.
In this article, we'll be discussing how you can save your hair extensions from drying out, bringing them back to life, and adding longevity to a healthy and moisturized extensions.
What Causes Dry Hair Extensions?
Firstly, we have to understand what causes the dryness of your hair extensions. Once you understand this, you’ll have an idea of what you should do and what you should avoid to keep your hair extensions healthy and moisturized for a long time.
Poor Hair Extension Quality
The quality of your hair extensions is a big factor in their appearance and longevity. If you're using synthetic or overly processed extensions, they are weak and prone to damage. Since they are over processed, they dry and break faster compared to remy human hair extensions.
Exposure To The Sun
Overexposure to the sun can be damaging to your hair extensions. You already know that your extensions don't moisturize themselves. Without the proper hair extension maintenance, your hair extensions will dry out and break faster from the sun's heat.
Chlorine in Pools
Our hair extensions can become dry and lose color when exposed to chlorine in swimming pools. Regular oil treatments are important for maintaining healthy hair if you frequently swim. However, it is advised that you always take out your hair extensions before diving into the pool.
Salt Water in Beaches
The ocean is made up of salt water, and salt causes the hair the dry out quickly and get damaged. Never ever swim in salt water with your hair extensions. Even the sand in beaches can get on your extensions that could potentially damage them, so make sure to regularly maintain your hair extensions.
Coloring Hair Extensions
Remember that only real human hair extensions are allowed to be dyed. Synthetic hair extensions shouldn't be colored because it's already chemically processed and the color won't stick to it. However, coloring your extensions frequently will make them dry out much like natural hair does.
The strong chemicals used in hair color, such ammonia, can harm your hair if used frequently. You need to be careful when handling your extensions.
Overuse of Heat Styling Tools
Your hair may dry out rapidly if you use blow dryers, flatirons, curling irons, hot combs, etc. Make careful to use them moderately because too much heat may rapidly cause your hair to dry out and become brittle.
The condition of your hair is also impacted by the products you use, such as oils, gels, and hairspray. The more product you use, the more frequently you'll need to wash your hair, which will eventually result in knots or tangled extensions. These products contain harsh chemicals for the hair. Similar to these, sulfate-containing shampoos and conditioners may harm and dry out the hair.
Overwashing Hair Extensions
Hairstylists recommended that you only wash your hair extensions no more than once a week. Any more than that could dry out the hair by removing the natural oils of the extensions. When washing, avoid harsh products, and use sulfate-free products.
How To Save Dry Hair Extensions
Hair extensions do not last forever. You can take care of them as much as you can, but they will eventually wear off or deteriorate. Eventually they will dry out, becoming frizzy, and tangled.
But don't you worry! There are ways to save and revive your hair extensions even if they are declining. We'll teach you the step-by-step method to keep your hair extensions lasting longer. Here are the things you’ll need to save your hair extensions:
- Sulfate-free Shampoo
- Sulfate-free Conditioner
- Leave in conditioner
- Hair Extensions Loop Brush
- Argan Oil
- Heat protectant Spray
Firstly, your hair extensions should be as tangle-free as possible so you should brush through them to remove any tangles or knots. It's best to start brushing your extensions from midshaft to the ends so it's easier to detangle. For this, we advise using a hair extension loop brush from PerfectLocks.
The ends of the hair strands may be severely damaged after combing. In the event that you do, you can trim them just a little to make your extensions look fresh. Hair breakage is a common issue with dry hair.
Warm water should be added to a bowl or sink. In the bowl, add some sulfate-free shampoo and stir it thoroughly with the water. To protect the hair extension, the water should be warm but not boiling.
You can begin washing and soaking your hair extension as soon as the water is ready. Gently wash one weft at a time. While washing, try to avoid tangling the hair. You can wash another weft once the first one has been thoroughly cleaned, but make sure to wash each one separately. The hair wefts should not be washed all at once since they may tangle and make cleaning more challenging.
After washing in the warm shampoo water, apply a sulfate-free hair conditioner to the hair extensions. Again, fill the bowl with clean hot water. This time mix two to three spoons of conditioner depending on the length of your hair extension. Soak the extensions in the conditioner water and let it sit there for 15 to 20 minutes. The conditioner can nourish the hair by opening the hair cuticles with the hot water.
Remove the wefts from the warm water after conditioning the extensions and lay them on a dry towel. Each weft of hair should have a generous amount of leave-in conditioner applied to it. Allow the wefts to absorb the conditioner for 20 to 30 minutes.
The hair extension wefts should be removed one by one and rinsed in cold water when the time is up. You can wash them straight under the sink or in a basin of clean water. To prevent treatment buildup in your hair, make sure to thoroughly wash your extensions.
Place the weft of the clean hair extension on a dry towel. When drying them, avoid using any abrasive or aggressive movements. Just use a gentle squeeze to remove any extra water from the wefts.
After drying, the next step is to brush your extensions again. This is an important step because you want to untangle any knots made from washing them. You can start combing the hair from middle to the end. From there, you can gently move upward and comb. The treatment will make it simple to comb and straighten the hair out because of how soft your extensions would be.
Dry your extensions a little more by placing them on a towel. After that, leave your extensions somewhere where the extensions won't tangle, and leave them to air-dry overnight.
Once your extensions are completely dry, you can now start styling them. Use a heat protective spray before using any heat styling tools. This will prevent your extensions from getting damaged by the heat. Remember to use as little heat as possible. We recommended using the coolest setting on your heating tools.
You can apply some argan oil on your hair extensions to keep them looking smooth, moisturized, and shiny.