What is the Best Care of Hair Extensions?
- Jun 01, 2019
- in News
It’s important to get into a good routine with your hairstyles from the start because good habits equal longer lasting extensions. Read on to learn all about hair extensions tips and to ensure your healthy high-quality human Remy hair extensions. With regular care and attention, you can make sure that your hair lasts as long as possible and stay looking healthy.
How long do hair extensions last?
The lifespan of MCSARA hair products can range anywhere between 4 to 6 months to a year or longer, depending on the general care they receive and how often they are worn. Remember, the more you wash and heat style your c, the shorter their lifespan will so try to keep the washing and using products on your extensions to a minimum. The important thing is that your hair extensions don’t have a natural hydration source like your own hair does, so keeping them moisturized and reducing dryness is crucial to prolonging their lifespan.
Storing Hair Extensions
It takes only a few minutes to put away your hair extensions and those few minutes can make all the difference to the quality and lifespan of your extensions. When prepping your extensions for storage, we always recommend brushing the hair set. Always make sure you store your extensions in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight. In addition, ensure these products are completely dry when storing them to prevent mold and other bacteria from growing.
Tip: You can also even gently knot the hair together if you want a light wave running throughout the hair the next time you wear your extensions.
Storing your hair extensions in this way will also help maintain the shape of your extensions longer, which is great if you’ve styled the extensions and want to maintain the look for as long as possible.
Products to Avoid
One of the most important things to consider when taking care of your extensions is to ensure that you are using the proper hair products. This will make all the difference in whether your extensions will tangle or stay soft and manageable. Be sure to check the ingredient listing and ensure you don’t see the words: SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Alcohol Denat, Ethanol, SD Alcohol 40, Propanol, Isopropyl, and Propyl.
Purchasing sulfate-free and alcohol-free products is a necessity. These ingredients strip the hair of its natural oils which, in turn, makes the hair drier and more prone to tangling or matting. Prolonged use of these ingredients can affect the integrity of the hair, shortening the lifespan of your hair extensions significantly. Remember, products that are free from sulfates might not produce much lather, as this is the specific ingredients used to create those soapy suds, however, these products will do just as good of a job cleaning your hair extensions without stripping the hair of moisture.
There are many products out there that have sulfates and alcohol hidden in their formulas. Not all companies claiming to make sulfate-free shampoos are truly free of sulfates. This is why it is important to know what to look for when reading ingredients.
Besides, using some sticky products such as hair spray, hair gel, or hair wax, can and likely will clog up your extensions. Furthermore, the more products you use, the more you will need to wash them. Remember, over washing leads to dry and tangled extensions. Also, keep in mind that the products that you use in your natural hair can travel onto your extensions from constant head movement and heat from your scalp.
How to Properly Brush Extensions
Make sure that you are always gentle with your extensions and that you brush them properly as this can also affect their lifespan. First, gather all the hair together by stacking all of the wefts on top of one another. Then, carefully brush out the extensions from the bottom of the hair slowly working upwards towards the root. If you come across a particularly pesky knot, take out the individual weft and brush it through gently. Never brush the extensions when they are wet as this is when it is the most susceptible to breakage. You should brush them before washing or once they are 90% dry.
While Hair extensions are made of 100% Remy human hair, matting, and tangling are normal occurrences with not just your natural hair but will all types of hair extensions. This can happen due to a lack of constant brushing, weather, or dryness. The main reason why extensions tangle and get matted throughout the day is because of a combination of sweat, heat, and friction. Also, keep in mind that when human hair is constantly moving around it mattes or ‘clumps’ together in pieces and should be brushed consistently to avoid this. During the day, we generate heat at the back area of our nape and scalp, and often times we sweat back there too. Your sweat is salty and acidic which can dry out your hair extensions.
Weather can also contribute to tangling, whether it is due to the wind, humidity, or heat. Humidity is the factor causing hair to frizz and tangle. The heat will do just the opposite as it will dry it out. Thankfully, there are some simple ways to ensure that your extensions remain smooth and tangle-free. Alternatively, you can also use a wide-tooth comb or a soft bristle brush. If it’s a particularly windy day, you can tie your hair up.
How to Reduce Shedding
Just like your natural hair, extensions will shed. Shedding is a common occurrence with hair extensions and because they are made of human hair, you can expect some shedding throughout their lifespan. As you brush and style your, some fall-out may occur so don’t be surprised or worried when this happens. This, however, does not mean to reduce the amount you brush your extensions as you can minimize shedding in other ways. Keep in mind, extensions are more likely to shed when they are dry and brittle.
The first one of the most important steps is to brush your extensions out before washing them and only once the hair is 90% dry. This helps minimize the possibility of breakage and shedding during the washing and because the hair is at its weakest point when wet. Always be gentle when brushing your extensions and be sure to brush them before and after each use to reduce shedding and breakage.
Washing your extensions too much or using products that contain sulfates and alcohol will strip the hair of its natural oils which will likely cause them to shed. Additionally, using a high temperature when heat styling runs the risk of damaging the hair which can then cause breakage and shedding. This is why we recommend to only use a low heat setting of 120C/250F. While our own hair may be able to handle a high heat setting, our hair is also constantly getting revitalized from the scalp, whereas hair extensions don't receive the same amount of nutrients or oil in order to look silky and shiny.
Also, take into consideration that the more products you use, the more you will need to wash your extensions, so the best way to reduce shedding is to use a minimal number of products. You shouldn’t need much product. If you want more hold when curling your extensions, try pinning up the curls and leaving them overnight or even just for an hour to ensure the curls stay in place without the use of hairspray. If you do want to reach for hairspray, consider a lightweight formula which you can still easily brush through.
How often should you Wash your Hair Extensions?
If your extensions feel like they’re becoming increasingly difficult to style, this is likely a sign that there is product build-up and they need to be washed. We recommend washing them after every 30 years or once a month. When washing your extensions, it's important you hydrate them as much as possible. Since hair extensions don't receive the natural nutrients and oils like our own hair does, it's important to ensure that your set is always nourished and moisturized by using alcohol and sulfate free shampoos and conditioners. Sulfate and alcohol strip the hair of its natural oils which, in turn, makes the hair drier and more prone to tangling or matting.
We highly recommend applying a moisturizing sulfate-free and alcohol-free conditioner before and after shampooing. Sometimes, even skip the shampoo and only co-wash your extensions with conditioner! You have to make sure to handle the extensions gently and do not rub them vigorously during washing time. Always be sure to rinse the extensions in cold water at the end to lock in moisture. After you are finished, carefully squeeze any excess water from the extensions and make sure that you never rub your extensions dry with a towel.
We don’t recommend blow-drying your extensions after every wash as doing this constantly will make them dry and more vulnerable to breakage. If you must blow-dry your extensions, be sure to use a heat protectant spray prior to blow-drying to extend the lifespan of your hair extensions. If you need to use your extensions immediately after washing them, the most important thing is to ensure that you don’t brush the hair until it is 90% dry. This is because the hair is at its weakest point when it's wet. Instead, use your fingers to gently loosen any tangles. When blow-drying, start by focusing on drying the root of the weft first and then working your way down to the ends. Always blow-dry downwards as this will help to not only smooth the cuticle but it will also prevent the hair from getting tangled since it is being blown in lots of different directions.
With good habits, you can wear your best hairstyle for a long time without the extension’s problems. Keep following our web MCSARA to get more helpful tips for your hair as well as hot trend extensions.