HAIR CARE TIPS
How To Protect Your Investment
Although virgin hair is much more expensive than store bought hair, it is well worth the investment due to its longevity. It all depends on how you take care of your extensions. The best way to protect your investment is minimize use of heat such as flat irons, curling wands, etc. Excessive heat can cause your hair to be dry, brittle and split ends will occur. When adding heat, make sure you do not exceed 450 degrees because once it reaches past that temperature it has the ability to burn and or melt. Lastly, when applying heat to your head it's good to apply a heat protectant to your hair before you do. This protectant not only shields your hair from heat damage, but provides an amazing smell and sheen. With these kind of products a little bit of product goes a long way. Too much products can weigh your hair down.
How To Wear Your Hair At Night
In order to keep your hair looking fresh and flawless, you must wrap your hair up at night. Although you have hair extensions you must treat them as if they are your natural hair. There are several methods that you can use to protect your investment but these are the ones I like to practice.
1. If you have straight hair and desire to wear your hair straight the next day wrap your hair in a circular motion around your head with a brush and cover with a silk scarf. A silk scarf is best because it seals moisture and natural oils already contained in your scalp and extensions. Cotton scarves would be good for if you were to apply too much product to your hair/extensions. Cotton absorbs moisture and also can cause friction. When friction occurs your hair can become dry, brittle and in turn break off.
2. If you desire to add texture to your extensions you could either do pin curls or use flexi rods at night.
3. If you have wavy or curly extensions and desire the same look for the morning, you can do the pineapple method by "finger-combing" your hair to the top of your head and make a loose pony tail, with the tail falling on your forehead. Then get a bonnet and cover. In the morning you can refresh your curls by using a spray bottle with water and add a conditioner and or curling cream.
How To Wash & Condition Your Hair
You do not need to wash your extensions every week to two weeks. Wash as needed. When your wash day approaches you want to use a shampoo that does not contain any sulfates. Sulfates strip hair of their natural shine causing hair to look dry, brittle and dull.
When its time to condition you also want to find a conditioner that doesn't contain any sulfates. My top 2 favorite shampoo and conditioners for extensions are the Silicon Mix line (which can be found at your local beauty supply store) and the Aussie Moist line (which can be found at your local Walmart).
My preferred method when conditioning is to get a large bowl, fill it with warm water to open the hair shaft so the nutrients can fully penetrate the hair. Then completely saturate each bundle or your wig with conditioner and place in the bowl. Let this mixture sit in your extensions for at least 2 hours. The longer your hair sits, the better your results will be. When it's finally time to rinse the bundles, rinse with cold water to close the hair shaft to seal the nutrients. Finally let hair air dry.
For Dry & Color Treated Hair:
Any natural oils are great for dry hair and extensions such as: Moroccan Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil, Carrot Oil, Olive Oil etc. They give a great sheen and have amazing aromas. When applying oil on your extensions only a dime size amount is required. Again, too much product can weigh your extensions down which will cause your extensions to appear thin and stiff.
For bleached hair, deep condition with your favorite conditioner when your hair feels dry and/or brittle. Remember, the less heat you apply to your hair the better.
For color treated hair I would also deep condition. However, I would use products catered to color treated hair. The brand I prefer to use is Tresemme with Argan Oil.