I recently got semi-permanent hair extensions … BEST THING EVER!!! I was really struggling with my shorter hair. It wasn’t doing what I wanted it to at the long bob length I had. Find out how I take care of my fake hair below!
So, thanks to my amazing hair stylist and friend, Courtney Andersen (Find her at Freya Salon in Fargo, ND), she suggested that I finally pull the trigger on hair extensions! We went with sewing wefts into beads that are attached to strands of hair. It was super fast (hour and a half), they are great quality and texture, comfortable and won’t damage my hair whatsoever! As you can see from the picture below, I wanted my hair to be a smidge longer and add more volume. Mission accomplished!
My biggest concern is keeping the hair extensions in good condition so they last a long time. I wanna get my money’s worth, ha! Here are the products, tools and tips that have been keeping my extensions in tact!
#1 SULFATE FREE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
This is key! Sulfates are drying to hair and also damaging to color treated hair. The hair is dead as a door nail, so you don’t want to strip them of any more oil. Make sure the bottle states “Sulfate Free” and also check the ingredients. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is the most common of the sulfates, but it goes by a plethora of different variations of that name, so watch out! I’ve been using the Living Proof Full Shampoo & Conditioner, even before I had hair extensions and I love it! It may be a tad expensive, but it is concentrated, so a little shampoo goes a long way.
Tip: Minimize the amount of times you wash your hair or hair extensions per week. I do it once or twice a week and then live off of Dry Shampoo the rest of those days!
#2 WIDE TOOTH DETANGLING COMB
It’s definitely a bad decision to use a hairbrush on wet hair, but especially bad on wet hair extensions! Breakage of the hair strands is more likely to occur. I invested (a couple dollars-ha) in a wide tooth comb, just like this Wigo Detangling Comb. Works great! I make sure to still take my time and comb through one section of hair at a time.
#3 LEAVE IN CONDITIONER
Again, since the hair is dead, it cannot create its own moisture. So a leave in conditioner is a must! I’ve been using the Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer that I received free to test out from Influenster! It couldn’t have come at a better time. I absolutely love this stuff. It has a light cream texture (not heavy at all) and infused with six “feather-light” oils. I apply about 10 sprays of it to my hand and work through the extensions when it is still wet. It detangles, softens, moisturizes, tames frizz and contains UV and heat protectants. It’s almost like 5+ products in one bottle – I love it! Bumble & Bumble can do no wrong in my opinion (I have a lot of their products)!
TIP: Be careful with how often you use heat styling tools on hair extensions. I alternate between a curling iron and a flat iron.
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#4 HAIR OIL
If I feel like the very ends of my hair extensions are still a little dry and porous, I use the Hask Repairing Hair Argan Oil that I got at the drugstore for $6.
#5 AIR DRYING & BLOW DRYING HAIR EXTENSIONS
I minimize the damage to my hair extensions by letting my hair air dry for a couple hours. I will usually blow out the top portion of my real hair and then let the rest air dry. After a couple hours, I will blow dry on low heat and still only target it mostly at the roots where it can’t really air-dry itself, since it is so thick.
#6 GENTLE HAIR TIES
Since the hair extensions doubled the volume of my hair, my regular Goody hair ties weren’t cutting it. I switched to these Invisi-Bobble hair ties and let me tell you these are a game changer! My hair dents so easily and these pretty much make that a non-issue! When I come home, I put all this fake hair in a bun on top of my head with one of these and can still easily re-style it the next day and wear it down again. Also, they do not get stuck or pull out any of my precious hair extensions!
#7 SILK PILLOW CASE
If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet, do it now! I made the switch 6 months ago and its so much easier on the skin (less pulling than cotton), eliminates sleeping creases on your face, and hair doesn’t tangle up!
This about sums it all up! These tips also apply to your real hair and also to clip-in extensions, of course you would wash those less often, especially if you wear them only for special occasions.
Do you have any tips?! Let me know below, I would love to hear them!