Your hair extensions are delicate and should be treated as such. Unlike your natural hair, extensions are not as strong and durable, so it makes sense that you can't neglect them as you would your natural hair. Think of your extensions as a newborn baby, just in need of your love, tenderness and compassion. Before you go crazy, thinking that natural hair and extensions are created equal, here are some tips on how to care for your new long locks so they live the full and silky life they were meant to live.
You know how you brush your teeth at least twice a day? You need to do the same for your extensions. Extensions can get tangled very easily. Once they get tangled, it adds stress to the bonds that hold the extensions in place, making your new hair look dingy and messy and not at all attractive. Brush your hair regularly.
Be patient with it, even if you are in a hurry. You don't want to brush your hair with all of the fury of Chuck Norris. You want to start from the bottom up, with a soft bristle brush, and gently brush through those locks. Too much tugging will cause your extension to break or become a frizzy mess. Not only will being patient and gentle ensure your tangles come out in peace, it will prolong the extension's life.
Wash With Care
The days for simply pouring shampoo in the palm of your hands and digging into your scalp are over. Before you shampoo, gently brush through your hair to ensure there are no tangles. Your fingers should be able to glide through your hair effortlessly. If you feel even the slightest snag, brush it out. Take the shampooing slow. You're not trying to set a record for fastest hair washing. You are trying to preserve the life of your extensions. Massage the shampoo through your extensions slowly, with your head tilted back. By tilting your head back while washing, you avoid tangles.
Be sure to not use a large amount of conditioner on your extensions. If you over-condition your new locks, they will come out looking greasy and dull. Too much conditioner will also make everyday dirt and grime stick to them easier, which results in having to wash your hair more frequently.
When In Doubt, Wear A Ponytail
Before you go to bed at night, always tie your hair back in a ponytail. There are a few reasons why a ponytail is best at night. For one, if your hair is left to its own devices at night, when you wake up in the morning, it will be in a tangled mess from all the moving around you do in your sleep. It also keeps your hair from being snagged on a various things at night. Rolling over on your hair can put stress on the bonds that hold your extensions together. A low ponytail, not a high one, is best for the night time. It ensures your hair does not have the awkward ponytail crease when you wake up.
If you are going to the gym, put your hair up in a high ponytail. A high ponytail while doing your daily exercise will limit the amount of sweat your extensions are exposed to.
Natural hair and extensions are not created equal. Extensions require a bit more maintenance and love to ensure they live up to their fullest potential. By following the simple steps listed above, you can ensure that you and your extensions will enjoy a long and happy life together. For more information, contact a company like Adevia SpaSalon.
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