Maintaining hair extensions is equally important: Some useful tips

Invest in high-quality hair extensions right from the beginning. Photo: Sergii Petruk/iStock

New Delhi: Hair extensions are a great way to enhance your natural beauty and achieve the hair you've always dreamed of. Although the extensions are guaranteed to look beautiful the moment you walk out of the salon, keeping them looking flawless depends on how you care for them in the comfort of your own home. It is very important to ensure that you follow a strict aftercare routine, which will help to boost the longevity of your extensions. This is important at all times, but even more so when you’re unable to attend your maintenance appointments as regularly as you’d hoped. Here are some essential tips for maintaining your hair extensions:

Choose High-Quality Hair Extensions
Invest in high-quality hair extensions right from the beginning. Remy human hair extensions are considered the best option as they are made from real human hair and designed to mimic your natural locks. They blend seamlessly and last longer than synthetic alternatives.

Brush extensions Gently and Regularly
Brush your hair extensions gently and regularly to prevent tangles and knots. Use a soft-bristle brush or a loop brush specifically designed for extensions. Start at the ends and work your way up to the roots, holding the hair near the roots to avoid pulling on the extensions themselves. Brushing helps maintain the hair's smoothness and shine.

Wash with Care
Wash your hair extensions as needed to remove dirt, oil, and product buildup. Use a sulfate-free, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep the hair soft and manageable. Avoid harsh rubbing or twisting of hair, as this can cause to damage and tangling. Gently massage the shampoo into the hair and rinse thoroughly. Conditioning is essential to keep the extensions hydrated.

Never Sleep with a Wet Extension
Many of us love a soothing bath at the end of the day to ensure a restful night's sleep. However, sleeping with wet hair extensions is a surefire way to cause damage. Wet hair is more delicate and prone to breakage, which can result in painful and troublesome knots and tangles, ultimately shortening the lifespan of your extensions. To ensure they remain in the best possible condition, allow your extensions to air-dry for a while before turning in. In the case of clip-in extensions, it's advisable to remove them before sleeping, showering, or swimming.

Minimise Heat Damage
While high-quality human hair extensions can tolerate heat styling, excessive use of heat tools can damage them over time. If you must use heat, apply a heat protectant spray and use lower temperature settings on your styling tools. Reduce the frequency of heat styling to prolong the life of your extensions said Mani Tyagi co-founder of Gemeria Hair.
Protect Your Hair While Sleeping
To prevent tangling while you sleep, tie your hair extensions in a loose braid or ponytail. Alternatively, invest in a silk or satin pillowcase, which reduces friction and keeps your hair extensions smooth.

Avoid Chlorine and Saltwater
Chlorine from pools and saltwater from the ocean can be harsh on hair extensions. If you plan to swim, protect your extensions with a swim cap or a leave-in conditioner. After swimming, rinse your hair thoroughly with fresh water to remove chlorine or salt residue.

Be Mindful of Products
Choose hair care products specifically formulated for extensions. Avoid using products that contain alcohol, as they can dry out the hair. Opt for sulfate-free and paraben-free options to maintain the hair's natural luster and texture.

Schedule Regular Maintenance
Hair extensions require periodic maintenance to ensure they stay in optimal condition. Depending on the type of extensions you have, you may need to visit a professional stylist for adjustments and reinstallation. Regular maintenance ensures your extensions continue to look fresh and last longer.

Keeping hair extensions in the best condition requires a combination of careful product selection, gentle handling, and regular maintenance. By following these tips, you can enjoy stunning, long-lasting hair that enhances your beauty and confidence. Proper care ensures that your investment in hair extensions pays off with head-turning results.

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