Very often we witness influencers and celebrities, who rock the perfect hair looks and leave us pondering how we too can achieve a similar picture-perfect mane.
However, oftentimes we don’t realize how these perfect locks are achieved. Those perfectly trimmed ends and lustrous strands that reach down to their back? Most likely not their own hair. You might be or might not be surprised, but most celebrities use and need hair extensions to make their hair look the way they do.
One of the biggest and most sought-after inventions in the world of beauty, hair extensions! It is a boon to most women and girls out there. They can be made of synthetic fiber or human hair itself. For instance, they can make thin hair look fuller and more voluminous, and they can make short hair instantly longer. For anyone who has trouble growing their hair out, hair extensions can be a great solution to the constant battle of debating over whether or not hair has actually grown or not.
However, one thing to consider is that hair extension damage is a very common issue, so it’s important to understand what you are getting yourself into and also guide you through what not to do to avoid any damage to your precious hair extensions.
1. INCORRECT HANDLING AND STORAGE
The best perk of buying hair extensions is the smooth, uninterrupted, unidirectional strands that give you such a glossy, frizz-free look. However, inappropriate handling – using the wrong tools and techniques to style and care for your hair extensions – snatches and tears the strands. Ensure that you always use a gentle touch, as well as combs and brushes with appropriately wide teeth, and try to leave the heat styling to pros with tools that heat to just the right temperature. Also only use bobby pins when absolutely necessary, and never use hair pins that have lost their rubber tips (these poke through and break hair faster than scissors!).
Proper storage is equally pivotal. After removing your clip-in hair extensions, always ensure to detangle the hair and all of the clips are closed shut. Store your extensions in a closed, dry space to prolong their life.
2. HARSH, DRYING PRODUCTS
Yes, we have mentioned it here a million times before, but shampoos, conditioners, sprays, and gels heavy on alcohol, mineral oil, sulfates, and phosphates simply strip the natural oils and moisture from hair. The problem gets even worse when it comes to your human hair extensions, as your hair extensions do not have a natural source of hydration, like your own hair, so it is important to keep them moisturized and hydrated to prolong their lifespan. Try gentle, sulfate- and phosphate-free cleansers and check product labels for safe-yet-effective ingredients.
Nothing damages your hair faster than smog, car exhaust, and even smoke. Polluted air contains particles that coat the strands of your hair extensions and dulls both the color and shine of the hair. Worse, in different kinds of smoke and fumes, these particles are mostly bits of dangerous and drying substances like tar, ash, coal, and acids.
Your best bet is to rinse or wash your hair extensions properly and regularly –On average, clip-on hair extensions can be washed after 10 to 15-time wear. Since your hair extensions aren’t getting the oils produced by your scalp, there is no need to wash them as often.
The good news, of course, is that human hair extensions aren’t growing, so factors like body nutrition, hydrating your body, and your overall health have nothing to do with keeping them soft and lovely. So you should be fine if you use any mild shampoo and conditioner that you use for your own hair. Avoid alcohol & sulfate products and store them properly. Also, Our hair extensions are just natural—real human hair! And as long as proper care is taken while using the right styling tools and products, you can style them the way you want to – cut it, dye or colour it, curl it and everything you could possibly do to upgrade your new hair.