Anyone with curly hair or who own a set of pretty natural curly hair extensions has heard it: “Your hair is so gorgeous, I wish I had curly hair!” It’s meant to be a compliment, but curly girls know that having a good curly hair day is so much more challenging than it looks. Curls can be unreliable, unruly, and hard to control, and there are days when your wild curls probably feel less than desirable. The disparity between fighting with your curls and adoring your curls really lies within your hair care routine.
Finding the right products and hairstyles makes managing curly hair extensions so much easier, and treating your curls right makes your hair extensions so much healthier, in turn. Below, you’ll find easy tips that will keep the natural waves and curls of your hair extensions or even your natural tresses looking shiny and strong.
1. Pick your Shampoo Wisely
Washing your hair extensions is the first and foremost action in any hair care regime irrespective of the texture. Washing or cleaning your hair extensions after 10-15 wears guarantees that there is no dust, excess oil, dead skin cells and product buildup.
Use a mild shampoo free of toxic chemicals like sulfates, silicones, alcohols and parabens that can irritate your scalp. Sulfates are lathering agents while parabens are preservatives used in your hair care products. Switch to mild surfactants, fragrance-free, sulfate-free, silicon-free and paraben-free formulas in your shampoos.
Dilute your mild shampoo and low-lather cleansing conditioner in water before you let them work on your hair extensions. This will assure you don’t use up too much product at once, which is good for both your hair extensions and pockets.
2. Do not aggressively Brush your Curly Hair Extensions
Resist the desire to brush curly hair extensions. Use a wide-toothed comb on your extensions before shampooing. After washing your hair extensions, simply run your fingers through them. Never ever brush your wet hair extensions as it is more prone to breakage, damage and reduce the lifespan of your beloved hair extensions.
Use a wide-toothed comb to get rid of the tangles in your curly hair extensions. Comb from bottom to up to remove the knots if any. Each curl can be regarded as a potential breaking point, handling gently and carefully is the key. A hairbrush can mess with the hair texture and can cause damage to your hair extensions.
3. Avoid Excessive Shampooing
Since your hair extensions do not receive any body/scalp oil they tend to become dry easily. Excessively shampooing your hair extensions can suck out their natural moisture. Also, look for moisturizing ingredients in your conditioner. Conditioning ensures that your hair is sealed and protected against any environmental damage.
- Proper drying.
Dry your curly extensions carefully. With any texture, wet hair is super fragile. It’s important to dry curly hair with a fabric that won’t cause too much friction. Not only does friction make curls look frizzy, but the rubbing can also cause breakage. Instead of a standard towel, which can be rough on hair, use a soft cotton T-shirt to dry curls.
A major part of curly hair care is how you protect hair extensions while you are asleep. Although, we suggest you to take off your hair extensions as you sleep, if you still desire to take your best friend to the bed, putting it in a protective style and assuring that the hair doesn’t rub against harsh fabrics is important. Sleeping with a bonnet or satin pillowcase is pretty much a requirement in any curly hair care regime, whether you’re working with short or long curly hair.