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How to Wash Your Hair When You Have Hair Extensions

Hair Extension Wash

Hair extensions are a beautiful thing.  They take your hair game to a whole new level, not only does your hair look longer, but it also looks fuller and alive. However, getting hair extensions is a commitment and you actually have to take care of your hair.  The way you brush your hair changes, how you treat your scalp, and of course, how you wash your hair.  Sounds like a lot, but once those extensions are in and you realize you are now a hair goddess, you’ll know all the effort is well worth it 😉 Here we will cover some basic FAQ’s we get at the salon all the time from clients getting hair extensions for the first time.

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair with Hair Extensions?

Some people are under the impression that the less they wash their hair, the longer their extensions will last, that’s not true at all. Hair extensions are usually applied with a small bead, so any products containing oil and any excess oil build up will make the extensions slip out. So, it is recommended that you wash your hair more rather than less to avoid oil buildup, especially if you already have naturally oily hair.

Do I Need Additional Prep Before My Shower?

There is no special prep needed before your shower.  At the salon we strictly use 100% human Slavic hair and as long as you are using high quality hair extensions, you should have nothing to worry about.

What Products Should I Use?

Sulfate-free is absolutely the way to go.  These products don’t create as much lather in the shower, but don’t worry because they still get the job done and they maintain the integrity of your extensions. You’ll want to avoid oils, extracts, hydrolyzed silk, wheat protein, or silicone. All of the above will make the extensions slip out. 

Do I Scrub Hard/Gentle?

This depends on the type of hair extensions you get since they will require a different scrubbing approach. For example:

If you have Weft Hair Extensions: Clean thoroughly but gently to avoid tangling.  You want to make sure your fingers are scrubbing the scalp in between the wefts to avoid tangling your extension and pulling them out.

Keratin bonding:  You need to wash your scalp and still avoid tangling them before conditioning.  However, make sure to really scrub and get in there to remove any oil buildup as the oil can make the beads slip. Go hard or go home.

Do I Condition My Hair Even Though It’s Not Actually My Hair? 

Yes, your extensions need to be conditioned just like your own hair.  Just make sure you are conditioning from mid-length and definitely make sure you don’t apply conditioner on the attachments. 

How Do I Dry My Hair with Hair Extensions?

Because we use 100% human hair, you need to take care of it as if it was your own.  So products are important.  Blow dry section by section. Always keeping the airflow in the direction of the cuticle to eliminate frizz and make sure you use a nozzle (please tell me you have a nozzle on your blow dryer lol). Blow dry your hair, then blow dry your extensions, then your hair and so on…

We hope you find all this information helpful so you can maintain your beautiful hair extensions for as long as possible.  If you have any more questions or would like to set up a consultation for hair extensions, simply give us a call (954) 533-0389.  There is no cost associated with consultations.

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