How to store hair extensions

Wearing hair extensions allows you to sport beautiful hair. So that the effect lasts and that your hairstyle does not lose its superb over the weeks and months, you must maintain your extensions by adopting the right gestures, but also the right products. Maintaining extensions also saves you money by making them last as long as possible. Here are our 6 tips to prolong the life of your hair extensions and keep them as soft and silky as when you just had them applied.


Why Hair Extensions Needs Special Care

You are urged to take great care of your hair extensions for two reasons: aesthetics and cost. If you’ve taken the time to get hair extensions, it’s because you value the aesthetic appearance of your hair. Indeed, the pose of the additions allows you to obtain overnight a magnificent hair that is very long, even impossible to obtain, naturally, especially if you have fine and scanty hair. It is therefore advisable to keep this aspect for months, the time that the extensions last. In addition, if you choose to have ring extensions or adhesive extensions installed, these are reusable. For this, they must remain in excellent condition. You can keep extensions for more than a year.

The cost is also to be considered. To obtain quality hair extensions, you have devoted a substantial budget, to which is added the price of the installation. It is a real investment. If you take care of them, you will be able to keep them for several months, and even beyond a year for reusable extensions.


Tips for making your extensions last

Here are some tips for making your extensions last as long as possible.


Detangle your hair extensions often

Your hair extensions must be detangled with the greatest care, morning and evening. Use a soft brush rather than a comb which would be too aggressive and could damage the attachment points. The boar bristle brush is ideal. Gather the lengths with one hand and brush with the other, starting with the tips. As you untangle the end, go up towards the roots, to the limit of the attachment points.

If you feel knots above the attachment points , take the greatest precautions to untangle them gently, without ever pulling on the ends.


Maintain your extensions overnight

Knots jeopardize your extensions and you must prevent them from forming at night. Brush your extensions just before going to bed. It is advisable to tie them so as not to create knots when you move during your sleep. Depending on the length of your hair, you can stick with a ponytail or chunky braids .


Wash your hair carefully

Wash your hair at least once a week and every three days if it tends to get greasy. You should always detangle your hair before washing your hair. Then wash your extensions in lukewarm water, holding your head straight. You should always wash your hair from the scalp and down to the ends. Rub gently, without ever rubbing, to avoid any tangling.

It is advisable to take the time as often as possible to make a nourishing mask for your extensions. Unlike your natural hair, they are no longer nourished by capillary action by your scalp, which is why they need a boost to stay silky and shiny. Rinse your hair keeping your head straight, you should not lower your head forward to tilt the hair in front of you.


Dry your extensions without brushing them

Hair extensions should never be brushed when wet. Start by patting them dry with a towel. Then use the hair dryer, always with the head vertical, without tipping it forward. Keep hair dryers about six inches from your scalp and extensions. You can then brush your hair to check that no knots have formed.


Tie up your hair for your sports activities and outdoor outings

Hair extensions are compatible with all outdoor activities, as well as sports, however, you should take some precautions. You should tie your hair in a ponytail or braid to prevent it from tangling with movement . If you practice a sport for which you must wear a helmet (horse riding, motorcycling, skiing, etc.), you can wear a balaclava or cap underneath which will limit friction.

For water sports, swimming pool chlorine and sea water are not contraindicated, but, as for your natural hair, their contact will dry out your hair. You can preventively apply a hair oil and proceed with a nourishing mask in the evening. In any case, you must rinse your hair with fresh water after your sea bath or swimming pool. If you are at the municipal swimming pool, wearing a cap is mandatory. For other swims, tie up your hair to prevent tangling.


Choose the right cleaning products

Hair extensions are made with natural hair and therefore support the same maintenance products as your own hair: shampoo, conditioner, nourishing mask, etc. On the other hand, your extensions need more nourishment. On the other hand, you must be careful not to use products that could harm your junction points.

So you need a shampoo that is particularly nourishing , but that won’t cause your extensions to slip. This is why you must banish certain components, and in particular silicone. As with your own hair, it is always advisable to choose the most natural products possible.


Avoid silicon

Silicone is present in many shampoos. This synthetic product is good for the hair, as it gives it a silky look . The problem is that it creates a kind of varnish that glazes your hair and harms the extensions because it causes them to slip. It is all the more risky with ring extensions.

Take a close look at the label of the shampoo you select. It is rarely written “silicone” in full, but you should be wary of all “cone” endings: Dimethicone, Cethyl dimethicone, Phenyl trimethicone, Stearyl dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, etc.


Don’t use parabens

Parabens are used for hygiene issues, because they prevent the proliferation of bacteria. It is preferable to avoid their use, because their side effects are not well known and they suffer from a bad reputation. Parabens do not cause any visible direct damage, but if in doubt, it is better to choose a shampoo that does not contain them.


Avoid sulphates

Sulphates are also to be banned. They are indeed not reserved only for pesticides, but are frequently added to the composition of shampoos. Sulfate is a salt of sulfuric acid that amplifies the cleansing and lathering power of shampoo. However, it has a greater tendency to violently scour the hair that it weakens. In addition, it damages the pigments and makes your hair dull.  Les sulfates apparaissent sous des noms divers : Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SDS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA), etc.


How long can you store hair extensions

Many individuals overlook the fact that, while clip-in hair is not your natural hair, it still requires special care and attention. Synthetic clip-in extensions usually don’t last more than two to three months, especially if you wash, style, and wear them frequently.


How do you maintain hair extensions at home

Some at-home extension hair care tips you should follow to maintain your hair extensions: wash your extensions properly, wet extensions should never be sleeped with, always use caution when brushing extensions, make an appointment for a weekly conditioning treatment, reduce the amount of heat damage by using protectants, sleeping with a tangle is not a good idea so make sure to detangle your hair before sleeping, and separate the bonds on a daily basis.


What happens if you sleep with wet hair extensions

While your hair and extensions won’t cause you illness, they do expose your scalp. If you sleep with damp extensions, you’ll catch a cold and your roots will be damaged. To keep yourself comfortable and warm throughout the night, blow-dry both bed sheet and blanket after drying your hair.


Can you shower with extensions

Yes, you can shower with tape-in hair extensions, but you’ll have to wash your hair less frequently. Get yourself a nice shower cap and put it to good use! Over-washing will loosen your bonds, causing your hair’s quality to deteriorate more quickly.


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