The Does and Don’ts of Hair Extensions

Dominique Davis

Posted on October 05 2019

The Does and Don’ts of Hair Extensions

Hair extensions have come a long way over the past few years, everyone has become obsessed with the opportunity to transform their hair into something red carpet worthy. But getting and taking care of extensions is no small commitment. Yes, wearing hair extensions can make life easier, and boost your confidence, but are you overdoing it, and not taking care of them is the question. Well, if you are you will learn the do’s and don'ts when it comes to wearing hair extensions.  

You need to keep your natural hair healthy and your scalp needs to breathe, don’t rely on hair extensions. Take breaks between extensions for your hair and scalp to recover. If not, you’ll start balding at an early age. Don’t go crazy with the heat. Yes, you can use curling irons and flat irons on your extensions, but remember that it's real hair, so it can burn just like your own hair. You have to remember some curling irons go up to 450/500 degrees. That’s a big no. Also, don’t pause on a section of hair with the iron. The iron should just glide through your hair really quick, which reduces the damage. Don’t skimp on quality hair. Yes, hair extensions can be pricey, but always remember that you get what you pay for. Cheap hair will be stiff and dry with no movement so what’s the point of wasting your money on that? Don’t Opt for a Glue-In Weave. To glue in a weave is cheaper and faster, but you sacrifice your hair and health in the long run. Hair glue is made of latex and some people have really bad allergic reactions to it. Also, when you glue in a weave, you can’t reuse the hair. A sew-in weave would be a much smarter option.

Do take into consideration the weight of your extensions. The longer and fuller your extensions are, the heavier the hair will be. This could cause added tension on your natural hair and make it prone to breakage. When your hair starts growing under the weave, the weight of the weft can start to pull and break hair, especially around the edges.  It’s also important to note that if you have a relaxer, the area where your new growth and relaxed hair meets is very delicate and more prone to breakage. When wearing a sew in apply the least amount of heat on your leave out and use heat protection. Do try wigs to protect all of your hair from heat. Trim your hair extensions to keep away split ends. Do avoid salty or chlorinated water. Salt and chlorine harm your hair extensions just like they harm your natural hair. Do apply any oils or sprays from the midshaft down, avoiding the bonds. Leave-in conditioners and hydrating oils are great for hair extensions.

Other than those few things hair extensions are great for you to wear long as you take care of them as if they were your real hair.

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