Your first time wearing hand-tied hair extensions is definitely a learning experience.
All those years of caring for your natural hair has led to everyday techniques that you can do without even thinking about them.
Yet, with hair extensions, you’ll need to learn some new ways to properly brush, wash, condition and dry your hair.
Don’t worry! While you will have to do these things differently, we’re our team is here to help you!
By following the hair extension care techniques below, you’ll learn how to properly maintain your hair and keep your extensions in fantastic condition.
How To Properly Brush Your Hair Extensions
Preventing tangles is essential for hair extensions care. Although tangles are a natural occurrence, they are a major concern when wearing hair extensions. if tangles are too frequent or lead to severe matting, they could damage your natural hair and hair extensions.
The key to keeping your natural hair and hair extensions tangle-free is proper brushing.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: “I already know how to brush my hair.” True. But brushing with hair extensions is a little different than brushing your natural hair.
First, avoid using brushes with round tips on the bristles. These round tips can get caught in your hair extension and damage it. Instead, choose a high-quality brush that’s designed for safely detangling hair.
Next, plan to brush your hair at least three-four times a day:
- First thing in the morning
- Before going to bed
- Before washing your hair
Now that you know what to use and when to use it, you’ll brush your natural hair and hair extensions in sections using this unique method:
- Lift the first row of hair extensions and the natural hair above it and clip them to the top of your head.
- Gently brush the natural hair that is below the first first row of your hair extensions. This ensures that your natural hair doesn’t get tangled up with the wefts while brushing.
- Unclip your first row of hair extensions. Keep the natural hair above it clipped to the top of your head.
- Hold the first row of hair extensions at the attachment area with one hand to prevent it from separating from the scalp.
- Gently brush the first row of your hair extensions from the ends and work your way up to the top of the row without brushing the area of the weft that is attached to your head.
- Repeat the steps above for each row. This ensures that you thoroughly detangle all of your hair extension rows and the natural hair between them.
How To Clean And Condition Your Hair Extensions
As we previously discussed, you’ll want to detangle your hair and hair extensions before washing. Use the brushing technique above before washing your hair to avoid damaging your natural hair or hair extensions.
The main concern when washing your hair and hair extensions is to avoid tangles and matting.
While you may normally wash your hair by rubbing the ends together in a circle motion, this method causes matting, tangles and damage when wearing hair extensions.
So, the proper washing and conditioning techniques are similar to the brushing technique you just learned.
Using a salon-quality sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo, you’ll wash your hair using the following steps:
- Section off your and clip your rows just like you do when you brush your hair.
- Using the index and middle fingers of each hand, follow the attachment points of the hair wefts and gently rub the scalp above, between and below the row to thoroughly clean the scalp and prevent product build up.
- Gently rinse all shampoo from your scalp, hair and extensions.
- Fox maximum cleansing, wash your hair and extensions twice: once with a clarifying shampoo to remove any product build-up from dry shampoos and other hair care products; then finish with a salon recommended treatment shampoo.
After you’ve washed your hair using the steps above, it’s time to apply the conditioner:
- Remove excess water from your extensions and natural hair by gently squeezing, not wringing or twisting.
- Apply the conditioner and work it through your hair and extensions.
- Avoid applying conditioner to the attachment points of your hair extensions to avoid any slippage
- Use your detangler brush to evenly distribute the conditioner and let it sit for the recommended time.
- Gently rinse all of the conditioner from your extensions and natural hair.
How To Dry Your Hair Extensions
After washing and conditioning, you’ll want to know how to properly dry your extensions.
To avoid any damage to your extensions or natural hair, we recommend using the following drying methods:
- Remove any excess water from your hair and hair extensions.
- Use a towel to gently blot your hair and extensions to help remove water and assist with drying.
- Brush your hair with a detangling brush using the technique detailed above.
- Lightly blow dry your hair on medium heat until it’s almost completely dry. Please Note: Do not brush your hair or hair extensions during this stage of the drying process.
- Use your brush to smooth your extensions and natural hair.
- Finish blow drying your hair while gently brushing your natural hair and hair extensions.
Ask The Hair Extension Experts At Whitney Evans Beauty
We hope that you’ve found these hair extension care tips helpful and useful!
Caring for your hair extensions may take a few more steps than what you’re normally used to. Yet, these extra steps will not only ensure that your hair looks fantastic, they’ll help extend the life of your extensions.
If you’re still not sure if you’re following the above tips properly or you have additional hair extension care questions, we’re here to help.
As Knoxville’s hand-tied hair extension experts, Whitney Evans Beauty can help you with all your hair care needs!
Call us at (865) 339-4951 or contact us today to speak with a hand-tied hair extension specialist or to schedule an appointment!
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