With your new hair extensions fitted and feeling like a force to be reckoned with, it can be easy to forget that your hair extensions need just as much, if not more tender love and care as your natural hair. After paying all the money to have your luscious locks extended, it is important to make sure that you take care to preserve the hair. Using the perfect shampoo and conditioner for hair extensions will help to prevent the hair from falling out, bonds dropping and avoid split ends. Lucky for you, it’s fair to say that we have our fair share of experience and expert advice to lend a girl in need a helping hand. Through professional hair treatments and products, you can ensure that you maintain healthy hair that lasts a long time, minimising maintenance appointments and maximising your gorgeous look.
Shampoo and Conditioner for Hair Extensions
As two of the most used products on your hair, finding the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type as well as your extensions can be tricky. There are several things that you will need to look out for, as some chemicals can damage the bonds and dry out your hair. The key is to find a solution that leaves you scalp and locks looking clean, fresh and shiny while also protecting your hair extensions.
After having your hair fitted by your professional extensionist, you will be given a long list of aftercare advice to make sure that you can maintain healthy locks. It is always important to keep this advice in mind and while it may hurt the piggy bank at first, buying good quality and specially designed products is a must if you are to keep that natural shine. But what makes a good hair product? Here is how to know whether a shampoo or conditioner is right for your extensions:
Shampoo helps to cleanse your hair, getting rid of all the grease and oil build up as well as adding nutrients to your locks. This is why it is important to make sure that your shampoo has all the necessary ingredients to keep your extensions in tip-top condition. You will be applying shampoo to the scalp, which makes it important to find a product that will not only clean the hair but also protect the extension bonds or wefts. Here’s everything you need to know about finding the perfect shampoo for hair extensions as well some tips of how to look after your hair:
What Shampoo Should I Use?
So, the first step is to find the shampoo, which in itself is a task! The best option is to look for a product that has been specially designed for hair extensions, such as our hair extension shampoo. The reason for this is because the shampoo has been designed to hold the bonds together to make sure that they don’t slip, while also clarifying the scalp to ensure that no dirt or oil builds up around the bonds. For example, our clarifying shampoo cleanses the hair to protect the bonds, and should only be used at a maximum of once a week. While these products may be slightly more expensive than your everyday drug store brands, they will be significantly more protective and effective for hair extensions.
If you know that your hair is more oily or dry, then you should also look into products that are right for your hair type. Everyone is different, which means that while your best friend may be using one high-end brand, it may not work best for you. Some of the best shampoos for different hair types include the following:
- Dry Hair/Itchy Scalp – Always look for moisturising shampoos that promote moisture retention and hydration. If your scalp is flaky, then you may also want to consider anti-dandruff shampoos, as they are often softer on sensitive skin. Healthline has an array of remedies for those suffering from dry hair and itchy scalps.
- Damaged Hair – We all love a bit of heated styling, but it can severely damage our hair. Try using a repairing or fortifying shampoo as these products will contain more protein which will help to strengthen your hair. Hair World Mag has pieced together an article on how to strengthen hair naturally, so we suggest taking a look if your hair is riddled with split ends.
- Oily Hair – Greasy hair is a girl’s worst nightmare when in a rush, and there are multiple causes for this to occur, but there are shampoos that can help if you find that you have particularly oily hair. You will need to make sure that the product is light, as heavy shampoos will only weigh down the hair. Also, try and stay away from moisturising shampoos, as this will only add to the oil.
- Colour-Treated Hair – You want to make sure that you are not only protecting the hair to make sure that it doesn’t split, but you will also want to find a shampoo that keeps the vibrancy of the colour while you wait for your next hair appointment. Opt for purple or colour protecting shampoos, depending on your hair colour. You can find further tips in how to protect colour treated hair over on The Every Girl.
How Often Should I Wash My Hair?
Having a routine is everything; it keeps us in check and makes sure that we don’t wake up in the morning with our hair giving us wet look feels that we don’t envy. However, did you know that washing your hair too often is extremely damaging to your hair extensions, even if you only wash your hair when it looks greasy? In fact, most of the time, our hair looks greasy because it’s used to being washed every other day. You should aim to wash your hair at a maximum of every other day, but that can even still be too often. We would recommend trying to stretch it to every third day or even every fourth if you can handle it! While it may seem like your hair is too greasy not to be washed more than twice a week, be patient, because your hair will start to train itself and produce less oil.
The reason your hair produces oil in the first place is to clean the hair and provide nutrients, so you want to make sure that you’re not getting rid of all those nourishing natural oils. There are many ways you can reduce the appearance of oily hair, such as using a dry shampoo in between washes, or through the following:
- Use a clarifying shampoo
- Wear your hair up
- Rinse with apple cider vinegar
- Avoid using heated tools too often
After washing your hair and before your relaxing bath, it is always important to make sure that you add a touch of conditioner for hair extensions. As your hair extensions will be made from 100% human hair, they will need the same treatments as your natural hair, and will also be prone to the same damage, such as split ends. This makes it really important to find a condition that thoroughly protects your locks, and here is how to do it:
What Conditioner Should I Use?
When choosing conditioners for hair extensions, it is important to do your research before putting your hands in your pockets. There are hundreds of hair masks and deep conditioners that you can choose from, but only a handful and good for hair extensions. Due to conditioners adding oil to the hair, some can cause micro or nano ring bonds to loosen, prompting the hair extensions to fall out. This means that you want to find the perfect balance between nourishing the hair and protecting the extensions.
The best conditioner for hair extensions are those that contain lots of protein and coconut oil. The protein will help to rebuild any damaged hair while also strengthening the natural hair; this is particularly important for those that are looking to grow their natural hair and are wearing extensions for length in the meantime. The coconut oil, on the other hand, helps to retain a lot of moisture, which will add nutrients and moisture the hair. If you are looking for optimal results with your hair, then we would advise using our specially designed hair extensions conditioner with our hair extension shampoo.
How Should I Condition My Hair?
A mistake that many of us make is to lather our hair from roots to tips with conditioner in the hopes that our hair looks fabulous 24/7. However, especially when it comes to hair extensions, you will actually be doing more harm than good. Never apply conditioner of any kind to the roots of your hair for two main reasons; the first being that the roots already contain a lot of nourishing oil, so all you will be doing is making your scalp more oily, and the second being that it can cause the bonds to slip. Instead, only apply a generous amount of conditioner to the ends of your hair extensions and gently brush through using a professional detangler before rinsing using lukewarm water to lock in the moisture.
A whole host of products are now available to help you to maintain those luscious locks, and it’s worth investing in a few to make sure that you can keep those bonds tight and extensions looking healthy. Washing your hair can end up taking a lot of nutrients out of your hair, making it important to put it all back in without making it look greasy again. So here are some of our top products that we think you should add to your hair care routine:
- Hair oils – add a pea-sized drop of argon oil to your hair to keep it looking shiny while adding moisture to dry hair.
- Hair mask – at least once a week treat your hair to a nourishing hair mask that not only does good, but smells amazing!
- Leave-in conditioner – apply to dry or wet hair to add another layer of protein, but make sure not to add it to close to the bond.
Taking Care Of You Hair
Making sure that you have a few products at hand to combat those greasy hair days as well as ensuring that you maintain healthy and well-protected hair, can help you to look flawless no matter what your day brings. There are a host of products from all ends of budget sizes, making it easier for you to find solutions that work best for you. However, it is always important to do your research first, and it is always recommended that you use high quality and professional products for maximum results!