The summer is here and it is time to sport your new hairdo at all the parties around. Be careful, however, as the sun and water can have an adverse effect on your hair and can damage the hair extensions that you wear. So, what is the solution? It is definitely not to stay away from the pool parties and all the action this summer, but to take proper care of your extensions.
Given the fact that you have invested in your hair by opting for the high-quality hair extensions, it is natural that you want to keep them in their best shape for as long as possible. The summer heat can take its toll on your extensions but not if you follow the advice below.
Your extensions and water
You should not avoid the pools and the sea this summer but you need to be more careful if you have hair extensions. The biggest problem is if you wear clip-ins. In this case the best recommendation actually is to avoid swimming with them at all. If you have bonded or tape-in hair extensions you are not faced with that ban. Nevertheless, you should not spend too much time in the water to avoid the bonds getting too wet. You should dry the extensions immediately after you go out of the water. It is also recommended to braid your hair or put it in a loose bun when you go swimming but never in a ponytail as this just increases the pressure on the bonds.
With tape-in extensions, you need to pay more attention to the products that you apply to your skin as any lotion or sun screen that lands on your hair can cause the tapes to slip. Make sure to clean your hands properly after applying cosmetic products to avoid any residue depositing on your hair.
How to wash and brush your extensions
In the summer it is also very important to wash and brush your hair extensions properly. If you are concerned that shampoo may be dangerous for your extensions, avoid washing your hair too often and use only saloon-approved brands. Do not wash your hair more than 2-3 times a week and if possible keep it to once weekly. Be careful with the conditioner, especially with tape-in extensions. Avoid applying it in the roots as it may affect the tapes and cause a damage to your extensions.
When it comes to brushing, note that it is good to brush your hair every day especially in the summer. Make sure, however, to use special extensions-friendly brush, especially near the bonds or tapes. The special extension brush or comb have teeth which are not so tightly packed and are therefore ideal for the extensions. It is also advisable to hold the bonds or tapes while brushing. You can use a normal brush to detangle the ends.
Main do’s and don’t’s this summer
If you want to make sure that your hair extensions will survive the summer, it is a good idea to follow some basic do’s and don’t’s. Here are a few main ones:
- Use a detangler when you brush your hair since hair extensions tend to tangle much more than the normal hair.
- Use sprays to protect hair extensions from the sun. Ultraviolet rays are dangerous for them as well. Therefore, it is a good idea to apply silicon coating spritz that is good both for your natural hair and extensions.
- Use serums to avoid drynes As a result of the heat, hair extensions tend to look drier in the summer. If you apply serums or argan oil, you will prevent them from drying. Do not apply the serum near the bonds or tapes, as this will damage them. Go to a hair extensions saloon for a treatment if you are not sure how to properly apply those products.
- Avoid salt sprays as they can damage not only your extensions but also your natural hair. Most of them contain alcohol, which also leads to dryness and makes the hair look frizzy.
- Avoid heating tools. Summer heat already takes its toll on your hair and extensions, do not make its adverse effects even stronger.
- Avoid lotion near tape-in extensions. We have already mentioned that lotions can be damaging for the actual tape. It can come off if it gets in contact with sun screens and lotions too often.
These are some of the basics that you need to remember for the proper maintenance of your hair extensions during the summer season.
Taking proper care of your extensions this summer is not that tough. Follow the advice above and you will enjoy your extensions much longer. If you don’t have any extensions yet but are considering the option for the summer, you need to contact us and schedule your appointment with our specialists.