Hair extensions are a popular and affordable way to get the dream hairdo. There is a great variety of high-quality hair extensions that you can choose from and the transformation that takes a few hours at the most can last several months with the proper care. It is important to choose highly rated professional services for the procedure as this will guarantee the best and most satisfactory results. At the same time, it is also of extreme importance to take proper care of your extensions.
Winter is one of the seasons that demands special care both for your own hair and for the hair extensions that you wear regardless of their type. Some of the basic tips for protecting your hair in winter are also applicable to those who wear hair extensions but it is necessary to take one step further and be extra careful so that the cold weather won’t damage them.
Here are a few tips that are quite easy to follow but will guarantee the health of your hair and the good look of your hair extensions.
Protect your hair and hair extensions while outside
The harsh conditions can take a toll on your hair and hair extension but can also have a negative effect on your health as well. Hence, it is a good idea to wear a hat or a scarf when going out in cold weather. Cold air is usually drier and can dry and damage your hair extensions unless you hide them under a hat or scarf. This move will protect them from damage and keep you warm at the same time.
Note, that it is better to use a silk scarf and have your hat lined with silk or satin. This type of fabrics is gentler to hair and extensions and will also leave them in better condition when you take them off. Wool or cotton can cause split-ends or breakage, so these materials are not the best thing to wrap around your head if you want to protect your extensions.
It is also a good idea to use special sprays that can protect your hair and hair extensions from the adverse effects of cold weather. Choose a product that is suitable for the type of your hair and apply it according to the instructions given by the manufacturer or by your hair stylist.
Wash your hair and hair extensions with the proper products
Washing your hair and hair extension is almost a ritual that you need to follow properly especially in cold weather. As your hair tends to get drier in this season, it is important to avoid products that can lead to further dryness.
Opt for hair products that are sulfate-free and won’t damage your hair extensions. Your hair gets its essential oils from the cuticle but your extensions lack that privilege. Hence, it is important to use shampoos and conditioners that are gentle to them.
The way you wash your hair extensions also matters. When you put shampoo or conditioner, you need to apply it gently and comb your hair with your hands from the weft to the ends. The aim is to keep your hair straight and smooth and avoid tangling as much as possible. Never “ball and lather” your hair as it causes it to tangle a lot and in addition to that puts a lot of strain on the bond between the hair and the extensions.
Avoid heating tools but dry hair and hair extensions properly
Treating your hair with heating devices is not recommended at any moment but is especially worse in winter. Avoid any flat irons and use the blow dryer as rare as possible. It is better to use a diffuser to dry your hair and hair-styling tools with ceramic plates, in case you need to. Thus, you protect your hair and extensions from frizz.
On the other hand, it is extremely important to properly dry your hair before going out in the cold. Any water left in the hairs of both your hair and the extensions can freeze and cause damage. It is better to let your hair dry naturally at home but if you in a hurry better user a blow drier.
Keep your hair moisturized
To avoid extensive dryness which affects hair extension negatively, you need to keep your hair properly hydrated. It is necessary to condition deeply your hair extensions in winter to keep them in good condition.
In addition to your shampoo and conditioner routine, you need to add a few more procedures. Use a leave-in conditioner during the day for better hydration and less frizz. Once a week apply deep conditioning hair mask or hot oil treatment. This will nourish your hair and hair extensions and make them look fabulous.
Note: Whenever you apply a conditioner, hair mask or oil, make sure to steer clear from your hair extension bonds in order to avoid slippage or damage to the bond.
If you put a glass of water on your radiator, fireplace or heater (if it is appropriate to place anything on top of the device), it will add moisture to the room. It is especially good at night while you sleep and is yet another way to provide more moisture for your hair. If you add scented oils to the water, you can also enjoy some aromatherapy at home.
Establish a proper brushing routine
Brushing your hair extensions is vital to helping them last longer and look fabulous. You need to brush your hair minimum once a day and preferably twice. Use a proper brushing tool that will be gentle to your extensions such as a loop brush. Make sure that you brush your extensions properly. Here is how to do it:
- Hold your hair roots to add support to the hair extensions and start brushing below the bonds.
- Start from the ends and work your way up.
- Brush your hair and hair extensions going in a downward direction following the natural direction of the hair.
You need to brush your hair extensions the way you would do your natural hair – every day and with care. Brushing helps distribute essential oils from the scalp down the hair and thus extension can benefit from the extra moisturizing in the drier air of the cold days.
Good care means longevity and beauty for your hair extensions. Following the tips above is quite easy while the results are visible and lasting.