So you’ve taken the plunge and purchased some Ornami human hair extensions. Now what? It’s time to learn how to take care of them!
Taking proper care of your extensions will help them to last longer and protect your investment. With the right care techniques, human hair extensions can last up to a year. Clip-in extensions can last even longer, depending on how often they’re worn.
The key to prolonging the life of your extensions is to keep them moisturized and tangle-free. Extensions are not naturally moisturized by your scalp’s oils like your real hair, so they require extra hydration to stay healthy-looking.
Keep reading to learn how to take care of your hair extensions so they last as long as possible!
Brushing Hair Extensions
Without careful and frequent detangling, hair extensions can easily become matted and unwearable. To prevent snarls from happening in the first place, spritz extensions daily with a lightweight leave-in conditioner.
Brush hair several times per day using a looped bristle brush. We recommend keeping a brush in your bag to detangle your extensions on the go!
Be extra gentle when brushing your hair – never pull or tug. If hair does becomes tangled, carefully work from the ends to the roots in small sections. Hold hair at the mid-shaft to keep from pulling at the roots, and use your fingers to detangle particularly tough knots.
Repeat after us: DO NOT brush wet hair extensions. Hair is weakest when its wet, so brushing wet hair extensions can lead to breakage. If you must detangle wet hair, use a wide-toothed comb and a generous amount of detangling spray.
Washing Your Hair Extensions
In general, you’ll want to wash your hair extensions as little as possible. Limit the amount of product you use on them so you don’t need to wash them as much. Only wash hair extensions with paraben and sulfate-free shampoos, which are less drying.
Tape-in extensions should be washed one to three times per week, while sew-in extensions only need to be washed weekly or bi-weekly. Clip-in hair extensions should be washed every 15 to 20 wears.
Different types of hair extensions have different washing considerations. For example, when washing sew-in extensions, make sure to thoroughly dry the braids underneath to prevent a mildew smell. To keep tape-in extensions from slipping, only apply conditioners and moisturizing masks from the mid-shaft to the ends, completely avoiding the root area. You can wash clip-in hair extensions in your bathroom sink using a gentle shampoo.
After washing, add a small amount (2 to 3 drops) of coconut oil to wet hair extensions for much-needed moisture. We recommend allowing your extensions to air dry to maximize their lifespan. If you’re short on time, you can also blow dry them on a cool air setting as long as you apply heat protectant first. Once hair is dry, gently detangle extensions with a wide-tooth comb.
Styling Hair Extensions
Like your natural hair, you’ll want to use a heat protectant any time that you heat style your hair extensions. Give the product a minute or two to absorb before styling, and use the lowest temperature setting possible to achieve your look.
To reduce the need for shampooing, limit the amount of products that you use on your extensions. Avoid using hair products that contain sulfates or alcohol, as these are too drying for hair extensions.
Sleeping with Hair Extensions
The way you sleep with your hair extensions also makes a difference in their longevity. Swap out your cotton pillowcase for a satin or silk pillowcase to reduce tangle-inducing friction while sleeping.
Braid hair or twist into a loose bun before bed to prevent overnight tangles. For best results, wrap your hair in a silk scarf to diminish frizziness.
And you should never sleep with clip-in extensions, as the clips can damage your natural hair.
How to Store Extensions
Want to take a break from your extensions? No problem.
To store extensions, first gently brush to detangle. Use a ponytail holder to secure the weft end of the hair extensions, then place in a box for safe keeping.
As a general rule of thumb, treat your hair extensions as delicately as you would with your own hair. After all, they are real human hair!
How do you care for you extensions? Do you have any tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments!