Chances are, you've been spending lots of time in the sun, ocean, and pool this summer. If you have, you probably notice that your hair extensions look dull, dry, and somewhat damaged. Just like your natural hair, excessive exposure to the sun, salt water, and chlorine all do a number on human hair, leaving it feeling and looking fizzy, dry, and less than luminous.
Human hair extensions require proper care if you want them to last longer and look beautiful. However, maintaining your human hair extensions might be complex if you don't know what you're doing. In addition to being complex, failing to do it frequently could cost you hundreds of dollars. Therefore, we will share with you a few treatments and tips to help you repair your human hair extensions.
Conditioner is your new BFF. Deep conditioning treatments are one the most straightforward techniques to give shine and life to otherwise lifeless-looking hair. Unfortunately, hair extensions are not connected to your scalp, so they don't get all the nutrition and moisture your hair naturally gets. So, to keep your extensions filled with moisture, super smooth, and to maintain that beautiful shine, it's recommended to do a weekly conditioning treatment.
Essentially, you want to treat extensions like your own hair. Everyone has different hair needs, so finding the best conditioner is essential. You want to stay clear of conditioners that contain ingredients like sulfates or alcohol, as they can damage your hair. Instead, opt for sulfate-free, organic, and natural conditioning products, as they leave your hair extensions nourished and easy to handle. Natural products are also a safe and affordable alternative. Argan oil, coconut oil, and macadamia oil are perfect for keeping your hair smooth and shiny.
Oil treatments have grown in popularity, and there's no denying that they should be a part of your hair extensions care routine. Oil makes your hair look healthier and shinier while repairing split ends and other damage. In addition, healthy, hydrated hair is less likely to break.
Plenty of hair oils are available on the market, including Moroccan oil or even natural oils such as coconut oil. But, again, always make sure to apply oils from the mid-shaft down and stay away from the base of your extensions.
Minimize Heat Damage
Just like your natural hair, one of the most significant factors contributing to hair damage is the overuse of heat. Unfortunately, once your extensions are damaged, no matter how many conditioning treatments you apply, you may have no choice but to replace your hair extensions. Luckily, there are ways to keep heat damage at a minimum.
Use a heat protectant when using any heated styling tools. There are hundreds of excellent heat protectant products that can help you minimize the damage to your hair. Also, don't forget to keep the heat on low when using heated styling tools. And last but not least, take regular breaks from using heated styling tools. While your hair may look gorgeous, you are reducing the lifespan of your extensions. So why not take a break and experiment with overnight heatless curls or try cute hair accessories.
Keep Your Extensions Looking Great
The life span of human hair extensions is determined by how you maintain them. With proper care, human hair extensions can last up to 5 years! At Open Hair Miami, we offer treatments and organic aftercare products to maintain your look at home. Schedule an appointment for hair treatments and get your hair extensions looking healthy and beautiful this summer!