How To Care & Maintain Your Hair Extensions [Your Ultimate Guide]

How To Care & Maintain Your Hair Extensions [Your Ultimate Guide]

Your hair extensions look lovely today, but how can you ensure that like-new appearance months from now? The same techniques that guarantee health and vitality in natural hair also assure long-lasting resilience in hair extensions offered by The Nines. 

If you would never dream of doing something to your natural hair, you should be equally unwilling to consider it for your extensions. 

Hair Extension Care Right Out of the Package

Hair extension care begins before shipment. We package each product in silk packaging to ensure it arrives with no damages or flaws. You could even wear our products right out of the bag because we wash and air dry them before shipping. 

How to Wash Hair Extensions 

For best results, wash hair extensions in lukewarm water. Apply a small amount of shampoo from the base of your natural hair to the ends of the wig or hair extensions. You should be as gentle with extensions as you are with your own hair. Never tug, pull, or vigorously scrub either.

If you expect to wear hair extensions in their natural state, do not forget to use conditioner. Hair extensions require an extra layer of deep conditioning to lock moisture in and prevent frizzy or dry looking hair. Allow the conditioner to set for 5 to 10 minutes, or as suggested by the manufacturer, and then gently rinse out.

How Often Should You Wash Hair Extensions? 

Wash your hair extensions as often as needed. Frequency will be determined by use. If you add hair care products (like hair spray) or wear them in a way that causes build-up in your extensions, you may need to wash them more frequently. 

Find a balance between keeping your extensions free from build-up and maintaining the healthy appearance of your extensions. 

We suggest you wash your extensions once every thirty times you wear them. When you should wash extensions is based on how easily you can manage or style the hair. When your hair extensions become difficult to work with, it is time for a wash.

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Should You Wash Human Hair Extensions? 

Yes, you should wash human hair extensions. Washing all hair extensions will keep them looking fresh and healthy. Human hair extensions are not attached to your scalp, so they do not receive any protective nutrients or moisture through your hair follicles. Whenever you wash them, take care to be gentle with both how you are cleaning them and what products you are using. 

What Is the Best Shampoo for Extensions? 

Treat your extensions exactly like dry or damaged natural hair. Do not use any shampoo or conditioner containing alcohol or sulfates as these may damage your extensions causing them to become frizzy or brittle. 

What is the Best Brush to Use on Hair Extensions?

You want a brush that can gently untangle the hair without damaging it. We suggest two brushes and one comb for use with hair extensions. 

Wide Tooth Shower Comb

When hair extensions get wet, they are most vulnerable to damage or tearing. Ironically, this is also the best time to maintain them. A wide-tooth shower comb provides bristles that are spaced far apart. This forces you to slowly and gently untangle your hair. 

Round Head Bristle Brush

The round head bristle brush is more traditional, and you may already own one. However, for use with hair extensions, it must be super flexible. You should never feel like you are tugging or pulling on your extensions while detangling or managing your hair. 

Boar Bristle Brush

The second brush we recommend to maintain hair extensions is a boar bristle brush. These brushes have short, dense bristles. Using a boar bristle brush will help smooth hair and reduce static between cleanings.

What to Not Put in Hair Extensions

Along with what you should do, there are some things you should avoid when it comes to your hair extensions. 

  • Heat. Your extensions can burn and will burn at lower temperatures than your natural hair because they are not protected by natural protective oils. 
  • Shampoo with sulfates or alcohol.
  • Sticky or greasy products. 
  • Bleach. Never bleach or color hair extensions without the help of a hairstylist who has experience working with them. 

How to Style Your Hair Extensions

In order to maintain your extensions, treat them like your real hair. Because hair extensions do not receive oils and nutrients from your scalp, it is important to replace them yourself. Just a few drops of argan oil can nourish, moisturize, and keep extensions smooth. 

When styling, begin by applying a product designed to protect hair from heated styling tools. Once you finish styling your hair extensions (using minimal heat), add a finishing treatment. Apply a drop of almond or coconut oil to the palms of your hands, rub them together, and lightly pat the oil over your hair extensions. Almond or coconut oil treatments will combat the effects of heat from hair dryers, curling irons, and straighteners. 

How to Deal with Frizz, Fly-Aways, and Short Hairs

It is common to find small pieces of fly-away hairs in hand-tied wigs and hair extensions. If you are experiencing any frizz, it is best to apply hair oil, mousse, or styling gel to your hands and lightly coat your wig or hair extensions.

If you have any additional questions about hair extension care and maintenance, drop us a line on our contact page

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