Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than purchasing a new set of hair extensions. You press click on your Amanda Marshall Hair account online, a package arrives at your door, you open the box and wa-lah – gorgeous new hair! It’s such a great, fun accessory that can instantly transform your look. But then you think to yourself – wait a second – how can I get some real bang for my buck here? How do I make these luscious locks last? How to care for our hair extensions are the most important part of buying them. How long they last is up to you my honeys, and we all know knowledge is power, the more you know about your hair the better you feel and the longer they last. So beauties have no fear! We have put together a list of the most important points to remember to prolong the life of your luscious locks!
A soft bristle brush, paddle brush, or wide tooth comb is all you need. Finger detangle your hair then brush it to not cause breakage. Always start at the bottom and work your way up, as you would your natural hair. Curly hair textures should not be brushed to avoid frizz. It’s best to just use your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Keep your textured hair tangle free by moisturizing it daily.
Human hair extensions need not be washed as frequently as we do our own hair. Only wash the hair when it looks dull and lifeless, or when there’s excess product build up. Always use quality shampoos & conditioners - this really makes a difference to the look and feel of your hair. Use shampoos & conditioners that add moisture & hydrate, and if you have hair that is color treated, use shampoo & conditioner for color treated hair. Wash with care, clip-ins won’t get dirty as often than hair that is installed. Always remove clip-ins before washing. It’s important to take it slow when extensions are wet. Brush and detangle small bits at a time. For all extensions wash in a downward motion, NEVER scrub or wash your with your hair flipped forward, wash your hair in a downward motion in the shower, and if removable wash in a sink or basin. Lay flat to dry and for installed hair extensions pat don’t rub. Pull the excess water out in a downward motion and then let hair dry naturally. While it’s still damp you can apply a hair serum to help seal in moisture if required. For curly textures, daily sprays of water or mixture with conditioner is a must especially at the ends. Try and avoid mousse, gels, creams, as they weigh down your waves and this will lead to build up, tangling & odor.
Hot tools & blow dries
Blow dry, curl it, straighten it, crimp it, do what you’d like, enjoy it as it were your own hair! That said, use them in moderation because to use excessive heat will dry out the hair and cause breakage, which shortens the lifespan of the hair. Use heat protecting spray on hair to avoid heat wear and tear. For your hair's longevity purchase the hair texture you want so you are not constantly altering the natural texture of the hair. Respect your texture if you want it to last.
Good night, sleep tight!
In case your hair cannot be removed at night, tie them up in a ponytail or loose braid for sleeping. Also sleeping with a silk, satin or polyester caps and/or pillowcases work best. Do not ever use cotton, it’s horrible for your edges because it absorbs all of your hair's moisture leaving it dry. If you have a curly texture, a high ponytail that sits right on the very top of your head, which is called a “pineapple” works well too. Do not ever go to sleep with wet hair because it this causes tangles and over time odor.
Alcohol based products will not only dry out your hair but matte them down and make it much more prone to tangling. All of this will weaken the hair and will cause shedding and breakage.
Even the best extensions need upkeep. If your hair is not removable, when it needs a boost that would be a great time to go to your stylist to get your hair back to looking gorgeous. Sometimes that’s all you need to get your hair back on track and help prolong the longevity of your locks.
If your hair is removable or when you’re ready to take your install out, store your hair with care. Preferably in a fabric/cloth bag so that it can breathe and will not collect moister or dust. Make sure your hair is brushed and detangled, and for hair that was installed make sure your hair is washed, conditioned and dried before putting away for storage.
More importantly have FUN with your beautiful new tresses! Keeping in mind all of these steps will keep your human hair beautiful wear after wear!