7 Tips to Extend the Life of your Extensions
Tips on How To Get the Most out of Your Investment
The lifespan of the Barely Xtensions will be determined by how well they are taken care of, with proper care, you can extend the life of your extensions to protect your investment for months. In order to make sure your hair extensions stay in immaculate condition, we like to follow these simple tips to properly care for, and extend the life of your extensions.
Products are EVERYTHING
Hair extensions do not receive nourishing, natural oils from the scalp like our own hair does so in order to keep your extension set in optimal condition high quality hair products are a must. Harsh ingredients will dry the hair out and deplete it of moisture causing damage while ultra-gentle, sulfate-free, alcohol-free products will nourish the hair keeping it in optimal condition.
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Shampooing isn’t always necessary
Hair extensions don’t need to be washed every time you wear them. Wait until you can visibly see or feel that they need it, approximately every 5-10 wears. Before shampooing, brush through the hair to free it of tangles, use cool water adding your shampoo and very gently work through the extensions in a downward motion from the top of the extensions to the ends gently lathering the shampoo, avoiding aggressive scrubbing until the extensions are clean, then thoroughly rinse with cool water.
Conditioning is NOT Optional
Hydration is everything! You must always apply conditioner after you shampoo in order to help your extensions retain moisture, softness and shine. Always use a generous amount of conditioner applying in a downward motion the same as shampooing. Leave the conditioner on for up to 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly with cool water and gently towel blot the hair in order to remove excess water. Follow with a leave in treatment for long lasting hydration.
Intense Hydration Option: If you find that your extensions are feeling a little on the dry side despite the regular conditioning, take an additional step to ensure they remain hydrated and healthy by treating them to a deep conditioning mask for a long-lasting moisture boost.
Refreshing will give life between washes
In between washes it is important to still refresh and nourish the hair. Mist a dry conditioner and/or hair perfume for freshness and apply a nourishing serum to hydrate and add increased shine and manageability.
Tangles are your worst enemy
Before and after wearing hair extensions and prior to shampooing take the time to gently brush through your hair extensions using an ultra-gentle soft bristle brush that can effectively detangle while avoiding breakage. It is easiest to hold the hair at the top and start from the bottom, gently brushing through the hair. This will avoid creating any significant knots and effectively detangle the hair. If the hair is excessively tangled, do not use force or much like your own hair you will experience breakage.
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Beat the heat
You can style hair extensions using heat, but it is very important to use a low heat setting along with a heat protectant spray prior to using any styling tools to prevent damage. This will not only help to defend your extensions against premature dryness and breakage, but it will also keep them looking shiny and feeling silky smooth.
When not in use, store in a clean, dry place.
After each wear it is a good idea to store your extensions in a clean, dry place. We recommend using the box your extensions came in or purchasing a case specifically designed for hair extensions, just make sure that they are clean, tangle free and completely dry before putting them away.