Taking a break from your real hair is nice, but don’t become complacent. Hair extensions still require maintenance or you will end up looking unkempt. The best way to maintain fantastic looking hair is to treat your extensions just as well as you treat your real hair. Wash, comb and style your extensions with respect. Messy, tangled, matted hair will reflect badly on you, and cause bacteria build up in the long run.
Wash your hair on a regular basis
This could be once a day, once a week or once a month. Don’t worry about the myth that afro-textured hair will fall out if washed too often. Afro hair thrives on moisture. You need to experiment to discover what works for you. If once a week or month leads to dry hair, try once or twice a month.
When you wash make sure that the soap and/or conditioner gets right down to your scalp otherwise your real hair won’t be clean, leaving the perfect place for bacteria to develop…
Comb/brush hair before use
Would you walk straight out the front door without styling your real hair? No, then don’t start now. Comb or brush your hair extensions to keep them looking fresh. Remember to be gentle, especially if you are wearing hair extensions made from human hair. The rougher you are on the extensions, the faster they will wear out and need to be replaced.
Wear realistic hairstyles
By this I mean don’t force the hair to go where it wasn’t meant to go. If your wig, weave or lacefront was made to flow a certain way, let it go that way. Styling hair extensions far beyond where they originally were may lead to them wearing out faster. Buying hair extensions that already suit your vision would be the easier option, and then you’ll have two gorgeous choices instead one constantly being changed.
Discard worn out hair
Depending on your lifestyle, the hair extensions will become worn out from use. This is when combing/brushing, washing and styling does not improve the wig’s appearance anymore. No matter what you try, it still looks worn out and ready for the bin. Don’t put off throwing the extensions out. When it’s time to go, it’s time to go.
Those were four very simple ways to maintain your hair extensions. Always pamper your hair extensions, but remember not to mistreat your real hair. At the end of the day, your real hair is the most important.