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You Will Need
- A soft-bristle brush
- A gentle shampoo
- A good leave-in conditioner
- A swimming cap
- Touch-up salon visits
- An ionic flat iron and blow dryer (optional)
Brush your hair
Brush your hair at least twice a day to keep the natural hairs that you lose daily from getting tangled in your extensions. Start at the ends of your hair and work your way up, brushing in a downward motion with a soft-bristle brush. Always brush before shampooing.
Wet before washing
Wash your hair every other day, and wet your hair gradually before you start. Drowning hair extensions in a torrent of water can cause them to swell and tangle.
Avoid harsh products
Use the right products. Apply a gentle shampoo, preferably one that doesn't contain sodium lauryl sulfate. Avoid harsh products like dandruff shampoos anything with alcohol. Use a good leave-in conditioner every two or three days, applying it sparingly to the ends.
Use as little heat as possible on your hair extensions; air drying is best. If you must use flat irons and blow dryers, invest in the gentler ionic ones, and stay away from the extension bonds when applying heat.
Sleep with your hair gently wrapped, tied back, or braided to prevent tangling. Never sleep on wet hair.
Use a cap when swimming, and put your hair in a ponytail when working out.
Don't color or perm your extensions yourself, and visit your stylist every six to eight week for touch-ups.