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How to Take Care of Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are expensive, so make sure you keep yours looking great as long as possible.


  • Step 1: 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.
  • Step 2: 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.
  • Step 3: 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.
  • TIP: Keep conditioner away from the bonds; it can loosen them, causing extensions to fall off.
  • Step 4: Be cool 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.
  • Step 5: Wrap it Sleep with your hair gently wrapped, tied back, or braided to prevent tangling. Never sleep on wet hair.
  • Step 6: Protect it Use a cap when swimming, and put your hair in a ponytail when working out.
  • Step 7: Schedule touch-ups Don't color or perm your extensions yourself, and visit your stylist every six to eight week for touch-ups.
  • FACT: According to a national survey, the majority of men prefer long, straight hair on women to any other style.

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)

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