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Tutorial: How To Wash Hair Extensions

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Hair extensions are available in many different types, from clip in hair extensions to pre bonded, micro loop and weft. When made out of 100% human hair extensions, they must all be cared for properly to give them a long life. The most important step when looking after hair extensions is to wash them effectively using the correct products.

As hair extensions are no longer attached to the scalp, it means that they also no longer receive the much needed nutrients that your own hair receives – things such as essential oils to help keep hair healthy, shiny, and most importantly to stop it becoming too dry. This means that when washing and styling your hair extensions, you must use products that will help introduce that moisture back into the hair, and avoid products that may strip the hair or make it become dry and brittle.

Washing hair extensions is the first step in maintaining the health of the hair. Cleansing products that are moisturising are essential – some high street shampoos can often contain a high level of salt which will strip moisture from hair. Therefore a shampoo that is designed for dry hair and is moisturising is the best choice. However I would always recommend a shampoo that has been designed specifically for hair extensions such as I&K Moisturising Shampoo – this gives the hair the moisture that it needs to stop it becoming dry and tangled.

When washing hair extensions, it is also important to remember to use warm water, not hot and run the water in the direction of the hair. Without rubbing, add the shampoo to the hair and carefully run your fingers through the hair to distribute it. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and apply a moisturising conditioner in the same way. If you are wearing pre bonded hair extensions, do not apply conditioner directly to the bonds.

After you have rinsed the shampoo and conditioner, using a towel pat the hair dry. It is very important that you do not rub, twist or pull on the hair as this can cause tangling and may even weaken the bonds.

Hair must be brushed after washing to remove any tangles. It is always best to use a specialist hair extension brush, or a Tangle Teezer to do this. Always start at the tips of the hair, gradually moving upwards to the roots to remove the tangles rather than starting at the roots and dragging the tangles down. This minimizes breakage and gets tangles out much more efficiently.

It is always best to dry your hair on a low, cool heat and also using a heat protector spray to protect it from any heat damage. Start by drying the bonds first, and then move to the rest of the hair until completely dry.

Following these guidelines will ensure that you do not damage your hair extensions.

Laura is a hair and beauty writer with extensive knowledge in Beauty, Makeup and hair care, specialising in hair extensions

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