Well-maintained extensions can easily last you for over a year, which is why it is important to take good care of them. The basic regimen to hair extension care is the same as taking care of your own hair: you simply have to wash them regularly and make sure that they are well-conditioned and tangle-free.Basically, maintenance of your hair extensions is done differently depending on what type of hair the extensions have (i.e. are they real human hair or synthetic hair extensions), and what type of extension they are (i.e. clip in or sewed extensions). As a general rule, real human hair extensions can be treated using the same products you use on your natural hair, whereas synthetic hair extensions will need specific products. Below is a quick guide on how to maintain the different types of extensions:
Clip-in Hair Extensions
If you have bought cheap clip in hair extensions, then, you should first know that you have to remove them before sleeping. The reason is both because they are delicate and may break, and also because the tiny combs used to secure the extensions in place can easily dig into your head and cause you discomfort at night. Maintenance on clip-in extensions should also be done after removing the extensions from your hair. It would be ideal to use a hand shower, or if you do not have one, you can always use a basin. First of all, comb your hair free of tangles, and then dampen your extensions and apply shampoo. Try not to tangle up the hair, and after rinsing, you can apply the conditioner. Once you are done, pat your hair dry with a microfiber towel and hang it to air dry. It is best to avoid blow drying because it can promote tangles. In case your hair extensions end up tangled, you can use a solution of fabric softener and spray it on your extensions to de-tangle them.
Sewed-in Hair Extensions
If instead your extensions are sewed in, you will have to take extra care to make sure they do not get tangled up. In these cases, it is best to stick to natural hair, because you won’t be able to remove the extensions and care for them separately. Stick to regularly combing your hair (do not be too rough!) in order to prevent it getting too tangled up. When shampooing, it is best to stick to milder shampoos; when using conditioner, make sure to avoid the roots of your hair (which is usual advice), because too much conditioner can make your hair slippery and thereby allow your extensions to come loose.