Are you too tired to take your hair extensions off after a long day and just want to hop into the shower with them on? Well, did you know that you can actually do that as long as you know how to wash hair extensions on your head?!
People with extensions wonder whether they should wash their hair more, less, or the same amount after they have had extensions. If you have naturally oily hair, it is much better to wash your hair more frequently.
However, at the end of the day, it depends on the kind of hair and the kind of extensions that you have. We have already established that washing needs to be prioritized by people who have recently had extensions. But for a complete and well-maintained look, here is everything you need to keep in mind!
How To Correctly Wash Hair Extensions On Your Head
Before you make any rash decisions, remember that hair extensions can not be left to go greasy for a very long time. This is especially true for people with oily scalp who can't bear to leave their hair without a wash for a couple of days. So what you should do instead is to wash your hair regularly and enough times to ensure your scalp is dry and clean and not greasy.
Another thing to remember is to avoid washing your hair in the bath. You should do your best to take a shower for the wash and not let your hair inside water for too long. This can damage their quality.
Additionally, you need to use a clarifying or a volume shampoo to wash your hair with extensions. You can apply or lather the shampoo on top of your head and scrub it gently. Next, you should try to let the water and shampoo wash down to your roots and the tips of your hair. You can also use a downward stroke movement to ensure that the extension connections aren't harmed. Another thing to keep in mind is to avoid too much scrubbing.
You shouldn't rub your bonds or rings in a round motion because this can loosen your extensions. At the same time, you shouldn't be too scared to properly rinse your hair. This is because product build-up can seriously hamper your progress and will damage both your hair and your extensions.
Many people will also advise you to use a hair conditioner on a regular basis. Their logic is that the application of conditioner will soften your hair or improve its quality, however, that is not the case. You should only apply conditioner rarely and only on the ends of your hair. Applying it to the roots will be counterproductive for you.
Tips On Drying After A Wash
The first thing that you will do after coming out of the shower is to cover your head with a towel, but you should take care during this step too. You should avoid putting your head upside down, which also means that you cannot wrap your hair in a turban. This will loosen the extension connections and may require you to visit the salon sooner than you had originally planned.
Once you remove the towel, it is time to follow some quick tips and tricks. Firstly, you should understand that drying hair extensions within 30 minutes of the wash is absolutely necessary. Secondly, you shouldn't tip your head upside down to blow-dry. This will again loosen your extension's grip on your natural hair.
Another mistake that many people make is that they use a brush while drying their hair with a blow-dry. This should be avoided at all costs. Initially, you should try to use your fingers to dry your hair. Once 80% of your hair is dry, you can start using the brush. This will ensure less breakage and more efficiency.
Moreover, brushing your hair extensions aggressively can lead to a serious loss of the extensions. At the end of the blow-dry session, it is always important to finish with a cool blast on the bonds/ rings to harden them. This is because, in most instances, the hair extensions go a bit soft after a hot shower.
Brushing And Styling Hair Extensions After Washing Them On Your Head
When it comes to using volume products, you need to proceed with a little caution. The section of your head that has no extensions can be treated like before. You can continue using your volume products and your round brush. However, the part with extensions shouldn't be treated the same way. You shouldn't try to get too much volume in the part with extensions.
Once you are done washing your hair, it is very important that you brush your hair as well. Leaving them as they are will definitely result in a tangle which is going to be harder to manage later. A tangle will also require you to brush your hair aggressively, which will damage your extensions. So for brushing your hair, you should ideally use two hands.
Use the first hand to hold your hair below the extension connection area. The other hand can be used to gently brush the tangles and remove any build-up product still remaining in the roots. Moreover, make sure to only use a soft bristle brush to brush the area with extensions.
As for styling, extensions don't restrict you in terms of styling products. You can use any tools that you deem fit. However, there are a couple of things you should remember. We advise that you use a curling tong more often than a straightener because the latter can cause relatively more damage to your hair.
Moreover, for waves too, you should prefer a curling tong over a straightener because the latter will require you to pull through the hair to create waves and that can put a lot of strain on the roots of your hair.
Tips For People With Damaged Hair
If you have slightly damaged hair, you need to be more careful while washing your hair. If you want to use a conditioner on the top of your head, you should make sure to not allow it to wash down on your rings or bonds. Instead, you can try to wash out the conditioner from your halo section by putting your head downwards.
Tips For People with Oily Scalps
If you are someone with an oily scalp, you need to wash your hair more extensively and on a regular basis. This will not damage your hair as much as the grease and product build-up will. So if it is a trade-off between these two things, we recommend you go with the safer option and try to wash your hair on a regular basis. Additionally, you can use a clarifying shampoo that will help you minimize the amount of grease in your hair.
Things To Remember For Swimmers Who Wear Extensions
If you are thinking of going on a holiday near the beach and want to swim regularly, we have a few tips in store for you. If you are going to have your hair dipped in the swimming pool or beach days, we advise you to either wear a swimming cap to keep the hair out or put the hair into a ponytail or low plait to avoid too much damage. Once you are out of the pool, we recommend you let your hair dry naturally.
Instead of using a blow-dryer, you can simply remain in the sun for some time and let it do its magic. However, make sure you take a quick bath in the shower to remove any chlorine or sea salts from your head. This is because if left in the head, these can cause quick discoloration.
How To Clean Your Clip-in Extensions
If you are wearing clip-in extensions, you need to make sure you wash them from time to time. This will not only ensure their longevity but will also ensure that no discoloration occurs. If you are unsure of how to wash and clean your extensions, here are a few steps that you can follow.
Brushing Your Extensions
This is not only the first but also one of the most important parts of washing your hair. Hair extensions, like natural hair, can get entangled very easily. This can result in breakage over time. When you brush your extensions, it minimizes the possibility of them tangling during or even after you have had a wash.
For best results, we suggest you move from the bottom part and slowly move to the top to ensure a smooth and consistent movement. Additionally, this type of movement also removes any tough knots that may have appeared in your extensions.
You can use a wide-tooth comb or even a soft bristle brush when you are brushing your extensions. After you have brushed your hair, it is time to prepare them for the wash. To do this, make sure you place your wefts on top of each other in a small bundle. This will look the same way as when you received the extensions. Additionally, this will help ensure that your hair does not tangle with the clips when you are washing them.
Preparing The Sink
It is very important for the entire process to go as smoothly as possible. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is that they don't wash their sink before they wash their extensions. This results in germs and dirt-trapping in the extensions even during the wash. So before you wash your extensions, make sure you clean the sink and then fill it up with lukewarm water. Using too hot or too cold water will be counterproductive to the procedure.
Next, squirt about two or three pumps of shampoo in the sink and slightly wave the water to ensure the shampoo is equally dispersed. We also recommend that you don't use any hair product that contains sulfate or alcohol. Additionally, you can also use a shampoo specially made for colored or treated hair for better results.
Shampooing Each Weft
Using shampoo on your extensions is not always the perfect choice. Sometimes, you can also go for a simple conditioner and a quick wash. However, if you are going for shampoo, make sure you only use an alcohol-free one. While shampooing, make sure to wash each weft at one time. This will ensure that they don't tangle with each other and achieve a full wash.
However, if you are short on time, you can also hold the wefts in a bundle and wash them together. Just make sure to prevent their tangling with each other.
Another way to do this is to hold the weft in one hand and submerge it into the water to achieve a gentle wash. You can also work the shampoo in quick and light strokes. When handling the hair, make sure to handle the extensions very gently and try not to rub them too harshly as this will damage them. If you are using a conditioner, you can apply it gently, keep it on the extensions for 5 to 10 minutes and then wash your hair.
After you are done with shampooing and conditioning your hair, you can go for the third magical product. A hair mask will not only keep your extensions soft and moisturized but will also increase their longevity.
Once you are done with the washing process, set the extensions aside on a neat and dry towel. But the process isn't as simple as it seems. You need to first gently squeeze the extensions to remove any excess water. Moreover, make sure you don't rub your extensions dry using any kind of towel. This will definitely break some strands and you surely don't want that.
As an alternative, we recommend you air dry your extensions whenever you are running short on time. You can also layout the extensions on a flat surface, pat the excess moisture using a soft towel, and let them dry on their own. Additionally, you can also apply a small amount of oil to the hair to ensure it remains silky and smooth.
If you are running short on time, you can also use a blow-dry to dry your product. But before that, make sure to use a hair protectant spray. This will increase the lifespan of your hair extensions.
Now You Know How To Wash Your Hair Extensions On Your Head!
There are many ways to prolong the lifespan of your extensions, but one of the most important and unavoidable ways is to wash and clean them regularly. This will not only prevent any buildup in the hair but will also ensure you look flawless every time you go out. If you have opted for permanent extensions, you can wash them along with your natural hair. However, if you have opted for clip-in or other temporary extensions, you can wash them separately.
But regardless of how much you maintain the product, if you don't have a good extension, to begin with, all your struggle will go to waste. So make sure you invest in a perfect extension. JuvaBun has a range of diverse and versatile products for you to choose from.
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