Avoid applying heat to your hair
Since most of you choose remy (realhuman hair) over synthetic hair extensions because of their resilience to heat tools and other products, we thought we would cover the proper way of applying heat to your natural hair and your hair extensions. You should try to stay away from applying heat to your hair, and only use heat when you absolutely need it. For example, letting your hair air dry instead of using a blow dryer every time, or braiding your hair before bed so you wake up with those boho waves. Many of our clients are unaware of the proper way to apply heat to their natural hair let alone their hair extensions.
Skipping a blow dry primer. Always apply a primer to your hair before blow drying. These products contain heat protection and fight frizz. Choosing not to use one is asking for not only frizzy hair but also breakage and color fade.
Applying heat protectant serums/oils before straightening or curling. When you apply those types of sprays or serums right before applying heat, you’re basically frying your hair. Wet hair and hot metal do not mix. Apply the heat protectant first, wait for your hair to absorb it, then proceed with your hair styling tool.
Brushing and or applying heat to wet hair. Most stylists will tell you they prefer to let the hair air dry before blow drying. Your hair is the weakest when it’s fresh from a wash, which is why you shouldn’t brush it with just any comb. It should be brushed with a wide tooth comb and should be left to air dry about 50% before taking a blow dryer to it.
Why sulfates and hair extensions don’t mix;
You’ve probably heard it over and over: only use sulfate-free shampoo on your extensions. But why? What’s so wrong about sulfates? What makes them the criminals of the hair world?
That frothy, white lather that forms when you shampoo or use conditioner comes from sulfates contained in hair products. Bubbles are fun, and they sure do clean your hair.
The problem is that they clean too well. Your scalp produces natural oils that nourish hair, and sulfates wipe out those natural oils. If your hair is too oily, then a some sulfates can help cleanse hair. But if your hair is dry, then sulfates can be irritating to the scalp.
Sulfates aren’t terrible. They don’t cause cancer, and they don’t irritate everyone’s skin. But hair extensions and sulfates just don’t mix.
Babe’s hair extensions are made of 100% human hair. But because the follicles aren’t attached directly to your scalp, they don’t receive the natural oils from your hair. Sulfates will dry out extensions and strip them of their color.
What to look for on the packaging:
Sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, and myreth sulfate are some technical names of sulfates.
There are many hair care options that are sulfate-free. For hair extensions, sulfate-free is the most recommended choice. Talk to your stylist for a recommendation about which type of shampoo and conditioner is best for your hair extensions. Sulfate-free products might not create as much lather in the shower, but they help maintain the integrity of your hair extensions.
Brushing your hair extensions. Tips to prevent matting;
Matting is evil! It’s one of the worst things that can happen to hair extensions. When your hair becomes impossibly tangled, it is damaging to your hair, your extensions, and your scalp. Knowing how brush your extensions properly is an essential part of keeping your hair beautiful, long, and healthy.
Brush using a soft bristle brush. The Hair Extension Brush is great because it’s made with boar hair, so the bristles are firm, but gentle. This brush won’t pull out hair or cause strain on the connection points.
To brush: hold your hair roots with one hand to support the bonds. With the other hand, brush gently by starting at the ends and working up toward the scalp. Always go in a downward direction to preserve the hair’s natural direction.
It’s important to brush at least three time a day. It’s one of the best ways you can get the most out of your hair extensions.