How to Properly Maintain Raw Hair Extensions?
We all know that proper maintenance is the key to the longevity of your hair. However, many people don’t know how to properly maintain raw hair extensions. In this post we’re going to discuss a few steps that will ensure you’ll get the most out of your investment.
SHAMPOO & CONDITIONING
The most common question customers ask is “what shampoo & conditioner should I use on my hair extensions?” Picking out the right shampoo & conditioner may seem like a daunting task. But it’s actually not. The main thing you want to look for when picking out a shampoo is a “sulfate free” label. Sulfate is what causes your shampoo to foam up. The problem with sulfate and why it’s bad for your hair is the fact that it can strip the essential oils out of your hair and irritate your skin if you have a sensitive scalp.
Silicon mix shampoo & conditioner seems to be very popular with 100% virgin hair. There are videos on YouTube that shows how silicon mix can bring the life back into any dull, dry, or old hair extensions. However, I would advise against using silicon mix on Raw hair because the silicon mix conditioner is kind of heavy; and when dealing with Raw hair you want a more lighter shampoo & conditioner.
I would recommend using Pantene or Suave hair care products on your extensions. Both brands have sulfate free shampoos. Their products are really light and provides the necessary ingredients to keep your hair soft, shiny, and full of life.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you want to let your hair extensions air dry vs. blow drying them. This will reduce the chances of heat damage, shedding, and damaging your hair extensions overall.
Deep conditioning is very important to the health of your hair extensions. A good deep conditioning will not only clean your hair extensions; but it will also keep your hair shiny, soft, and manageable. When deep conditioning you want to make sure that you keep your deep conditioner in for a minimum of 30 minutes. We find that when you keep the product on the hair longer than a couple minutes, the results are much better.
COMBING & BRUSHING
When it comes to combing & brushing your hair extensions, we advise against combing. Combing increases the chances of shedding and should never be done to raw hair extensions. You want a good paddle brush when it comes to detangling and brushing your hair extensions. Starting from the ends of your hair and working your way up is the proper way to brush your hair extensions.
CURLING & STRAIGHTENING
When curling your hair extensions we recommend the no heat methods. You can achieve just about every curl pattern with the use of bendy rollers, perm rods, bantu knots, and braids. If you must use heat to curl or straighten your hair extension. Try not to go over 350 degrees. You do not want to cause any damage to your hair extensions. Also, make sure to use a good heat protectant before applying heat to your hair extensions.
NIGHT TIME ROUTINE
You should always tie your hair up at nights to prevent your hair from tangling & shedding. Wrapping your hair with a silk satin scarf should do the trick. You could also apply a bonnet on top for extra security. If curly or wavy hair extensions are installed the use of bendy rollers, bantu knots, or braids could be great options when tying up your hair. You can spray the hair to get it wet with water to achieve more uniform curls. This option is great because your curls will be like new in the morning!
Following these simple steps, your hair will remain soft and luscious for a very long time!