All About Virgin Hair Wigs And Extensions, And Accessories
Your hair extensions look lovely today, but how can you ensure that like-new appearance months from now? The same techniques that guarantee health and vitality in natural hair also assure long-lasting resilience in hair extensions offered by The Nines.
If you would never dream of doing something to your natural hair, you should be equally unwilling to consider it for your extensions.
Hair Extension Care Right Out of the Package
Hair extension care begins before shipment. We package each product in silk packaging to ensure it arrives with no damages or flaws. You could even wear our products right out of the bag because we wash and air dry them before shipping.
How to Wash Hair Extensions
For best results, wash hair extensions in lukewarm water. Apply a small amount of shampoo from the base of your natural hair to the ends of the wig or hair extensions. You should be as gentle with extensions as you are with your own hair. Never tug, pull, or vigorously scrub either.
If you expect to wear hair extensions in their natural state, do not forget to use conditioner. Hair extensions require an extra layer of deep conditioning to lock moisture in and prevent frizzy or dry looking hair. Allow the conditioner to set for 5 to 10 minutes, or as suggested by the manufacturer, and then gently rinse out.
How Often Should You Wash Hair Extensions?
Wash your hair extensions as often as needed. Frequency will be determined by use. If you add hair care products (like hair spray) or wear them in a way that causes build-up in your extensions, you may need to wash them more frequently.
Find a balance between keeping your extensions free from build-up and maintaining the healthy appearance of your extensions.
We suggest you wash your extensions once every thirty times you wear them. When you should wash extensions is based on how easily you can manage or style the hair. When your hair extensions become difficult to work with, it is time for a wash.
Should You Wash Human Hair Extensions?
Yes, you should wash human hair extensions. Washing all hair extensions will keep them looking fresh and healthy. Human hair extensions are not attached to your scalp, so they do not receive any protective nutrients or moisture through your hair follicles. Whenever you wash them, take care to be gentle with both how you are cleaning them and what products you are using.
What Is the Best Shampoo for Extensions?
Treat your extensions exactly like dry or damaged natural hair. Do not use any shampoo or conditioner containing alcohol or sulfates as these may damage your extensions causing them to become frizzy or brittle.
What is the Best Brush to Use on Hair Extensions?
You want a brush that can gently untangle the hair without damaging it. We suggest two brushes and one comb for use with hair extensions.
Wide Tooth Shower Comb
When hair extensions get wet, they are most vulnerable to damage or tearing. Ironically, this is also the best time to maintain them. A wide-tooth shower comb provides bristles that are spaced far apart. This forces you to slowly and gently untangle your hair.
Round Head Bristle Brush
The round head bristle brush is more traditional, and you may already own one. However, for use with hair extensions, it must be super flexible. You should never feel like you are tugging or pulling on your extensions while detangling or managing your hair.
Boar Bristle Brush
The second brush we recommend to maintain hair extensions is a boar bristle brush. These brushes have short, dense bristles. Using a boar bristle brush will help smooth hair and reduce static between cleanings.
What to Not Put in Hair Extensions
Along with what you should do, there are some things you should avoid when it comes to your hair extensions.
- Heat. Your extensions can burn and will burn at lower temperatures than your natural hair because they are not protected by natural protective oils.
- Shampoo with sulfates or alcohol.
- Sticky or greasy products.
- Bleach. Never bleach or color hair extensions without the help of a hairstylist who has experience working with them.
How to Style Your Hair Extensions
In order to maintain your extensions, treat them like your real hair. Because hair extensions do not receive oils and nutrients from your scalp, it is important to replace them yourself. Just a few drops of argan oil can nourish, moisturize, and keep extensions smooth.
When styling, begin by applying a product designed to protect hair from heated styling tools. Once you finish styling your hair extensions (using minimal heat), add a finishing treatment. Apply a drop of almond or coconut oil to the palms of your hands, rub them together, and lightly pat the oil over your hair extensions. Almond or coconut oil treatments will combat the effects of heat from hair dryers, curling irons, and straighteners.
How to Deal with Frizz, Fly-Aways, and Short Hairs
It is common to find small pieces of fly-away hairs in hand-tied wigs and hair extensions. If you are experiencing any frizz, it is best to apply hair oil, mousse, or styling gel to your hands and lightly coat your wig or hair extensions.
Do you watch the stars on the red carpet and wish for the beautiful long locks they make look so glamorous? With the magic of hair extensions, you too can have the flowing hair you desire.
Know Your Hair Type
Do you know your hair type? Don’t worry, most people think they do, but they really don’t. A lot of the quality product lines have hair quizzes on their product pages, so you can determine what shampoo, conditioner, and other products are right for you. To determine your hair type, you need to consider:
- Hair texture: Straight, wavy, curly, coils
- Hair structure: Fine, medium, thick (coarse)
- Hair porosity: Ability to absorb product and moisture
- Scalp moisture: Oily, normal, dry
The Best Products for Your Hair Type
The hair care aisle at any retailer can be dizzying, as can the different hair types depending on your texture, structure, porosity, and scalp moisture. And it all depends on what your specific product goals happen to be. Some of the best products for hair extensions include:
- Olaplex No. 4 helps restore damaged hair.
- Eden BodyWorks peppermint tea tree for scalp rejuvenation.
- OGX renewing argan oil of Morocco is amazing for coarse hair.
- Adama Ancient Minerals Shampoo can be used every day and will not weigh down fine hair.
- Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil moisturizes and transforms.
- Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Conditioner makes each strand feel fuller without weighing it down.
- Pureology is great for colored hair and leaves it lush and silky.
- Mizani Moisture Fusion uses a blend of cupuacu butter, argan oil, and honey for deep conditioning.
- DevaCurl One Condition nourishes hair with botanicals and olive oil.
- Kerastase Masquintense is an awesome hydrating hair mask.
Best Care Practices for Hair Extensions
Quality hair extensions are an investment, so you want to make sure that they look good and last as long as possible, and that they do not damage your natural hair. Set an extension routine right from the start. Make sure that you:
- Keep your extensions moisturized with a quality conditioner.
- Use proper hair extension products. Do not use anything with sulfates or alcohol.
- Dry shampoo is a hair-extension girl’s best friend.
- Store clip-ins correctly and immediately upon removal. Proper storage includes:
- Making sure all clips are closed.
- Brushing the set.
- Storing in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.
- Making sure they are completely dry.
- Limit washing your hair extensions to only when there is product build-up or if they are looking limp and dull.
How to Keep Extensions from Drying Out
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of keeping your extensions from drying out, so let’s discuss this a little further. A good routine is to:
- Soak your extensions in warm water.
- Wash with a clarifying shampoo.
- Rinse with cold water until all shampoo is removed.
- Gently comb in a small amount of leave-in conditioner.
- Let your extensions air dry. (And avoid blow-drying when possible.)
- Use a heat protectant spray if you must blow-dry or heat-style.
How to Wash Your Hair with Permanent Hair Extensions
The less you wash your extensions, the longer they will last. Of course, this will depend on your scalp type and activity level. No hair extensions are actually permanent, but some of the long-lasting attachment methods are:
- Micro-linked (small metal tubes)
The key is just to be gentle and careful when washing your hair in the shower. Do NOT flip your head upside down or wash your hair in a sink, as this can damage your extensions. Stand up straight under the showerhead and wet your hair.
Remember, you should:
- NOT scrub hard at the attachment bond.
- Scrub the roots of your hair at the crown and around the face.
- Bring shampoo suds down with your hands and gently caress the strands of hair all the way to the ends. Extensions do not produce oil, so they need very little washing.
- Condition your ends if necessary, avoiding the bonds. Conditioners can cause them to loosen or interfere with glue or fusion.
- Do not wrap your hair in a towel; this can cause damage. Pat your hair dry carefully.
- It is important to dry bonds as soon as possible, so you may want to use a blow-dryer with a diffuser to dry your roots.
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