Clip-in human hair extensions are becoming increasingly popular. They’re versatile, easy to use, and require no long-term commitment — perfect if you’re experimenting with new hairstyles or simply want to add volume and length to your hair.
As with any high-quality beauty enhancement, extensions can be a considerable investment, which is why it’s important to care for them properly. When well maintained, they can last anywhere from three to six months. If you’re especially careful with them, they could even last up to a year.
Here are some ways to get the most out of your extensions to extend their lifespan and stretch your investment as far as possible.
Use a loop brush when brushing the extensions in order to keep shedding to a minimum. As its name suggests, the bristles of this brush are looped, making it easier for the strands to glide through. If a loop brush is not available, a soft-bristle brush or a wide-tooth comb will get the job done.
Don’t brush your extensions when wet, since this is when they’re at their weakest state. Instead, wait for them to completely dry before brushing. If you’re in a rush, use the lowest setting of your blow dryer to dry your hair, then brush it through gently.
Start brushing from the bottom of your strands, then work your way up to the roots so you don’t get any snags in the process.
At the end of a long and busy day, you might be tempted to sleep with your extensions in. This is a huge no-no. One advantage of clip-ins is that they can be removed quite easily from the hair, so always be sure to take them out before you sleep. Be gentle when removing the clips, as some of your real hair can get caught up in them.
Before you put your clip-in hair extensions away, make sure they are completely dry. Storing them without any moisture will prevent mold growth. Gently brush the strands from bottom to top to remove tangles and knots. You can wind them up in your hand or tie them in a loose knot before storing them in the box they came in. This will create a naturally wavy effect the next time you wear them.
Place the box in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. If you already threw away the box, you can use a clean storage bag or a hanger instead.
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Extensions don’t receive the same nourishment that comes from the natural oils in your scalp. Thus, they can become dried out if you wash them too frequently.
Wash the extensions only when absolutely necessary — once or twice in a month is a good time frame to consider. However, if you wear them on a daily basis, use many different products, or style them frequently, then you may need to wash them more often.
Make sure the clips are closed before you submerge the extensions in water. After washing them in the sink, avoid rubbing the extensions with a towel. Instead, place them on the towel to dry.
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Due to convenience and ease of use, most women prefer clip-in hair extensions. Human hair, in particular, is an ideal choice for clip-ins, as this style moves and feels like your own real hair. You can also style them in whatever ways you would your own natural hair.
However, just as it would with your natural hair, overstyling your extensions can lead to damage. To minimize the impact, make sure to use the lowest setting on your flat or curling iron. You can also use a heat protectant spray as an extra measure to preserve your extensions.
Use the right products
Try to avoid using too many products on your extensions, as these could lead to product buildup. Use them sparingly, and stick to only the necessary items. For instance, use a heat protectant spray before styling, a texturizing spray for the extensions to hold on to, and a hair serum to prevent split ends.
If you notice product buildup, you can apply clarifying shampoo to remove it. Just be sure to avoid products with sulfates, parabens, and alcohol, as these can further strip the natural oils from hair and lead to damage.
Go for a trim
Even if you’re using the right products, chances are your hair extensions will develop split ends eventually. Visit your favorite hairdresser to have them trimmed so they can look as good as new.
As you can see, caring for extensions is just as easy as maintaining your own natural hair. Follow these simple maintenance steps so you can enjoy your clip-in extensions for as long as possible!