If you’ve ever wondered how a celebrity boasts a pixie cut one week and sleek flowing locks the following, then the answer is hair extensions. Incredibly versatile, clip on hair extensions can offer a quick and easy way of creating a new look for a special occasion, or for a more permanent look then extensions that are glued or woven to your own hair, can last for up to 4 months.
Here’s a few tips on wearing hair extensions and how to care for them.
Visit a hair extensions salon
If this is your first time of using hair extensions then it always pays to enlist the help of a stylist to put them in your hair. She will be able to help you make the right choice of color, texture and thickness. Unlike the old days when extensions were pretty obvious with a two toned effect of light at the top and dark at the bottom, today there are many methods used to blend in extensions with your real hair for a look that is totally natural.
Buy good quality hair extensions
The best extensions are made from 100% Remy hair which looks silky smooth and does not tangle or stick together like other types of extensions. Ask your stylist to cut and style it to suit you so that it has a lived in authentic look about it. There’s nothing worse than pulling a hair extension out of a packet and putting it straight into your hair. If your hair is on the thin side and you’re looking for a sleek, classic bob for instance, choose shorter extensions and have your stylist attach them and cut in the bob shape to suit your face.
Protecting your extensions while you sleep
Stylish hair and healthy hair should go hand in hand. Investing in a silk pillowcase or bonnet at night will keep your hair from drying out or breaking, and will avoid you having to use straighteners on a daily basis. Pull your hair back into a soft ponytail to prevent your hair tangling while asleep.
Brush your hair twice a day using a specialist extensions brush but avoid any hard brush strokes. Separate the hair strands of the applied extensions and brush them through gently at the scalp. In the event of any tangles use a wide toothed comb on the lower ends of the hair but never near the scalp.
You can use hot rollers or curling irons with Remy Human Hair extensions but keep them at least 4 cm away from where the hair joins to your natural hair. Never ever use a hair dryer on the hot setting close to the bonds as this could cause them to melt.
Washing your hair
When washing your hair or showering tilt your head backwards and apply shampoo from the roots downwards. Condition and comb through from mid-way to the ends, avoiding the scalp. Wrap your hair in a towel to absorb any moisture before drying it on a medium to low setting and finishing with a cold shot of air once the hair is dry.
It’s always wise to visit your stylish a couple of weeks after having your hair extensions attached as this will have given them a chance to settle in and she can snips off any loose strands of hair that may be showing through the bonds. As with your own hair regular visits to the salon will keep your extensions in tip top condition.
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