Hair Extension Care Tips During Quarantine
We can all agree that 2020 has been a year of many things we didn’t expect. Being in a global pandemic that has placed people under quarantine may limit our trips to the salon or our favorite beauty stores, but can’t restrict our ability and effort to still feel and be beautiful. Despite our need to maintain beauty, it is very important we follow the guidelines to staying safe. Wearing hair extensions has made the upkeep of our hair a lot more manageable and effortless. But it is important we take the right steps to make sure it stays that way. So, how can we practice safe measures and follow the rules without struggling to keep up with our beauty and not look like a hot mess? Check out these five quarantine beauty tips on how you can stay looking your best.
For curly hair extensions
Curls are meant to stay bouncy, luscious and full of life. So what does true care for curly hair extensions really look like? The most important thing to consider when it comes to maintaining curly hair extensions is hair products. Curly hair thrives by staying moisturized and hydrated. With much hydration, most curly hair extensions can retain a lot of water, which will help your curls pop and shine as they should. It is important to never underestimate a good shampoo and conditioning. Not only will this keep your curly hair extensions free from debris, dirt, oil and previous product build-up, but it will also revive the hair giving it a fresh look. If you find your curls dying down, a good co-wash can help cleanse without stripping the hair while providing more moisture.
Tools such as a wide-toothed comb or a detangling brush are also a major key to keeping the curls from matting and ensuring a thorough detangling without the shedding. If you are looking for ways to keep a vibrant curl pattern, try two-strand twists or braids overnight. The top pro of curly hair extensions is that they have a mind of their own and do not require any styling. However, when and if you want to switch it up and do a particular style, you must be gentle and caring with your curly strands. Be sure to take your time and avoid unnecessary tension. Lastly, at night, you want to do as much as possible to prevent any type of friction that can cause your curls to become frizzy. Consider investing in things like satin pillowcases versus cotton.
For colored hair extensions
Colored hair extensions add the perfect touch to giving your hair extensions a boost and giving life to any hairstyle. If you opt for colored hair extensions, it is important you understand the additional maintenance and vital upkeep they need to preserve the quality of them and to avoid any dullness or fading with the color. Certain products like Olaplex and Clairol Shimmer lights can be used to help your hair integrity and keep it strong. When it comes to cleansing your colored hair extensions, you don’t want to do it too often. But a really great product that can help your hair extensions look, feel and smell clean is dry shampoo.
When washing, cold water is always best as it doesn’t negatively affect the hair cuticle layers as much as hot water can. Protecting the cuticle layer will help prevent the color of the hair extensions from fading and keep up with the shine. It is alright to thoroughly pack on a conditioner that will restore and retain the moisture needed. A good conditioner will provide instant results where hair is automatically soft, revitalized and full of life. Most importantly, when maintaining colored hair extensions, try to avoid heat and go for heatless styling as much as possible. Because the hair shafts have already been strongly impacted by the color’s chemicals, it can be harder to manipulate the hair and heat can just make the hair more porous. When in doubt of your next go-to style involving heat, always use a heat protectant and monitor the frequency of heat application.
For clip-in extensions
Clip-in hair extensions are super efficient when it comes to easily switching up your hair during quarantine. Despite the effortless steps it takes to wear them, there are a few points on caring for them you should know to make sure they last. The goal of clip-ins is for them to blend smoothly with your natural hair so well that you may forget they are there! But that doesn’t mean you should sleep with them in. Be sure to uninstall your clip-ins and properly store them to avoid any damage or friction. Prior to storing them, you can detangle them to get rid of knots and tangles that can lead to shedding. Taking the necessary precautions can extend the lifespan of your clip-in hair extensions.
Keep it easy
Caring for your hair extensions is essential to effortlessly curating the look you want and slaying COVID-19. Whether that look be curly, colored or somewhere in between, the proper care is essential. For curly extensions, keep the focus on how to keep your curls popping and bouncy. With your colored hair extensions, avoiding any additional heat manipulation and conditioning thoroughly will keep them looking vibrant. Clip-in extensions make quarantine life so much easier, but proper care from storing to detangling can make sure they last longer than expected. Everything else in life has been beyond stressful during these hectic times and your hair care shouldn’t be on that list. No matter the type of hair extensions, good care, using the best products and following tips are crucial to producing the look you desire and keeping things easy during quarantine.