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How to Take Care of Hair Extensions

If you want to change your hair color, style, or length, hair extensions can be a quick and easy solution when placed by a knowledgeable and certified hair extension specialist. Hair extensions are a fun way to try out something new temporarily if you are not sure whether or not you want to commit yet. 


Whether you are trying them on for size or they are part of your daily routine, taking care of your hair extensions is essential in ensuring they last. With proper maintenance, you should be able to get several weeks of wear from your extensions.


Brushing and Detangling


The most essential part of hair extensions care is regularly brushing them. Running over the locks with a simple paddle brush helps keep tangles under control. You may see some light shedding, but this is normal. Don't let it deter you from brushing regularly. To avoid some of the day to day tangling, braid your locks when you are sleeping or exercising.


Washing


Natural hair requires regular washing as it comes in contact with oil from your scalp. However, because extensions do not touch your skin, there is no oil buildup. Hair extensions only need washing to remove an accumulation of styling products and to keep hydrated. 

If the extensions become less manageable, it is a sign that they need to be washed. Avoid products that contain alcohol as alcohol is a drying agent. Wash from the crown down with a high-quality shampoo. Never sleep on wet hair, and if you swim, use a cap to protect your extensions from chemicals in the water. Use hair spray sparingly, because it builds up quickly, can weigh down locks, and dull their shine.


Conditioning


To condition your hair extensions, you can use a good quality traditional product or a leave-in type. Either way, it is important not to overdo it. Conditioner can build up in your hair, just like other styling products. Therefore, apply the conditioner about halfway down and brush gently. If it is a rinse-out conditioner, leave it in for 10-30 minutes and remove with warm water.


Drying


While it may be difficult to fit into your daily routine, the best way to dry extensions is to let it happen naturally. Use a towel to dry gently, without rubbing the scalp. If you must use a hair dryer, set it to low heat and use a brush with soft bristles. Extensions can be sensitive to heat, so save the high temperatures for your styling tools.


See a Professional Regularly


Even with the most careful maintenance, hair extensions need the tender loving care of a professional from time to time. Every five to seven weeks, get in to see a qualified stylist, like the ones at Johnny Rodriguez the Salon, for re-fitting, detangling and restyling. Together, you can keep your extensions looking their best longer.


Get Started with Johnny Rodriguez the Salon


Now that you know how easy it is to care for hair extensions, you can be confident that they are the right addition to your look. The professionals at Johnny Rodriguez the Salon offer hair extensions from Babe; made from 100 percent human hair. Another option is Balmain Paris extensions, available in human hair and memory hair varieties. Memory hair is a synthetic material that can hold your heat-styled look until you're ready to change it. You may be surprised at all the color and style possibilities available to you through hair extensions. Contact us today to learn more!

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