Did you just have Hand-Tied Extension Installed? Or are you a long timer wearer? Either way, it's important to care for them! They’re quite literally tied into your hair, it’s important to take proper care of them to avoid damage and extend their wear. Simply put, the better you care for them, the longer they’ll last.
Brush Your Extensions Before Shampooing
This can help remove any knots or tangles. When you are shampooing your hair can this can cause a lot of friction, brushing it prior can mitigate tangling and knots. Remember to use a soft bristle brush; here at Beauty Mark really love the Wet Brushes. Brushing from the bottom up ensures you avoid damaging your hair and pulling on it too much, which can damage not only your extensions but your natural hair as well. Another pro tip, we suggest not brushing the hair as soon as you get out of the shower! Your hair is at its most fragile point. Another suggestion would be to use a wide tooth comb.
Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Sulfates have the ability to strip the hair of its natural moisture. Your natural oils will progress down the hair shaft and keep moisture. If you use a sulfate shampoo it can encourage breakage, dryness, and brittleness. The weaker your hair is at the scalp, the less likely your extensions will maintain integrity and longevity. Opt for a sulfate-free shampoo to maintain your hair extensions and extend their wear.
You can also use dry shampoo between your washes. We do not encourage to overuse dry shampoo as it can eventually cause a buildup. With the proper shampoo and maintenance you can avoid over access buildup on the hair.
Wash Your Hair Once or Twice a Week
Over washing your hand-tied hair extensions can cause them to wear out quicker. Not only is narrowing down your wash schedule to once or twice a week suitable for your extensions but your natural hair. Similar to the way sulfates strip your natural hair, over washing does the same. So keep your wash sessions to once or twice weekly to maximize the wear of your extensions. You will be over-stripping your hair and not giving the natural oils a chance to moisturize your scalp.
Protect Your Extensions
To prevent your hand-tied extensions from knotting, always place them in a protective style before bed. Braids are great to avoid your extensions from tangling and can preserve their longevity. A low ponytail also suffices. Make sure to use scrunchies to tie them back, as tight elastics can result in serious damage.
Treat your hair with strong care. We suggest the proper shampoo, conditioner, and aftercare products. Don't neglect your hair extensions. We suggest using an oil between washes to keep extensions looking soft and fresh; we suggest the Olaplex Bonding Oil!