Go Natural On your ExtensionsWe all know that hair dye isn't the friendliest product in our hair. Whether it's your natural hair or extensions, hair dye can cause damage and weaken your hair. Coloring your extensions with natural products is an excellent alternative to putting harsh chemicals on them. Don't be afraid to experiment with your extensions and try safer ways to switch up your hair color!
Why You Should Switch to Natural Hair DyeThe National Cancer Institute (NCI) states that companies use over 5,000 different chemicals in hair dye products, some of these products can be carcinogenic to animals. Carcinogenic means that the products can cause cancer. Though manufacturers have improved dye products to eliminate some of the more dangerous chemicals that they put into products in the 1970s, many hair dyes contain things such as:
- Quaternium-15, this is a known carcinogen that can release formaldehyde.
- Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), this may disrupt hormones.
- Phenylenediamine (PPD), this is a skin and respiratory irritant. PPD has a classification in the European Union as dangerous to the environment.
Steps to Keeping You and Your Hair SafeThere are a few steps you want to follow to help you get the best results for your hair. Here are a few different tips you may want to consider.
Do not wash your extensions right before you dye it.Although it seems like a good idea, washing your extensions a few hours or right before dyeing it may cause more harm than good. It is better to wash the hair at least one to two days beforehand or color on dirty hair. Not only does color have a better hold on dirty hair; clean hair may be too slippery. And if you do wash your hair before coloring, it may make it a lot more difficult for the natural dye methods to hold.
Always use gloves.Gloves are still a good idea to protect your fingers and nails from staining. Some dyeing techniques require using your hands, and it takes months before hair dye will completely remove itself from your fingertips. You can easily avoid that by taking a few seconds to throw on some gloves.
Complete a strand test.This step is not mandatory but is helpful if you are not entirely sure about how the color you chose will look on your hair. What you want to do is pick a strand of hair to test. It's best to select a strand that from an extension you will put in the back of your head. This step makes it easy to cover if you decide not to dye your hair. Then wait 24 hours to make sure you are happy with the hair color results. It is essential that you only mix a small amount of hair dye and not the whole box to make sure it does not waste.
Get the right hair care products.You should make sure to invest in the right products such as shampoo and conditioner to accommodate whatever natural method you choose. You do not want to use hair products that may alter the results.
General extension care tips
What To Do:
- Be sure to color your hair at least 2-3 days before having your extensions put in.
- Braid your extensions before sleeping or exercising to avoid tangling.
- Brush your hair & hair extensions thoroughly before washing your hair.
- Use professional hair products (recommended by your extensionist) that are NOT alcohol or protein based.
- Use a deep moisturizing conditioner.
- Use a leave-in moisturizer/treatment.
- Ensure that your hairdryer is on a low heat setting when drying your hair extensions.
- Brush your hair every morning and night. A loop brush is recommended to use on your hair extensions to avoid catching the attached area.
- Do regular deep moisture treatments to ensure soft silky hair.
What Not To Do:
- Do not go to sleep with wet or damp hair; there are some cases of this happening and causing mold. You do not want that!
- Do not rub the hair harshly when shampooing or conditioning, this could weaken the hair.
- Do not apply conditioner to the root area around the extensions; it can make the extensions challenging to install.
- Do not bleach or color your extensions yourself.
- Do not brush extension hair too hard as you might pull the hair strands out.
- Do not wet your hair in a pool or sea water. The Chlorine/ Saltwater will strip the oils from the hair extensions making them dry.