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It’s Time to Rejuvenate
When you first get your hair extensions, they are very soft and luscious.
But after a few weeks of having them in, you may start to realize they are becoming harder to brush through and more brittle. This change is due to your hair extensions drying out. But don't worry! Although your hair extensions may be drying out, you can bring them back to life.
This article will help you come up with ideas on how to rejuvenate your hair and get it back to its original state.
Ways Your Extensions Are Drying Out
The secret to making hair soft is down to a natural oil called sebum.
Sebum is a semi-fluid secreted by the sebaceous gland and is attached to our hair follicles. The sebum is brought to the skin surface and coats the hair shaft. What’s so great about a coating of sebum is that it keeps your growing locks hydrated and free from tangles.
Our natural, growing hair is continuously being coated by this substance, to help give it a soft touch in between washes. This reason is why some people find their hair very dry if shampooed every day and others find their hair oily if they don’t shampoo as frequently.
Unfortunately, hair extensions can’t produce the sebum that our natural tresses can create. With general wearing and washing of the extensions, the coating of sebum that they had when they first started to grow on someone’s head will wear away. Once that is gone, the extensions start to dry out quickly.
There are many different ways you may be drying out your extensions without even knowing it. Here are different ways that your hair extensions can dry out.
Overexposure to Heating Tools
Flatirons, curling irons, hot combs, blow dryers, etc. can cause your hair to dry out quickly.
This statement is not saying they are not okay to use because they are perfectly fine, but it is essential to use them in moderation. Using excessive heat will cause your hair to dry out and become brittle quickly.
So, it is imperative that you monitor your usage.
Just like natural hair, repeatedly dyeing your extensions will cause them to dry out.
Hair dye uses very harsh chemicals such as ammonia that when used often, will damage your hair. You should treat your extensions with the utmost care. Remember that it is okay to dye your extensions, don’t overdo it.
You may not be the one actively doing anything to harm your hair, and it may just be mother nature against you.
Extensions are most susceptible to drying out during the summertime because of the sun. Just like natural hair, overexposure to the sun can cause your extensions to dry out.
Sadly, there is not much you can do to stop it from happening as it is nature.
During the hot months, many people love to go to the pool to cool off. But the pool water can play a massive role in drying out your extensions if you decide to go in. The chemicals from the chlorine in the pool will leave your extensions feeling brittle.
The list is ultimately endless. There are so many factors that can cause your extensions to dry out. In reality, your extensions most likely will eventually dry out if you are not taking the best care of them.
Ways to Prevent Your Hair Extensions From Drying OutWouldn’t it be nice to put a stop to the problem before it even starts? These tips can help you keep your hair in the best shape and stop it from drying out quickly or at all.
We are all aware that there is a difference between human hair and synthetic extensions.
Synthetic extensions are more susceptible to drying out because of its properties. If you notice with synthetic extensions, they dry out much faster than human hair extensions will.
Here are some tips to help keep your extensions from drying out and keep that looking fresh for a more extended period. It is best to prevent your synthetic hair extensions from drying out and becoming brittle altogether because once that happens, it is challenging to restore it.
Many people think you are not able to wash synthetic hair but you most definitely can.
If you feel your hair is starting to become dry, conditioning it with a mild conditioner or a conditioner made explicitly for synthetic hair can bring it back to life. You want to wash the hair, brush it out and then hang it up to dry. You want to air dry your hair.
Stay away from the blowdryer. The blow dryer can cause unnecessary tangles, and because the hair is synthetic, it can ruin it. Once those extensions have dried and you put them back in, they will be looking as good as new.
Using heating tools
If your hair comes in a packet that says it is heat friendly, you can use heating tools but it is essential they are in low settings.
Too much heat can dry out the hair and maybe even cause the hair to melt depending on the brand of hair that you use. If you are not sure whether or not you can use heating tools, your best option is to stay away from them all together to avoid damaging your hair.
However, if you need to know, you want to take a very tiny section of hair and use the heating tool to see the effect it has.
Apply a hair serum
Hair serums and oils can help to soften up your hair. You want to take a small amount and apply it to your extensions.
You want to use your fingers to rake the serum through to make sure it gets all over your extensions. Adding a little bit 2-3 times a week can go a long way and stop your hair from drying out quickly.
Human Hair Extensions
You can feel freer to brush your human hair extensions because they do not shed nearly as much as synthetic hair does.
Keeping it from tangling and matting can help keep your hair from drying out. This practice is also just a good habit to start. Brushing your hair goes a long way when it comes to making your extensions looking fresh.
Apply hair oils
Like with synthetic hair, adding hair oils to human hair can leave it looking sleek and shiny.
It is good to apply hair serum or oil 2-3 times a week. This method will help to keep your hair from drying out. Coconut oil and black castor oil are prevalent and useful options to use on your hair.
Just like with your natural hair; you want to keep your extensions moisturized daily.
What I like to do is spritz water on my extensions and apply a leave-in conditioner. A small amount is exceptional it isn’t necessary to put a significant amount. This method personally always had my hair look fresh and new.
I recommend this to anyone who has human hair extensions.
How to Restore Your Extensions
The first step to rejuvenating your extensions is to detangle them.
If your extensions are tangled, be patient with the hair because it may be frustrating to get all the tangles out. You want to use a wide-tooth comb to help you and start from the bottom and work your way up.
Once you have detangled your extensions successfully, you can then use a brush to get all of the small knots out.
Deep condition your extensions will moisturize your extensions so that they are no longer dried out.
You want to get a deep conditioner without added sulfites and chemicals so that it does not harm the hair. Fill a basin with lukewarm water, pour the conditioner in and place the extensions inside the bowl. You can let the hair sit in the pan for a little to make the conditioner soak through the hair.
Once you do that, gently scrub the hair with your fingers and wash the extensions out with fresh water. Make sure you get all of the conditioners adequately rinsed out.
Try an Apple cider vinegar rinse
An apple cider vinegar rinse (ACV) can help to restore your hair back to its original state in a literal sense.
When dealing with human hair, when you first buy it the hair cuticle is completely sealed off. But when you start to use products such as shampoos & conditioners, heating tools, etc. the hair cuticle will begin to strip away until it is no longer there slowly.
Because ACV is has a lower pH balance from your hair extensions, the rinse will help to lower the overall pH balance of your weave and help to reseal the cuticle.
Let the extensions air dry
Do not wring out your extensions! Wringing out your extensions causes more harm than good as it creates tangles.
Your best option is to brush through the hair with a wide-tooth comb and let it air dry. You want to put the extensions in a safe place so nothing can interfere with the drying process.
Adding oils can help give your hair back its shine. It isn’t necessary, but it is a step to consider to help make your hair look as good as new.
Never Struggle With Dry Extensions Again
Many people think that once the extensions are dried out, they are of no use. That isn’t the case!
You have various opportunities and chances to help bring your hair back to life. Just remember to treat your extensions just as you would your natural hair.
Give it all the TLC you have to offer because it will need it. I challenge you to put at least 3 of the steps mentioned above in practice and see how much of a difference it makes on your extensions.
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Make It Last Forever, Forever
I know that we all have had that moment where our bundle's shipment is coming in late or we are running low on funds.
And we need to make our hairstyle stretch for just a few more days. Sew-in weave can be a fantastic protective look and when you treat it with tender love and care it can last you for a long time.
But no matter how well you manage your tresses there will always come to a point where the strands begin to age new growth starts to show, and you must take your beautiful bundles out. Luckily if you need a little more time before you see your hairdresser, then there are a few methods you can choose to help your weave last for one more week.
Read on in this blog post, and we promise you will find age-old secrets to make those extensions last longer and longer.
Wrap Up Your Weave Before You Go to Bed
No matter what kind of hair texture you purchase or install on your head its best to wrap your extensions up when you're sleeping or about to go to bed.
Wrapping your bundles prevents things like frizz, wear, and tear, and slip tracks from happening. Using this method is foolproof and will be a fantastic help when it comes down to making your weave last for one more week.
Let's face it, we move so much in our sleep, and the rubbing of our hair on our sheets and pillows can be destructive to our curls, you want to make sure that by the end of the night that your extensions stay firmly in place. You want to be able to preserve the curl patterns or hairstyles that you work so hard to achieve, and it will save you time in the morning from restyling your hair.
This process is not only for when you're going to bed if you know that you won't be going out at all for the day you should wrap up your hair, but there is also no point in letting your curls hang free for no one to see. So, if you're getting ready to do daily household chores, then I would protect those bundles until you decide to leave the house.
This process may seem like something small, but trust me, this could be a significant help in making that weave last an extra week.
Stay Away from Putting Heat on Your Weave
Putting heat on your weave is possibly the worst thing that you could do when you are trying to make your hairstyle last for one week longer.
Try to avoid excessive straightening or blow-drying your extensions every time you wash or style your hair. If you practice good habits in the beginning stages of the sew-in, then it will be able to last a lot longer than it usually would if you treat it unhealthy.
Think of your weave as your natural curls, you wouldn't blow dry your hair every five seconds, and you surely would not flat iron it every chance you get. Take advantage of the day to day accessories like turbans and headbands to give the extensions a break from the damaging heat of your curling iron.
A weave is prone to the same damage as your real hair so too many harmful chemicals will decrease its lifespan. So, to help you out overall try to choose a bundle with a texture that you already like and save the extra curling or blow-drying for special occasions only.
Find different ways to style your weave without adding excessive heat, and I promise your lovely hairstyle will last you for one more week if not longer.
Buy Quality Extensions
Buying quality extensions from the jump can increase the duration of hair life, making your weave last longer than others.
If you are dealing with cheap or synthetic quality hair, then you can expect it to lose its shine, volume, and strength a lot faster than the human tresses. So even though this step is something that takes place in the beginning stages, it will help you out in the future.
Next time you decide to get a sew-in takes the time to invest in high-quality extensions before doing the install. Need help buying some great weave at affordable prices? Check out our bundle deals on Brazilian and Malaysian hair.
Wear Cute Hair Accessories
If you're trying to make your hair extensions last one more week, try investing in some cute hair accessories, anything to try, and the cover-up that new growth.
Sometimes when your weave begins to get old, it's easy to tell or spot it from a mile away. Wearing anything from cute decorative headscarves, turbans, or hats can help hide the tell-tale signs of an aging sew-in.
Remember that our goal is to stretch out our hairstyle for one more week until we can get it re-done, so this option is probably the cheapest and easiest one to try. I feel that we all might have a hat or headband laying around the house somewhere, but if you don't, there are some cheap options at thrift stores or your local drug or beauty supply store.
So, the next time you are trying to find a way to make that hairstyle last a few days longer pull out some of your favorite cute hair accessories and slay the rest of your week effortlessly.
Use Leave-in Conditioner
Leave-in conditioner is ideal for helping your weave last a little while longer.
These products are great when dealing with curly texture hair, just because they help restore brittle, dry, or old hair by adding an enormous amount of moisture that can last you for days to come. Other products you use on your extensions can have an adverse effect and dry out your curls.
When it comes down to your last few days of the sew-in add a dime-size amount of product on your hands and massage it into your curls with your fingers coating it evenly throughout the extensions.
Since your bundles cannot get any nutrients from your body, this method is perfect for adding life to your flat weave. So, if you are running low on funds need to stretch that hairstyle out for a few more days invest in this product.
If you are on the fence on which cream to get, you should check out our blog post on the best leave-in conditioner for your hair extensions.
Try Not to Do Vigorous Workouts
If you want to make your weave last for one more week, then I would suggest you try your best to stay away from any vigorous workout routines for the next couple of days.
Sweating your edges out is an understatement, but if you have a sew-in, you should know better than anyone that sweating it out makes things worst. When an increase of sweat builds up around the corners of your extensions or even in the middle, the tracks will begin to rise and give you the appearance of wearing a wig.
If your hairstyle is already starting to get old, then we don't want to push it overboard by running long laps for the whole world to see the tangled mess on your head. Don't get me wrong you can still try to get a good workout in.
But I would suggest staying away from 5k runs, the sauna, or the swimming pool for the following days to come. Investing in dry shampoo could be a massive help in drying up the sweat that comes from your hair when you work out. So, before you leave the house spray a few drops of the dry shampoo product and this could save you from dealing with a sweaty catastrophe on your extensions when you get home.
As soon as you get your new hairstyle in then, you can continue with your regular gym regimen.
Invest in Satin Pillow Case and Satin Scarves
If you think that investing in a satin pillowcase or scarf is a myth that doesn't work, well we are here to tell you please believe in all the hype.
Buying this product is probably the last thing that comes to your mind when you think about keeping your weave healthy and beautiful but trust us it will be a huge lifesaver for all your future hair looks.
If you don't want to ruin your expensive bundles, then we suggest you stay far away from regular cotton pillowcases. The roughness of the cloth creates friction between your weave and the surface of the pillow which creates damage all over the head. Satin is very smooth, so that means the style will not tangle up while you are sleeping.
The extensions will merely slide across the pillow and will more likely create minimum to no damage. Say goodbye to your ugly bed head every morning, because these satin beauties will have you looking like a fallen angel every time you wake up.
If the pillowcases are not your style, the silk headscarves can be a huge help as well. One big plus that these scarves can do is retain the natural moisture that your weave has, anything that is cotton material can suck your hair dry of healthy oils that can be very helpful, in the process, it will make your strands brittle and dry something that no one wants.
With all these marvelous benefits I don't know why you aren't on your way to the store right now picking up these lovely satin products!
Twist or Braid Down Extensions
Dividing your hair into small sections and twisting or braiding them down can help bring the curls back to life in your weave. You can either wet the hair or add small amounts of hair product to improve the waves to keep its form throughout the night.
When you wake up in the morning make sure that the sections are arid, then begin to undo the braids or twists in the parts. You can now keep the curls as they are or get a soft bristle brush and brush them out for a looser curl pattern.
Another way to maintain the hairstyle is to try placing mini Bantu knots within the hair; this provides more of a spiral pattern that is sure to catch anyone's attention. Doing tricks like these will help your weave last well over a week if not longer. Remember that it is only necessary to try this method when the sew-in begins to look old, and the style of the texture of the hair starts to look dry or matted.
You don't want to ruin the natural pattern of your waves by doing this routine too early in the weaving stage. If you still are not sure on how to execute any of the techniques above, try Bantu knots or other braiding techniques on YouTube for step by step demonstration.
How Do You Make Your Weave Last One More Week?
We hope that you find these tips on making your weave last a little longer helpful.
I know that we all have our moments where we might be running low on cash or don't have the time to redo our hair at the moment. Any methods that can help stretch the life your hair is behind you 100 percent of the way.
Always remember that when your weave does start to get old know when enough is enough, leaving a style in for a more extended time than it is supposed to be in can lead to more damage.
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The Best Tips on Preparing For A Great Sew-in Experience
You Should Not...
1. Pick Out The Cheapest Hair
Perhaps you are in college with minimal funds or merely wanting to protect your hair with the cheapest style.
But you should not forgo cost when it comes to your extensions. I have made this mistake and paid for it, so you can bypass this issue. With cheaper extensions, you are typically sacrificing quality. More inexpensive extensions are usually synthetic hair, which is plastics and looks unnatural with its excessive shine.
2. Get A Color That Does Not Match Your Hair
The real beauty of installing extensions is not noticing where the wearer’s natural hair ends and where the extensions begin.
Understanding color is crucial. Even the slightest difference in color will be a dead giveaway that you are wearing extensions. Since our hair is not made up of a single color, but rather a blend of a variety of color, it is best to purchase extensions that match your hair as best as possible.
3. Skip Shampooing
Would you skip a shower for three to four weeks? Not only would you run the risk of public ridicule, but it would also be a very uncomfortable experience.
Treat your scalp the same way. Before you get your weave, cleanse your hair and your scalp thoroughly. With a weave, a stylist braids your hair in a particular pattern and then sews the extensions on top of the braids. Primarily, the weave covers your hair and scalp.
4. Neglect Deep Conditioning
This tip falls in line with the last one. Shampooing and conditioning your hair is essential to have a great start before you get a weave.
I would take this hair spa day another step further by strongly encouraging you to deep condition your hair before installing your extensions. Look for deep conditioners that are protein-rich as well as moisturizing.
5. Ditch the Trim
Regularly trimming your hair has fantastic benefits for your hair.
As the ends are the oldest part of our hair, they tend to weigh the rest of our strands down and hindering new growth. However, when we get our ends professionally trimmed, we can remove the damaged ends and make room for healthy new hair.
6. Have A Friend Install Your Extensions
This last tip may seem controversial and unnecessary.
I may also be biased in that I allowed a friend to install my weave and I ended up with a lion’s mane attached with a fishing line instead of a hair thread. Yeah, it was pretty bad. If you want a professional look, then book your appointment with a professional stylist, preferably in a salon.
You Are On Your Way To The Best Weave Experience!
Hopefully, these tips helped you see that a great weave begins before you sit down in the salon chair.
When you take the time to research and carefully choose your extensions, you make sure that your hair will not irritate your scalp and damage your hair, but that it will also blend flawlessly to your natural hair color.