Washing your hair extensions/wigs
We have heard people say they barely wash their human hair extensions/wigs and when the hair gets too bad they just throw it away and buy new hair. Resulting in purchasing new hair bundles/wigs every couple of months. We believe buying human hair bundles and wigs is an investment and it should be treated with care.
Washing and caring for your virgin hair extensions is part of the process to keeping your extensions reusable and prolonging it's life expectancy. Even if you purchase really good quality virgin hair or even raw hair, without maintenance you won't be able to preserve the quality of the hair. Therefore hair that can last you for years will only last a couple of months.
So let's jump into some things you can do to get the most out of your investment. Remember to be very gentle with this process, being rough can cause breakage and when wet your extensions are at it's weakest state.
- Detangling- Always make sure your extensions are completely detangled before washing. Start from the bottom and work your way up to the weft using a wide tooth comb or detangling brush. Always have a spray bottle with water handy to help with this process (especially for curly textures), if your hair extensions are too dry the hair can break when detangling.
- Shampoo & Condition- Your hair extensions don't receive natural oils and nutrients from the scalp anymore, so it is important to wash and condition. We suggest washing your extensions every 2-3 weeks with a moisturizing shampoo (look for the words moisture, moisturizing, hydrating, and color protect(if you have a colored wig) on any shampoo & conditioner bottles), this will cleanse and remove any product build-up, dirt, or dust particles. Always follow up with a conditioner to give your extensions the nutrients it needs. Too much shampooing can be drying to your extensions that's why we recommend every 2-3 weeks.
- Co-wash your extensions in-between washes- this is when you wash your hair using only conditioner). You can do this once or twice before your next wash to give your extensions some of the nutrients it needs and to keep them soft and hydrated. (Recommended for curly textures)
- Air-dry- Afterward spray your extensions with leave-in conditioner (we recommend using one that says strengthens and repairs) gently brush it through and let it completely air dry. Avoid blow drying, this can cause breakage remember the hair is at its weakest state when wet. Hang them up and let them drip-dry for the best results. But if you must blow dry always use a heat protectant.
- Tips- Deep condition your extensions/wig once every 6-8 weeks. At this time you can also trim the ends a little to keep them looking full and healthy.
Once completely dry follow up with a little bit of light oil like argan oil and a frizz-free serum for added softness and shine. Always use heat protectants when curling or straightening and style as usual, or store them in a satin bag until you're ready to use them.