You’ll love the look once we’re done with it – but of course, you want to maintain that look! While we can give you detailed care instructions when we install your weave, here are some quick tips to help you care for your extensions at home.
Cleaning Your Extensions
In order to keep your hair clean, use shampoo (no higher than pH7) weekly. Don’t apply it directly to your head; instead, dilute one ounce of shampoo in a pint of warm water, then sponge it into your hair. Don’t massage it and make sure it’s thoroughly rinsed. Apply conditioner, then comb your hair, starting at the ends and working your way up to the scalp. Let your hair air-dry.
To make sure that your straight weave stays in great condition, make sure to brush or comb through every day to style. Use products like mousse, gel, and hairspray in moderation, and make sure the products you’re using are alcohol-free. Sleep with your hair in one loose braid, and comb through it in the morning.
Natural Body Wave Hair
Natural body wave hair can be brushed through every day to style, and you can use products like mousse, gel, and hairspray in moderation (make sure they’re alcohol-free). When you sleep, keep your hair in a long braid. When you wake up, take out the braid and use a hot water bottle to dampen your hair. Beginning at the ends, comb through your hair and let it air-dry. Then style it however you wish. You can use rollers to create an extra wave.
Permed Curly and Natural Curly Hair
You should brush and comb through your hair, but only when it’s wet – combing when dry will cause frizzing and tangles. You can use mousse, gel, and hairspray moderately, but do not use oil-based products or products with alcohol in them. Sleep with your hair in a long braid, and when you wake up, dampen your hair with a hot water bottle. Comb through from the ends to the roots. Get your gorgeous curls back by scrunching your hair, then style as you wish.
Heat is your extensions’ natural enemy. Because your extensions aren’t getting nutrients from your scalp, avoid situations where your extensions will become heated. This includes blow drying, excessive sun exposure, and more.
If you find that your hair gets too much static in the colder months, dampen your hands with water and rub them together to warm them up. Then run your palms over your hair without actually touching it.
Do not swim if you have extensions. If you really want to go swimming, don’t put your head under the water, and don’t dive in. Keep your hair in a single braid, and don’t wear a swim cap. As soon as you’re out of the water and out of the shower, undo the braid, comb your hair through, and let it air-dry.
If you choose to go to a sauna, put your hair in a single braid. Don’t wrap your head in a towel, and keep your head out of the shower after your sauna session. After the shower, undo the braid, comb through, and let your hair air-dry.
When sunbathing, keep your hair in a single braid at the back of the neck. Don’t unbraid your hair until it has cooled down. Then you can unbraid and comb as usual.
And of course, if you have a specific question, don’t be shy about giving us a call at (443) 825-2224.