The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining Your Hair Extensions

Hair extensions can transform your look, adding length, volume, and versatility to your hairstyle. However, to keep them looking their best and maximize their lifespan, proper maintenance is key. While your stylist plays a crucial role in the initial installation and upkeep of your extensions, much of the responsibility falls on you as the client to maintain them between salon visits. In this guide, we’ll explore some essential best practices for maintaining your hair extensions at home.

Best Practices For Hair Extensions Maintenance

Invest in Quality Extensions

Start with high-quality hair extensions. Remy human hair extensions are considered the gold standard because they are made from real human hair, which blends seamlessly with your natural hair and can be styled and treated just like your own hair. While they may come with a higher price tag, the investment is worth it for their longevity and natural appearance. All hair in our store is double drawn, which ensures its thickness from root to tip.

Follow Washing Guidelines

Washing your hair extensions properly is crucial for maintaining their quality. Use a sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo, as harsh chemicals can strip the hair of its natural oils and cause the extensions to dry out prematurely. We recommend using Goldie Locks Signature Shampoo and Conditioner. When washing, be gentle and avoid rubbing or tangling the extensions. Instead, gently massage the shampoo into the weft line and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. If you wear multiple rows of extensions, separate your hair and wash row by row, focusing on thoroughly washing the weft line. We recommend you install a water filter to ensure the purity of the water you are using. Harsh minerals can be found in most water sources, and heavily in well-water, and this can lead to premature coloring fading and drying out of the extensions.

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Detangle with Care

Brushing your hair extensions regularly is essential to prevent tangling and matting. Use a wide-tooth comb or a wet brush designed for extensions, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. Place one hand against your attachment points to brace against any tension being applied as you work up the hair strand. Be gentle and patient, especially when encountering knots, to avoid causing damage or breakage.

Protect from Heat Damage

Just like your natural hair, extensions are susceptible to heat damage from styling tools such as flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers. Always use heat protectant products before heat styling, and keep the temperature of styling tools on a low to medium setting to prevent excessive heat exposure. We recommend the Goldie Locks Blow Dry Spray which will protect your hair with heat up to 450 degrees.

Avoid Over-Styling

While it’s tempting to experiment with different hairstyles and looks, excessive styling can put stress on your extensions and lead to damage over time. Limit the use of heat styling tools and opt for heatless hairstyles such as braids, buns, or ponytails whenever possible.

Add Moisture Daily

Extensions have undergone extra processing which makes them susceptible to premature drying and aging. Make sure you are keeping them hydrated on the days you are not washing them. You should apply an oil or serum 1-2 times per day to keep your hair supple and sufficiently moisturized. We recommend the Goldie Locks Signature Serum as an extension-safe serum formulated specifically with your hair extensions in mind.

Protect Extensions While Sleeping

Sleeping with hair extensions can cause tangling and matting, especially if you toss and turn during the night. To prevent this, tie your hair up in a loose braid or ponytail before bed, and  invest in a silk or satin pillowcase, which creates less friction and reduces the risk of damage.

Avoid Chlorine and Saltwater

Chlorine from swimming pools and saltwater from the ocean can be harsh on hair extensions and cause them to dry out and become brittle. If swimming is unavoidable, wear a swim cap to protect your extensions, or rinse them thoroughly with fresh water before swimming and liberally apply a leave-in conditioner to provide protection as you swim. Immediately after swimming, once again rinse thoroughly to remove any chlorine or salt residue.

By following these best practices for maintaining your hair extensions at home, you can keep them looking beautiful and healthy for as long as possible, ensuring that you get the most out of your investment in gorgeous, long-lasting hair. Remember, proper care and attention are the keys to keeping your extensions in top condition and enjoying fabulous hair every day.

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