For a little background on me and hair is that I graduated cosmetology school and I am certified in extensions. I did color and extensions for about 2 years then I thought it would be a great idea to move to another state with my boyfriend time. I never started doing hair again once I moved but would love to get back into it someday.
I’ve worn hair extensions of almost every kind over the last decade and have tons and tons of tricks I’ve learned by trial and error. I will break up the tricks in seperate posts because there are so many and I want you to read them haha. Today I’ll tell you how to keep them looking shiny and new all the time. The key to this is HOW you wash them and HOW OFTEN you wash them. I like to use Kerastase Reflection Shampoo and Oribe Signature Moisture Masque when washing and conditioning my extensions.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to use GOOD PRODUCTS on your extensions. If you’ve made the investment on paying for them you want to maintain them right? Also don’t forget to use some form of heat protector. I love Super Shine by Oribe, it does exactly what it says it does. I coat my hair with this and use a wet brush to brush it out and it goes through tangles so easy.
Okay are you ready for the big secret that really makes them last? (Don’t read this if you are a fanatic clean freak) Wash just the TOP OF YOUR HAIR, yes just the top part and use shampoo and conditioner that are appropriate for YOUR hair type. I have very fine hair so I use volumizing shampoo and conditioner. The easiest way to wash just the top of your hair is braid your extensions to get them out of the way first to keep them dry. I usually just lean over in the bathtub when I do this or I lean over the kitchen sink. My entire household is used to this process so they never think anything of it lol. My husband could seriously write a book on all the things girls do to get ready. Anyway moving on…so you are probably thinking thats kinda gross to only wash the top part of your hair but thats where dry shampoo comes into play. I go through bottles of it so fast, and if you run out you can always use baby powder on your scalp and brush it out. Dry shampoo is one of the best things invented! I use it on my hair even when its clean to give it volume. Super important to have some type of detox shampoo around too because you will most likely get build up from dry shampoo and from not washing your hair as often. I really like to use Neutrogena anti-residue formula shampoo and you can buy it at your grocery store. I do this once a week.
When I do wash all of my hair I use the products I listed but sometimes I pop into a blow dry bar. Make sure you ask for someone who is experienced with extensions or else they will have no clue how to wash it and will probably pull crazy hard on your extensions when blow drying it. Most of the stylist are familiar with extensions because tons of girls use dry bars so they don’t have to dry that horsey mane.