17 Actionable Tips You Can Do Today to Make Your Hair Extensions Last Longer

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If you’re new to using hair extensions, it’s important that you know how to take care of them. After all, the better you take care of them, the longer they will last. Also, we all want our hair extensions to be in excellent condition so we can flaunt them everywhere we go.

Below are useful actionable tips that you can do today (even after you finish reading this post!) that will help your hair extensions last longer.

Action #1: Brush your hair extensions properly.

Brushing your hair extensions may seem a simple task, but many neglect how often this needs to be done. These are the times that you have to brush your hair extensions:

  • Brush your hair extensions at least twice a day, once during the day and once at night.
  • Brush starting from the bottom then go up to check for any stress, tangling, and pulling. You can use this video on how to brush clip-in hair extensions properly as your guide.
  • Brush your hair extensions before going to the shower as they tend to become weaker once wet.

Action #2: Always use a hair extensions brush.

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This brush is designed specifically for hair extensions. It won’t pull or damage your hair extensions like how a regular brush will. The bristles are made from different materials, so they won’t be harsh on your hair extensions.

Action #3: Buy premium hair care products from reliable stores.

Choose shampoo and conditioner that are sulfate-free to keep the tabs of your hair extensions from slipping. Sulfate-free hair care products will also keep your extensions in excellent condition for a longer time.

Also, it’s recommended that you buy your hair care products from salons and not drugstores. Usually, the shampoos and conditioners sold in drugstores are less concentrated. Many of them have more water in their ingredients. They may cost less, but you’ll have to use more of the product to get the effects for your hair extensions. On the other hand, if you purchase from salons, this means that these products are approved by professionals. They may cost more but they are more concentrated. This means you’re going to use less of the product to get the desired effect.

Action #4: Use conditioner starting from the mid-shaft then down to the tips.

When using conditioner on your hair extensions, be careful that you don’t apply too close to the scalp. Doing so will cause the hair extensions to loosen and slip. After applying, leave it on your extensions for a few minutes so it will soak in as much as possible. Then, wash your hair extensions and squeeze out excess water gently.

Action #5: Do not sleep with wet hair extensions.

Always make sure that your hair extensions are completely dry before hitting the sheets. If you leave them wet when going to sleep, it will cause them to smell bad, tangle, and possibly slip off. To avoid tangling and rubbing of your roots back and forth while sleeping, pull your hair extensions up or braid them.

Action #6: Use a hair mask twice a week.

hair mask is a treatment that is made with hydrating ingredients, like oils and butter. This will keep your hair extensions healthy and free from breakage. If you use a hair mask regularly, you will clearly see the difference. Your hair extensions will have more shine and strength.

After shampooing, apply the hair mask. In most cases, it will only require three to five minutes to leave it on your hair. After that, rinse. When using a hair mask, you can skip applying conditioner.

Action #7: Call a friend to assist you when attaching clip-in hair extensions.

While you can attach your clip-in hair extensions by yourself, which is the easiest, it’s still a good idea to have a friend assist you with the application. This way, you can be sure that they are attached securely and properly. If you can’t have a friend to always assist you, you can practice attaching the extensions at home during your free time.

Action #8: Always full dry your bonds.

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You can let the ends of your tape-in hair extensions as well as other hair extensions dry naturally. But, for the bonds, you need to dry them fully. Leaving them damp for a lengthened time will weaken the bonds and cause them to break down. When using a hair dryer, don’t forget to switch it to the cool setting. This is to avoid the bonds from getting too hot.

Action #9: Only squeeze out the water of your hair extensions with a towel.

When getting rid of excess hair, make sure that you don’t rub your hair extensions. Also, don’t wrap them with a towel. All you should do is gently squeeze out the water. This is to avoid damaging the quality of your extensions and for any tangling and pulling to occur.

Action #10: Let a professional dye your hair extensions.

If you color your hair by yourself, there’s a huge chance that you won’t be happy with the results. This will tempt you to keep adding color until you are satisfied, which will cause irreparable damage to your hair extensions. By letting a professional dye your extensions, you can explain to them what you want and they can achieve it the right way. If by chance you’re not happy with the results, you should tell the stylist immediately and don’t attempt to fix it on your own.

Action #11: Choose semi-permanent colors when you dye your hair extensions.

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It’s fun to color your hair extensions because it will speak a lot of your personality. However, it doesn’t mean that because you love the hair color now, you will continue to love it in the coming days. Chances are, you’ll get bored with it and wish you can change it into a different shade. By using semi-permanent hair colors, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck with the same shade of your extensions. Mostly, they last after six to twelve washes. By that time, you’ll be ready for a different color, that is if you choose to change it.

Action #12: Do not use over-the-counter (OTC) products when you bleach your hair extensions.

Usually, OTC bleaching and coloring products contain intrusive chemicals that will damage your hair extensions. Many of these products are low budget, so make sure that you don’t fall into the trap. If you really want to bleach your extensions, it’s always better to buy from reputable brands, even if they cost more.

Also, like dyeing your extensions, you should have a professional bleach your hair. Peroxide and bleach can damage the hair cuticle. By letting a professional do the application, the amount of peroxide applied will be controlled, which will lessen the chances of damaging your hair cuticles.

Action #13: Use your fingers to run through your roots.

You should never include brushing your roots. This is where your hair extensions are bonded and they can get pulled out or damaged if you brush the area. Instead, use your fingers and run them through your roots to prevent them from tangling. Then, keep your hair in place in a fist right under your ear and brush the tips. By holding your hair extensions, you’re preventing pressure from going to the bonds, keeping them intact.

Action #14: Do not over style your hair extensions.

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Over-styling your hair using heating tools will affect the texture of your hair extensions. While it’s okay to use heating tools, do not go overboard by using them every day. This will cause hair shedding and will damage the overall quality of your hair extensions.

Action #15: Use room-temperature to cold water when washing your hair extensions.

For some reason, hot water causes hair extensions to tangle. Use warm or cold water to maintain the quality of your extensions. Warm water is known to get rid of dirt from the extensions without causing any damage; cold water is known to retain the moisture of your extensions.

When you’re almost done showering, switch warm water to cold and give your extensions a burst of cold water. This will keep your pores closed and your bonds tight.

Action #16: Don’t forget to apply a protectant spray when heating your hair extensions.

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Each time you expose your hair to heat, you’re increasing its chances of damage. But, all of us understand that styling is also important. So, how do we go about this? The solution is to apply a heat protectant spray. By being smart in using heating tools and applying a protectant spray, you’re preventing your hair extensions from suffering permanent damage. Heat protection sprays do the following:

  • The silicones in protectant sprays act as protection over the hair strand cuticle against the heat of hair styling tools.
  • They both trap and produce moisture.
  • They work on dry and damp hair.

Action #17: Store your hair extensions correctly.

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Storing your hair extensions properly is also crucial to maintain their quality and extend their lifespan. There are several ways you can store your hair extensions.

  • If you don’t plan to use them regularly, it’s a good idea to store them in boxes. Before putting them inside, brush the hair extensions gently. Stack them on top of each other. Then, roll them together. Brush them again and twist them. Store them inside the box and put it somewhere safe, like your closet or drawer.
  • If you have clip-ins and plan to use them most of the time, storing them in hangers is recommended. This way, they are both secured properly and readily available. Brush the hair extensions and clip them in hangers. Place them inside your closet.
  • If you have the budget, you can purchase storage bags that are designed specifically for hair extensions. They come with hangers and plastic protection so you can bring them anywhere while keeping them dust-proof. Here’s a video on how to store your extensions using a storage bag.
It may seem that having hair extensions requires high maintenance; but, if you compare it to taking care of your natural hair, you’ll realize that they are quite similar in some aspects. The best thing about knowing how to take care of your hair extensions properly is how much you’re going to save long-term. So, follow these actionable tips and enjoy the most out of your hair extensions!