A hair extension weave made out of human hair is a beauty investment that, if maintained properly, can last as long as a year and still look fabulous. Sewn right into your own hair, a hair extension weave can be created to be indistinguishable from your own hair while adding the length and volume that you have always wanted. Follow these tips and your magnificent mane of hair will maintain its quality and splendor for months.
1. When combing out your hair extension weave, start from the bottom and remove any snarls gently while holding the hair form the top so individual strands do not fall out.
2. Make sure to comb out any tangles that are in the weave before you wash your hair since much damage can be done when hair is wet.
3. Use a high quality shampoo to wash your hair extensions as the cheaper shampoos are more likely to leave the hair excessively dry while the more expensive alternatives will actually condition the hair. Also, avoid products containing alcohol because it is known to dull the shine.
4. Regardless of the shampoo and conditioner that you choose, rinse thoroughly between the tracks to remove residue and prevent buildup.
5. Even though it feels great to really scrub your scalp when you wash your hair, if you have a hair extension weave, do not rub too hard or you may loosen the tracks. Instead, just smooth the shampoo and conditioner through your hair.
6. Pat your hair dry and let it air dry rather than wrapping it up in a tight towel turban that could pull at the hair extension tracks.
7. While most hair styling products are not recommended for those who have hair extensions, using a good leave in conditioner is just fine. While hairspray, gel, and mousse are difficult to remove and leave hair sticky, a conditioner will make it easier to brush out your weave.
8. Have your hair extension weave professionally tightened every so often to ensure it stays in place. Loosening of the tracks happens gradually so, if you want to make sure not to lose any of your beautiful new hair, have it examined to make sure each extension is in place.
9. Try sleeping on a satin pillowcase so you can move your head freely without disrupting the weave. Then, you won’t wake up to find a pillow full of hair.
10. If you swim, a swim cap is a definite must to protect your hair weave extensions. Not only can the force of the water pull them out, the chlorine in the pool can dry, dull, and discolor your hair.
11. When it comes time to remove your extensions, have a professional do it to ensure that your own hair is not damaged or pulled out in the process.