Bonded Hair Extension Aftercare – Tips to Maintaining Luscious Locks
1. Apply as little heat as possible to your hair.
One of the best things you can do to keep your hair looking healthy is to avoid applying heat to your stands as much as possible. For this reason I almost always air dry my hair. My extensions are curly and my own hair is straight which makes for an interesting “natural” look.
As my hair dries I brush it regularly to try and pull out as much curl as possible without using heat. I avoid the blow dryer because I always curl my hair and I don’t want to double up on damaging heat application. While I do curl my hair I don’t use my curling wand more than twice a week.
2. Use a Heat Protector
When I do apply heat to my hair with a curling wand I ALWAYS prep my hair with this dry oil hair protector. This heat protector smells AMAZING and I use the same serum to refresh my ends after 2 days when my curls/hair start to look dry.
3. Wash Your Hair Less
Once I curl my hair I try to extend the curls for 3-4 days depending on my schedule. I am guilty of planning my sweatiest workouts around my hair washing schedule. After 2 days I apply this dry shampoo paste to soak up some of the pending grease. A little goes a long way with dry shampoo paste. I have had the same pot for almost a year and it works great as a texturized too if you have silky stands like I do.
I know several people who swear they can’t go more than a day without washing their hair. There is a breaking in process. The less you wash – the slower your hair will get greasy. Your scalp adjusts how much oil it’s producing over time so the results aren’t instantaneous. When you are first starting out you might do a routine of Day 1 straight hair, Day 2 – curly hair, Day 3 -messy bun. And just trust me – you want to get on board with dry shampoo if you aren’t already. My favorite spray dry shampoo is an affordable brand you can find at most drugs stores.
4. Combs Your Fingers Through the Bonds
The bonds will try to grab surrounding hairs and form dreads around the polymers that seal the extensions to your own hair. Multiples times a day I run my fingers through my scalp and untangle the bonds from one another and surrounding hairs.
5. Don’t forget to follow-up.
At 6 weeks I went back for my wellness visit :). It’s essentially a clean-up of the bonds. They snip out pieces of plastic that are hanging off the bonds or hairs that have broken off and matted around the bonds. If there are any bonds that are bothering you (remember from this post I had some bonds that were causing itching) or peeking out the HAIRDREAMS extensions are SUPER fast remove. Below is a photo of my bonds at my 6 week hair appointment before they were cleaned up. You can see my bonds were clear because most of the hair I had applied was blond and my roots are growing out dark. If you have dark hair (and extensions) – the HAIRDREAMS bonds are dark so they would be camouflaged more than these at the roots.
Bonded hair extensions aftercare is really important to ensure the longevity of your investment in hair extensions.
This post is part of a 3 post series about hair extensions. If you missed the first post you can find it here. I’ll be doing one more post with a little more detail about how I style my extensions.
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