3 Tips to Avoid Hair Damage With Extensions
Hair extensions can be a great way to almost instantly get longer, fuller, more beautiful hair. More and more Houston ladies have been coming to the Healthy Hair Salon to request this service, and it is the same story at salons and spas all over the world.
There are many types of extensions, and we offer 10 types, including micro sew-in, interlocking, fusion strand by strand, and wet weave. We work with our clients to determine what type of extension is right for them by examining hair texture as well as scalp and hair health.
While extensions can be a hair replacement option or a just a way to look and feel better, they can also cause serious damage if they aren’t done correctly. I have seen too many ladies with hair and scalp issues, including permanent hair loss, from extensions that were improperly used or cared for! This doesn’t have to happen, and the following tips to avoid hair damage with extensions can help:
3.) Don’t leave your extensions in too long.
Most extensions should be left in for a maximum of 6 to 8 weeks. Some will claim that you can leave your extensions in for longer, and while you could do that, you probably won’t like the results.
If you leave extensions in longer, the extensions will move further away from the scalp as the hair grows. This is unattractive because it makes your extensions more noticeable, and it can also cause a lot of damage. With extensions that are left in too long, your hair can start to tangle, mat, and even form dreads as the ends of your strands get tangled up in the small space between your scalp and the extensions. Not only can this be painful, but it can also lead to hair loss or breakage.
2.) Take care of your hair.
To avoid damage, you need to take care of your hair properly. Before you even get extensions, you should take precautions to make sure your hair is less likely to sustain damage. This means you should have “rested” hair; if you just had extensions, don’t rush back to the salon to have them put back in. Also, if you have just applied a relaxer or other chemical treatment you most likely want to wait before getting extensions which will put extra stress on already fragile follicles.
Once the extensions are in, keep your extensions and your natural hair properly moisturized. This can be done with special shampoos and conditioners that are gentle on your hair. When you wash your hair, use lukewarm water, and wash your hair in a straight position very gently without rubbing or scrubbing. Follow up with a leave-in spray-in conditioner; don’t use heavy cream conditioners that can lead to problematic buildup in your extensions and on your scalp.
1.) Get your extensions from a trained, certified extension specialist.
The absolute best way to avoid hair damage with extensions is to have your hair done by a professional. Extensions and hair systems are expensive when done by a trained specialist, but saving a few dollars and going with someone who is not trained or certified in extensions can lead to serious hair damage and even permanent hair loss!
Even if an untrained stylist manages to make the extensions look good (which doesn’t always happen), you could be left with damage that lasts a lifetime. Possibly permanent hair loss or breakage from toxic bonding agents, chemicals, or even from pulling too tightly is quite common when you have extensions done by amateurs. Long term damage to your scalp can occur when bacteria and residue becomes trapped there. Avoiding these potentially painful and embarrassing hair and scalp problems are definitely worth spending the money to see a trained professional.
If you think your hair or scalp has suffered damage, give us a call to schedule a consultation.