Let’s face it. We’ve all seen a bad weave. In fact, we see them all the time- at school, the office, in church, the club and frankly, everywhere. If you've never seen one, then it could mean you have one. Good news! It’s easy to make your hair extensions look great for a long time.
First, start with purchasing quality 100% virgin hair. Virgin bundles are made of human hair that hasn’t been chemically treated. Yes, 100% virgin hair costs more, but making a wise purchase will be well worth the investment. After making a good purchase (try Joliegirl virgin hair), then proper hair care and maintenance is key. Here are some tips to help you maintain fab hair.
- Protecting your hair bundles prior to installation is smart. This will help your hair last longer. It’s recommended that you seal the weft (the thick, hard top of the bundle) to reduce shedding. To seal wefts, apply a coat of clear enamel [clear nail polish] along the wefts. Using a weft sealer may be better than using clear nail polish or crazy glue for a number of reasons, especially if you have sensitive skin.
- It’s always a really good idea to Co-Wash your hair BEFORE you install or make changes to the hair (color, perm, etc.). Co-washing is essentially washing your hair with a conditioner or a store-purchased Co-wash product to help lock in moisturize as some shampoos will dry-out your hair. After installation, wash your hair weekly with a shampoo no higher than PH 7. Using a downward motion, work the shampoo from the top down in one motion. Don’t forget to gently shampoo your hair in one direction, use a good conditioner, and comb through your locks with a wide-tooth comb before you air-dry it.
- Exercise keeps your body looking good and healthy to complement your fabulous hair…but wait, your hair doesn’t look fabulous, because it’s dripping with funky sweat from your treadmill workout (or pole dance class). Not to mention, your kinky edges are fighting your drenched, Indian Curly tresses for the spotlight. It’s okay…no really, it’ll be okay. Before exercising, secure your hair in a high bun or ponytail. Try to keep your hair off of your shoulders, neck and face…and workout as close to the fan as possible (lol). Before swimming, saturate your hair with fresh water to create a barrier from the chlorinated or salt water. Add a small amount of leave-in conditioner and wear a swim cap, and you are ready for your water workout. Promptly shampoo your hair after swimming. You may need to try several options before finding one that works for you, but don’t give up.
- It’s tough to get your beauty rest when you’re worried about destroying your do. Simple. Place your hair in a high ponytail or loose bun before bed. Furthermore, you can use a hair wrap or bonnet on top of your bun, rollers or pin curls for extra protection. Sleeping on a silk pillow case is also a recommended back-up (purchase at a beauty supply store or online); it’s also cuter than a bonnet. Try not to sleep on wet hair…totally not recommended. If you follow these tips, you’ll be a sleeping beauty in no time.