Clip-in hair extensions are not a one-time use commodity. When properly cared for, clip-in hair extensions can last years. There are processes and techniques for providing optimal care for your clip-ins. From styling to storage there are steps for maintenance that anyone can follow to make your extensions last even longer. Here are some tips for maintaining your clip-in hair extensions. Following all of these tips will ensure your clip-ins last a lifetime.
To make your clip-in hair extensions last as long as possible, be sure to use low heat when styling. Set your flat iron or curling iron to the lowest temperature that will give you the desired effects. It is also beneficial to not heat style your clip-in extensions daily. The less heat the better. Preserve your hair with hairspray or rollers for longevity. It is also important to ensure proper installation of clip-in extensions. Make sure every use, the extensions are securely attached to your hair.
Washing And Conditioning
Another essential factor in caring for clip-in extension is shampooing and conditioning. Although they are human hair, clip-ins do not receive natural oils from the scalp so they do not need to be shampooed as frequently. Shampoo your clip-in extensions every 6 to 8 weeks or when they have product build up that is visual and preventing proper styling. Keep in mind, if product build up is apparent before 6 or 8 weeks have past, you may want to consider using less product or choosing a higher quality product. After extended wear, clip-ins can appear dull and dry. After a shampoo and conditioner treatment, they will spring back to life. Brush out the hair gently before carefully rinsing in lukewarm water.
Be sure to condition the hair as well. As previously mentioned, the hair does not get nourishment from natural oils provided by the scalp. Conditioning the hair adds moisture to clip-in extensions. A shampoo and conditioning system that is sulfate-free and alcohol-free works best. Allow the conditioner to penetrate the hair for anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. Once the hair is rinsed, air dry or blow dry gently and comb out.
Storing your clip-ins might be one of the most important, yet most overlooked step in the maintenance process. After a wash, make sure your clip-ins are 100 percent dry before putting away. Storing wet extensions can lead to a moldy smell. You can store your extensions in the satin bag in which they came. Keep the bag that holds your clip-ins out of harm’s way. A closet or vanity is a great place.
Since they are human hair, many products can be used on clip-in extensions. When purchasing styling and cleansing products, aim for those that are alcohol-free, so as not to dry out your extensions. Invest in a detangling spray
as well. Tangles and knots can be hard to remove with a brush and comb alone. Constant tugging can damage the wefts of your clip-in extensions. Heat protectant is also great for clip-in extensions. Heat damage is one of the easiest ways to shorten the life of clip-ins. Spraying the hair with a protectant
before styling adds to the longevity of your extensions. Go light on products when it comes to your extensions and only use them when absolutely necessary. The more product added to the hair, the more frequently it will need to be shampooed. The more frequently the hair is shampooed, the shorter it will last.