If you love the look of long hair, but you don't have the patience to grow yours out, hair extensions are the perfect compromise. Hair extensions allow you to try out all the fun styles you can only accomplish with long hair. You can have the flowing, glamorous locks of your dreams without all the time-consuming upkeep. Clip-in hair extensions allow you to change up your style with ease. However, they need to be properly cared for. Here are three things you must do to keep your hair extensions in excellent condition.
1. Don't fall asleep in your hair extensions.
Falling asleep wearing your hair extensions is one of the worst things you can do for removable extensions. Always remove your extensions before you go to bed. If you're too tired to put them away properly, you can unclip them and leave them on a counter or table until morning. Most people toss and turn in their sleep, which can create knots and kinks in hair extensions. If you're not yet used to wearing hair extensions, you may want to write yourself a note and stick it in your bathroom as a reminder to remove them.
2. Store your hair extensions properly.
Hair extensions can become damaged when they're stored improperly. They can become tangled, which means you'll have to spend working the knots free at a later date, and you may accidentally rip some of the hair out in the process. You can keep your hair extensions in any box as long as you place them inside properly. Bundle your hair extensions together; you may want to use a hair tie wrapped loosely around the top to hold them in place. Gently coil your hair extensions in the box, taking care not to disturb the hair in a way that will cause tangles.
3. Wash your hair extensions less frequently.
Your hair extensions don't need to be washed as often as your natural hair. When your hair gets dirty, most of the time it's due to the natural oils produced by your scalp. Since hair extensions don't have sebum-producing glands, they will not get as dirty as your own hair. Washing your hair extensions too frequently can weaken the glue that holds them together over time. For best results, wash your extensions only once a month. You can wash them less frequently if you don't wear them often. Of course, if you spill something on your hair extensions or if they become visibly dirty, you should wash them immediately.