The summertime is when you can let your hair down and have fun in the sun, so why not add longer locks to the mix with extensions? I’ve you’ve tried clip-ins but are ready for something a little more permanent, this beginners guide to summer hair extensions is exactly what you need. Get tips on preparing for your appointment, taking care of the extensions and what to watch out for during the summer months.
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Steps to Prep for Your First Hair Extensions
Step 1 – Have a Consultation With the Stylist
Hair extensions are one of the biggest beauty investments a girl can make. Typically, stylists don’t mind meeting before hand to discuss:
- Your desired results
- The type of hair you want to use
- The method of attaching the extensions (tape-in, glue-in, keratin bond, pre-bonded, sew-in or weave)
- Color matching the extensions or dying your hair
Step 2 – Stock Up on Extension Products Before Your Appointment
Make sure you’re prepared to take care of your hair from day one. Before your appointment, ask your stylist for suggestions on shampoo, conditioner, etc. You can also shop online at a specialty store like lumibloom.com to find products specifically for maintaining your hair extensions. Make sure to get a nourishing shampoo, moisturizing conditioner and serum.
Step 3 – Stock Up on the Right Tools Before Your Appointment
Hair extensions look like the real thing, but they require certain styling precautions. Depending on the hair extensions that are used, you may need to invest in a few styling tools. Natural human hair is the most popular choice because you can style it with heating products like normal. However, the one thing you will have to be careful of with any type of hair extensions is brushing.
You’ll need to be careful not to pull or tug on the extensions too hard. It’s an issue of technique (brush gently and slowly) and the brushes that are used. A little while back we did a review on the Wet Brush. One thing that I really liked, other than it’s working as promised, was that it could work with hair extensions.
Maintaining Your Hair Extensions
If you’ve never had hair extensions before they can take some getting used to at first. Your hair care routine will go through a few adjustments, and it may take time to stop “feeling” the extensions. After going through the process of getting hair extensions it’s important to properly maintain them so they last as long as possible.
- Sleep with your hair in a low, loose ponytail to keep it from tangling.
- Minimize tight braids that can pull on the extensions.
- When washing your hair focus on the scalp area and rinse thoroughly.
- Condition hair from the mid-length to the ends only.
- Let hair stylists know you have extensions if you get a blow out or haircut – they’ll need to be gentle.
- Start at the bottom when you brush instead of brushing from roots to ends. This will minimize the amount of oil that’s deposited to the base of the extensions.
- Use a serum on the ends of hair since less natural oil is deposited by brushing.
- Use dry shampoo as much as possible.
- Wear a shower cap when you’re not washing your hair.
- Blot hair dry after shampooing instead of rubbing it with a towel.
At the end of their life, it’s best to have hair extensions professionally removed. This can help prevent breakage and damage to your real hair.
Special Summer Considerations
Just like your natural locks, hair extensions can be affected by the season. Summer can be particularly rough on your hair so you’ll need to take a few extra precautions.
UV rays can damage hair just as easily as they damage skin. If you’re going to be outdoors, spray on a UV protestant product and wear a hat for additional coverage.
Going to a pool party this summer? Then you may want to stay in the shallow end. Technically, you can get your hair extensions wet without any real issues. However, the chlorine in the water can degrade some types of hair extensions.
Between sweating and trips to the beach, strands can get salty. This can make your hair a tangled mess and also weaken your extensions. Before you take a dip in the ocean put your hair up in a bun so it stays out of the water.