Hair extensions are a gift because short-haired ladies can have the length of their dreams and long-haired ladies can add volume to their already luscious, long locks. Hair extensions are so much fun because they can change your look instantly but you’ll be surprised by the below 10 common hair extension mistakes you’re making.
Not everyone is a hair wiz and not everyone has the luxury to sit down for hours on end to research everything there is to know about hair extensions, that’s where our blog comes in handy! When we say you’re making these common mistakes, we of course don’t mean absolutely everyone is making these mistakes all at once but they’re very common mistakes that can actually cause a lot of damage to your hair extensions and also your natural hair.
1. Washing Your Hair Too Soon After Tape Hair Extensions Application
The first golden guideline is knowing the right time to wash your hair after having your tape hair extensions applied. Any skilled hairdresser will tell you to wait a full 72 hours after application so that it gives the bond on the adhesive plenty of time to set, but if you can leave it longer than 3 days, that’s even better.
Another important rule to note is to make sure you wash your hair on the day of application but SKIP the conditioner, only shampoo. If you put any product that is built to make your hair shiny and smooth like a conditioner, you are doomed from the beginning. Why? Because it will cause the tape to slip and sometimes worse, fall out. This is also why you’re told to never apply conditioning products around the tape on your hair extensions after they’re applied when being washed.
2. Being Too Rough With Your Hair Extensions
Being too rough with your hair extensions, of any form, will always be damaging to their longevity and general texture. We believe those hair extensions are an investment that you truly need to grasp and understand before investing in a set. If you are too rough with your hair extensions, you will notice many defects either immediately or over time.
If you brush your hair too hard, your hair extensions will shed more than usual. Just like your natural hair, if you’re pulling at it, your hair will fall out. The same principles apply to your hair extensions. Instead of being rough, gently brush your hair with the appropriate brush style to remove any knots or tangles. If you’re having trouble with a really tangled knot, try a light detangling spray.
Another way to cause harm to your hair extensions is to be too rough when washing them. Whether you have permanent hairstyles or are cleaning temporary hairstyles like clip-ins, being overly strong in your motions can generate knots and tangles, which leads to forceful brushing and hair falling out. When you’re washing your hair/hair extensions, be gentle in your movements and don’t scrub too hard or get your fingers trapped between the wefts of your tape in’s or wefts. Not only will it damage your hair extensions, but you’re also risking damage to your natural hair.
3. Clipping Your Clip In Hair Extensions Too High Up
This is a very common and easy mistake to make because naturally, you’re going to think to place the clips right at the root. This is actually not the correct way to apply clip in hair extensions. Think of it this way, you don’t have as much hair to grab onto at the root, less than an inch below the root is better because more of your natural hair is present and readily available to secure your clip in hair extensions too.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your hair extensions should not be clipped any higher than the height of your brows. We know it sounds funny, but imagine your brows on the back of your head… more specifically, the height of where they would be… that’s your line of height you shouldn’t cross while placing clips in hair extensions. The weft parts designated for the front of your face (the single clips) can be placed higher, but not too much higher, or they will become visible.
4. Not Securing Away Any Shorter Pieces Of Your Natural Hair
One of the most obvious signs that you’re wearing hair extensions, especially if you have short hair, is that the shorter portions at the back of your head are visible when you pull your hair extensions forward. But don’t worry, we have a simple solution! Simply separate the very bottom of your hair from the rest of your hair. After that, braid your shorter hair and bobby pin it to your head and out of the way. This will cover those shorter parts so that when your hair extensions are brought forward and throughout casual motions throughout the day, they look natural and mix flawlessly.
5. Choosing The Wrong Person To Apply for Your Hair Extensions
Nowadays, anyone can offer to apply for hair extensions, but the harsh reality is that not everyone should offer to apply for hair extensions. The actual problem with going to a hairdresser who hasn’t had any experience in hair extensions is that your hair can quickly develop into a nightmare! Severe hair damage, your hair extensions being overly obvious, or your hair extensions falling out prematurely due to an incorrect application method are all possibilities.
Your natural hair can be easily damaged from the incorrect application or from the application being done poorly. This will most likely lead to your natural hair having serious damage, or even cause your hair to thin which can ultimately cause bald spots. This sort of damage to your hair can take YEARS to recover from. It’s so, so important you do your research, and finding the right person to apply for your hair extensions is king.
6. Choosing The Cheaper Option Instead of Investing In High-Quality Hair Extensions
When it comes to hair extensions, the common saying “you get what you paid for.” plays a massive part. Cheaper options in the hair extensions market are everywhere, but you’re going to be paying for low-quality hair that will shed like crazy, tangle & knot easily, and end up costing you more money because you’ll find yourself visiting your hairdresser to fix them or buying more hair extensions frequently to replace your low-quality ones.
As hair extensions grow more popular, an increasing number of people have expressed a strong desire to obtain hair extensions. However, when you search “hair extensions” on the Internet, there have a thousand results as well as numerous suppliers offering countless products and services. Due to the dramatic shortage in long length, the lower quality brands will preach high quality and 100% Remy human hair when in fact they are mixing their hair extensions with synthetic fibres to make their hair seem fuller. So even though you’re paying a smaller cost upfront when choosing to purchase cheaper hair extensions from the low quality hair vendors, you will end up paying more for them in the long run as opposed to if you were to invest in higher priced, higher quality hair extensions.
Quality, not quantity should be your motto when purchasing hair extensions. However, we all understand that we all have our financial limitations and can’t afford the best. This is why we have made it our mission to have our prices affordable for the quality you are receiving. AZ Hair is one of the most professional and reputable Vietnamese organizations in hair manufacturers and trading natural raw hair, virgin hair, and Asian human hair across the globe. If you are wondering if AZ’s hair extensions are made from real or synthetic hair, we are happy to tell you that all AZ’s extensions are made from high-quality, 100% Remy human hair. You can not find the same high-quality hair extensions elsewhere because our hair extensions are uniquely ethically sourced from single donors. We really do encourage you to invest in hair extensions because it is the crown you never take off.
7. Using Incorrect Products To Maintain Your Hair Extensions
Maintaining your hair extensions is vital for their longevity of them. Each style of hair extension requires a specific type of after-care requirements. If you don’t care for your hair extensions, they will become damaged, start to shed and even balding could start to occur in your natural hair.
There are some ingredients that your hair extensions will not like, at all! Avoid using products that contain sulfates and alcohol. Not only will they strip the color from your hair extensions they will also dry your hair extensions out, make them prone to damage, create severe split ends and overall leave you with a knotty bird’s nest!
8. Choosing The Wrong Hair Extensions For Your Lifestyle
We understand that the amount of hair extensions on the market is overwhelming but doing your research to know what type of hair extensions suits you and your lifestyle is king and key. Our biggest example that will make sense is if you’re a professional swimmer or your hobby is swimming… permanent hair extensions such as tape hair extensions are not your best option. You would be better using temporary styles that you can take out when you’re going swimming or even to the beach.
9. Incorrect Colour Matching
Colour matching your hair extensions can be so nerving, especially if you’re doing it online and not in a physical shop or through your hairdresser. The good thing is we are always on hand to be ready to color match you, all you have to do is send our team a picture of your hair or the color you want in the color chart through our email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will make the perfect shade for you.
10. Choosing The Wrong Length Hair Extensions
If you have really short hair and you choose 24″ hair extensions they are not going to blend seamlessly, especially if you’re not willing for your hairdresser to blend them by cutting layers into them and face-framing. Choosing hair extensions that aren’t too much longer than your natural hair is preferred so that your hair extensions blend seamlessly and look natural. Now, we’re not saying short-haired ladies can’t purchase 24″ hair extensions or longer but just know that blending will be extremely difficult the shorter your natural hair is. Ladies with bob hair, we recommend going for hair extensions with a length no longer than 16″, tops of shoulders to mid-shoulder to use 20″–22″ and anything longer than above your chest can have 24″ hair extensions blended in easily.
Now that you know the most common mistakes being made with hair extensions, now you know how to fix them and how to avoid making them. As always, comment below to let us know of any mistakes you’ve made and rectified or mistakes you know others have made. We are a community full of individuals who want to uplift each other and not tear each other down so with that being said, if you know of any mistakes being made say it with kindness and never to put another person down. We all make mistakes, even with things as trivial as hair extensions.