Hair extensions, like a new luxurious silk blouse, require proper care and attention to ensure that they last as long as possible and look as good as the day they were unboxed. You wouldn’t unceremoniously toss a garment in the washer without first checking the washing instructions or having it professionally dry cleaned, would you? Similarly, protecting your investment in hair extensions by selecting the best hair products for hair extensions will ensure that your extensions remain shiny, smooth, and lustrous for a longer period of time.
This may necessitate a small outlay of funds; however, being more expensive does not always imply greater effectiveness. Continue reading to find out.
Why does choosing the best products for your hair extensions matter?
Hair extensions, unlike natural hair, do not receive continuous nutrition and oil deposits because they are not attached to the scalp. Hair extensions are naturally quite dry due to the fact that they are chemically processed (unless you purchase virgin hair extensions). As a result, hair extension products should be carefully chosen, not only to avoid harsh ingredients that may further dry out the hair but also to add moisture back into the hair.
How to choose the right hair products?
Look for hair products containing coconut oil, Argan oil, or castor oil—all of which are excellent for restoring moisture to hair extensions.
Keep an eye out for “bad” and “good” alcohol. “Bad” alcohols are short-chain alcohols that easily penetrate the hair shaft, causing frizz, dryness, and the deterioration of hair extensions. Sodium lauryl sulfate, ethanol, and propanol are a few examples. “Good” alcohols, on the other hand, are long-chain fatty alcohols derived from coconut oil or palm oil. These alcohols attract moisture to the hair, provide a slippery feel for detangling, and act as an emulsifier. These alcohols are commonly found in shampoos and conditioners.
In this article we’re going to talk about four main products for hair extensions for low budgets, you should have:
Best shampoo for hair extensions
LORAL EVER PURE MOISTURE SHAMPOO ($12)
With a price tag of $12, it’s an excellent choice for those on a tight budget, especially given how infrequently your hair extensions will be washed. In fact, you should only wash your hair extensions every 25-30 wears or when there is excessive product buildup to the point where they become unmanageable.
Pros: This shampoo contains no sulfates, salts, or drying alcohols, which is a big plus in our book. It’s also specially formulated for color-treated hair, so if you’ve had your extensions custom dyed, this is a good option for you. Finally, the shampoo contains rosemary oil, which adds moisture while also restoring softness and shine.
Cons: Although rosemary oil moisturizes the hair well, it has a strong peppermint scent that can be overpowering. Be sure to also spend extra time carefully washing out the product to ensure there is no residue left over.
Best conditioner for hair extensions
AVEENO PURE RENEWAL ($12)
Pros: This conditioner is sulfate-free, alcohol-free (the “bad” kind), suitable for all hair types, including extensions, and suitable for color-treated hair if you have custom-dyed extensions. It’s also infused with balancing seaweed extract, which is high in vitamins, proteins, and minerals and helps to restore the natural moisture balance of the hair.
Cons: There are none! This conditioner is a great all-around conditioner that is easy to use and does the job.
Best hair mask for hair extensions
Although using a hair mask is not required, we recommend going a step further after shampooing and conditioning to extend their lifespan and keep them as hydrated as possible. For best results, apply the hair mask to damp hair after shampooing and conditioning, and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing.
MORROCONOIL INTENSE HYDRATING MASK ($22)
Pros: You may already be using Morroconoil’s classic Argan oil on your hair, which also serves as the foundation for this hair mask. Argan oil is high in antioxidants, vitamin E, minerals, and fatty acids, which help restore shine and smoothness to hair. This hair mask contains no sulfates, formaldehyde, or parabens, and the packaging is even recyclable, which we appreciate. With this one, a little goes a long way, and it’s also designed for thick to medium hair, making it ideal for a thicker set of hair extensions like our 220g classic set.
Best heat protectant for hair extensions
If you’re like us and enjoy curling, straightening, and styling your hair extensions, all that heat can be damaging to your extensions. To protect hair strands from damage, use a heat protectant.
JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR OIL THERMAL PROTECTANT ($12)
Pros: The main ingredient in this heat protectant is Jamaican black castor oil, which is known for repairing dry, brittle hair, reducing dandruff, and stimulating hair growth. This heat protectant contains no “bad” alcohols or sulfates and is suitable for natural and hair extensions, whether dry or damp.
Cons: We give this heat protectant an all-around thumbs up!
You can see that only with 50 to 60$, you already have the 4 best products care for hair extensions. We hope that this article will help you understand that great hair care doesn’t always have to be expensive and you will understand which hair products are best for your hair extensions.