Hair extensions are the most comfortable and most convenient way to enhance any hairstyle. A girl can get a lot out of quality hair extensions so if you ask any girl, they will tell you in a heartbeat that once you try them, you can’t live without them. Extensions made from real human hair, especially Vietnamese human hair provide the most natural look while also feeling and moving like your own hair. If you wear hair extensions on a daily basis, you’ll know how difficult it can be to keep them in good condition. In this blog post, we’ll reveal the top tips that help you extended hair extensions’ lifespan, so keep reading to find out more!
I. How Long Do Hair Extensions Last?
When it comes to investing in something, the first question you may ask is, “How long will this last?” Whether it’s hair extensions, shellac manicures, or something as simple as a jar of your favorite night cream. So, let’s look at the various types of hair extensions available and how long each of these would last you.
1. Fusion/Pre-bonded Hair Extensions
Fusion hair is divided into two main types: Hot Fusion and Cold Fusion Hair. Hot fusion includes Keratin tips like U, I, V, and Flat tips which are installed by heating the keratin tip and attached directly to the hair. However, in which, I-tip hair extensions are the most special ones when can install in both the hot fusion way (melted keratin tip) and the cold fusion way (installation with microbead). Fusion hair can last from 6 to 9 months based on how well you maintain them.
2. Tape Hair Extensions
Tape hair extensions are the most popular hair extension method on the market due to their semi-permanent nature, and discreet finish with little to no damage to your natural hair. Tape In hair extensions will last you anywhere from 4-8 months. If taken care of well, you can have the same extensions taped back in for a fresher look.
3. Clip-In Hair Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions, also known as clip-in weaves, are an attachment method where wefts of hair can be easily installed into your natural hair by multiple small pressure-sensitive clips. If you get regular use out of your clip-in hair extensions and take good care of them, they can last between 6-12 months or even longer.
4. Weave/Sew-in Hair Extensions
If you looking for an instant way to add volume and length to your hair or the best solution to avoid bad hair days without damaging your hair, weft hair extensions are just the perfect solution for you. They are the most prevalent items in the world of hair extensions. Weave hair extensions can last 10-12 months with proper care and maintenance.
5. Nano Ring Hair Extensions
Nano-tip hair extensions are one of the most popular choices of hair extensions on the market today. They’re a wonderful choice for naturally finer hair because they’re thin and lightweight and don’t add too much weight or strain to the hairline. Nano-tip extensions can typically be left in your hair for 6 to 9 months, however, they may slip if your hair is extremely soft or oily.
II. Tips For Extended Hair Extensions’ Lifespan
Whether you’re new to the world of extensions or have been a devoted member for years, it’s always a good idea to educate yourself on the best habits to help your locks last longer. Let’s take a look at the top seven tips we recommend:
Extended Hair Extensions' Lifespan Tip #1: Create The Good Hair Extensions Care Routine
You will need to make some changes to your usual hair care routine once you have extensions. Okay, so first things first, let’s take a look at your hair-washing routine. While it is true that your extensions can be treated just as you would do so your natural locks, there are a few things that you need to remember on your next hair wash day.
When it comes to the shampoo and conditioner that you use to wash your hair, we would always strongly recommend investing in products that specialize in hair extensions. They also need to include the right ingredients to not only keep your extensions in good condition but also allow your natural hair to continue growing healthily. This means avoiding products that contain ingredients such as sulfates and alcohol, which are known for stripping your hair of its natural oils and in turn, making your extensions more likely to get matted.
When washing your hair, it’s critical to use a gentle technique that won’t damage your extensions. When conditioning your hair, avoid applying any product to your roots, as this may cause your extensions to slip off. Also, use warm water rather than extremely hot water, which will strip the natural oils from your hair and scalp. Finally, before using hot styling tools, use a protective spray – your extensions will last much longer this way.
Tip #2: Brushing Technique
The way you brush your hair can play a major role in the lifespan of your extensions. Before you start brushing your hair, gently detangle it with your fingers – this will put less strain on your roots while combing. Then, you need to follow the sequence of starting to brush at the ends of your hair before working your way up. To make sure your extensions don’t get tangled and damage the bonds, purchase a soft bristle brush or wide-tooth comb.
Extended Hair Extensions' Lifespan Tip #3: Never Sleep With Wet Extensions
Now that you’re a pro at washing your extensions, it’s time to move on to drying. Your hair is at its weakest when it is wet, which means that tossing and turning while you sleep can take its toll on both your natural locks and extensions. Never sleeping with wet hair is a rule of thumb when it comes to caring for your extensions. With clip-in or ponytail hair extensions, keep in mind to remove your hair extensions before bed and don’t sleep on them.
Tip #4: Store Your Hair Extensions
Storing your extensions properly is one of the best and simplest ways to keep them looking better, and longer – and it doesn’t take that much time or effort. After removing your extensions, make sure they are thoroughly brushed, and use a hair tie to secure the wefts near the base of the hair then, gently roll the extensions into a loose circle. Besides, it’s also important to ensure the hair extensions are dry before storing them away to help prevent any product build-up, mold, and any other bacteria. The key is to keep the extensions out of direct sunlight and in a cool, dry place. We recommend storing them in the hair extension carrier that comes with a hanger, it’s easy to style and also helps maintain its shape when stored after being styled.
Extended Hair Extensions' Lifespan Tip #5: Avoid Multiple Products
Using multiple products with hair extensions requires more work to remove and replenish the hair. It can also cause breakage and damage. Using a variety of styling products on hair extensions causes product buildup and may shorten the extensions’ life. It is best to use the products only when absolutely necessary, such as when using heat protection spray before working with hot tools. Keep in mind that hair extensions curl easier and faster than natural hair, so keep the temperature as low as possible.
Hair oils, especially for the ends of extensions, are recommended to help prevent split ends. Sometimes, washing with conditioner (or co-wash) only and skipping shampoo is also a good way to keep the extensions looking and feeling like new.
Tip #6. Minimise Heat Damage
Just like your natural locks, hair extensions become damaged when you overuse heat on them. Luckily, there are many different ways that you can keep heat damage at a minimum. Here are our top tips:
- Use Heat Protectant – Before using any heated styling tools, don’t forget to apply a protectant.
- Turn Down The Temperature – When you are using heated tools, try to keep the temperature as low as possible. Of course, you do need some level of heat to achieve your perfect style, so experiment with different settings to see what works best for you without burning your extensions.
- Take Regular Breaks From Heat – If you’re guilty of straightening your hair every day or curling with lots of products each weekend, then while it may look gorgeous, you are reducing the lifespan of your extensions. So why not take a break from using heat every now and again? Experiment with overnight heatless curls or try an updo complete with cute accessories.
Nothing beats seeing your new locks for the first time after having extensions fitted, but they won’t last as long as you’d hoped if you don’t take care of them. Taking a few moments to follow these tips will ensure your extensions last. Consider it a beauty investment that pays off with beautiful length, volume, and style every time you wear them!
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