If you are familiar with hair and know a few of the basic tips and tricks for keeping your hair healthy, you will be aware of the golden rule of using heated tools as little as possible. This golden rule also applies to your hair extensions because they do not receive the same nutrients from the scalp as your real hair. However, we all know that sometimes rules are made to be broken and that when time isn’t on your side, you need a quick solution… blow drying!
Drying your hair extensions is an important part of your daily aftercare routine, and it is therefore essential that you understand how to dry your hair extensions properly to keep them in perfect condition. The advice for drying hair extensions varies depending on the method you have installed, however, it is critical to remember that whenever using heated products on your natural hair or extensions, you should use a good heat protectant to protect the hair from harm. It’s not always about breakage, protecting your hair when using heated tools will also prevent any color from being stripped from your hair. Read on for a step-by-step guide on safely blow drying your hair extensions or watch a quick video below!
I. Preparing Your Hair Extensions Before Drying
For best results when blow-drying your hair extensions, you must properly prepare your hair for styling before using a blow dryer. Choose a shampoo and conditioner that are suited to your hair and skin type. Something mild and nutritious will not only aid in the preservation of your hair extensions but also helps to reduce tangling, restore quality, and condition your hair extensions between washes. On the day you want to blow your hair dry, wash your hair and let it partially air dry. This helps to keep hair healthy and strong as well as cut down on the amount of time you spend drying your hair.
Step #1: Removing Excess Water
Before blow-drying, gently squeeze any extra water from your extensions with a towel. The less water in the hair, the less time you will need to spend applying heat to dry the hair.
Step #2: Brushing Your Extensions
After removing the excess water, you will need to brush your hair extensions before you begin the process of drying them. Whilst it is well known that hair is at its weakest when wet, unfortunately brushing your hair after a shower cannot be avoided, as we need to keep those hair extensions as smooth and tangle-free as possible. Gently work your way through your hair extensions with a suitable hairbrush, being careful not to tug on the bonds.
Once your hair is smooth you must ensure you check your bonds or weft for any disruption. Run your fingers in and around the bonds or weft track to be sure that they have not become tangled during the process of washing and brushing, and pull free any stray hairs that may have become tangled.
Step #3: Apply A Heat Protection Spray
Before applying heat to your extensions, make sure you apply a heat protection spray that will prevent any damage from heated tools. For double, the protection, use a serum or cream plus a heat protectant spray on each section of the hair or weft pieces.
Before You Blow Dry: Keep in mind that, after applying a heat protectant, you should begin to blow dry your extensions by focusing on further removing excess water left in the extensions before sectioning the hair to begin blow drying properly. By doing this, you will limit the time spent applying heat to your hair extensions. It has the same purpose as when draining our excess water with a towel because the less water in the hair, the less time you spend applying heat to your hair extensions. Now ready to start drying your hair extensions!
II. How To Blow Dry Hair Extensions?
1. Section and Blowdry
Section your extensions into individual weft pieces or by clipping the hair out of the way if drying a halo. Take a rounded bristled brush and begin the blow drying of your hair extensions on a low heat setting to blow-dry the hair from root to tip, make sure you are always blow-drying in a downward motion. Repeat this process until all the hair is dry. This is where we recommend applying a heat protectant spray, in between sectioning the hair.
If you’re not a pro with the barrel brush, don’t worry either, so you can stick to the good old-fashioned rough drying technique, manipulating the hair with your fingers.
2. The advice for drying hair extensions on the installed method.
a. For Halo Hair Extensions, Remember to Dry the Mesh.
After the hair is dry on your halo, be sure to dry the mesh on the back so it is ready to wear and doesn’t stay wet. If this part of your extensions remains wet and doesn’t dry quick enough, you could risk the possibility of bacteria or mold growing on your extensions. This is something you obviously do not want.
b. For the pre-bonded keratin method, instantly blow-drying.
If you are wearing a pre-bonded keratin method, you will need to begin blow-drying your hair extensions straight away, as allowing your hair extensions to sit damp can cause the bonds to become sticky, which is not ideal.
c. For Other Installation Methods
If you are wearing another method such as micro ring hair extensions, nano ring hair extensions, tape hair extensions, or weft hair extensions, then you can allow your hair to air dry slightly before blow-drying.
3. Once The Hair Is Dry
Brush the extensions to remove any missed knots and tangles. If you would like extra protection, you can apply argan oil or smoothing cream to help defeat frizz and add shine. And just like that, your extensions are ready-to-wear again.
In order to get the most out of your hair extensions, you should ensure that your hair is fully dry before styling further. Because applying direct heat from a hair straightener when the hair is still damp exposes the hair to excessive heat which can cause damage to the hair’s structure, it’s a big no-no. When your hair is totally dry and you want to further style them by using a straightener or curler, we recommend waiting until the hair is completely cool before styling. This will just allow the hair to adapt and be ready for further styling.