Hair extensions offer a marvelous, easy and quick way to acquire that long glorious look that most individuals can only dream of. However, hair extensions do not last forever, and taking care of our hair extensions may be challenging. Chances are you are reading this post because you are having trouble straightening or making your hair extensions as smooth as you would want them to be.
After all, hair extensions are a significant investment, and you wouldn’t want to replace yours anytime soon. With that in mind, reviving or refreshing your old set of hair extensions remains one of the best ways to improve the looks and add longevity. But, how do you repair or restore your hair extensions?
I. How To Refresh and Revive Your Hair Extensions?
Before we answer this million-dollar question, you first need to understand the origin of the problems with hair extensions. To stay healthy, soft, and silky, hair needs nourishment from the scalp. Without the nutrients, you may notice a change in the color and texture of your hair, which is when dryness occurs.
Because they are not linked to the scalp, hair extensions do not acquire any oil or nutrients. As a result, regardless of the brand or how frequently you use them, they will eventually get dry and frizzy. As a result, if you want to keep your hair extensions healthy, you may need to invest a little effort in taking care of them.
Steps to Revive Your Hair Extensions
There are plenty of ways to revive your hair extensions. However, many individuals prefer natural methods as the natural oils replicate the qualities of the sebum secreted by the scalp. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to restore and revive your hair extensions naturally:
Step #1: Trimming
Before anything else, you’ll need to give your hair extensions a trimming to restore them to their best condition. Hair extensions, like our real hair, require regular trimming to maintain their quality. To make the task easier and faster, make the hair extension wet before clipping the tips.
Step #2: Straightening
Once you clip the tips, the next step is straightening the hair extension. You can use a hair extension brush to brush through your hair extension to remove knots and make it tangle-free.
Step #3: Apply Treatment
The next step is applying a hair extension treatment of your choice. Depending on how thick your hair extension is thick and long, you can apply one or two sachets of the treatment. Ensure that the hair is dry before applying the treatment, as you need the hair extension to absorb the nutrients.
Step #4: Let The Treatment Sit-in
Generally, it is a good idea to let the treatment sit in for as long as possible. Leaving the treatment on your hair extension overnight can help achieve the best results. However, you need to leave it for at least 30 minutes if you are in a rush. While waiting for the hair extension to absorb the nutrients, comb through the hair strands to ensure the treatment is distributed evenly.
Step #5: Wash The Treatment Out
Once you are sure the hair extension has absorbed enough nutrients, the next step is to wash out the treatment. Regardless of the brand, the treatment should be lightweight and wash out easily. Gently apply small portions of shampoo till you are satisfied all the treatment is washed out. Then apply conditioner, dry, and straighten as normal.
II. What’s About The Ways To Reuse Hair Extensions?
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, hair extensions do not last forever. When they get tangly and ratty, you know it’s time to replace them. However, your old hair extensions aren’t utterly useless. Stop giving up on your extensions thinking they are not worthy of one more try. It’s time to let this go when in actuality you just didn’t know the endless possibilities that you could do with old hair!
1. Turning your Frontals into Closures
After wearing your frontal, time and time again, you may think it’s trash, but have you ever thought of a resolution for your frontal? Once your frontals are worn out, feel free to turn them into a convenient closure. Use your mannequin head to pin your frontal down, part the frontal into the width you desire for your closure, and cut where parted. Boom, a classy closure for your style of choice. I know…you didn’t even think of that. Well, trust me, this is about to get a lot more interesting!
2. Turning Old Hair Extensions into Clip-in
Clip-ins are an excellent resource for adding the volume you long for while still giving off a realistic look. Yes, you can turn your old hair extensions into clip-ins. You can buy clips, and it’s quite easy to make them at home. You can get these items at your local beauty supply. Supplies you would need:
- Hair Clips
- Thread (hair or clothes thread)
After properly washing your tracks discussed previously, you cut the widths you would like to expand your hair. If you want to add volume to the back of your hair, take the old track piece and measure from one end of the head to the other. The clip-in pieces that you buy will have holes at the top of them where you will use the thread to secure the track onto the clip. The number of clips you will need for one track piece will depend on the width of the track. You want to have a clip-on on both ends of the extensions, but if too broad you may need one or two clips in the middle.
3. Turn Clip-in into Bun
If you like the look of a bun but don’t like your hair’s lack of volume, use your old hair extensions to create a super bun. You’ll need old hair extensions, a hair donut, bobby pins, and hair ties.
To create the extension donut, clip the hair wefts into the donut somewhere in the middle. Twist the hair so it is easier to pull through the center and spread the extension to cover the donut. Keep wrapping until you run out of hair and secure with a bobby pin. Repeat with other clip-in hair extensions until the doughnut is completely covered or you achieved your desired thickness.
To attach the donut to your hair, pull your hair into a ponytail. Pull the ponytail through the center and splay the hair to cover the donut. Place a hair tie around the hair at the base of the hairpiece to secure it. Twist the ends of the hair around the bun and secure it in place with bobby pins.
It is essential to treat your hair extensions to ensure longevity. The steps above are simple and easy to follow for an individual with a detachable hair extension. However, you may need to seek the help of a professional if you are wearing a permanent hair extension.