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We love hair extensions. Who doesn’t? The flexibility to go from short to gorgeous long locks, or create luscious, thick hair in the wink of an eye, is simply irresistible. However, whether you’re new to extensions or have been using them for years, hair extension care can cause a bit of bother. How do you look after your hair extensions and keep them detangled, shiny and in perfect condition?
The most important thing about brushing hair extensions is to always brush in sections from the tips to the root. While it’s understandable that you may want to pull any tangles from the root down to remove them quickly, a little patience ensures that your bonded or clip-in hair extensions remain in beautiful, pristine condition.
Remove each hair extension clip, starting at the top of your head. If the extensions have become excessively tangled, a tiny drop of L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil on each bunch of hair will remove knots and reduce frizz. Clip the extensions to a coat hanger and hang them in a safe place for the night. If you simply put them down somewhere, all your detangling work will be undone!
Once a month, wash your extensions using a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. After washing, pat the extensions dry with a towel. Do not rub – this can stretch the hair and raise the cuticles! Once again, clip them to a coat hanger and hang them to dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Once they are completely dry, brush the extensions from the tips to the root until all tangles are removed.
What about hair extensions that are bonded or wefted into the roots of your own hair? The exact same brushing technique applies – from tip to root, working in small sections using a wide tooth comb or hair extension brush. If possible, you should always brush your hair extensions when dry. You can brush when wet; just be very careful not to pull at your hair too much.
Shampoo and condition with Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Knot-Out Conditioner. This is one of the best products for hair extensions if you want to detangle knots effortlessly and keep them smooth and beautifully moisturised. Pat your hair dry with a towel, pull your extensions to the side and hold them in a ponytail with your hand. Start brushing at the ends of the hair and work up in small sections, carefully tugging out any tangles. For more stubborn knots, a couple of pumps of L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil will sort things out.
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