Category Archives: Hair Care

KeraExtend™ vs. Cream Cleanse™ – Which Do I Choose?

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If you’ve been following our new Remy Care™ line, you may have noticed that we offer two distinct sets of extension-safe shampoos and conditioners. Dubbed the KeraExtend™ and Cream Cleanse™ sets, these products promise to cleanse and condition your hair and your hair extensions without causing damage or slippage in the process. But there are some notable differences between the two, including different recommended usages. So which shampoo and conditioner pair should you choose for your shower?

KeraExtend™
We recommend the KeraExtend™ Shampoo and Conditioner set for regular use. These products cleanse the hair without stripping it of nutrients, then condition and fortify strands with keratin and 11 botanical extracts. The result is shiny, healthy hair and hair extensions that are easy to maintain.

Cream Cleanse™
Cream Cleanse™ products should be used occasionally for clarifying purposes. This shampoo’s formula is more powerful because it’s designed to remove build-up before installation or move-ups, though still gentle enough to preserve scalp health. Cream Cleanse™ Conditioner reintroduces moisture to the hair via botanical extracts, and can be used to make clarified hair more manageable prior to installation (though it should only be used from mid-shaft to ends on this occasion).

In short, you should use KeraExtend™ for your regular showering regimen, and Cream Cleanse™ for monthly or bi-monthly clarifying, only. If your hair is particularly oily, you may benefit from more frequent Cream Cleanse™ use, though you should supplement the process with other moisturizing Remy Care™ products, like the KeraExtend™ Mask or Serum. But when in doubt, consult your stylist!

For more information about our Remy Care™ line, check out this video. And, as always, if you have questions or comments, leave them in the space below!

 

Winter Care for Thirsty Hair

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It’s finally December! That means our holiday decorations are coming out, as well as our winter hair care essentials. This year, we’ve revamped our regimen to include some of our lovely, hydrating, sulfate-free Remy Care™ products—and we have to say, our hair has never looked better, despite the weather! Here’s what we’re using, and how:

KeraExtend™ Mask
Masks are the holy grail of winter hair care, as they provide much needed moisture to dried-out locks. But our KeraExtend™ Mask goes a step further. In addition to its hydrating properties, the KeraExtend™ Mask restores elasticity to the hair with plenty of infused keratin proteins, so your hair will be both smooth and bouncy!

To use: After rinsing Donna Bella KeraExtend™ Shampoo from hair, squeeze all excess moisture using towel, then comb liberal amount of KeraExtend™ Mask through hair evenly, focusing on mid-shaft to ends. Gather hair in shower cap or hair claw and leave in for up to 5 minutes. Next, rinse hair thoroughly and style as usual, applying KeraExtend™ Serum if desired.

KeraExtend™ Serum
Like the KeraExtend™ Mask, our KeraExtend™ Serum is formulated with keratin proteins. In the serum, however, these proteins combine with the other ingredients to soften and add shine to the hair. The effect is almost instantaneous, as the serum coats the strand and seals the cuticle for a beautiful, glossy look in seconds!

To use: Apply KeraExtend™ Serum onto slightly damp hair with fingers. Do not apply product onto hair extension bonds or wefts. Spread the Serum onto the bottom half of your hair extensions and work your way downwards, concentrating on tips. Style as usual. Note: can be applied to dry hair in smaller amounts.

Argan Oil
Correct that straw-like, brittle texture that comes along with winter using a pump of Donna Bella’s Argan Oil. This antioxidant-rich oil is a quick-fix for parched hair, adding nutrients and a silky sheen that’ll keep extensions looking dewy throughout the holidays.

To use: Beginning with a small pump, apply evenly to bottom half of extensions, adding more to ends if desired. Do not apply oil to hair extension wefts or bonds. Apply only from mid-length to ends.

 

As with all of our Remy Care™ products, these moisture-packed favorites are sulfate-free, paraben-free, and color-safe, so you can use them on your own hair and hair extensions without issue. Want to get your hands on some of these products? Let us know what you think of the results by submitting a review to our review page. Or wrap them up as a present; Remy Care™ products make great gifts, too!

 

How to Fix Matted Hair Extensions!

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Matted hair extensions are a client’s (and stylist’s) worst nightmare. They’re ugly, uncomfortable, painful to untangle, and difficult—if not impossible—to fix. Depending on the level of knotting, matted hair extensions can mean that the hair extensions are ruined, and that the client’s own hair has been damaged, too. But the worst part is the occasional need to chop the hair off to correct the problem, ruining the whole purpose of hair extensions—to add length and volume. So what can be done?

Apart from preventive measures, like properly caring for the extensions, brushing hair regularly with a boar hair brush, and going in for recommended move-up appointments, there is something you can do besides taking out your scissors. Donna Bella has recently come out with a new haircare line specifically formulated for hair extensions, and it features a special little smoothing kit for tackling dry, brittle, or even matted hair. This Hydration Repair Kit—one of three kits in our Remy Care™ line—is a combination of our new KeraExtend™ Shampoo, KeraExtend™ Mask, and KeraExtend™ Serum, which are individually tailored to soften hair and nourish it to perfection. Imagine what they can all accomplish together!

How to use Hydration Repair Kit:

First, lather the KeraExtend™ Shampoo into wet hair, lightly massaging it into the scalp. Rinse thoroughly, then wring excess water from the hair using a towel.

Next, apply a liberal amount of KeraExtend™ Mask to the lengths of the hair, combing it gently through. Gather the saturated hair into a showercap or hair claw and let it sit for 10 minutes (or more, depending on the severity of the matting).

Then, rinse the hair free of the mask, combing through the locks with a wide tooth comb and pulling apart any knots with your fingers. Once all product has been removed, wring the hair of excess moisture and wrap it in a microfiber towel.

Finally, after the hair is mostly dry (but still slightly damp) pump some KeraExtend™ Serum into your hands and work it through the lengths of the hair, focusing on problem areas and ends. The hair should then be ready to brush without issue. Apply more serum if necessary.

If the hair in question is matted in or around the bond area, it may be necessary to apply these products starting at the roots of the hair. Ultimately, this will compromise the efficacy of the bonds (which is why we usually recommend that you only apply these products below the bonds), but if the hair is matted, it simply must be done. As long as the hair itself is healthy, you can always remove the extensions afterwards and re-install them with new bonds.

You can get the Hydration Repair Kit for the flat price of $26 (buying each of the items individually adds up to $33). It’s available right now alongside the rest of our Remy Care™ line, so treat yourself and your client to smooth, untroubled hair!

Got questions or suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

 

Create the Best Hair Extension Experience for Your Client – And Make More Money!

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Have you ever stopped to consider what the goal of hair extensions really is? This skill that we devote so much time and energy towards perfecting, these products that we purchase and maintain so painstakingly—what are they for, and why do they matter? Most stylists know the answer instinctively, even if they’ve never worn hair extensions themselves; they can see it written all over their client’s face at the end of an installation appointment. Hair extensions are designed to produce that feeling of confidence, beauty, and empowerment, and we stylists are lucky enough to make a living putting the process in motion! But we’re not only after a fleeting moment of hair extension-induced euphoria. We’re much more ambitious than that. We’re in the business of altering our clients’ perspectives of themselves, their capabilities, and their limitations. That involves a hair extension experience that is rewarding in the long term. So if you’re not drilling your clients on the importance of hair extension maintenance, now is the time to start.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that we have launched an exciting new product line here at Donna Bella! If not, allow us to introduce you. Remy Care™ is a premium hair care line exclusive to Donna Bella Hair, featuring everything from shampoos and conditioners to hair masks and serums—all designed to extend the life of your client’s hair extensions. Remy Care™ products are loaded with botanical extracts, are free of parabens and sulfates, and are designed specifically for DB hair extensions, making them an ideal aftercare product to feature on your salon shelves. Having physical, easily-accessible aftercare products available in your salon will encourage your clients to engage in the maintenance process by giving them an easy starting point. It’ll also help you support your business by producing an additional stream of upsell revenue. Of course, having the products handy is one thing—it’s also essential that you explain the maintenance process to your clients, demonstrate if possible, and introduce them to the product line yourself.

The best time to tackle these steps is during the consultation phase, since this is when your client is actively learning about hair extensions and deferring to your professional opinion. Take the opportunity to walk them through the washing, brushing, and styling protocol for hair extensions, then go ahead and recommend the Remy Care™ line just as you would the Donna Bella Hair Extension Brush. After all, hair extension care can be daunting to new clients—Remy Care™ makes it easy for them!

Get to know the Remy Care™ line today. All products are available right now.

 

What’s the Secret to Maintaining Your “After” Look?

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We all love a good before & after, especially when we’re talking about our own hair extension transformations. But how do you keep your “after” hair looking as chic and styled as the day you got it? The name of the game is “aftercare,” or what other beauty junkies might call “hair care.” There’s a whole category of beauty products designated for this purpose, and a wide range of end results to pick from. We’ve written countless blogs about aftercare over the years, mainly because it’s such an important part of the hair extension process! But it really can’t be stated enough: you need to practice aftercare to preserve extension quality. Think you can get away with skimping on good hair maintenance? Here are the reasons why you may want to think again.

Hair care is important even for your natural hair.
Let’s forget about the extensions for a minute and examine your ordinary hair care routine. We’re guessing you don’t just let your hair “do its thing” all the time, because otherwise it’d turn into a bird’s nest. At the very least, you shampoo, condition, and brush your hair with some regularity. Maybe you even pre-shampoo, deep-condition, blow dry, or style your hair with styling products. Why do you do these things? So you can keep your hair looking its best. It’s the same thing for hair extensions, but with a few extra rules.

Hair extensions require their own specific hair care.
That’s why we differentiate between “aftercare” and typical “hair care”—aftercare is the specific hair care regimen you use for hair installed with extensions. Even if your natural hair does well with a common shampoo, a weekly condition, and minimal brushing, your hair extensions are a different story. They’re different from your natural hair, so they’ll need custom treatment. This usually involves scarce washing, frequent conditioning (always below the bonds), mindful product selection (NO sulfates!), and gentle, daily brushing with a hair extension-friendly brush. Yes, there might be a slight learning curve at the beginning, but it’ll all be worth it because…

You have the power to perfect or destroy your extensions.
Aftercare is the longest part of the hair extension process. You spend maybe a day preparing for a hair extension appointment, then a couple of hours sitting in the seat to have the hair installed. But the process doesn’t end when you step out of the salon—it proceeds throughout the duration of your hair extension wear. That’s anywhere from a couple of weeks to 3+ months, depending on your intentions. Needless to say, the aftercare portion of your hair extension experience easily overshadows the consultation and installation parts, so the damage you do (or prevent) during this period can make or break that initial work. Don’t believe us? Read it and weep.

Do you have questions about the aftercare process? Leave them in the comments below. And check back in next week for more aftercare tips!

 

Becoming a Hair Whisperer

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Last week we talked about learning how to speak your hair’s language, because knowing how to decode its messages is critical to ongoing hair health. This week, we’re going to take it a step further by unraveling the trickiest of hair riddles, so you can become the hair whisperer you were always meant to be.

What to look for:

Unwanted color change
What it means:
Take a close look at the water you’re using to clean your hair, and consider investing in a filter. Tap water—including shower water—is often loaded with various minerals that can build up on your scalp over time, causing color-changing chemical reactions. This is of particular concern for blondes, since blonde hair exhibits more obvious color change compared to darker hair types. If color change has already happened, invest in a color-correcting shampoo, or schedule a damage-control coloring appointment with your stylist.

Matted hair
What it means:
You’re not drying and/or brushing your extensions properly, or you may be overdue for a move-up. Matted hair is a gnarly problem, and it’s best if you can avoid it altogether. Fortunately, it’s easy to do so if you’re taking good care of your hair extensions. But if you’re a bit lax with your grooming, unbrushed hair can knot together, and low-hanging extension bonds can twist and turn around surrounding strands of hair. Unfortunately—depending on the extent of the damage—there’s not a lot that can be done to correct the problem short of chopping the hair off above the knot. But if you’re in the early stages of matting, try a good conditioning treatment and book an appointment with your stylist ASAP.

Uneven texture
What it means:
Apart from run-of-the-mill differences in curl pattern that may exist between natural hair and extensions, uneven texture is usually caused by one of two things: either you’re not treating your extensions to enough moisture, or your natural hair is pretty damaged. Hair extensions often need more hydration than your natural hair does, mainly because—unlike your own hair—it’s not attached directly to your scalp and the oils that go with it. If they don’t receive regular conditioning treatments, hair extensions can eventually feel more brittle or parched than your natural hair, which can translate to less volume and more frizz. On the other hand, if your natural locks are damaged due to sun exposure, color treatments, or general wear and tear, it may be your hair that feels brittle and parched. If that’s the case, consider taking a break from semi-permanent hair extensions to get your hair in better shape. You can always use Ready-to-Wear extensions in the meantime!

Hair loss
What it means:
Hair loss is tricky, because it can be tied to any number of things. But if you’re relatively young and healthy, not expecting a baby, not a recent mother, and not undergoing majorly stressful life changes, you can probably rule out many of the standard causes of hair loss. In that case, the culprit is either too-tight or too-heavy extensions (resulting from a poor installation job), aggressive hair care practices, or a bad reaction to hair care products. Aggressive hair care practices may include over-processing hair with bleaches or dyes, overusing heating tools, yanking at the hair while brushing, etc. The best course of action for addressing hair loss is to visit your stylist and/or doctor to discuss all of your symptoms and develop a personalized treatment plan. This may involve removing your hair extensions, or exchanging them for a different type. Either way, it’s ultimately for the best, and Ready-to-Wear extensions are always there to ease you through the process.

Has your hair ever spoken out in any of these ways? What did you do about it? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Listen Up! What is Your Hair Trying to Tell You?

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Your hair has a language all its own, and it’s your job to learn how to speak it. Here, we’ve taken the liberty of translating some common cries for hair-help, and offered up some tips for how to respond.

What to look for:

Dry and/or split ends
What it means:
You’re in need of a trim. To prevent this in the future, get seasonal trims, condition your hair regularly, and avoid rough hair care practices that could cause breakage (heat styling, improper brushing, vigorous towel-drying, etc.).

Short and/or scraggly strands poking out all over the hair
What it means:
Lighten up on your hair care methods. The way you’re doing things now is causing a lot of breakage. Make sure you’re brushing with the correct brush, in the correct way, and avoid overuse of heating tools. To address the problem, visit your stylist and request a blend, keep your hair hydrated, and style your hair so that it lays in a uniform way (preferably with the ends sloping inward towards your neck).

Oily scalp
What it means:
Take a shower, invest in some dry shampoo, and/or lay off the conditioning products around the roots of your hair. If your hair is naturally oily and you wear extensions, try a regimen of 2 hair-washings per week, using dry shampoo in-between.

Flaky scalp
What it means:
Make sure your shampoo regimen is up to par. Too little shampoo can cause dirt buildup on the scalp, which can clog pores and exacerbate dandruff. Too much shampoo (or too strong shampoo) can dry the scalp out too much. You may have to experiment slightly to arrive at the right balance for your hair type. Also, read this.

Lack of body or volume
What it means:
Make sure your conditioning regimen is up to par. When your hair is lacking moisture, it’ll do one of two things: frizz out in search of environmental moisture (curly hair types), or fall flat in the most drab way possible (straight and fine hair types). Address the problem by adding a good conditioner to your haircare routine—and maybe a hair mask for good measure!

Flat roots
What it means:
Your hair is too heavy, whether it’s because there’s too much oil, too much product, or too much bulk at the ends of your hair. In the first case, a shower should do the trick. In the second, a little moderation is your best bet. In the third, a visit to your stylist may be in order. Ask for a layering job, and maybe a texturizing spray for some extra umph!

What has your hair been trying to tell you lately? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Easy-to-Make Hair Care Mistakes

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Hair care is a multifaceted and extensive process, which means that there are lots and lots of opportunities to mess something up. From your product collection, to your tools, to your various techniques, unhappy surprises can be waiting in the most innocent-looking of places. So let us help you parse out the good from the bad. Here are some common, easy-to-make hair care mistakes, and tips to help you fix them:

Using products with sulfates in them.
There are a lot of promising-looking products out there with sulfates on their ingredients labels, and it can be almost heart-breaking to part with a product based off of that alone. But it’s got to be done, because sulfates spell only damage for hair extensions, and for your own hair, too. Beware the sudsy, too-clean feeling, and always read the label!

Tying hair into a topknot while conditioner sets.
Most of you probably know by now that conditioning the roots of your hair is an extension crime. It compromises the extension bonds, causes slippage, and (best-case scenario) leaves your hair looking greasy. That being said, conditioner is great and so, so necessary for the lengths of your hair, and you’ll get the most benefit from it if you let the formula set for 5-15 minutes before rinsing. While you do this, your instinct might be to pull your hair up and away from your shoulders to prevent the conditioner from coating your skin. Good thinking! But opt for a low ballerina bun. A topknot—though appealing—will ultimately drip conditioner down into the root area of your hair. No thank you!

Blow-drying dripping wet hair.
While we recommend that you blow-dry the root area of your hair after showering, we don’t mean blow-dry the hair while it’s still sopping wet. Shooting wet hair with heat can be super damaging to your locks, since the liquid coating around each hair will just funnel the heat and multiply its effects. Instead, gently wring your hair of water, towel dry with a microfiber cloth, spritz some heat protectant to the areas of your hair that you intend to blow-dry, let it set for a couple of minutes*, then blow-dry on a low heat setting (using the cool shot afterwards).
*Heat protectant forms a barrier around the hair, but only after it’s dried slightly on the hair shaft.

Brushing with the wrong comb or brush.
While we’d love to tell you that you can continue using your standard brush/comb on your hair extensions, that’s most likely not true. Unless your brush is a 100% boar hair bristle brush, like ours is, it’s not going to mesh well with your hair extensions. That’s because ordinary brushes have bristles that are too rough for hair extension bonds, and many brushes and combs don’t effectively distribute oil from the scalp to the ends of the hair. So invest in one that does what you need it to do!

Using the wrong brushing technique.
Your hair-brushing woes may go one step further; you could be brushing your hair in the wrong way. This can happen even if you have the right kind of brush for your hair, and it can wreak havoc on your locks! The correct way to brush your hair involves starting at the ends, coaxing the knots out in a downward motion, and then slowly working your way up. Don’t start at your roots and yank through the knots! That is immediately damaging to both your extensions and your natural hair. To minimize the tugging at the roots and bonds, always grasp the roots of your hair with one hand while you brush.

Slathering hair in oil.
Hot oil treatments are bomb for hair extensions, because they provide a fix of much-needed moisture. That being said, you should not douse your hair in the stuff, and you should not apply any around the bonds or roots of your hair. As with the conditioning thing, it’ll quickly lead to slippage and/or greasy, flat-laying hair (since oil is notoriously difficult to wash out). And, again, tie the hair in a low ballerina bun to set.

Sleeping with your hair loose.
This one seems so natural, right? Most of us don’t even think twice about falling into bed with our hair down, because it’s what we’ve been doing for most of our lives! But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s good. In fact, all the tossing and turning you do during the night can mess up the cuticle layer of your hair, draining it of moisture and leaving it frizzy come morning time. And that’s just not a great way to start the day. Instead, sleep with your hair in a braid, invest in a silk or satin pillowcase (to minimize friction), and consider getting a silk or satin bonnet, too. A head wrap could also work. Anything that’ll keep the hair laying smooth and undisturbed.

Skipping UV protectant.
It can come as a surprise to hear that hair needs sun protection, too. But, if you care about maintaining a healthy-looking mane, it most certainly does. UV rays are disaster for color-treated hair (think your hair extensions), and can cause premature color fade. Even on natural, uncolored hair, sunlight will have a lightening and drying effect. Over time, this can compromise the integrity of your strands. So reach for a UV protectant, give it a couple of spritzes into your hair, and work it through with your hands. It’s not a lot of extra time or energy, and the results are well worth it.

Got questions? Comments? Suggestions? Leave them down below!

 

How To Get the Most Out of Your Shower

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Showers are a balancing act, especially when you wear extensions. You need to shower frequently enough to keep your hair clean and in good condition, but not so frequently as to strip your hair of its natural oils. But that’s not even the half of it—once you’re there, it only gets more complicated. So how can you conquer your showers so that your hair ends up looking as fabulous as possible? Here, we offer you some tips for getting the most out of your wash time.

Plan ahead.
Step one of mastering your shower routine is establishing a rough schedule. This schedule will take the guesswork out of your hair care process, making it easier to manage your hair in the long run. It doesn’t need to be strict, but it should be personalized, depending on a number of things including your hair texture, scalp oiliness, extension method, exercise schedule, and general preferences. We recommend that hair extension wearers shower no more than twice a week, especially if you’re using I-Link or Tape-In extensions. But if your hair is particularly oily, naturally fine and straight, and/or you have a grueling exercise regimen, you might need an extra shower here and there. It helps to know how you like your hair to feel—ideally clean, hydrated, and bouncy with a hint of shine—and to maintain your hair so that it feels and looks its best on your second or third day post-wash. A little trial and error may be necessary to arrive at the perfect routine, but the time and energy will be worth it when your “good hair day” hair is your everyday hair.

Try a pre-treatment.
Pre-shower treatments, or pre-shampoo treatments, are designed to give you a head start on the hair maintenance process by prepping your hair with the equivalent of a moisture-filled appetizer. This enables your go-to shampoo to do its job better, while preventing it from stripping the hair dry of moisture. We also recommend brushing your hair with the Hair Extension Brush pre-shower to untangle any existing knots. This will allow the products that you use in the shower to move easily down the hair shaft for total distribution.

Set the right temperature.
Warm showers feel oh-so-nice, but they can wreak havoc on your hair. That’s because hot water lifts the cuticle of your hair, making it vulnerable to tangling and breakage. Cold water seals the cuticle of your hair, keeping the nutrients and conditioning agents you add to it safe inside the shaft. It also makes for a beautiful, shiny mane once your shower is complete. If you absolutely can’t stand cold showers (which, by the way, boast a number of other benefits), wash just your body with warm water, and reserve cold or lukewarm water for your hair, rinsing with a shot of cold water at the end.

Use the right products.
Picking the right products for your hair type and condition is so vital for healthy locks. We’ve talked about this curation process in other posts, so here we’ll just reiterate the basics: professional quality products are almost always the best bet for hair extensions, and sulfates in hair care products should be avoided at all costs. Here’s the breakdown: professional hair products reap professional results. That’s why your post-salon day hair is inexplicably smoother and more modelesque than your hair on any other day. Boutique products can also be good, particularly if they come from companies with a commitment to natural ingredients. Remember, always read the label on your products! And if you find the terms “sodium lauryl sulfate,” “ammonium laureth sulfate,” “myreth sulfate,” or any other kind of sulfate, don’t use it. While sulfates are certainly good at removing buildup from the scalp, they are generally too aggressive for hair extensions, stripping the hair of its natural oils to the point of impaired hydration and even breakage. Not great for a sustainably healthy look.

Clean and condition the right places.
The rule here is pretty simple: shampoo only at the roots, condition only from the midshaft down (focusing on the ends). Applying shampoo to the lengths of your hair will dry them out, and applying conditioner to the roots of your hair will make them appear greasy, and potentially cause hair extension slippage. If you are used to using a co-wash or cleansing conditioner, we recommend that you pre-wash your roots with a water and apple cider vinegar mix and save the cleansing conditioner for the areas south of the extension bonds. Just in case!

Employ best practices.
Best practices include: washing your hair in only one direction, not scrunching your hair or rubbing it between your hands as you wash it, treating your hair gently at all times, letting conditioner sit and absorb into your hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing, combing through wet hair with just your fingers, etc. Best practices may vary slightly depending on your products, so consult the label and familiarize yourself with the manufacturer’s recommended process.

Don’t linger.
Nobody needs a 30-minute long shower, not even if they’re washing their hair and shaving their legs in the same session. Using up too much water is bad for the environment and bad for your hair extensions, which need to return to dry ASAP to avoid matting, mold, or slippage. We get that showers can be relaxing, but if you really need a dose of watery relaxation, please opt for a bath, and wear your hair up in a protective style to keep it dry. When it comes to washing your hair, as soon as you’ve finished the shower (a.k.a. rinsed with cold water), gently wring out the water so your hair isn’t dripping wet, step out of the tub, and wrap the hair in a microfiber towel or cotton shirt to expedite the drying process.

Follow up.
Once most of the excess water has been removed from your hair, apply a heat protectant to your roots and shoot a hair dryer at it until it’s fully dry (a modest heat setting will do). For extra smooth hair, add a leave-in conditioner from the midshaft down, combing through any tangles with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. The lengths of your hair should be left to air dry. Pro tip: once your hair is 2/3rds dry, tie it into a braid, bun, or twist to curl it overnight—or throughout the day, as the case may be. Heatless styling is the best kind of styling for any hair type, and post-shower is the best time to do it.

Troubleshoot.
In-between washes, correct any damage as it springs up with a good dry shampoo, leave-in conditioner, or scalp treatment, depending on your needs. Troubleshooting spot treatments are a great way to cut down on showers while keeping your hair looking and feeling great. They’ll also extend the life of your hair extensions in the long run!

What is your shower routine, and how does it leave your hair and hair extensions feeling? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Summer Clip-In Care

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Every season has its own quirks and distinctions, and the same thing goes for seasonal hair care. In the winter you try to lock-in moisture. In the summer you try to fight frizz and sweat. But did you know that there are even differences between seasonal hair care regimens for permanent vs. removable hair extensions? While all hair extension wearers should protect their hair from heat, sun, sweat, dry or dusty air, and swimming water, the ways in which you accomplish these things may differ between permanent vs. removable methods. So here’s our advice for you Clip-In wearers out there, so you can enjoy long, beautiful, newly-out-of-the-box quality hair all summer long.

Know how to wear your Clip-Ins summer-style.
Summer Clip-In use involves paying extra attention to the clips and ends of your extensions; clips because they’re more prone to slipping in sweaty hair, and ends because they’re more prone to drying in summer weather. For some extra grip, consider spraying the roots of your natural hair with dry shampoo or texturizing spray, then twisting the hair before clipping the extension to it. For smooth, well-moisturized ends, apply leave-in conditioner and a heat protectant from the midshaft down, then wear your hair up in a protective style. For bonus points, add a hat!

Know how to store.
We always recommend hanging your (dry!) extensions when storing them. It keeps the hair smooth and organized, and just generally more presentable than when stuffing them into a box. But, if you are hanging your extensions in the summer, make sure you cover them with a case or static-free fabric to avoid friction and frizz. Otherwise, stack the extensions on top of each other, twist or braid the length of the hair, and tuck it back into the original packaging in a loop. Store the hair in a cool, dry place for maximum defense.

Know when to wear and when to store.
The beauty of Clip-In hair extensions is that you can install them and remove them whenever and wherever you like. That means that, instead of having to take several precautions to defend your extensions from chlorine discoloration or sun-related bond damage, you can just remove the extensions before you find yourself in a hair-compromising situation. We routinely recommend that you avoid tanning, swimming, exercising, or sleeping with Clip-In hair extensions in place. During the summer, we also recommend that you avoid sunbathing with them on, as colored hair is more susceptible to heat damage. When you’re not wearing your hair extensions, take advantage of the opportunity to give them some revitalizing treatments. Deep-conditioning masks, leave-in conditioners, and hot-oil treatments can all work their magic without getting in the way of your summer exploits. But remember the rule of thumb: no sulfate products, and no products near the clips of the extensions.

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