Tools: Opt for tools that are practical, rather than endorsements or packaging! Use a wide tooth comb with rounded tips, a loop (extension) brushes, and a soft bristle brush made of natural fiber to prevent less breakage and damage to the hair. Keep heat styling tools to lower than 300 degrees – excessive heat can internally burn the shaft and ruin the cuticle.
*additional tip: brush when needed! Brushing the hair consistently can encourage split endsand shedding which is only counterproductive to maintaining healthy hair.
Shampoos; Sorting through the plethora of products is the first problem…the second, how to use it. Don’t over lather! Use a quarter-sized dollop and always start at the roots and work your way down to the ends.
Conditioning: The biggest mistake is adding conditioner to your scalp! If you have fine, thinning hair, it will weight it down – making it heavier and resulting in a greasy buildup, which will display a visible separation from your natural hair and the extensions.
Daily Maintenance: Avoid harsh hairsprays! Chemicals and alcohol found in aerosol sprays are extremely drying to the hair and causes excessive tangling, dryness and breakage. Instead of maintaining one style, it is practical to maintain the duration of your extensions.
Drying: Towel drying is one of the biggest ‘no-nos’. How many women are guilty of wrapping their freshly washed hair in a bath towel while they prep their skin and do their makeup? This process can lead to extreme dryness, matting and even worse – frizz! The roughness of the cotton can also cause breakage. It is best to squeeze as much as water out as possible, then patting down the hair with super absorbent PAPER TOWEL! It is lighter in texture and doesn’t cause frizz.
Vitamins: Vitamins are ideal to protect your natural hair under the extensions – conquering thinning and promoting growth. Biotin, a form of Vitamin B, promotes hair growth. Vitamin E helps to increase scalp circulation, which stimulates hair growth.
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