How To Restore Hair Extensions After A Holiday
by BRENDA L. / AUG 24, 2023
Reading Time: 6 Minutes
After indulging in sun, sand, and chilling in the pool all summer long (or at least for a couple of days), your hair extensions are likely in need of some TLC. In today’s blog, I’ll guide you through the process of reviving your tresses from a summer of shenanigans. Restoring your hair extensions’ shine, softness, vitality and manageability can be a journey, especially if you haven’t paid attention to the summer aftercare rules of a hair extensioner. But don’t fret! With a little patience, you can bring your hair back to life in no time. Let’s find out how!
Whether we’re talking about clip ins or permanent hair extensions, you should always start your hair care routine by gently detangling your tresses. Do this by using a detangling brush or wet brush, with soft plastic or silicone bristles that are kind to your hair extensions and their attachments/beads. If you have particularly stubborn knots, use a wide-toothed comb first and then glide through your strands with the detangling hair extensions brush to finish the job. Always make sure you start from your ends and work your way up to your roots!
Now it’s time to wash your hair thoroughly; in order to get rid of all build-up, chlorine and saltwater residues, use a clarifying or detoxing shampoo. This will also help your scalp to breathe! When dealing with Remy hair extensions, always make sure you opt for sulfate-free and alcohol-free formulas that are kind to your hair and help maintain your extensions’ shine and silkiness.
Deep Conditioning Treatment:
Is your hair parched after all that time being exposed to sea and sun? I get it. Quench your tresses’ thirst by giving your hair a deep conditioning treatment. Formulas enriched with Argan Oil and other nourishing ingredients are the best to replenish your strands and keep them soft and manageable, restoring their elasticity and shine. Apply a generous amount of a hydrating mask on your mid lengths and ends, avoiding the roots to prevent greasy scalp. Leave it on for the time recommended on the packaging, then rinse thoroughly and finish with a cold dash of water to seal the cuticles for ultimate gloss!
Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner:
Spray a hydrating leave-in conditioner on damp hair before styling, providing it with ongoing moisture and protection that will keep your mane manageable and soft all day long. This also helps to prevent frizz in unruly tresses!
Avoid Heat Styling:
Give your hair extensions a break from heat styling tools such as curling irons and hair straighteners. This doesn’t mean that you need to give up on gorgeous styling: instead, why not experiment with heatless curling techniques and Velcro rollers to achieve flawless blowouts at home? Check out our dedicated blog to find out more: Curls For Days: The Ultimate Velcro Rollers Guide.
Air Dry Whenever Possible:
Avoiding heat-based styling also means kissing goodbye to your blow-dryer for a little while. Air-drying your hair can be quite a challenge, especially if your tresses are prone to frizz and unruliness – but it is an efficient way to save your hair lots of trouble caused by heat damage! If you’re unsure on how to approach air-drying in a way that suits your hair and doesn’t leave you looking scruffy and ridden with flyaways, read everything you need to know about it in our post: Let It Breathe: How To Air-Dry Your Hair Like A Pro.
Trim Split Ends:
I’m sorry to say, but sometimes the only way is through – if your hair has been attacked by pesky split ends, the only way you can get rid of them before they damage your mane any further is by giving your hair a bit of a chop. I’m not necessarily talking about anything drastic, just a little trim! Keeping up with your trims every 3-4 months is part of a healthy hair care routine for you to always look glamorous and polished!
Storing your hair extensions safely when you remove them helps to boost their longevity. Make sure they are safely put away in their Cliphair box or a protective case, away from direct sunlight, sources of heat, and dust. This will also make sure they stay soft and untangled when you’re not using them! Before putting your extensions away, ensure they are completely dry to prevent any mould from forming.
For those using Nano Ring hair extensions, tape in hair extensions et similia: ever thought of investing in silk or sateen bedding? Silk pillowcases aren’t just great for hygiene, they also are soft enough to protect your hair cuticles from friction damage, they reduce tangling, and are great for your skin – improving your skin’s quality and reducing sleep creases.
With the right care and attention, your Cliphair hair extensions can be brought back to life after a holiday in just a few simple steps! Investing in the right hair care and taking the time to give your tresses some love is essential, so that your hair can get back to its splendor after a season of shenanigans.