How To Restore Your Hair Extensions After A Party
by BRENDA L. / SEP 11, 2023
Reading Time: 6 Minutes
The party may be over, but unfortunately, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Frizzy, crinkly flyaways everywhere, dry and matted hair extensions, dull and lifeless hair colour… The negative toll that a wild night out may take on your hair has many forms.
You’ve spent so much money and time on your hair and on trying to get the perfect hairstyle, whether it’s a bouncy, heatless curly ‘do or a sleek, blunt and glass-like hairstyle. And it doesn’t matter how glamorous you looked last night, post-party hair can get messy. Booze, dancing, and falling asleep on your friend’s couch surely add to the plot, but don’t worry: here’s everything you need to know to restore your tresses after a night of shenanigans.
Detox Your Scalp
Detoxing your scalp might have to be the first step to healthy, lively and shiny hair. However, this might not be the ideal DIY solution if you’re wearing tape in hair extensions, or any other permanent type of human hair extensions. Let’s be honest: being in a room surrounded by smoke, heat, or the exhalations of your favourite club’s steam machine can be quite taxing on your scalp’s health. Luckily, there are several ways for you to detox your hair and scalp; let’s see them together.
DIY Hair Detox Mask
You can get creative at home and prepare your own DIY hair detox mask, almost without spending an extra penny. You’ll be surprised to find out that many ingredients in your pantry can be a real life-saver on your hair and scalp! Read more and find your recipe on our dedicated blog: Hair Detox 101: How To Detox Your Hair At Home.
Use A Scalp Scrub
Using a scalp scrub prepares your skin to receive a detoxing hair mask or a soothing oil treatment. Exfoliating your scalp can give you a refreshed sensation and help you get rid of dandruff, sebum in excess and product build-up.
Oil Your Scalp
Different natural essential oils can help you tackle different hair problems and scalp issues. Some of them are well-known for their moisturising properties – such as jojoba oil or coconut oil, whilst some others are also packed with antifungal benefits, such as castor oil.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
Chemical damage, excess of hair dyeing, and abusing heat-based styling tools can all reduce your luscious tresses to dry and brittle strands and irreparably damage your hair and hair extensions. This isn’t ideal at all, right? Right.
Heat damage and over-processing your hair will strip it of its moisture, which will result in a lack of shine and softness. This can lead to breakage due to difficult manageability and reduced hair flexibility. Read more about your hair’s natural flexibility in our dedicated blog: Hair Elasticity 101: Why Is My Hair Stretchy?.
Washing your hair and Remy hair extensions is essential, especially to get rid of any unwanted smell, product build-up and residues of hair oil or hairspray. Using tea-tree oil based shampoo and conditioners or menthol-infused products will help you get a refreshing, soothing sensation and calm your scalp, too.
OUAI Detox Shampoo
As advertised on their website, in case you “overdid it last week”, a detoxing shampoo sounds (and feels) like a fresh new start on your hair. Infused with apple cider vinegar to detox your tresses and packed with keratin to restore your hair’s protein balance, this product is characterised by a cleansing composition useful to get rid of dirt, excess of oils and product build-up.
Mielle Babassu Conditioning Shampoo
This lovely sulphate-free shampoo doesn’t have an accompanying conditioner to buy in a bundle, but it’s a great, versatile product that works on both straight and curly hair, is affordable, has a lovely fragrance and it’s packed with Babassu oil for ultimate moisture. Its gentle, sulphate-free formula also makes it Remy hair extensions-friendly.
Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo
Moroccanoil is a champion in moisturising, hydrating products. Their shampoo, conditioner and hair oil are infused with Argan oil, a miraculous natural oil well-known for its softening and nourishing properties. This product works best on medium and thick hair, as it can be a little heavy on thinner tresses.
Revive Your Clip-In Hair Extensions
If you’ve been wearing clip in hair extensions at a party, headbanging and glitter may have turned them into a knotty mess. But don’t worry, you can still salvage them in a few steps.
Use Hair Extensions Shampoo & Conditioner
Letting your clip ins soak in a hair extensions-specific shampoo will help clean them from product residues and prepare them to get conditioned and brushed to bring them back to their original splendour. Find out more about washing your Remy hair extensions in our dedicated blog: How To Wash Hair Extensions.
Apply A Hair Mask
Using a hair mask on human hair extensions is a great way to restore them and give them the nourishment and moisture that they can’t get from your scalp like your natural hair would do. My pick is the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, infused with precious Argan oil and with a delicate, lovely fragrance.
Use A Detangling Brush
Never use a regular hair brush on your human hair extensions, especially when wet. Hair is at its weakest when soaking wet, and regular brushes can do more damage than good to your extensions. If you need a specific product, get yourself Cliphair’s detangling brush, specifically designed to gently work through tangles and knots without damaging your hair extensions’ seams and gliding through cuticle-corrected tresses without causing any mayhem.
Air-Dry Your Clip In Extensions
Air-drying is the drying technique for clip in hair extensions, as it gently allows the water to evaporate naturally from the strands without any heat damage. Use a hair oil to minimise frizz and keep your extensions soft and manageable, too. Find out more about this in our blog: How To Dry Hair Extensions Like A Pro.
Sleep With A Protective Hairstyle On
After giving your hair a good wash and rinse, it’s always best to follow up with a protective hairstyle to sleep in, so that you can rest assured that even in your sleep your tresses will be tucked in and sheltered from any potential friction and frizziness.
A simple loose plait, a romantic milkmaid braid or a ponytail tucked in a silk sleeping cap are all effective solutions to protect your hair whilst getting your beauty sleep. You can read more about this in our dedicated blog: 10 Protective Hairstyles For Sleeping (Straight To Loose Curls Edition).
Have A Healthy Breakfast
Starting your day after a party with a protein-packed, vitamin-fuelled, hearty breakfast isn’t just good for your soul and incredibly tasty – it can also help you overcome any symptoms of a mild hangover and give you a boost of energy for your day. Some specific food items in particular are a great addition to your diet to improve the way your hair looks, its growth, and its natural balance. Read more about it in our blog: #Healthyhair Foods To Eat For Healthy Hair.
Reviving your hair after a party isn’t just about washing and brushing like any other day, and with these little tips and tricks you can restore your hair and hair extensions’ vitality in no time.