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Wash Day Tips for Healthy Extensions

Updated: 5 days ago

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Alright, let's talk about keeping your hair extensions looking fresh and healthy. If you're new to this, it's completely understandable to feel a bit uncertain about how to handle them. But don't worry, at Haute Hair, we're here to make it easy for you with some simple tips that anyone can follow.

When it comes to washing your hair, especially with extensions, it's important to be thorough but gentle. At our salon, we specialize in NBR extensions, which are pretty low-maintenance when it comes to washing. But if you've got a different type, it's best to have a chat with your stylist to figure out the best approach.

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Start by making sure you really get in between the rows of your extensions when washing. Using your fingers to gently massage your scalp will help ensure everything gets clean without tangling up your extensions. And before you hop in the shower, give your hair a good brush to prevent any knots.

When it's time for conditioner, focus mainly on the ends of your hair and avoid putting too much near the roots (squeeze excess water out prior to applying conditioner). Let it sit for 3-5 minutes to really soak in before rinsing. And when you're done, handle your wet hair with care - rough handling can cause damage, so take your time when detangling or styling.

If your hair or extensions are feeling dry, a weekly deep conditioning treatment can work wonders to keep them hydrated and looking their best (Oribe Moisture and Control Masque).

After washing, how you dry your hair is just as important as how you wash it.

First off, gently squeeze out any excess water from your hair using a soft towel. Avoid rubbing vigorously, as this can cause tangles and frizz, which nobody wants! If you don't have time to give yourself a diy blowout, we definitely recommend to at least flash dry your hair. Make sure to use a low heat setting and keep the dryer moving to prevent heat damage. And always use a heat protectant spray before blow drying to shield your extensions from any potential harm.

This is a photo of a hair stylist blow drying a clients hair

When drying, be mindful of drying your rows completely. It's essential to keep these areas as dry as possible to prevent any mildew or bacteria build up. Once your hair is dry, you can style it as desired. Just remember to use heat styling tools sparingly and always use a heat protectant spray to keep your extensions looking their best. Never use heat styling tools at 400°F or above this can cause serious damage!

This is a photo of Oribe products

Lastly, using high-quality products is key. We recommend brands like Oribe, which you can find right here at our salon. They're great for keeping your extensions healthy and happy.

With these tips, you'll be able to keep your extensions looking fabulous and feeling great, no matter what type you have.

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