Here’s the deal – when you have hair extensions, whether they are bond hair extensions, tape hair extensions or even clip-in hair extensions you have to look after them. That means using the right hair products and hair tools to keep them looking their best, for the longest amount of time. Good quality hair extensions aren’t cheap so you are going to want to know how to maintain your hair extensions to make sure you can keep using them for a long time.
The first part in how to maintain your hair extensions is all about the products you use. That means you need to be extra diligent in checking the ingredients of your hair care products such as shampoo and conditioner to make sure they don’t have any SLS and are Sodium Chloride Free. I’ve been using the Hair Extensions BFF Shampoo and Conditioner range lately – I have tape extensions so I have to be mindful of what I use on my hair. The Hair Extensions BFF range is specifically formulated for hair extensions so you can use it on both your own natural hair with bonds/tapes as well as use it for washing your clip-in hair extensions.
The Hair Extensions BFF Shampoo is lovely – I tend to do a double cleanse on my hair when I shampoo to make sure the roots are really clean. It’s a bit like double cleansing for your skin and I’m a huge advocate of that so why wouldn’t I do the same for my hair? The shampoo is formulated without the known ingredients that can cause dryness or irritation and you can use it every single day on both your natural hair and your hair extensions. The shampoo smells lovely, with the same amazing scent of salon-quality shampoo.
After I double-cleanse my hair with the shampoo, I move on to the Hair Extensions BFF Conditioner. Again, this smells super lovely with a salon-at-home quality. The important thing to remember is that when you have extensions you should only apply conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends and never at the root where your hair is bonded or taped with a hair extension. This ensures your tape extensions and/or bonds will stay in properly. The Hair Extensions BFF Conditioner has no SLS nor Sodium Chloride or any other potentially irritating ingredients so it’s the best conditioner for hair extensions.
The second part in how to maintain your hair extensions is all about the tools you use. I’m talking brushes, baby! When your hair is wet, it is the most prone to damage so you have to be super careful when you brush through your hair extensions. Hair extensions are also more likely to get tangled so brushing through gently is really important. If you like using combs the Hair Extensions BFF Shower Comb is fantastic at combing through any product to ensure even coverage so I like to use it in shower to make sure that all the conditioner has reached every strand from mid-lengths to ends. The ends of my hair extensions can sometimes feel a bit dry so this ensures that the product really gets to where it needs to in order to do its job most effectively.
Also, we DEFINITELY need to talk about what kind of brush you are using when talking about how to maintain your hair extensions. The Hair Extensions BFF Hair Extension Brush is specifically made for brushing through extensions. The secret lies in the bristles themselves of which there are two types; boar bristles and round head bristles. By combining both bristle types, the brush is more flexible, being able to work around bonds, tapes or clips without tugging or pulling at them which can loosen your hair extensions and also cause hair breakage. I absolutely love this brush for my own tape hair extensions – honestly it will change your life!
The last part I want to talk about in regards to how to maintain your hair extensions is at-home hair treatments. I LOVE an at-home, salon-quality hair mask. Especially after spending so much time at home lately, I’ve been loving giving my hair a weekly treat when it needs a bit of extra hydration. Again, the ends of my hair extensions get quite dry so I’ve been loving the Hair Extensions BFF Hairapeutix Hair Mask lately.
What’s great about the formula is that it is 100% natural and it’s designed to work in the same way that sebum (your natural hair oil) works on your natural hair. With my tape extensions, I can get them re-taped up to 3 times before I have to get an entirely new set so on the 3rd re-tape I can already tell they can sometimes look a bit dry and tired after so much wear and tear. The Hairapeutix Hair Mask literally brings them back to life – what was once dry as the desert becomes soft and silky, nourished and hydrated.
I hope this post has helped if you have been wondering how to maintain your hair extensions between salon appointments or at-home. A recap…it does make a HUGE difference when you use the right products for your hair extensions and a hair extension brush is life-changing!
*This is a ad/sponsored post in collaboration with Hair Extensions BFF but all opinions are my own as always and all products have been thoroughly tried and tested for review purposes.