If you have hair extensions, you want to make sure that they are in the best condition possible. After all, they can be quite expensive, but they contribute significantly to the appearance of full and fantastic hair! Simply taking the time to properly store your extensions will make them less likely to become tangled or frizzy, and they will be easier to locate when you need to use your extensions in the first place.
Method 1 Storage Options
1. Keep your extensions in their original packaging so that they can be stored quickly and easily. In either case, as long as the container is in good condition, you can continue to use it to keep your extensions safe and tangle-free for the foreseeable future. Place the box in your bathroom, bedroom, or any other location where you will have easy access to it.
You can use any small box or resealable plastic bag instead of the original packaging if you don’t have the original packaging.
This method is excellent because it prevents dust from collecting on your extensions. It is suitable for both short- and long-term archival storage.
2. Hang your extensions in hair extension bags to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. If you have a large collection of hair extensions, dedicating a small amount of closet space to your extensions will make it much easier to find what you need when you need it. Any beauty supply store will carry hanging hair extension bags, which you can purchase. To finish, simply attach the warp to the hanger, place the hanger in the bag, and zip it shut.
Many hair extension bags are clear or have a clear section so that you can see what is inside without having to open the bag.
If you don’t want to spend the money on a new hanger, you could also use an old shirt or pants hanger to achieve the same effect. Protect your extensions from dust and tangles by storing the hanger in a garment bag.
3. Make use of a plastic tote to keep several boxes of extensions together in one place. Purchase a large lidded plastic tote, preferably one that is see-through, and place all of your boxed extensions inside of it to protect them from the elements. When you want to switch up your look, simply grab the tote and pull out the outfit you want.
This is more beneficial if you are not switching your extensions out for different ones on a daily basis, though you could still do it even if you are.
It’s fine to write a brief description of the extension it holds on the front of each box if they aren’t already labelled that way. The search for what you’re looking for will be much easier as a result of this.
If you have extensions stored in resealable plastic bags, you could also use this method to store them.
4. Keep your extensions in a cool, dark place to keep the colour of your extensions vibrant. Whatever method you use to store your extensions, make sure they are kept out of direct sunlight, such as a closet or drawer, at all times.
In the sun, your extensions’ colouring can fade, which is one of the last things you want to happen to your extensions!
Method 2 Prep for Storage
1. Remove your extensions before going to bed in order to keep them in good condition. Make it a habit to remove your extensions every night as part of your nighttime routine. Breakage will be reduced, and tangles will be avoided, which will make it easier to remove the knots later on.
On late nights, you might be tempted to just plop into bed, but if you can, force yourself to get out of bed and do something. The next morning, you’ll be grateful that you didn’t have to deal with tangled tangles because you did it.
2. Before putting your extensions away or washing them, give them a good brushing. Take some time after you have removed your extensions to gently brush them through your hair again. Make a downward motion with your brush and work your way up to the roots.
Make use of a wide-toothed comb for the most gentle detangling action possible.
3. Wash your extensions every 6-8 wears or before storing them for an extended period of time. Shampoos and conditioners that are free of sulphates and parabens should be used. Your extensions should be cleaned in a sink and then laid out to dry on a clean towel.
It is possible that too much oil buildup will make it more difficult for your extensions to stay in place.
Use your best judgement when storing items for a short period of time. In most cases, if you have recently washed your extensions, you won’t need to wash them again before placing them in storage for a few weeks.
4. Allow for complete drying of your extensions before storing them away. Allow your extensions to air dry on a clean towel if at all possible. You can use a blow dryer on the lowest heat setting if you need to get things done quickly. Prior to putting them away, it is critical to ensure that they are completely dry in order to avoid them becoming mouldy or developing an unusual smell.
Aside from that, wet extensions are much more likely to tangle, which is something you should try to avoid at all costs.
5. Seal your wefts before storing them for an extended period of time to avoid shedding. Purchase a sealant specifically designed for hair extensions from your local cosmetics store or hair salon. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the sealant to both sides of your hair extension wefts, and then allow them to dry completely before storing them.
You will notice that your extensions will appear much thinner than they did when you first purchased them if they shed excessively. Sealing them allows you to keep as many hairs in place as possible while wearing them.
6. When you’re packing the wefts into a box or small bag, make sure to fold and roll them. Using your fingers, fold the clip sections over on themselves several times after they have been cleaned, dried, and detangled. After that, you can wrap the hair around your hand to create a donut shape with the hair. Another option is to hold the bottom of the extension in one hand and twist it in the opposite direction to roll it up.
Using the “fold and roll” method is the best option if you intend to store your extensions in a box or small bag rather than hanging them from the ceiling.
Before you roll the wefts, double-check that all of the clips are securely closed. They may become distorted if this does not happen..
7. When you plan to hang your extensions, wrap them in a scrunchie to keep them from falling out. Several times fold the weft over on itself, and then wrap a scrunchie around the hair beneath the weft at least two or three times. Using this method, the hair is kept from becoming tangled while it is being stored.
If you have multiple sets of extensions, such as a blonde set and a brown set, keep them separated so that it’s easier to find what you’re looking for when you’re looking for it.
If a set contains multiple pieces, it is important to keep them all together to ensure that nothing is misplaced.
A hair elastic or wrapping the scrunchie around too many times can cause creases in the hair, so use caution when doing so. If you don’t have a scrunchie on hand, a hair donut or something similar would suffice in this situation.
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