Don’t throw out your hair extensions just because they’re dry, frizzy, or lifeless! You can try a few simple things to restore human hair and synthetic extensions to their former glory without spending a lot of money. First, we’ll go over a few quick fixes for treating dry, tangled, or frizzy human hair extensions. We’ll also go over how to care for synthetic hair extensions so they last as long as possible. If these methods fail, the boiling water method can revive both human and synthetic hair extensions, restoring their health and smoothness.
Method 1 Human Hair Extensions
1. To repair split ends and seal the cuticle, use a hot oil treatment. The instructions differ depending on the brand, so check the packaging for specifics! In general, warm water or your microwave should be used to heat the oil. Then, massage the oil into the extensions and distribute it with a wide-toothed comb. Wait 5-15 minutes while wearing a plastic shower cap. Rinse your hair with warm water, blot it gently with a towel, and air-dry it.
Keep oil away from the bonded area between your scalp and the extensions! This can cause the bond to weaken and your extensions to fall out.
Hot oil treatments are widely available in pharmacies, beauty supply stores, and online.
2. To restore dry or tangled extensions, use a deep-conditioning treatment. Apply your favourite deep conditioner to the hair and distribute it evenly with a wide-toothed comb. Then, cover your hair with a shower cap or wrap it in a plastic bag for 5-10 minutes to allow the conditioner to soak in. Rinse the hair thoroughly with lukewarm water and air-dry it.
Look for products that are free of parabens and sulphates, as these are gentler on extensions.
Apply no deep conditioner to the bonds of your extensions.
3. To increase hydration and smooth frizz, apply a coconut oil hair mask. Pour 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of honey into a mixing bowl. Combine the ingredients and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Saturate the extensions with the mask and set aside for 30 minutes to allow it to absorb. After that, rinse your hair with lukewarm water and style it as usual.
Method 2 Synthetic Hair Extensions
1. Every day, apply detangler and brush out your extensions. Tangling is a common issue when using hair extensions. Every day, before styling your hair, apply a good detangling product all over it. Then, use a wide-toothed comb or a boar-bristle brush to keep the hair soft and tangle-free. Put the comb or brush in your bag so you can remove tangles or knots on the go.
Take your time brushing through your extensions because the hair can easily become tangled! Knots can be caused by even rough brushing.
Sleep on a silk pillowcase at night to avoid tangling.
If your synthetic extensions shed a lot when brushed, it’s time to get a new set.
2. To keep synthetic extensions in good condition, wash them every two weeks. Synthetic hair, like human hair, picks up dirt, debris, and odours. If your synthetic extensions are looking lifeless or stringy, get in the shower and wash them with a gentle synthetic hair shampoo. After that, use a conditioner designed for synthetic hair and thoroughly blow dry your hair. Make sure to dry your roots and natural hair underneath the extensions to prevent mould and mildew from growing.
If you work out frequently, wash synthetic extensions once a week or use dry shampoo in between washes to keep them clean and bouncy.
If you’re wearing clip-in extensions, take them out to wash and hang them to dry.
3. To avoid unnecessary damage, avoid using heat styling tools. Because most synthetic extensions are pre-styled, the style pattern (wavy, curly, straight, etc.) is permanent and will bounce back after washing the hair. If you use heat styling tools to change the style, the synthetic hair will be burned.
If you have heat-friendly synthetics, they can be gently styled with low heat to complement your current look. However, you cannot change the overall style pattern of the hair. Curly extensions, for example, cannot be flat ironed straight, but straight extensions can be flat ironed to look sleeker. These extensions will be marketed as heat-resistant, so check the packaging or the manufacturer’s website if you’re unsure.
Method 3 Boiling Water Treatment
1. Fill a sink or a bowl halfway with warm water and a few squirts of shampoo. Begin by filling a clean tub or basin with warm water. Squeeze in a squirt of sulfate-free shampoo and swish your hand around in the water to evenly distribute the shampoo and lather it up.
Thoroughly rinse out the shampoo! Residue can make your extensions appear lifeless and dull.
If your extensions are synthetic, use synthetic hair shampoo. The first time you use boiling water on synthetic hair, it should not damage it. However, synthetic hair is unlikely to withstand more than one boiling water treatment.
2. To clean the hair, immerse it and run your fingers through it. Wash each weft separately to ensure that the hair is clean. Put the hair in the water and gently massage it with your fingers to allow the shampoo to penetrate, being careful not to tangle it. After rinsing the weft, drape it over the edge of the basin or lay it flat on a clean towel.
Individual weft washing may appear time-consuming, but it ensures that the hair is squeaky clean and prevents knots and tangles.
3. Fill the basin halfway with boiling water and stir in the conditioner. Fill the basin or bowl with boiling water after draining the soapy water. Take care not to overheat! Then, stir in 2 teaspoons (9.9 mL) of your favourite conditioner with a spoon.
Boiling water opens the hair cuticle, allowing the conditioner to penetrate.
Stir in 1 drop silicone serum for an extra dose of moisture.
If you don’t have serum, try a few drops of a natural oil, such as olive or coconut oil.
4. Immerse the extensions in hot water for 15-20 minutes. Place your extensions in the hot water with caution, being careful not to burn yourself. Dip the extensions into the water with a spoon until they are completely submerged. Allow the conditioner to penetrate the cuticle of the hair by leaving it in the water for up to 20 minutes.
5. Remove the wefts from the water and place them flat on a clean towel. Place a clean towel flat on a nearby surface and carefully place each weft to the towel, taking care not to tangle the hair. There is no need to rinse the conditioner or squeeze out the excess water! Transfer the hair directly from the basin to the towel.
If the water is still hot, grab the wefts with a spoon or tongs and handle them with plastic gloves.
6. Wait 30 minutes after applying a nourishing hair mask to the hair. Pick up each weft and apply your favourite hydrating hair mask to the lengths of the extension. Lay the wefts flat on the towel, next to each other. Set a timer for 30 minutes after you’ve saturated each extension.
Hair masks are deep conditioning treatments for your hair that moisturise and repair it. They are available at most drug stores and beauty supply stores.
Look for masks that contain nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E, Argan oil, keratin protein, B vitamins, coconut oil, and lipids that are strong.
7. After rinsing each weft with cold water, lay it out flat on a towel. Fill the basin or bowl halfway with cold water, or use cold water directly from the faucet. Pick up each weft individually and rinse the hair thoroughly to remove all of the conditioner. Squeeze the lengths of the hair gently to remove excess moisture, then lay each weft out flat on a towel.
Never, ever wring out wet extensions! To remove excess moisture, always squeeze out the water and gently blot the hair with a towel.
Cold water closes the cuticle of the hair and seals in moisture.
8. Detangle and smooth the hair with a wide-toothed comb. Lay your hair out flat on a towel. With a wide-toothed comb, begin at the ends of the hair and work your way to the opposite end of the weft. Before moving on to the next weft, detangle each one individually.
As you detangle your hair, you’ll notice how effective this treatment is. It will feel a lot smoother and softer than before!
9. Allow the extensions to air-dry overnight on a towel. To add extra moisture, lightly spritz each weft with a silicone product before allowing the hair to air-dry. Check that the hair will not be disturbed as it dries, as this could result in tangles.
When the hair is completely dry, comb through each extension again. Then they’re ready to go!
10. If your hair is straight, use a flat iron to make it shiny. Coat each weft lightly with a heat protectant spray for a super glossy finish on straight hair. Then, from end to end, run a flat iron through the hair to seal in moisture and finish the restoration process.
Heat should not be used to style synthetic extensions because it will damage them. Synthetics are permanently styled, so you can’t change the look. The only exception is if you have heat-friendly synthetics, which can be styled gently with low heat to enhance the pattern. You can’t, however, change the style pattern (for example, you can’t flat iron curly extensions straight).
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