Regardless of the type of extension you choose, it will require some maintenance. We chatted with some of the greatest hairstylists in the industry to get their advice on how to care for your hair extensions and keep them looking flawless.
Extensions should be replaced on a regular basis.
Even with the best care, you won’t be able to keep wearing the same extensions indefinitely. With good care and regular visits to your hairstylist, a sew-in can last up to two to three months, according to Porsche. “Because your hair has grown out so much, you’ll know it’s time for your hair to come out when your install is entirely visible. It’s also time to come out if it’s been a few months and your style is starting to look completely different from what you started with — and not in a good way “Kim Kimble, a renowned hairstylist who worked on Black Is King and has worked on the crowns of Zendaya, Tyra Banks, Brandy, and others, agrees. To avoid matting and tangling, she recommends removing extensions “every six to eight weeks, depending on how fast your hair develops, across the board for all extensions at all lengths and textures.”
Extensions that are strand by strand can be worn for up to six months, according to hairstylist David Lopez, who is known for adding elegant inches to the hair of models like Ashley Graham and Hailey Baldwin Bieber. They will, however, not last as long if your hairstylist does not provide sufficient care and maintenance – you should schedule a monthly session. “If you leave microlinks in for too long, the beads tend to bend out of whack and when you’re attempting to take them out, the beads tend to bend out of whack,” Porsche says. They grow twisted and have the potential to tear your hair out.” “Try clip-ins if you’re not sure you can commit to so much upkeep.” Clip-ins are convenient because you may remove them at the conclusion of each session.
Make sure your extensions are installed correctly.
Lopez emphasizes that how you attach your hair extensions is the first step in maintaining them. “Make sure your extensions are applied by a professional who has been trained in that extension process,” he adds. Poor installation might cause damage to your natural hair, forcing you to remove the style sooner than desired.
If you’re new to extensions or don’t have a go-to stylist, Mayvenn Hair is a good place to start. With the purchase of your hair, the Black-owned firm provides a competent, free installation.
Keep to wash your hair.
“I think most people are unaware that they may wash their hair while the extensions are on,” Porsche explains. Yes, you may and should do so. Even if you’re wearing extensions, you still need to look after your natural hair and scalp. “I wouldn’t wash the hair as often as you would your own hair,” Porsche cautions, “since prolonged washing can cause the install to loosen and you wouldn’t get as much wear out of it.” She recommends cleaning and conditioning the extensions every two weeks at the very least, and once a month at the absolute least.
When it comes to mats and knots, Francis recommends “brushing all tangles out after each use.” Are you curling your straight extensions? Before beginning a new style, make sure the curls are brushed out. Use a paddle brush if you’re working with straight extensions. When your hair is wet and conditioned, use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush to detangle it. Felicia Leatherwood, Issa Rae’s hairstylist, invented a detangler brush with flexi-bristles that slide effortlessly through your hair and gently remove knots (which won Best of Beauty).