Figuring out which hair extensions are right for you is one thing, but knowing how to care for your new length is another. To help you keep your strands healthy and extensions intact longer, we asked extension expert and founder of boutique salons in London, Manchester, and Los Angeles, Tatiana Keralina for her advice. Ahead, Karelina shares her tips for when and how to wash your hair and scalp properly while wearing extensions, what ingredients to avoid for long-lasting length, and more.
“For first-time hair extensions wearers, washing their brand new locks can be a little stressful. All this new hair to care for. But don’t fret, the first time it may be a little overwhelming, but it gets so easy after a couple washes. We recommend keeping the roots as clean as possible, depending on how oily the scalp is, some wash their hair three times a week, some every other day,” says Karelina. Special attention should to be paid to properly cleansing the roots in between the attachments, she notes, because as leftover build-up can cause itchiness of the scalp or extensions loosening up quicker. When washing the hair, carefully separate the strands and put your fingers through each strand. Make sure that the hair is properly rinsed and there is no shampoo remaining. As for hot shower lovers, Karelina adds that a cold rinse is always a bonus to seal the cuticles and enhances natural shine.
Other things Karelina says to keep in mind:
- The Micro Rings system is oil-sensitive hence we do not recommend using silicone shampoos, or shampoos with a lot oil. Use shampoos for normal hair, or any organic shampoo is suitable.
- You can use any conditioner and conditioning products (hair oil) on the length of the hair, but avoid oil on the roots, as well as products with silicones and parabens.
- Conditioners and oils can only be applied from the mid-length of your hair—do not put these products directly on the roots as it can result in extensions slippage.