Menu Close

The Complete Guide to Caring for Your Hair Extensions

Whether you've invested in a full head of bundles, frontal, or wig from Shades of Melanin Hair, proper maintenance is key to making your hair extensions or weave last as long as possible while keeping them looking their best. In this comprehensive guide, we'll cover everything you need to know to care for your hair properly based on its texture and style. From shampooing and styling tips to product recommendations and troubleshooting advice, follow these steps to flawlessly style and care for your hair extensions like a pro.


Caring for Straight Hair Extensions

For straight hair extensions, keep things simple with minimal manipulation. Aim to shampoo once a week using a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo tailored for color-treated hair. Massaging the scalp isn't necessary – focus on thoroughly washing from roots to ends. Apply a small amount of conditioner, working it through with your fingers from ends to mid-lengths without rubbing too close to the roots. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry for the healthiest texture.

On non-wash days, spritz bundles with a spray leave-in conditioner or use a pea-sized amount of serum from mid-shafts to ends to prevent frizzing. Gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb before styling with a paddle brush. For extra protection, braid or loosely French braid hair before bed and secure with a silk scarf or bonnet to prevent tangling and breakage while you sleep.

Wavy Hair Bundle Care

Wavy bundles have a delicate texture that requires extra TLC. Stick to conditioner-only washes twice a week to maintain moisture without overly stripping natural oils. Gently rake conditioner through with your fingers rather than using a brush or comb, which can cause frizzing. Let air dry completely to prevent heat damage – avoid blow drying or sleeping in wet hair.

For low-manipulation styles that won't disrupt waves, try loose braids, ponytails, or protective caps while swimming or exercising. Look for moisturizing hair creams and serums formulated for wavy manes to enhance definition without weighing bundles down. Be gentle when detangling by working conditioner or a light oil from ends to roots with your fingertips instead of tugging with a brush or comb.

Caring for Curly and Coily Hair

Curly and coily textures are among the most gorgeous yet high maintenance. Start with a sulfate-free moisturizing shampoo wash once or twice per week followed by a rich, cream-based conditioner. Comb through with a wide-tooth comb in the shower, then rake in a leave-in product like a curl cream or gel. Scrunch as you go to encourage spiral formation without disturbing the cuticle layer.

Let air dry completely or diffuse with low heat for best volume retention. Resist the temptation to brush curls when dry as this causes frizzing – gently fluff roots and separate curls with your fingers instead if needed. On non-wash days, spritz with water and add a few drops of oil, cream or mousse to refresh coils without over-stripping. Coily hair may benefit from protective styling like two-strand twists between washes.

Blonde Hair Care Tips

Blonde extensions are especially prone to brassy tones without proper care. Stick to color-safe shampoos and toning products without sulfates or heavy oils that deposit residue. Focus cleansers on strands and skip scalp lathering which can prematurely strip color over time. Dry shampoo is better for freshening up between washes rather than water, which may contribute to brassy shifts in tone. Protect from UV damage with spray leave-ins containing sunscreen when styling. Overall, fewer washes promote vibrancy between salon touch-ups.

Taking Care of Lace Closures & Frontals

Lace closures and frontals require special care to maintain realism and transparency. Only shampoo the hair itself, avoiding getting the lace areas wet which can cause distortion. Use a conditioning hair masque or deep conditioner treatment weekly on extensions while avoiding lace. Blow dry on low, cool heat with tension applied from ends to roots. Finish with a protecting serum on hair but not lace to prevent buildup that darkens transparency over time. Store frontals flat or rolled when not worn to prevent creasing.

Maintenance and Troubleshooting

No matter your extensions' curl pattern or color, some general tips apply:

  1. Protect hair while sleeping in braids, buns or scarves to prevent tangling and breakage. Switch up styles to prevent flat spots.

  2. Wash and condition on a regular schedule to stay on top of dirt, oils and style longevity between appointments.

  3. Deep condition weekly with a heating cap or plastic bag to keep hair supple.

  4. Use a clean wide-tooth comb or brush specifically for extensions. Tangle Teaser brushes work great on all hair types.

  5. Check for shedding, matting or tangling which could indicate it's time for a touch-up or new install.

  6. Store unused bundles in an airtight container at room temperature away from heat or moisture to prevent damage over time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *