[Secrets Revealed] How To Look After Clip-in Hair Extensions
It’s one thing to invest in some quality clip-in hair extensions, but unless you know how to look after them properly, then you’re not going to get the most out of them! Taking care of your extensions is just as important. Thankfully, it’s easy. With just a few tips and tricks, you’ll have hair extension maintenance down to an art, ensuring your extensions last longer and look better. Ready to get started? Check out our top tips for looking after clip-in hair extensions.
Brush and brush again
This one shouldn’t be too hard to do. After all, who doesn’t love taking a comb to their long luscious locks and feeling them slip between their fingers? Trust me, it’s worth it! Just like your natural hair, you want to keep the knots at bay in your extensions.
The easiest way to do this is by giving your extensions a good brush when you put them in (which you probably do anyway) and then again when you take them out. This is the step that often gets overlooked in the rush to get them out and end the day. But it’s important, as it ensures your extensions have no tangles when you put them away until next use.
2. Don’t overwash
As with any brand, ZALA clip-in hair extensions don’t receive the natural oils and moisture that come from the scalp to keep them nice and fresh. So, while washing is important, you don’t want to overdo it. Wash them too much and they will simply dry out, causing damage in the process.
Aim for a wash once every four to six weeks (I know, if you’re an everyday hair washer this will be hard for you). But in this case, less is definitely more, so keep that in mind. If you’re really struggling, then opt for a bit of dry shampoo in your extensions between the washes to keep you going. You can do it!
3. Avoid heat
Whether it comes in the form of your hair dryer or your straightener, if you have a choice, it’s best to avoid the heat (as tempting as it can be). By letting your hair dry naturally, you’re preventing permanent damage to those gorgeous hair extensions. So, it’s worth it! Simply wash, brush out and leave to dry. If you’re in a rush, then avoid the wash altogether. Your hair will definitely thank you for it!
The same goes for those heated appliances. The curling iron, hair straightener…they can be so tempting, but they aren’t doing your extensions any good. If it’s a must, then invest in some heat protector products to give your hair a fighting chance against the heat.
4. Avoid water
If you enjoy swimming, it can be tempting to get in the pool or ocean while your extensions are in. Don’t worry — you don’t have to avoid it altogether! Instead, invest in a swimming cap, where you can safely tuck those gorgeous locks away out of sight, out of water.
The truth is, salt and chlorine aren’t a good mix when it comes to hair extensions. If you prefer, simply tie your hair on top of your head and just avoid putting your face under water. Either way, keeping those locks away from the water is the best way to protect them in the long-term. The shower, of course, is fine!
5. Store with care
Clip-in extensions are designed to come in and out as you choose. Whether you’ve invested in 20-inch clip-in hair extensions or a different length, the way you store them in between use can have a big impact on how well they hold up over time.
Make sure you have a box that is big enough for safe keeping. Brush them before you take them out (see step one) and then lay them flat in the box. Be sure to avoid lumping them into a pile. By following these steps, the next time you use them, you can simply pick them up by the clip and watch the hair flow nicely, knot-free, ready to be worn.
There you have it — five handy tips to help you get even more life out of your hair extensions, so you can enjoy them day after day without a fuss. Just a little maintenance for months of luscious locks — the payoff is well worth the effort!