Quality hair extensions are an investment that can last up to two years! Considering how expensive quality hair extensions can be, this is a very good thing. However, the longevity of luster does not magically happen just because you purchased quality hair. Careful maintenance and up keep of your hair extensions is critical to protecting your investment. The following items are common reasons for hair extension breakdown.
If you have real, human, remy hair extensions but they are dry, matted, and tangled, it could be due to a lack of natural oil. Quality hair extensions need the same things as your natural hair. Apply a high quality hair oil from mid shaft to end of your hair extensions to keep their luster. Hard water and sun exposure is another factor that can damage your extensions causing them to become dry, discolored, and brittle. Chlorine and sea water are also horrible for hair extensions and can cause a lot of breakage to not just your hair extensions, but also your natural hair.
Using the wrong products also can ruin your hair extensions. It is absolutely a must to use sulfate-free products. Sulfates are among the top chemicals that are going to leave your hair extensions looking dull and worn out and make the attachments brittle. You must also use the correct hair brush that will not put undue stress on the hair extension attachments. Finally, correct installation and re-installation at reasonable intervals plays a key role in the durability of any hair extension. This can not be overemphasized. Allowing the hair extensions to grow out past an 8 week time-frame can result in massive tangling to the point of needing to cut the hair extensions out and involve cutting of the natural hair close to the scalp.
Of course, you must also follow standard hair extension care instructions. Dry the hair extensions completely before going to bed, sleep on a silk pillow, and perhaps braid the hair extensions before sleeping on them. Brush twice a day, avoid conditioner on the attachments (for tape-ins) and use a heat protectant with thermal styling tools. Following all these tips can help you get your monies worth and up to two years of usage when it comes to investing in hair extensions