How to select
When purchasing hair extensions you want to get as close to your natural colour as possible and the best quality of hair you can. When selecting the colour, make sure you go shopping or to the salon during the day. Comparing hair colour in the natural light is the only way to ensure you get the best possible match.
Ideally, always select real human hair extensions like peruvian virgin hair extension as they will last a lot longer and look a lot more natural. Sian Quinn, an Art Team stylist at Headmasters, says “the quality in human hair is much better and makes styling really easy”. However, this type of extension is pricier and, actually, there are a lot of false extensions avaliable now that look pretty close to the real thing, so don’t fret if money doesn’t allow it.
Take your new extensions to your hairdresser and ask them to trim your hair with them in. That way, they’ll sit better against your head. If you colour your hair and have selected real hair, your stylist will be able to colour the extensions too, sadly synthetic doesn’t take to dye.
How to care
It’s not difficult to keep your hair extensions in good tack, but it does take care and maintanence. Here are the golden rules:
- Always brush your extensions with a soft bristle brush and never brush them if they’re wet.
- Wash your extensions no more than three times a week. You want to keep them clean so oil doesn’t make them slip but you don’t want to overload them with product.
- Always use a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfate strips hair of natural oils, as there is no direct supply of nutrients from your scalp into the extension strands, it’s vital that you avoid drying the hair out.
- Adding 2-3 drops of dry oil, such as coconut or almond, once a week will help to boost the shine of your extensions.