Hair extensions are an ideal way to get longer hair in different colors and textures without ever having to chemically alter your natural hair, but they can be an expensive investment in your appearance. Unfortunately, extensions can have their own problems, causing you pain and itching to tangled tresses that are hard to maintain. By ensuring that you care for your hair extensions properly and keep knots out, you get the most enjoyment and longest life from your extensions
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Comb through your extensions on a daily basis, beginning from the bottom of your hair and working to the top. Some extensions, like those made of synthetic materials, should be combed less. Natural hair extensions can be combed as often as you would your natural hair. Be gentle. Remove knots with your fingers if possible, rather than using a comb to rat the knots out -- which can damage the extensions.
Wash your scalp rather than your extensions. Synthetic extensions rarely need to be washed, but leaving them unwashed can allow buildup and residue to make the hair look dull. By washing your scalp, you reduce the amount of tangles you'll experience in the shower.
Instead of lathering your hair as you normally would, use your fingertips to wash your scalp and allow the suds to run down the length of your extensions while you rinse your scalp. This will clean the extensions while allowing them to lie flat and avoid tangles.
Apply a small amount of conditioner once a week to your extensions to keep them soft and shiny and less prone to tangles. According to the website Hair Extension Guide you should only apply conditioner to the ends of your extensions. Dispense a dime-sized amount of conditioner to your hands, rub your hands together and smooth the conditioner through the lower two or three inches of your extensions. Brush afterward. If extensions are synthetic, leave the conditioner in your hair; if extensions are authentic, rinse as usual.
Invest in a silk pillowcase. When you sleep on a cotton pillowcase, your tossing and turning roughens the hair cuticle and can tangle your extensions. A silk pillowcase allows the extensions to glide across the pillow, so no matter how much you move at night, you keep knots out of hair extensions.
Wear a swim cap whenever you go swimming, warns HairFinder.com. The chlorine in the water can be harsh on extensions and cause them to tangle. With a swim cap you can keep your hair clean and dry while in the pool and remove the need to comb out knots, which can damage your extensions.