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How to make hair extensions soft again at home

How to Revive Dry & Frizzy My Hair Extensions and Make It Soft

William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.

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Wed Dec 25 2019

How to make hair extensions soft is an age old question which we believed we would attempt our best to respond to. Maintaining that very first silky smooth feeling of brand new hair extensions is something we all face - it's an unavoidable and regrettable truth that comes with wearing hair extensions. Read on to learn how to make hair extensions soft again at home and discover some useful tips.

Why Have My Human Hair Extensions Gone Dry and Frizzy?

Human hair extensions can go dry and frizzy since they are not receiving any sebum (oil) from your scalp. Your scalp produces sebum, which has lots of great things and is what keeps your hair feeling soft. As hair extensions are not connected to your scalp they don't receive any of this natural oil and as a result can make your extensions feel dry over time.

Why Have My Human Hair Extensions Gone Dry and Frizzy?

What Are The Top Causes of Damaged Hair Extensions?

The top causes of damaged hair extensions are more typical in your day-to-day life than you would believe. As not getting any oil to keep the hair extensions nourished and healthy, there are a number of other factors which can speed up the speed at which your hair extensions become dry.

 Poor quality hair-- If the hair you have acquired is not from a trusted supplier, then it is most likely to end up being harmed at a quicker rate, as it has probably currently been over processed as this is a low-cost method to produce hair extensions. If the hair is over processed, it will be weaker and more vulnerable to damage. If your hair extensions are poor quality, it is absolutely necessary that you condition them correctly in order to reconcile them.

 Absence of natural oil-- As detailed above, natural hair gets oil from the scalp, and therefore conditioning after you shampoo will not be enough to keep them hydrated. You need to add oil back into the hair to stop them from drying out.

 Hard Water-- In the US and UK, the water from our taps contains a high level of minerals. This makes the water really "hard" as these minerals stay on the hair after cleaning and can cause the hair to dry. Hard water is also responsible for stripping away color in our hair, which highlights simply how harmful this can be.

What Are The Top Causes of Damaged Hair Extensions?

 Sun direct exposure-- We all know that we need to protect our skin in the sun, but a lot of us forget that our hair likewise requires protection, as just as the sun burns and harms our skin, it burns and damages our hair. Look for shade where possible and add an additional dose of conditioning to your holiday regimen to stop your hair extensions becoming dry in the sun.

 Sea Water-- Full of salt and minerals, getting your hair extensions damp with sea water is a sure fire way of drying them out, especially if you follow your dip in the sea with a bake in the sun. Attempt to avoid sea water on your hair extensions at all expenses, however even if you do manage to keep your locks dry, the salted wet air isn't much better.

 Chlorine-- Much like sea water, the chemicals in chlorine are no good for our hair extensions, they dry them, and can strip away color. Avoid chlorine as much as possible, nevertheless if you are a routine swimmer, then a regular oil treatment is going to be a must.

How to Make Your Hair Extensions Soft Again at Home

1. Use Sulfate and Paraben free Shampoo to wash your extensions

Sulfate, while effective in deep cleaning the hair, also strips away the beneficial sebum oils, leading to dryness and potential damage. On the other hand, parabens, though used in safe quantities by manufacturers, can still contribute to dryness and frizziness.

I highly recommend using sulfate and paraben-free shampoos to wash your extensions. By choosing these gentle alternatives, you can cleanse your hair without sacrificing its natural oils and moisture balance. Additionally, you should reduce the frequency of washing your hair to only when necessary can help preserve its natural health and shine.

Use Sulfate and Paraben free Shampoo to wash your extensions

2. Deep conditioning your extensions

An effective tip to make your hair extensions soft again at home is deep conditioning them. The main purpose of doing this is to lock the moisture inside the hair strand. The keratin elements in conditioner also fill the cuticles and make your hair extensions look smooth and shiny. 

As a hair extension expert, I always ask my customers to use conditioner after washing their extensions with shampoo. 

 3. Use heat protectant when styling your hair

This is so crucial in order to safeguard your hair extensions from being burnt. We successfully use GHD irons on our hair extensions, if you do have an iron which enables you to adjust the temperature level, we recommend never surpassing 180 degrees and do not leave the iron focused on one location on the hair extensions for longer than 5 seconds. 

Use heat protectant when styling your hair

4. Do not leave your extensions in direct sunshine

Excessive time in the sun can have it that the UV rays harm the external cuticle of the hair, exposing the inside shaft of the hair strand, causing your hair extensions to end up being dry, frizzy, and significantly difficult to handle. Use a heat secure spray on your hair when you venture into areas with a great deal of sun direct exposure and use a hat to protect your own hair and your hair extensions. Our HairTalk conditioning spray helps secure your hair from harmful UV rays.

 5. Avoid bleaching and coloring if possible

Did you know a lot of hair extensions were black or an extremely dark brown color prior to they were colored to the variety of different blonde colors offered for you to buy online. Think about yourself or a friend you know who has bleached their hair often and the sort of pressure their hair took.

While hair extension manufacturers have extremely smart techniques for bleaching hair extensions there is no way to do this without causing damage to the hair. Even your darker tones will have gone through a whitening and recoloring process.

It is for this reason that we NEVER advise lightening your hair extensions. A silver hair shampoo can work to tone the extensions, but even silver hair shampoo used multiple times can cause the extensions to feel dry.

You can dye hair extensions darker with minimal damage, however, we discover unless you are solely depositing color without a developing agent, there will always be some level of damage caused to the hair extensions. Rather always dye your own hair to match your hair extensions.

 6. Usage nourishing oils on the hair extensions.

This will keep your hair extensions looking soft and tangle complimentary, it also makes it simpler to brush knots out of them, so you do not have to tug at the wefts. I enjoy this one by John Frieda available at Clicks.

7. Store your hair extensions carefully

Leaving your hair extensions bunched up in the bottom of a drawer or in your travel case will cause them to knot. The trouble you experience when brushing out these knots contributes to the amount of damage that is triggered throughout brushing. Connect your extensions together at the clips and keep your extensions in a box or on your hair hanger after brushing all the knots out



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