Hair extension maintenance can be a hassle no matter who you are, but it can be particularly difficult if you’re a college student. It can be hard to get to a trusted stylist once you’ve moved away from home, and studying can leave very little time for extensive styling sessions.
Depending on your circumstances, you might have to rely on yourself or friends to help you to style your hair. When it comes to pricey hair extensions, this can be a risky move. You don’t want to end up damaging the beautiful bundles that you spent so much money on. Here are five helpful hair extension maintenance tips that can help you keep your gorgeous locks looking fresh throughout the semester.
Get A Satin Pillowcase
When it comes to maintaining hair, whether it be our own natural hair or hair extensions, proper upkeep at night is very important. Laying your hair, especially afro hair, on a cotton pillowcase can cause the hair to dry out, which is why it is often recommended to wear a satin scarf. However, there are a lot of late hectic nights in college, and it’s easy to forget to tie your hair up at night. Doing this too often, however, can wreak havoc on your hair extensions. The best solution is to have a satin pillowcase for those night when you’re just too tired to be diligent with your hair. If possible, take a minute or two to braid or tie your hair together for best results.
Choose Rollers & Bobbi Pins Over Curling Irons
Changing your hairstyle regularly can be difficult when you’re in college. Sometimes you’re just too far from your trusted stylist, or you simply may not have the time. In these cases you may be tempted to style your hair yourself, but unless you’re experienced, you run the risk of damaging your weave.
If, for example, you want to change your usually straight look into a curly one, your first instinct is probably to reach for the curling iron. However, applying heat directly to your hair is one of the easiest ways to cause damage, and it is not recommended. Style your hair by using rollers and bobbi pins overnight rather than risking it with a curling iron.
If You Must Use Heat, Use Protection!
While using heating tools on your weave isn’t the best idea, there are times when you have no other choice. If this happens, be sure to take the proper precautions by using the proper products. Design Essentials’ Hot Style Thermal Styling Glaze and the Design Essentials Agave & Lavender Thermal Protectant Cream are two great products to help protect your hair from damage due to direct heat. If you’re flat ironing rather than curling, choose a ceramic flat iron as these are better at preventing heat damage.
Don’t Neglect Your Natural Hair
You may have chosen to install a weave for the semester, but this doesn’t mean that your natural hair should be neglected. Be sure to wash, condition and moisturize regularly. You may need to invest in a scalp oil to control flaking and itching and a long-tailed comb for getting under the weave for itchy emergencies, but use sparingly.
Use A Good Sulfate-Free Shampoo
The longevity of your hair extensions depends heavily on how you treat them, which includes the type of products that you’re using on the hair. Shampoos containing sulfates can be rough on hair, causing dryness and possibly breakage. Use a sulfate-free shampoo for your regular washing to ensure that your extensions last.