Virgin Extensions Come From a Donor, NOT Your Scalp
As a self-proclaimed hair extension enthusiast, I think it is so important to discuss with my readers the importance of maintaining the extensions once it is installed. Most weave-wearers judge hair based on how well it can withstand their day-to-day style changes. While there is nothing wrong with this, it is important to remember that the hair is not growing from our own scalp.
Just as you would condition your hair for moisture, the same is needed for your extensions. Think about it, you scalp generates natural moisture from Sebum (composed of fatty acids secreted from your skin/scalp). Once your virgin extensions have been cut from its donor's head, it is no longer receiving this moisture. If you aren't co-washing or deep conditioning your hair extensions every 1-2 weeks, you may see shedding, tangling, and possible frizzing. Understand, giving the hair moisture does not require that you put heavy oils on the hair. This will cause build up and will also lead to tangling or limp, life-less hair. Choose a conditioner with a low pH that gives the hair moisture without stripping it.
I am a fan of Clairol's Hello Hydration Conditioner and Aussie's Moist Conditioner. Both are great for co-washing (washing with conditioner) extensions and are affordable!
To tame frizz, try using MoroccanOil on damp extensions and letting it air dry.
The next time you read a hair review about a brand of hair extensions, ask the blogger/vlogger/testifier how they cared for the hair. There are tons of good hair companies that get bashed because of the careless handling of hair extensions by some reviewers. Failure to take proper care of your hair extensions decreases the quality and is an absolute waste of your money!
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