If you want your synthetic hair extensions to last, you are going to have to take good care of them.
When compared to natural hair extensions, synthetic ones will take a bit more time and effort to care for. But when you take into consideration how much cheaper synthetic hair extensions are, you can still save a great deal buying synthetic extensions.
The biggest worries about synthetic hair extensions is how much heat you can apply as well as the fact that they tend to get tangled much more than natural hair.
If you are not careful you can easily melt your hair extensions or get them so tangled and knotty that all the hair pulls out of the clip area.
Synthetic hair extensions are usually quite cheap, but that doesn’t mean you have to toss them after wearing them once or twice. There is a good way to take care of them and make them last much longer than a few wears.
Whether you have bright purple hair extensions or more natural colored hair extensions, here is how you can take care of your synthetic hair extensions.
Wash Your Hair Extensions with a Shampoo Made for Synthetic Hair
Some people get scared to wash their hair extensions because it can ruin them if you are not careful. But sooner or later you will need to clean your hair extensions and the best way to do this is with a shampoo that is made specifically for synthetic hair extensions.
I recommend DeMert Wig & Weave Shampoo for Natural and Synthetic Hair. This shampoo is gentle enough to be able to be used on synthetic hair and you can also use it on your natural hair extensions as well.
The cleanser does a good job of cleaning the oil and dirt from the hair but it won’t strip the color.
Unlike other shampoos you won’t have to worry about your hair extensions becoming a frizzy mess after washing or becoming so dull that they look a completely different color.
The key to using this shampoo is it wash the hair extensions in cold water because synthetic hair can’t take the heat of a hot water shampoo. You can wash them in a large bowl of cold water with only a few drops of shampoo.
Do not use a hair dryer to dry the extensions. They will need to air dry flat on a table. I also don’t recommend you use a towel to dry them either as that can cause them to become quite frizzy and unmanageable.
Use an Oil Free Shine Spray to Keep Your Hair Extensions Look Brand New
Once your hair extensions are completely dry (remember do not use a hair dryer or any type of heat on them) use an oil free shine spray that is made specifically for wigs and hair extensions to prevent the hair from looking dull and dry.
Bonfi Natural Oil Free Wig Shine is a great hair product to use that can be used on synthetic hair as well as real human hair to spruce it up some so it doesn’t look too dry and tangled. It basically gives the hair the shine you need without adding extra oil into it so that it looks more like real hair.
It won’t leave a heavy greasy feel since it is oil free as you will find that other shine sprays will make the hair extensions worse rather then revive them.
Be sure to only spray a little bit across the hair extension as you don’t want to use too much.
This spray also helps with detangling the hair extensions as well since often times even real human hair extensions will get tangled after washing.
This bottle of shine spray will last you quite some time and really is a great product to have on hand if you own any type of hair extensions, wigs or weaves.
Things to Remember When Taking Care of Synthetic Hair Extensions
Probably the number one thing that you have to remember when taking care of synthetic hair extensions is to not expose them to any type of heat. This includes the temperature of the water you wash them as well as not using any type of hair dryer to dry them.
Most synthetic hair will simply just melt any time they are exposed to heat, so you want to be careful about were you store your hair extensions as well.
Lastly, make sure you are being gentle with the hair when you wash it as well as if you comb or brush the hair. The hair can easily be pulled out of the clip area if you are too rough with it. Also, you may find that the hair gets a lot more tangled if you are rough with it then if you are gently and use easy strokes to wash and comb the hair.
Although synthetic hair extensions may never look “as real” as human hair extensions they still can be a great way to mix up the style of your hair and not have to spend a lot of money on them. In fact you can find synthetic hair extensions for a few dollars and they can easily transform your whole look.
Just be sure to follow the tips in this article and you can enjoy your hair extensions for quite some time.