Looking after hair extensions in Winter

Have you ever wondered why hair extensions behave differently in Winter?

Adjusting your hair extension clients care routine at different times of the year is a must as the ever changing seasons can effect hair extensions.

We’ve put together some information with the most commonly asked questions about looking after hair extensions during the Winter to help you understand why a simple thing like a change in the weather can have so much of an effect on hair extensions.

Why are hair extensions more knotty in the Winter?

During the Winter the damp air can sometimes leave hair extensions feeling more knotty after being outside.

Where the hair is porus it absorbs the moisture in the air and even after styling it beautifully before leaving for work you can often end up looking like Hagrid by the time you arrive at your destination.

The clothes we wear in winter can also effect our hair as we wear scarfs and woolly jumpers which friction against long hair and can cause frizz and knots too.

All of this is quite normal and although it is frustrating it’s always a good idea to cover your hair to protect it from the damp air plus take a decent hair extensions brush in your handbag so that you can keep it all under control.
What products are best for hair extensions?

The elements can often leave hair extensions feeling dry and using good quality products is a must as they will hydrate and moisturise without leaving a heavy built up on the hair which can make things 10 times worse. It’s also a good idea to go easy on serums and oils and although the temptation to layer them on to help calm the hair down it’s better to just just use when needed as they can layer up on the hair and become sticky.

What are the best products to use on hair extensions in Winter?

It goes without saying that you should always take the advice of your stylist as they will recommend products that also suit your own hair as well as your hair extensions. During the Winter what can really help is not over loading your hair with too much styling or after care products. This is because the products mixed with the damp air can sometimes make the hair feel sticky especially when the hair rubs against your coat, jumper or hat.

When initially washing the hair use what you need to give you what you require then in-between washes when heat styling try to use a good quality heat defence product but don’t go too heavy on the serum and hair spray as you don’t want to bake this onto the hair.

How often should I wash my hair extensions?

Try not to over wash hair extensions as during the winter the hair and scalp can become dry so trying to leave your hair wash an extra day will help with this. Do remember if you heat style the hair in between to always use decent a heat protector spray.

Should I sleep on a silk pillow case if I have hair extensions?

During any time of the year this is a great idea as minimising the tangles will mean less wear and tear when brushing the hair when you get up each day.

So to sum up…having realistic expectations with your hair extension aftercare will help massively and being prepared to adjust the routine during Winter and Summer knowing that both can have varying effects on the hair can make all the difference.

By having a good aftercare plan in place will ensure that you get the best from your hair extensions all year round.

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