Co-washing is key
Co-washing is the key to maintaining soft and manageable extensions. I usually try to co-wash my extensions weekly to keep them looking shiny and soft. A few co-washes that I like to use are EDEN Bodyworks Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-wash, Mielle Organics Detangling Co-Wash, and Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Flaxseed Recipes Purify Me Moisturizing Co-Wash Cleanse.
Use shampoo sparingly
It is best to use a sulfate-free shampoo when you need to cleanse your extensions. Harsh sulfates can strip the hair of its moisture. This is why co-washing is preferred over washing with shampoo. If the extensions have extensive product buildup, you can use a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup. If you go this route, make sure to follow up with a very moisturizing leave-in conditioner. I recommend Crème of Nature Certified Naturals Mango & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo and Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In.
You want to make sure that you are detangling your extensions properly. The tools that you use on your extensions will affect how long they will last. It is best to use a wide tooth comb or a Denman brush to detangle your extensions. This will help keep the shedding to a minimum. It is also best to comb and detangle your extensions while the hair is damp or wet.
Let your extensions dry naturally
For my clip-in extensions, I let them dry naturally for minimal tangles. I place them on a towel or hang them on my shower and let them dry naturally before placing them in my hair.
Use minimal heat
Yes, your extensions can obtain heat damage just like your real hair can. If you must use heat on your extensions make sure that you are using the lowest setting possible. I tend to shy away from using a lot of heat on my extensions to prevent heat damage.
Store your extensions with care
When storing your extension you should place your extensions in an airtight container or breathable bag that is large enough to fit your extensions comfortably. Make sure that they are clean and completely dry before storing them away. You would not want to come back and find them full of mold and smelly.
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