Can you make hair extensions feel like real human hair? The answer is yes and I just discovered it.
It is absolutely possible to take straggly straw-like looking extensions to fabulous human-grade feel levels with just this simple step. No it’s not a magic spell, and I am pretty sure that it’s quite possibly something you have in your bathroom at the moment.
Two words, Deep conditioner. And this literally changes everything.
Oftentimes, the hair extensions we purchase peddled as 100% human hair aren’t really so, and as annoying as this may be, there is really nothing you and I can do about it. Except one decides to spend hundreds of thousands of Naira in the bid to purchase the high grade types, which seems a little extravagant in my opinion.
Let’s face it, there are fewer people who are willing to sell or donate their hair to meet the needs of everyone who desires human hair extensions. Therefore, most hair manufacturing companies resort to mixing the human hairs they can actually get their hands on with treated synthetic fibers to bulk them up for sale and make them more accessible in terms of price for public consumption. Unfortunately for us, we are mostly left with affordable hair extensions that feel like straw, coupled with their inevitable constant acne causing properties (in my case, lol).
This unpleasant circumstance I constantly faced made me become obsessed with finding out how to get these hair extensions to feel better without losing aesthetics. I soon discovered that there was actually a way to get your less than adequate hair extensions to feel natural, soft and somewhat hypoallergenic. This, beauty cult, is what I term “my deep conditioning hair extensions secret”, which I will be sharing with you today.
This secret hasn’t only help cut the amount of money I spend on purchasing hair extensions, but also the amount I spend on salon treatments in half.
Why Deep Conditioning?
Deep conditioning, a hair treatment process that involves intensively infusing hair strands with moisture by coating them with conditioner and letting it sit for a couple of minutes. This hair treatment process is perfect for any hair type because it provides numerous hair benefits such as improved moisture, appearance and overall manageability.
Now, before today, you may have thought that deep conditioning was only beneficial for natural hair, but what if I told you that it was also awesome for your synthetic and human hair extensions? Contrary to popular belief, it is actually very important to wash your hair extensions if you intend to preserve them. However, the method of washing can make or mar the outcome.
When caring for hair extensions, it is important to treat it like you would your natural hair. With this simple understanding, you will be guaranteed natural looking, super soft extensions, regardless of the quality, every single time. For example, using a sulfate shampoo on your hair is stripping and damaging on your natural hair, which means it will also be damaging to your hair extensions. On the other hand, most hair types love conditioners, so it is pretty logical to assume that they will indeed be great for your hair extensions.
Now that we have establish how this works, how then do you get on with deep conditioning? The secret is really simple. All you have to do is follow these three steps.
1. COAT AND STEAM
Coat your extensions in a favorite silicone deep conditioner of your choice, like you would your natural hair, and let it sit in a tied up plastic bag for 1 hour or a hooded dryer for 30 minutes. Some great cheap conditioner options with amazing slip that are great for hair extensions include:
–Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner
–VO5 Moisture Milk Conditioner
–Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner
–Aussie Moist Conditioner
–Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
–Sauve Professionals Almond + Shea Butter conditioner
Rinse off conditioner and seal in moisture with a fragrance-free serum. The reason I suggest using a fragrance-free serum is because of how unrealistic it is to wash hair extensions as often as you would natural hair, and most times using fragrance- filled oils may cause a stench after a while.
Proceed to style and dry your extensions as usual, preferably using the air drying or a hooded dryer method. Blow drying is never a good option for hair extensions because it may strip out all the moisture you have worked so hard to infuse.
Viola! I can guarantee that after following these steps, you will have softer, amazing textured and super moisturized extensions on a budget.
Give this a try, and I will love for you to share your own tips and experiences. Don’t forget to spread the Losbeauty addiction.