How to take good care of your hair and human hair extensions
Where the problem comes from: The origins of dry and damaged hair are usually physiological. Your scalp is dry and sensitive or your hair care and treatment is insufficient. Thus, there are many factors and the list of those responsible could be long: repeated blow-drying and straightening, violent brushing, permanent colouring and bleaching, pollution, sun...
Hair or human hair extensions are dry and damaged ?
- Wash only once a week with a very mild shampoo
- Don't perm, bleach or colour your hair
- avoid crimping
- Avoid hot blow-drying
- Avoid styling products that contain alcohol
- How to choose your shampoo?
It is good to know that not all shampoos are equal. Most of today's ingredients are much more aggressive and therefore stripping.
- So-called gentle shampoos have a concentration of washing agents that varies according to the product and the brand. A baby shampoo contains only 9% as opposed to 15% for a classic shampoo. So, if you want a very gentle product, contrary to popular belief, do not choose a baby shampoo as it is unsuitable for adults. Instead, choose an extra-gentle shampoo, i.e. one that contains a tiny proportion of cleansing agents and can be used daily if needed without the risk of damaging your scalp.
- Treatment shampoos: these are a mixture of different washing agents with added emollients and treatment ingredients. These shampoos are designed to either :
- nourish the hair and make it soft to the touch
- neutralise limescale and make the hair and human hair extensions shine
- soothe scalp irritations...
We recommend that you quickly change products as soon as irritation or itching appears. If for some reason you have to wash your hair several times in a week, alternate your treatment shampoo (for dandruff, oily or dry hair) with a mild one.
- Organic shampoos, the most commonly used today, are characterized by the absence of chemicals among their components, namely paraben and silicone. Be careful, however, as they may contain ammonium lauryl sulphate. And since these products lather less than others, you tend to use too much.
Remember, organic or not, you just need to take a dab of shampoo in the palm of your hand and dilute it with a little water before applying it to your hair or your human hair extensions.
In summary, the ingredients to avoid are
1°) - Silicones or dimethicones: they make it easier to detangle, make the hair smoother, softer to the touch and shinier, but they do not care for it in depth. Their virtue is to protect your hair from the heat of regular blow-drying or straightening plates. On the other hand, they can weigh down or weigh down your hair. Another disadvantage is that silicones are not biodegradable and may accumulate on your hair and in your environment. This is why some shampoo manufacturers and brands have banned them and replaced them with natural alternatives.
2°) - Sulphates, which are foaming agents, are also present in shampoos, especially in cheap ones. These products wash out hair colour and reduce the life of hair straighteners. They are also irritating and not at all recommended for those who suffer from dandruff.
How to wash your hair or human hair extensions properly ?
Regardless of your hair type, it may not cope well with hot water washes. So use lukewarm or even cold water to help your hair or human hair extensions retain its tone and shine.
Washing our hair or human hair extension is something we do several times or at least once a week. Sometimes we wash our hair daily with the right shampoo. But having a disciplined and shiny hair is something else!
First of all, the ideal frequency for washing your hair is two to three times a week, but you can go up to four, if it's hot and you sweat a lot or depending on the degree of pollution in the city you live in. If you have oily, clumpy hair and are looking to avoid over-washing your hair, follow our tips below:
Before washing your oily hair or human hair extension , gently detangle it with a comb. Indeed, the ritual of detangling hair is to be done before washing the hair or the human hair extension. For normal hair, detangling sessions are not a problem. However, for oily straight hair or dry curly hair, it is a real problem!
To make detangling easy, don't pull your hair or knots. Grease your hair with shea butter. And if you have a lot of knots, before washing, spray them or your whole hair or human hair extension with aloe vera before dividing it into 6 layers. Then, layer by layer, untangle the knots with your fingers wet with water, oil or detangling cream and finally comb through with a wide-tooth comb. Don't be afraid to apply styling oil to your hair, it will help and then after a good shampoo, any grease will come out.
Before applying a dab of shampoo and distributing it over the hair or the human hair extension to be washed, wet it thoroughly, paying particular attention to the crown of your head. Remember, the wash water should be lukewarm. If the water is too hot, it will definitely damage the ends of your hair. Again, there is no need to empty half the shampoo bottle onto your hair. If you have fragile, fine or sensitive hair or suffer from hair loss, remember to dilute the shampoo in your hands before applying it. Remember that shampoos are often also harsh on the scalp.
While spreading the shampoo on your head, massage your scalp with your fingertips from the forehead to the back of your neck. Proceed gently.
Rinse and repeat the process a second time unless you wash your hair daily. In that case, it will not be necessary to wash your hair twice in a row. Take the time to rinse your hair or human hair extension thoroughly so that any shampoo residue is completely removed. Also note that without a good rinse, hair becomes dull and sticky at the roots. If you don't rinse well, your hair or human hair extension can also become dull, heavy and difficult to manage. And because it's already sticky, it will look dirty and get dirty even faster as any pollution, including dust, will easily cling to it.
If you take a bath, never use the water you're stewing in to wash and rinse your hair. Use clean water instead. Finish the rinse with cold water, but not ice cold, as this will restore your entire head of hair to its smooth, shiny appearance. If you can only wash your hair with ordinary water, add a few drops of lemon or vinegar to the last rinse water to neutralise the lime.
And finally the conditioner, apply the conditioner to clean hair, i.e. it has been rinsed and then wrung out. Spread it through the hair gently with your fingertips. Leave it on for three minutes before rinsing thoroughly. During this application, massage from the roots on dry hair, for oily hair, massage only your hair ends.