How to Take Care of Your Hair Extensions During the Summer

Laura Valente

Posted on August 06 2018

take care of hair extensions during summer months

The summer is a season of beautiful weather and lots of physical activities. People love going to the beach to surf, sweat, swim, or just lie out under the sun and get a tan. But if you wear hair extensions then you need to take some precautions first. Hair extensions can get damaged easily if they’re exposed to salt water, chlorine, sweat, or UV rays from the sun. In fact, even your natural hair can get damaged by these environmental elements. So, for hair extensions, they will be even worse.

Many hair extensions are made from natural hairs anyway. If you know how to take care of your natural hair, then you can take care of these hair extensions the same way. However, the area of the hair extensions that you need to concern yourself with is the tape or bonds that hold them together. There are certain outdoor elements and chemicals which can pose a threat to them.

If you have bonded extensions and they are exposed to water for extended periods of time, they could potentially get damaged. You can go swimming with bonded extensions but don’t soak them in the water for a long time. When you’re done in the water, dry your extensions right away. Don’t worry about drying your natural hair because the air outside can do that. But the extensions will need immediate rough-drying to stay in good condition.

If you have tape-in hair extensions, the water won’t have too much of an effect on them. The bigger problem will be with your skin-care products and the UV rays themselves. If you put sunscreen on your face and body, try to keep it away from your hairline. Otherwise, the sunscreen solution could loosen the tape which holds the extensions together. Wash your hands too just to be sure the sunscreen is off your hands before you touch your hair again.

Finally, find some hair care products which are formulated specifically for extensions. These would be sulfate-free hair care products that are gentle on the hair and extensions. If you’re using tape-in extensions and want to apply conditioner to your hair, keep the solution and tape about 1 to 2 inches apart at least. It is very important that you don’t expose the tape to any moisturizers or conditioners. When you go to wash your extensions, do so gently. You don’t need to scrub or rub them hard. If you need to use shampoo, do so no more than 3 times per week.  

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