The Coronavirus Pandemic has caused all kinds of issues when it comes to not being able to go about life as usual, and hair disasters have been a particular issue, with many documenting their lockdown looks as they try to maintain their styles from home, often unsuccessfully.

If you are a hair extension wearer, you may have found that you need to keep your hair extensions in for longer than you had expected. The last thing you want to do is remove them, as not only would that be hugely time-consuming, but not having the hair you love is not going to make lockdown any easier to deal with.

That said, we have put together our top tips on how you can get your hair extensions to last longer, keeping them in a healthy condition until you can get a new set installed.

The key to your hair extensions lasting as long as possible is preventing them from becoming dry and making sure they do not become tangled at the roots.

As your hair extensions grow out, your bonds will become more and more prone to tangling, so you are going to have to step up your game when it comes to daily maintenance. You will need to make sure you are separating your bonds every single day, and multiple times a day if possible.

When washing your hair, you are going to need to be more mindful of your bonds than ever before, as the longer they are left in, the weaker they will become. We would recommend investing in a leave-in conditioner spray, to detangle your hair as gently as you can after it has been washed. We would also recommend investing in a wide-tooth comb, to gently comb out large tangles, before working through your hair with your hair extension brush.

The older your hair extensions are, the more likely they are to either tangle or fall out, so treating your hair extensions with extra care during this time will help keep them in for a long as possible.

As well as your bonds, you will, of course, need to be looking after the hair itself, as the older the hair gets, the more likely it is to start feeling tired and dry. The reason for this is that our natural hair receives nourishment from our scalp in the form of sebum. Sebum is the natural oil our scalp produces that can make our hair feel greasy between washes. As hair extensions are not attached at the scalp, they do not receive any nourishment from sebum, making them far more prone to breakage and dryness. Fortunately, there is a solution to this, which is an all-natural treatment to act as a substitute for sebum. Our favourite product for this is the HairExtensionsBff pre-shampoo treatment.  This is designed to work in the same way as sebum, so you apply it to your hair extensions (unwashed hair), and leave the treatment to soak in overnight. You then wash your hair with your regular shampoo and conditioner, leaving your hair extensions feeling revitalised and soft. As this is an all-natural treatment, it doesn’t contain any artificial ingredients like silicones, and only natural oils and fragrances, so it is super important to only apply the treatment to the mid-lengths and ends.

If you need your hair extensions to last much longer than usual, for example during the Coronavirus Pandemic, then we would recommend doing a treatment like this a couple of times a week.  

Hair extensions are a perishable product, and they will change while you have them in. However, the degree to which they change can be affected by an excellent aftercare routine, so looking after your hair, applying conditioning treatments and being mindful of the hair extensions becoming weaker, can help to extend the life of your hair extensions.

Amy
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Hello, my name is Amy, and I am the founder and owner of SimplyHair and award-winning aftercare product brand, HairExtensionBFF. I have over ten years of experience in the hair extension industry, having first undergone my training as a hair extensions technician in 2010.

I started my career working as a mobile hair extensionist, fitting predominantly micro ring hair extensions, I traveled all over the county, transforming women's hair and lifting their confidence. After sourcing my own hair to use on my clients, and seeing how much they loved it and how high quality it was, I decided to become a supplier to other hair extensionists and salons nationwide, which quickly developed worldwide. I have also won the award for designing the Best Detangler at the 2019 Hair Awards and made finalist for Star Product for my Pre-Shampoo treatment.

SimplyHair's hair extensions are located in many salons throughout the UK and US, and are worn on national TV shows such as ITV’s Dancing On Ice. We are proud to supply many celebrities and well-known figures including Stacey Dooley, Dannii Dyer, Maura Higgins, Pixie Lott, Denise Van Outen, and many more. We are fortunate enough to see our products worn by Saffron Barker for her photoshoots with Primark and Superdrug, as well as all of the stars of the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2020.

Having an equal passion for both the hair extension industry and the small business community, I ensure that SimplyHair not only focuses on a quality product but also on valuable advice and guidance on growing a business. We want to see our community grow and thrive, and enjoy being a part of that with them.

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