If you are thinking about having hair extensions fitted, you should always make sure your own natural hair is in a healthy condition before going ahead, as this will ensure that you can support the hair extensions correctly, and your hair will stay healthy when your hair extensions are removed.
If you have weak or damaged hair but want hair extensions fitted, there are some steps you can take to improve the condition of your hair, and here we shall go through our top tips for preparing your damaged hair for a hair extension fitting.
Have a good cut
If your hair is thin at the ends and easily snaps due to over processing and styling, then the first thing you need to do in order to improve the condition of your hair is to get rid of all those dead ends. Dead ends are no good for your hair as not only do they make your hair appear in a worse condition than it actually is, they can continue to worsen the condition of your hair by splitting and multiplying. By cutting off as much as is necessary, your hair will be far healthy, and will instantly look and feel to be in better condition.
If your hair has weakened due to over processing, for example excessive bleaching, consider toning down the colour so that it requires a less extreme processing method. Opting to go back to your natural colour is the best way to combat this, as it will require less work as your roots grow through so that you do not need to visit your stylist so often.
Invest in treatments
To mend your weakened hair, there are many styling products that can be used to help your hair gain its health back. Try to opt for products that contain natural ingredients, as nature is the master of natural healing. Think natural oils such as coconut, jojoba and avocado which will help to bring back lost moisture and strength. The longer and more often you can treat your hair the better, so leaving oils in overnight rather than a few minutes will dramatically improve the impact the products have on your hair.
Heated products are your hairs worst enemy. Even with heat protection sprays and serums our hair still does not like to be exposed to extreme changes in temperature, and this is why heated appliances are a leading cause of split ends. If you style your hair daily, try to drop it down to every other day as a minimum. If possible, try to reduce it as often as you possibly can, it won’t last for ever, and the better you treat your hair the quicker it will improve and the faster you will be able to get your beautiful new hair extensions.
Tie your hair up
Tying your hair up is the best way to give your hair a break. It usually requires minimal heated products to achieve, especially if you secure the hair in a bun, which gives your hair a lovely break. If your hair is very short this may not be possible, but the less you do to it the faster it will heal. When tying your hair back it is best to be cautious of the hair bands you use as tying your hair back too tightly can lead to your hair breaking, therefore try to make it secure and comfortable, rather than too tight.
Where possible, try to reduce the amount of time you spend blow-drying your hair. Many forget that like hair straighteners and curling tongs, your hair dryer also exposes your hair to heat and sucks moisture from the hair, therefore air-drying is a much healthier option.
If you just can’t resist blow-drying your hair at least try to air-dry it 50% of the way. This will have little impact on the overall outcome of the blow-dry, but will cut the drying time down which will mean your hair is exposed to the heat for a shorter period of time.
How long will it take?
The time it will take to heal your damaged hair will really depend on how committed you are to improving it, and how damaged it was to start with. There is no set recipe for gorgeous hair unfortunately, it takes time, patience and commitment, but it is well worth it in the long run. Protecting your natural hair is of the utmost importance when considering hair extensions, therefore it is vital that you do everything you can to protect and heal your natural hair to ensure it continues to grow healthy, and by following the tips above you should see improvement in your hair in no time at all.