From clip in, to weft hair, the best way to store your newly purchased hair extensions could impact the precious tresses lifespan.
Regardless of the extension type, all hair needs to be cared for in order to look flawless and last for a long time. If you take poor care of your new set, it will soon not look as new and beautiful. Neglecting to wash or brush extensions leads to awful tangling, knots and matting which is definitely not a good look for anyone. But did you know that storing is also an important part of extensions care?
Many girls have admitted to poor storing habits which inevitably results in unwearable extensions. If you’re simply going to throw your wefts in the closet or shove them in a drawer, they will look horrific once you get them out. That kind of tangled mess is simply impossible to work with. When you have hair in that kind of state, you would have to wash it first, detangle it, and style it before installation. That’s an awful lot of time to spend so it’s simply easier to store the hair properly and have it be nice and ready when you want to wear it. And anyway, what’s the point in spending so much money on top quality Remy extensions if you’re going to look after them and let them become unusable in weeks?
Proper hair storage is actually quite simple and doesn’t require any special storage containers. The only requirements are that the wefts are in a dry and cool place, away from direct sunshine and moisture. So keep this mind when choosing a storage place. It takes only a couple of minutes to safely put away your wefts so there is absolutely no reason to avoid it. Also, this will definitely reduce any mess you have in your room or bathroom.
To make it even easier for you, we have explained a couple of different simple and quick storage methods that you can choose from. They include storing extensions in boxes, using hangers for storage, and storage bags, as well as additional information about how to travel with hair extensions.
Storing Extensions in Boxes
This is one of the easiest ways to put away any hair extensions. You can use the box that came with the hair, or a regular shoebox. We recommend this storage option when you want to store the hair for a longer period of time and don’t plan on using it every day. Here is how to properly do it. First, brush the hair gently and make sure it’s nice and smooth. Stack the wefts on top of each other and roll them together. Brush them one more time and finally twist the hair and place into the box. If you have a lot of wefts, you can repeat this step a couple of times and make a couple of hair bundles for storage. Close the box and put it in your closet, drawer, or shelf.
Hair Extensions Hangers
Another cool way to safely store extensions are hangers. There are special hangers made specifically for hair, but regular ones can also be used if you’re on a budget. We recommend this option for clip-in wefts that you wear every day because the hair is safely stored, but still ready to be used instantly. When using hangers, clip on the wefts one by one and use several hangers if needed. Brush the hair and place the hanger in your closet. What’s cool about using hangers is that you can style the extensions this way. Curling or straightening can be done in mere minutes when the wefts are on hangers.
Storage Bags for Extensions
If you want to get really fancy with hair storage, purchase storage bags made specifically for extensions. They usually come with hangers and are used on top of it to shield the hair even more. So once you clip the hair to a hanger, place the storage bag on top of it and zip it up. All you need to do now is place the storage bag back in the closet and you’re all set. Now you can rest assured that your extensions are safe.
A Cheaper Way: Do it Yourself Storage
Here are some of the ideas to help you achieve just that (give you really long lasting extensions).
1. First, after washing the hair, we recommend you to let them dry naturally (not to say that you can’t use a blow dryer because you definitely can), and make sure they are not tangled.
2. Second, straighten them with a hair iron and comb them!
3. Now, as far as the storage goes here are the tips:
a) Make sure the clips are closed
b) Always make sure the extensions are dry before placing them anywhere, otherwise, expect mold and other nasty bacteria.
c) Some recommend a vacuum bag (bad idea), we prefer a breathable material like cotton, this is the ideal place for your hair extensions. Alternatively, buy a bag with mesh vents.
d) Never leave your hair extensions in the direct sunlight, this could lighten your hair in the long run.
4. Alternative methods for storing your hair extensions:
a) In your drawer with a towel or other soft cloth placed inside in.
b) A shoe box.
c) Use a hanger and place them in your wardrobe.
Traveling with Hair Extensions
When going on vacation or business trip, all of us want to bring our fancy extensions to look extra good. But then we’re faced with the problem of how to pack the hair properly without damaging it. Simply sticking them into a travel bag doesn’t really work. You might think that wearing them while you travel is the best way, but you would be wrong. If you’re traveling on a plane, clip-in extensions might get detected as you go through the metal detector at the airport and you will have to hold up the line while taking them off in front of everybody. If you have room in your suitcase, bring the whole box with you. For less room, buy a traveling bag for extensions. It is very small and keeps the hair safe and secure. When on vacation, remember not to swim in pools or sea with extensions because it could damage them permanently!
How to Revive Poorly Stored Extensions?
If you made those mistakes we talked about and didn’t store the hair properly, there’s a very good chance you ended up with awful looking wefts that are completely tangled and lifeless. Before you throw them away, there are some things to try in order to bring them back to life. Fill up the sink with warm water, add conditioner, place the tangled wefts inside and leave overnight. Rinse the hair and leave it to air dry. Apply some detangling spray and start brushing. Be very gentle, but thorough. To finish, add any type of natural oial to the hair because that’s going to give it that lost shine. Now the extensions should look completely revived, but that doesn’t mean you should continue to avoid proper storage. As you can see, reviving tangled extensions is a very long process that might not always work, so prevention is definitely the best way to go about it.
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