Keratin extensions refer to all extensions installed with the hot fusion method. Small I or U tipped strands with keratin on the root are glued onto the natural strands, one by one, by heating up the keratin with a hot tool. Fusion extensions are becoming more and more popular because they produce great results and look completely seamless. They are definitely one of the most realistic and natural looking methods out there. Another advantage is that the keratin glue is perfectly safe for the hair and it’s actually good for it. Removal of keratin extensions is also very simple and leaves the natural strands completely unharmed.
Since more and more girls are getting keratin extensions, there is a lot of talk on how to wash and care for these type of extensions. Actually, the process is pretty simple and doesn’t require much time. There are just some simple rules to follow and habits to acquire and you’re all set. The reason why washing keratin hair extensions properly is so important is because you can damage them otherwise. Because there is glue involved, you need to be extra careful when washing in order to increase the lifespan of your extensions and prevent them from any type of damage. Generally, you shouldn’t wash your keratin extensions too often like every day, three times a week is more than enough.
If you want your keratin extensions to last and be look as beautiful as when you bought them, then follow this simple washing and care guide.
(Please note: when you first get your keratin extensions, you shouldn’t wash your strands for two days because the glue needs time to set.)
Washing Keratin Extensions
- Before you step into the shower, you need to brush and detangle your keratin extensions. It is of great help to have a detangling brush because it’s much better for the extensions. Comb starting from the ends, going up and be very gentle while you do it.
- Now that your locks are tangle-free, you can proceed with the washing. You will need a very mild shampoo that doesn’t contain any strong chemicals like sulfate because it can damage the keratin glue. A good option is a baby shampoo or one that is made specifically for use on extensions. Another product you will need is a leave-in conditioner and optionally some natural oils.
- Get your locks wet and apply your mild shampoo. Gently rub your locks to get them clean and be very careful with the scalp are where your keratin bonds are. Avoid scrubbing and touching the extension tips too much, just gently massage to clean any oils. When you’re finished, rinse off with warm water.
- Now is the time to apply the leave-in conditioner. Make sure to apply it only the bottom part of your locks and not on the scalp. If you apply a conditioner on your roots, your locks could actually turn out greasy and you also risk damaging the keratin extensions. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes and rinse off.
- Towel dry your extensions and let them dry naturally. This is the best and safest method. If you need your locks dry right away, use a blow dryer on very low heat and apply a heat protectant spray before you use it. That will protect your keratin extensions from heat and keep the glue intact.
- After your locks are dry, brush them one more time to reduce any tangling from the washing. And that’s it!
Styling Keratin Hair Extensions
Now that you have washed your fusion extensions, you can proceed to styling. This depends on what look you’re going for, but there are a couple of ways that you can make your locks even more attractive.
To make your strands look more shiny and healthy, you can apply some natural hair oils like argan or coconut oil. Take some in your fingers and brush them through your hair, just don’t apply any to the roots.
If your keratin extensions are made out of genuine Remy hair, you also have the option to curl them. But before you take that curling iron, you first need to protect your strands. Apply a heat protectant spray and you’re good to go. Making even the slightest waves can help blend your keratin extensions even better and of course, waves look perfect on long voluminous locks. If you want to make a big statement, then go for kinky curls.
If you’re not into the curly glamorous look and want an everyday look, you can try braiding your strands or making a high ponytail. This is a great look for work, sport, or casual activities because braids and ponytails prevent the extensions from tangling and protect them from everyday activities. So if you’re going for a quick run, get that ponytail on and you’re set. This way, you have freedom of movement without having to fear your extensions falling off or getting damaged.
Sleeping With Keratin Extensions
Proper sleeping preparation is another important aspect of caring for your keratin extensions. Once they are all nice and clean, you want to prepare your locks for sleeping. You should never go to bed with loose or wet hair. The best way to protect your extensions is to braid them. Everybody knows how to make at least a simple three strand braid which is enough for sleeping. Braids prevent your strands from tangling, matting, and straining. If your hair is loose, the keratin bonds could get damaged, shed, or even fall off when you turn and toss during sleep.
So if you want those extensions to last, just make a braid before you go to sleep. It takes only a minute to do, but it helps so much. Another advantage of sleeping with braided hair is that will take you much less time to brush in the morning. When you wake up and unbraid your hair, it will be almost perfect and tangle-free.