One of the most common questions we receive at Femme + Fierce Hair is, “will hair extensions ruin my hair?” It’s a great question! Before you invest in something like a bundle of Indian hair extensions, you want to be sure that you’re making a choice that’s healthy and safe for your natural hair. Like many things in life, the answer can be complicated. However, we believe that with proper installation – and just as importantly, proper after care - extensions can be very safe for you and your hair.
How to avoid hair damage with extensions
The best way to avoid damage when applying extensions is to see a professional for installation. Professional hair stylists are trained in the best techniques to apply extensions and can help you decide which is the best way to fit your needs. You may be looking for a short-term use for your extensions (such as wanting the look of long, thick hair for an upcoming event). In other cases, you may be looking for more long-term wear (such as the ability to wear and style hair for several weeks). A professional can guide you in the right direction. More importantly, a stylist that specializes in hair installations can properly install and style your hair for the best results.
How to care for hair extensions to avoid damage
Just as important as proper installation comes proper hair care. When you leave the salon after installation, the future of your hair is in your hands. That’s why we preach proper after care. Here are a few ways you can help maintain the longevity of your hair extensions and reduce damage to your hair:
- Gently detangle with a wide tooth comb
- Use lightweight styling products like serums
- Wash only as needed
- Avoid excess heat styling
- Avoid tugging, pulling, or otherwise disturbing your hair too often
Treat your hair kindly, and you will see great results!
How to protect your hair extensions for longer wear
After you’ve had your extensions properly installed, and you care for them properly (usually for about 12 weeks for sew-in hair extensions) you’ll be ready to take the final step: removal. By the time you reach the stage of removing your added hair, you may be feeling impatient and ready to yank them out. However, after you’ve invested money in your hair, you also want to keep them looking their best. That’s why we encourage you to have your extensions professionally removed. A stylist will know the best way to remove hair extensions to reduce damage to your natural hair. They can also help you protect the integrity of your hair extensions so that you can continue to reuse them in the future. Once removed, give the extensions a gentle wash and store them safely. Then, they’re ready to be worn again in the future!
Remember, you can cut, style, and even dye Femme + Fierce Hair extensions. They’re a beautiful addition to your