Hair extensions are an investment of both time and money. This article discusses how to protect extensions overnight by wrapping them in a pure silk scarf from Mulberry Park Silks.
If you’re rocking hair extensions, this blog is for you! You know the commitment wearing extensions entails: time (at least half a day in the hair salon), money (hundreds up to thousands of dollars depending on the type and length hair), and regular maintenance (moving your extensions up as your hair grows to protect your hair follicles from the extra weight).
Of course, loving the way your hair looks makes every bit of that commitment worthwhile. But you also want to do absolutely everything you can to make your extensions last and stay beautiful. And that includes wrapping your hair for sleep in a 100% pure silk scarf from Mulberry Park Silks. Read on to learn more, including a stylist and hair extensions expert weighing in on why our silk head wrap is a fantastic idea.
What Are Hair Extensions?
For the uninitiated, hair extensions are artificial hairpieces that are added to a person's natural hair to add length, texture, fullness, and volume. Hair extensions can be made from synthetic materials, human hair, or a combination of both. They are attached to the natural hair by various methods, including clips, tape, glue, sewing, or braiding. Hair extensions can be styled and treated like natural hair, and they come in a variety of texture, hair color, and length options to match every different hair type, desired style, and hair goal. Hair extensions are a popular beauty accessory among people who want to change their appearance quickly without waiting for their natural hair to grow or thicken.
However your hair extensions are attached, it can take several hours to install them. The cost of hair extensions will vary with the type of extension used, the quality of the hair, and the length and thickness. Generally, human hair extensions are more expensive than synthetic ones. So, it's important to take good care of them to make them last as long as possible.
Why Aftercare is Essential for Hair Extensions
No matter the type or length of hair extension you have, what you do after leaving the salon will make a big difference to how your extensions look and how long they last.
“Aftercare is essential,” says Shantella Rios, hair extension expert and owner of Tamed by Tella, a salon in Montclair, NJ that specializes in extensions.
Along with regular salon maintenance to move extensions up to accommodate for hair growth, there are several best practices to follow to preserve your extensions:
- Wash carefully. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for technique and water temperature, and avoid scrubbing your extensions. Instead, focus on washing your scalp with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo.
- If you’re brushing, go gently with a soft-bristled brush or wide-tooth comb to detangle.
- Avoid heat styling if your extensions are synthetic hair, as curling irons and flat irons can melt the fibers. If you have real human hair extensions, use a heat protectant spray and low heat only.
- Don’t sleep with wet hair, which can cause extensions to tangle and lead to damaged hair.
- Always wrap your extensions when you sleep to prevent tangling, frizz and breakage. When it comes to hair extensions, your standard cotton pillowcase is also not doing you any favors. Cotton is naturally absorbent, and pulls essential moisture away from your scalp while you sleep. It also contains tiny fibers that can tug at your hair and extensions, causing frizz and breakage.
“You want to wrap your extensions to protect your investment,” Rios adds. “If you’re buying quality hair, you want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to protect your extensions just like you would your real hair.”