9 Hair Extension Care Tips: Unlock the Power of Glamorous Hair!

Hair extensions give us effortless glamor. However, like every other hairpiece product, we must care for hair extensions. An excellent hair extension care routine will keep us away from dull, matted locks or irreversible damage to our natural hair.

“What is the lifespan of human hair extensions?” Wearers and hair distributors often ask. The answer is, “It depends.” Appropriate hair extension care will indeed maximize their lifespan. Remy human hair extensions at New Times Hair can last more than a year if properly cared for.

We’ve listed some practical tips on hair extension care. Stick to them, so you or your customers may continue to shine.

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Hair Extension Care Tip 1: Install Your Hair Extensions Correctly

Great hair extension care starts with how it is installed. Ensure that your hair extensions are installed by a professional hairstylist trained in that extension method.

If you own a salon or work as a hairstylist and want to install hair extensions for your clients, ensure you or your staff are trained in all the hair extension methods you will use on your customers.

Poor installation can damage the wearer’s natural hair, and the wearer has to remove that hairstyle sooner than she wants to. For those who care hair extensions stronger than others, correct installation is super critical on how to take care of hair extensions.

An attractive female hairstylist installing K tip hair extensions for her female client in a salon

Hair Extension Care Tip 2: Care for Hair Extensions at Night

How to take care of hair extensions on the bed? Excellent hair extension care also relates to wearers’ sleeping habits. And yes, the wearer’s job is to care for hair extensions while sleeping.

We all know that wearers of professional hair extensions cannot remove them whenever they want. The hair extensions will stay in their hair until a hairdresser reattaches them or replaces them. How shall we take care of hair extensions at night? Here are some practical tips.

  • Sleep on Silk and Satin

A rough surface like cotton will harm the hair or cause it to tangle. A satin pillow, on the other hand, reduces the friction between the hair and the pillow surface and will keep the hair in excellent condition. Similar to using scarves or bonnets made of silk or satin, a silk or satin pillowcase adds additional protection to hair extensions.

A smooth satin pillow for the best care for hair extensions
  • Never Sleep with Wet Extensions

Excellent hair extension care includes drying your hair and the extensions thoroughly before bed. It is common sense that sleeping with wet hair will end up with knots and tangles.

Because of friction between the hair and the pillow, the hair will become frizzy once dry. The same applies to hair extensions. Having to untangle hair extensions can be a big hassle. Separating extensions from natural hair takes time and patience. Because of the frizz, your hair extensions could also look dull.

Hair Extension Care Tip 3: Brush the Hair Extensions Daily

Daily brushing of the hair also contributes to excellent hair extension care. Brush your hair and hair extensions 2-3 times daily to ensure that the oils from the scalp reach the extension ends. It effectively moisturizes and nourishes the hair and hair extensions.

Brushing the hair daily is the key to keeping the hair extensions soft and tangle-free. But how to take care of hair extensions by brushing them properly? If applicable, apply oil to the mids and ends of the extension hair daily. It will help keep the hair nourished and extra soft while preventing split ends.

A woman wrapped with a towel brushes her long auburn hair extensions with a wide-tooth hair brush in a living room

Hair Extension Care Tip 4: Separate the Bonds Daily

Separating the bonds daily will be helpful in the daily hair extension care routine. Most professional hair extensions are attached to the wearer’s hair bunch-by-bunch with bonds, such as fusion hair extensions, micro links, etc.

Because the bonds are so tightly fitted, flying or shed hair may become entangled between them over time. Separating the extension bonds daily can avoid potential tangling. You can do this by gently running your fingers from the root to the tip of each hair extension.

How to take care of hair extensions? Are there any daily hair extension care routines? Separating the bonds is a quick and easy process. It usually takes only minutes. However, it will significantly impact your hair extensions in the long run. Failure to look after your bonds may cause your stylist to tell you at your next visit, “Sorry, you can’t wear this set of hair extensions anymore; the bonds and hair are all messed up, and you have to get a new set.”

To ensure your hair extensions last longer, take care of the bonds by keeping them separate.

Hair Extension Care Tip 5: Wash Your Hair Extensions Properly

Some wearers have the impression that hair extensions are delicate and fragile, so we better not wash them so frequently, or they may not last. That’s not true. Just because the hair looks silky smooth doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be washed. So it is recommended that you wash your hair extensions regularly to avoid oil or dirt buildup, especially if your natural hair is oily.

  • Do not Wash Hair Extensions Frequently
A woman washes her hair with k tip hair extensions in the shower

Although washing hair extensions is an essential part of good hair extension care, you should not wash them as frequently as you do your hair. Excessive washing can set the bonds or tapes loose, and the hair extensions will not last. Especially when you shower, avoid showering your hair with hot water, as hot water may melt the bonds, and the hair extensions will fall.

People might have told you to wait to wash your hair extensions until there’s excessive product buildup or dirt. That’s true, but it only applies to temporary hair extensions, such as halo or clip-in hair extensions, which you can attach or remove any time you want.

Ideally, with professional hair extensions, our New Times Hair recommendation is to wash them no more than twice a week. If you must shower daily, wear a shower cap to prevent hair extensions from getting wet.

  • Choose the Right Shampoo and Conditioners

The right kinds of shampoo and conditioner are also essential to wash your hair extensions correctly.

But what should you avoid using on hair extensions? Never use shampoos or conditioners rich in sulfate to ensure excellent hair extension care. Sulfates are, in fact, your hair extensions’ worst enemy. They contain salts and only have one function, to make products foam. Sulfates dehydrate the hair by stripping it of its natural oils due to its high salt content. So, stick to sulfate-free shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products.

A indication to use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners for good hair extension care

Choose well-known, healthy, moisturizing shampoos and hair extension care products to keep your hair extensions glamorous. The best shampoos and conditioners usually include coconut milk, natural oils, and whipped egg proteins. Shampoos and products like that help to keep extension hair strong, elastic, and hydrated.

Hair Extension Care Tip 6: Get a Weekly Condition of the Hair Extensions

A hairstylist conditioning a female customer's in a salon

To ensure excellent hair extension care, you should condition them once a week. Condition your hair extensions every week can keep them smooth and shine, thus last longer. More benefits of conditioning hair extensions are as follows:

  • Increases the shine and luster: conditioning the extension hair with generous (not too much) conditioner will nourish the hair and keep it shiny and out of split ends.
  • Keeping hair elastic and long-lasting: Using sulfate-free conditioners rich in coconut ingredients and egg proteins will make the hair more elastic and hard to break. Hence it lasts longer.
  • Reduces tangles and shedding: Condition the extension hair. So it stays healthy, nourished, and unlikely to tangle or shed.
  • Maintains hair color: Most human hair extensions are made of Remy human hair, just like all hair extensions provided by New Times Hair (newtimeshair.com). Remy human hair has intact and nicely arranged cuticles. That’s how it holds hair colors and never fades. However, unhealthy hair or hair with split ends tends to damage the hair and cuticles, so the color will fade quickly.
  • Reduces hair breakage: Tangling and matting will eventually cause the hair to break and have split ends. That’s even more so why conditioning extension hair is essential.

Soon you will realize that it pays to condition your hair extensions weekly. Whether a deep conditioner or leave-in conditioner, the hair will stay healthy and keep you shining.

Hair Extension Care Tip 7: Avoid Excessive Dyeing or Use of Heat

To ensure appropriate hair extension care, we also need discipline as wearers. There’s no problem with dyeing, styling, or curling the hair with heat. But do them sparingly.

  • Never Dye the Hair Extensions Excessively

Dyeing your extensions excessively will cause the extension hair to dry or break, much like your natural hair. Hair extensions can only withstand so many harmful chemicals, such as those found in bleach and hair dye before they are irreparably damaged. After repeatedly dying your hair extensions, you’ll often find that the coloring process won’t work.

Human hair extensions are generally more robust and durable than synthetic ones. Choosing extensions made of premium human Remy hair is even better. Quality Remy hair extensions, like the ones provided by New Times Hair, have cuticles still attached and perfectly arranged around the hair shaft. Hence, the hair color remains stable and will never fade, and you don’t have to dye it too often.

  • Avoid Excessive Heat on the Hair Extensions

To maintain a good hair extension care routine, as wearers, we must try not to let extension hair go through much heat. How could heat damage our extension hair? Simple, our natural and extension hair may burn when it gets scorching hot. Let’s start with high-temperature flat irons.

High-temperature flat irons concentrate thermal heat more than curling irons. As a flat iron runs through the hair at over 350 degrees Celsius, it will quickly singe our hair and the extension hair. What’s worse is repeatedly running it through your hair!

A woman perming her long hair with extensions with a heat styling tool

Be sure to use heat protectants before you use irons. But remember that heat protectants cannot salvage the already damaged hair, nor can they protect the bonds.

Blow drying is also never recommended. With New Times Hair, we always advise our clients to air-dry their hair, as the concentrated high heat from the blow dryer will easily cause split ends. If you must blow dry your hair occasionally, use cold or warm air only.

Hair Extension Care Tip 8: Store Temporary Hair Extensions Between Wears

How to take care of hair extensions if they are temporary ones? Temporary hair extensions like halo, clip-in, and ponytail extensions work best when stored correctly. Wearers of temporary hair extensions can attach and remove them whenever they want. They are most likely drawn to temporary hair extensions because they are easy to attach and remove. Hence, they are unlikely to wear hair extensions every day, and most of the time, they may have to store them away.

9 Hair Extension Care Tips: Unlock the Power of Glamorous Hair!9 Hair Extension Care Tips: Unlock the Power of Glamorous Hair!

Make sure you correctly store hair extensions. It is also part of excellent hair extension care. The key to proper hair extension storage is to keep the environment dry, cool (not too hot), and away from sunlight because:

  • Too much exposure to sunlight will cause the hair extension to fade in color.
  • An environment full of moisture will cause the hair to become a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Humid air will also cause the roots of the hair extensions to tangle.

With temporary hair extensions, let’s say you won’t wear them today, but you will on the weekend. After the weekend, you take them off, leave them, and may wear them again in another 3 or 4 days, and continue this way. In that case, you better get a hair stand, wash and dry the hair extensions, hang them up, and store them in a dry, cool, and dark environment.

With other permanent hair extensions, if you are wearing them for a short time, you’d better wash and dry them as much as you can, box them, and put the box away in a similarly dark, cool, and dry space.

To better understand how to store hair extensions, please read our article: How to Properly Store Your Hair Extensions

Hair Extension Care Tip 9: Replace Hair Extensions Regularly

Every hair extension has a lifespan, after which it must be disposed of. Most wearers wear hair extensions to get a full head of lush hair to flaunt and shine. However, after wearing it for a long time, the hair texture will eventually get frizzy and product-caked, and frequent tangling and matting will become inevitable. The curling iron will become less effective. When these signs start to take place, replace them.

Conclusion

Nothing compares to when you first see your new locks. They will last as long as you’d hoped with appropriate hair extension care. Your hair will remain flawless for months or even up to a year by incorporating those above into your hair extension care routine and making regular appointments for maintenance.

Hair extension care is not just about how to care for hair extensions. It has multiple aspects, such as installing hair extensions and storing them properly. Your sleeping habits may also play a part in determining how long the extension hair may last. Correct installation, products, proper storage, and on-time replacement summarize how to take care of extensions and have them max out their lifespan.

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June Chen

Sales representative

Introduction

June is detail-oriented, excellent at simplifying complex issues, making them understandable to all our clients, particularly those new to our services and products or unfamiliar with China.

Originally from Weifang, China, known as the hometown of kites, June moved to Qingdao in search of a better work-life balance. This has been her first job ever since. Over the years working at Newtimes Hair, she has cultivated a friendly demeanor and a sense of humor. June considers Newtimes Hair her second home, a place where she invests her passion wholeheartedly.

Her role extends beyond just solving problems; June acts as a bridge between our team and our clients, embodying our commitment to impeccable customer service.

● What hobbies and interests do you have?

I enjoy exercising. That’s a very important part of my life. I’m a super active person.

● Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

No, not that I know of. I’m a very realistic person. If you mention outlandish stuff like aliens, monster in the bush, I’d be out of my mind.

● What is something you would love to do in the future?

I want to learn how to swim. I know it might sound a bit sarcastic, as I just mentioned that I enjoy doing exercise. Unfortunately, swimming hasn’t been on my list. I think I better catch up on that.

● What wig would you wear if you wore one and why?

I’d give HW1 a try. It looks natural and beautiful. Though we categorize it as a medical wig, almost any female can wear it. It’s got a lace mesh base, breathable, and flexible. You don’t need glue or tape to fix it to your head. Pretty easy, and it gives you all the long hair look a girl could want.

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Sherry Sui

Sales representative

Introduction

Are you new to China or the hair-making industry and feeling a bit lost about where to start? Sherry is your go-to expert. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of our products and services, Sherry will help you identify the perfect product combo aligning with your business needs and client requirements.

Grew up in Yantai, and moved to Qingdao in 2015 with a medical background, Sherry’s thoughts are beyond simply selling hairpieces. She cares about the end user’s health, too. In the process of sourcing the most suitable hairpieces for your clients, it’s worthwhile to pay attention to what Sherry says in terms of scalp health and hairpiece maintenance. You can think of her as a comprehensive, yet concise hairpiece encyclopedia, equipped to offer you top-notch recommendations and ideas for exceptional customer service.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

At our end-of-year conference, my colleagues agreed that I’m a warm hearted, positive, and easy-going teammate. It gives me a sense of reward.

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I don’t like being confined in a very small space. I believe it was due to a childhood experience. When I was six years old, I accidentally tripped and fell into a shallow well. I had to wait for two hours before I was found. Since then, I’ve found I just can’t tolerate the idea of being alone. I guess that makes me an active team player.

  • You are happiest when…

This may sound boastful, but it’s true. It’s just part of my nature to help others. When I actually see that what I did for them has helped them achieve something, it just makes me excited.

  • Which mens/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

I recomend HS25V. Oftentimes I’d introduce this model to my new clients to start with, so they can introduce this to their new clients see if hair systems are what really suit them, before they carry on with lace or mono hair systems.

Winni

Winni Yu

Sales Representative

Introduction

Born in Weifang, China’s kite capital, and moved to Qingdao in 2013, Winni has never looked back. Since joining Newtimes Hair, Winni has been a dynamo of efficiency and innovation. She is a problem-solver brimming with ideas and has become a vital part of our team.

From your first contact with Winni to the moment your orders are delivered, Winni ensures a smooth and exciting experience. With her at the helm, the business isn’t just easy but exhilarating, and every challenge becomes an opportunity for innovation.

Transitioning from a client developer to a retention specialist, throughout the years, Winni has successfully assisted numerous clients in solving their issues, particularly concerning product details, logistics, or custom hiccups.

  • What hobbies and interests do you have?

I’m into so many things. All the popular stuff you name: Swimming, badminton, running, all for keeping me in good shape.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

They keep calling me “pretty Winni pretty brainy.” I’d take that as a compliment. I’d say I’m generally pretty fast in term of thinking and figuring out solutions. My teammates often turn to me for help, too. And It turned out that most of the time my ideas worked for them.

  • Do you have any pet hates?

I’m a typical town girl, you know. I’m into cats and dogs. But things like snakes, all sorts of insects, and hamsters; they are not my cup of tea. So, never get them near me.

  • Which mens/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that?

Most of my clietns are after Q6. And their clients happened to be guys who are into hair systems that are durable and natural. Q6 is a pretty good pick for them. With proper care, it should easily last 6 months.

Tori

Tori Zhang

Sales Representative

Introduction

Tori or Victoria to be exact, originally from Heze, brought her passion for life to Qingdao in 2016. An avid reader with a Teacher’s Qualification Certificate, Tori is known for her professional yet intriguing persona at the office.

As a quick learner, Tori always looks at customer’s needs from a tutor’s perspective. She has a sharp mind, is capable of picking up anything her client is unclear with, and offers the explanation in detail, making sure you understand it.

At Newtimes Hair, Tori thrives on the thrill of a sale, her triumphs now fueling the empowerment of her peers. Her journey at Newtimes Hair is marked by three profound words: abundant, proficient, and revolutionary.

  • Tell us an interesting fact about yourself other than your qualifications, your job.

I’m always fascinated about an exotic lifestyle. I really wish I could travel a lot, go to many different countries, and try their local gourmet food, and get in touch with the locals to actually have a feel of their culture.

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I’m always afaid of heights. With any tall buildings, be it a chimney or TV tower, I look at it, and imagine I’m looking down right from the top, it will give me sweaty palms.

  • Do you have any pet hates?

Not at all. I generally love all pets. Dog, cats, guinea pigs, rabits, etc. I love them.

  • Do you have a favourite quote?

When you feel tired,it means you are walking uphill. I believe this quote as a truth that gives me a lift whenever I’m down. I believe there’s no gain without pain. Without trying, we can’t achieve anything.

  • Which men’s/women’s hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

With me personally, the best-selling hair system has been HS1. It has what it’s required out of a good quality hair system, in terms of a natural-looking hairline, undetectable scalp, etc. Most wearers and salon owners are familiar with it. Plus, all our clients have faith in the quality of this hair system. According to their feedback, this is an easy-to-attach, easy-to-maintain hair system for both men and women.

Ivan

Ivan Mu

Sales representative

Introduction

Born and raised in a quiet town named Binzhou, China, where the Yellow River whispers its final secrets to the ocean. Ivan’s life was set to transform in ways he could hardly imagine. After completing college in Qingdao, young Ivan little knew that this vibrant coastal city would capture his heart and chart a new course in his life.

Ivan joined Newtimes Hair in mid-2022 soon after his graduation from his master’s. As a trilingual and someone with a professional understanding of Western cultures, Ivan plays a critical role in establishing customer relations in the US and Europe. His approachable nature and a mind of precision make him an invaluable asset to the team.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

I eardrop, and I hear them talking about me. I’m optimistic, proactive, and very friendly, and eager to help.

  • What is something you would love to do in the future?

I love basketball. And I’m a basketball freak. You can call me that. That’s just me. I’m looking at organizing a basketball team in the near future. 

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I don’t know why I share the same gene with Doraemon. I’m scared of rats. I’m a 6’3″, but I hate rats; seeing one really freaks me out.

  • Which men/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

New Australia. When it first came out in early 2023, it made me top of sales. I think most wearers like it because at the design statge, our experts considered all possible aspects people could want from a hairpiece, such as a natural look, a level of comfort, and affordablity; it’s similar to lace, but most wearers can afford.