Beautifully long hair is the dream of many of us. However, genetics can be vicious and sometimes no matter how much you care for your hair and how much energy, time and money you put into it, you will not be able to outgrow your predisposition. In this case, if you dream of having thick long hair, extensions can be the perfect solution. But before you decide to take the plunge, here’s what you need to know.
Do your research and choose the right method
The effects of hair extensions can be phenomenal or tragic – it all depends on the method and the professional who does the extensions. Before you rush off to the salon, learn all about the different methods of hair extensions, their advantages and disadvantages and what the differences are. Decide what length you want – 18 inch hair is the most readily available.
Trust a specialist
Also check which hairdressing salons can professionally perform the service, as the final result depends on the skill of the hairdresser. Look for people who have had this done and ask them for their opinion. If you don’t know anyone, look on the internet for recommendations on reputable websites or specialist forums. Talk to the hairdresser of your choice to find out everything you need to know before the treatment and to prepare yourself. The quality of your hair also plays an important role in the whole process – it should be 100% natural and well cared for. Take the time to find the right shop that guarantees you high-quality hair extensions in both 18 inch and 20 inch hair.
Take more care of your hair extensions than of your own hair
After the treatment, you should know exactly how to take care of your new long hair. Your hairdresser will give you detailed instructions on how to take care of your new long hair and you will often receive shampoo, conditioner and hair spray at the salon. It is important to know which products to use so that your hair will not be in a sorry state after a few washes. First of all, do not use shampoos with SLS/SLES for washing your extensions – these have strong detergents that can loosen the bonds and make your hair start to slide. Using conditioners too much and applying them too close to the scalp will have the same effect.
Excessive oiling and conditioning of the connection points between the attachments and your natural hair will have a negative effect on the glue used. You should therefore start reading about the right ways to wash and care for your hair extensions before you start your treatment so that you have the right products. Another important aspect that you should not forget is to dry your hair before going to bed – do not go to bed with wet hair. Long hair also needs to be gently brushed regularly with a suitable brush from the ends to minimise tugging and pulling.