People who wear hair extensions have been warned against following a popular hack by Ms. Hinch.
According to influencer and queen of cleans, Ms. Hinch, storing your hair extensions in “poop bags” is a quick hack.
But experts say it’s important to understand not only how to properly care for your hair extensions, but also why.
Storing them incorrectly can mean more work for you when you want to wear them. You will end up having to spend time washing and untangling them again; in many cases this can render them unusable.
Simply putting them in the wrong place (like a poo bag) can lead to brittleness, breakage, and potentially a buildup of nasty mold and bacteria, says hair extension expert Nicole Petty. Milk + Blush.
While storing them in a breathable bag is another way to maintain your hair, protect it from dust and dirt build-up, and prevent frizz – it’s not the most effective alternative. more ecological.
It is far better to use breathable mesh bags or a soft cotton material to wrap them around, which can be washed regularly and reused to make sure you don’t contribute to plastic waste.
Before putting them in the bag, gently brush the hair to untangle any knots or twists without pulling on them.
Avoid vacuum sealing your extensions as this can cause the hair to clump.
Using extension hangers can help maintain the style if stored properly and is especially useful for clip-on extensions. If you don’t have access to them, regular hangers with clips are a good alternative. But, beware of over-tightening the delicate metal clamps as this could loosen their grip.
Protecting your extensions doesn’t mean you have to invest in a whole new set of hangers, bags, and storage containers to keep them secure.
Lining the bottom of a print with soft cotton materials, like a t-shirt for example, and gently brushing and folding your extensions into “bundles” should help protect their shape and prevent them from damaging them.
If you don’t have a suitable place to store your hair, you can often keep it in the packaging it comes in. The packaging that Milk + Blush hair extensions come in is a suitable option for storing the hair when not in use.
As long as the hair is neatly stored in the hair net provided and the box is kept in a cool place out of direct sunlight, it will give the hair the extra protection it needs until it is finished. ‘they are ready to be worn.
Whether you store them in your prints or in a separate box, try to keep this space reserved specifically for your extensions.
There are many steps you can take to revive your neglected extensions.
It is possible to rejuvenate the wefts and restore their shine and life. A mild sulfate-free shampoo followed by a deep treatment with argan oil can help regenerate a seemingly unusable set of extensions.
As you wash them, brush gently with a wide-tooth comb or detangler to help separate stubborn knots.
While the wefts are drying, give them a little spray of silicone leave-in conditioner. It just gives it an extra boost of moisture and helps lock in nutrients.
When it’s dry, you can then redraw it – just be sure to treat it with heat protectant before curling or straightening.