Beauty influencers and hair aficionados on social media make it seem so simple: get your hair extensions, put them on, and go. They're not entirely incorrect, especially when using clip-in hair extensions. After all, they are the simplest sort of extensions. But, whether you choose clip-ins, tape-ins, or a more long-term solution, as a newcomer in the community of hair extensions, it's all too easy to make rookie mistakes and destroy your new hair. Which, let's face it, you want to prevent this at all costs, especially since genuine human hair extensions are a long-term investment.
So, let's take a closer look at 7 of the most prevalent hair extension mistakes that you might be making with human hair extensions and how to avoid them.
#1 Choosing The Wrong Length
Choosing the wrong length!
It seems ironic but let's be honest: if your natural hair barely falls over your shoulder and you want 26-inch hair extensions, how will they blend with your natural length? Although clip-in hair extensions are designed to add length and volume, it's important to be realistic with the length, so the blend is seamless.
#2 Installing Extensions Too High
Tape-ins placed perfectly
This is a common mistake since you naturally think to position the clip-ins or tape-ins at the roots or up high on your crown. In reality, it's not the proper technique to use clip-in or tape-in hair extensions!
You should not attach your hair extensions further than the level of your brows. Allow half an inch between your scalp and the clip-in to prevent your hair from becoming tangled. With tape-ins, you should not place the weft too close to the roots; this will restrict hair movement and potentially cause hair breakage.
#3 Wearing Too Many Extensions At Once
Stop wearing too many hair extensions at once!
Even though we love blowouts and luscious hairstyles, using too many extensions for fullness is not the way to go. Wearing too many hair extensions at once will cause a host of issues, including an itchy scalp, natural hair being tugged at the roots, and, as a result, probable bald patches. These are not the reasons you choose to invest in hair extensions, are they?
If you are after that voluptuous hairstyle, then we recommend choosing the LUXE 10-Piece Clip-In Set. The 160g of straight extension provides incredible volume with just 10 pieces!
#4 Sleeping With Clip-In Extensions
While we realize that unplanned night-outs happen. But remember to remove and store your clip-in extensions before bed after a night of partying– the last thing you need is to wake up to a nest of knotted hair extensions.
#5 Brushing Your Extensions Aggressively
Brushing aggressively can lead to hair loss
This one is self-evident. You wouldn't do this to your hair, which absorbs nutrients from your scalp, so you can understand how mechanical stress can harm hair that isn't tethered to your scalp.
Being excessively harsh with your hair extensions, irrespective of the type will damage their longevity, gloss, and structure.
Abrasive brushing causes hair extensions to shed fast, causing volume loss and changing how your real hair blends with them.
#6 Using The Wrong Hair Care Products
Find the right hair care products for human hair extensions
Maintaining your hair extensions is essential for their durability. Each extension has different aftercare instructions, and using the wrong hair care products will shorten their longevity.
Remember that hair extension are made using 100% human hair and will suffer similar damage as your hair. However, considering extensions do not get natural nutrients like your bio hair, it is critical to keep your extensions moisturized at all times– that's why using the wrong products will prove detrimental.
Traditional shampoos and conditioners are loaded with sulfate and alcohol that strip moisture from the extensions, leaving them dull, dry, and brittle. It's recommended to use a sulfate and alcohol-free shampoo and conditioner every time you wash your extensions.
#7 Not Following A Proper Hair Maintenance Routine
Make your extensions healthy and lustrous with a proper routine
This is already a problem if you don't have a hair care routine. Whatever sort of extensions you have, you must develop a routine around them to keep them in their best condition for as long as possible.
- To avoid knots, thoroughly brush your hair extensions using a professional de tangling brush.
- For semi-permanent and permanent extensions, you need to keep up with appointments.
- Use a hydrating leave-in conditioner to keep your extensions healthy, lustrous, and tangle-free.
These are the common mistakes you might be making with your hair extensions and how to avoid them! Feel free to browse our website for the perfect human hair extensions and hair care products. Our hair experts are always ready to answer your concerns and assist you in selecting the best hair extension and color to help you reach your hair goals!