Hair Extension Maintenance Simplified

Hair Extension Maintenance Simplified



So you have been wearing your favorite human hair extension for a while, and you have been getting a lot compliments. Now you are wondering how you can take care of it to prolong its quality and beauty. What is the proper way to wash it ? Well, the key point when you wash hair extensions is water temperature. Hot and cold water have different effects on human virgin hair extension. Read on. I’d like to share with you some of the tips about how to wash your virgin hair bundles with both hot and cold water.

 

When using hot water, it may cause overly porous hair when you wash the dirt from hair extensions, but it can be beneficial if virgin hair is quite oily and dirty. However, warm water allows the dirt on the hair bundles to be rinsed away without damage and might be more beneficial for washing your hair if it’s not extremely dirty. Cold water, in contrast, retains the human hair moisture and keep virgin hair bundles healthy. It is known to smooth the hair and prevents frizz, adding luster to your bundles.  After rinsing with cold water, change the temperature to warm for 1-2 minutes to set the curl pattern.

 

DETANGLE

Detangle your hair starting with the ends, working through in small sections, to the root. A paddle brush or wide tooth comb can be used.

 

  1. SHAMPOO, CONDITION AND/OR CO WASH (SULFATE FREE IS RECOMMENDED)

Saturate your hair with water then apply shampoo. Massage hair without rubbing it against itself. Gently comb hair with fingers to remove tangles and wash in downward motion.

Apply moisturizing conditioner or mask, and use a wide tooth comb to work the conditioner in. Place a processing cap on for 10-30 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm or cool water. 30 minutes is recommended for deep conditioning.

Co-Wash: Co-washing is a method to wash hair without using shampoo and washing with conditioner. When cowashing your hair you should use a moisturizing conditioner to wash the hair. Rinse the hair with cold water. Let the hair air dry and then install. Over washing can dry out the hair, once a week is recommended.

 

  1. STYLING

Use a small amount of moisturizing leave in conditioner or Argan oil. Air drying is recommended. An alternative to air drying is a hooded dryer or a blow dryer with large tooth attachment on medium heat. Flexi rods are great for non thermal styles. For thermal styling such as a wand curl or flat iron heat protectant should be used. 

What is a 360 lace frontal, and how to install it ?

What is a 360 lace frontal, and how to install it ?

What is a 360 lace frontal ?

360 Lace frontal has definitely been one of the hottest trend in the hair industry. It seems like all of a sudden everybody is asking for a 360 lace frontal. So what is a 360 lace frontal? They are full lace closure designed to go all round the head perimeter, unlike the regular lace frontal that is installed only on the front of the head.

They were designed with the aim of decreasing weave installation time significantly. It requires less weft and bundles, and there is no sewing of wefts along the outer head portions. It needs only 2-3 bundles to complete the task. It’s definitely an efficiently way to get your hair installed in terms of time and money. 

 

 

Here are the steps to one of the various ways of installing a 360 Lace Frontal:

  1. Just like it is with all weaves, begin by prepping your natural hair and the extensions. This includes washing, conditioning and trimming the natural hair if necessary. You can also pluck frontal hairline hairs, bleach the knots if needed or dye the lace to match your skin tone. After making the changes to your 360 lace frontal, trim away any excess lace.

  2. Proceed to style your hair by plaiting or making cornrows then put on the wig caps. Sew the two wig caps using big stitches around the crown. Using scissors, cut the excess from the wig cap top.

  3. Apply and carefully position your 360 lace frontal as desired along your hairline. Braid or pin the hair out of the way. After carefully setting the 360 frontal, sew it down on the top wig cap.

  4. Once installed correctly, prepare to glue or sew the wefts down in the remaining areas. If you are bonding (glue) first, spray this circular area with hairspray or just begin gluing it on the tracks. Start gluing from the back working upwards. Measure the track against your head before beginning cutting and gluing. For sewing start at the end of the track, from the back working upwards, using a c- curve needle and thread.

  5. After gluing/ sewing all tracks, cut away any remaining lace from your hairline. Use a lace adhesive or styling gel to secure the frontal as needed properly. And you will have learned How to install 360 lace frontal. You can achieve many styles very easily using this method and the 360 lace frontal.

 

So now you know how to install a 360 lace frontal. Let’s look at the pros and cons that associated with it.

Pros

  • Reduces the difference between your skin and the beginning of the 360 frontal. It allows your forehead and the hairline to align making it difficult to tell if you are wearing a 360 frontal.
  • May last up to a year if maintained routinely and properly.
  • No more hassles of blending hair.
  • No worry about textures
  • You can use whatever color you want.
  • It is real and sufficiently protective.
  • The adhesive is easy to rinse off with water with no skin irritation or hair breakage.
  • The glue can last 2-3 weeks and meshes lace with the skin.
  • The tape is easy to apply and remove and lasts about one week.
  • The elastic band doesn’t use any product and can last very long.

Cons

  • It may begin to slip after some time.
  • The wig may damage your scalp if not maintained properly.
  • The adhesive lasts for only 4-8 days hence the need for regular maintenance.
  • Adhesive needs retouch after two weeks and can cause skin irritation.
  • The tape may irritate the skin and does not lay as flat as the lace glue; it also shines through the lace.
  • The elastic band can be uncomfortable causing headaches.