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5 Helpful Hair Extensions Tips and Tricks | Elemo hair

Using extensions is the best way to transform your hair into something you’ve always wanted. These beauty enhancements can change your appearance instantly, adding length, volume, and thickness to your hair. Having long and voluminous hair also allows you to wear different hairstyles on different occasions. Try out these hair extension tips and tricks to achieve your hair goals.

#1: Treat Your Extensions with Soft, Gentle Products
Be sure to always treat your wefts with gentle and soft products. Also, avoid blow-drying your wefts, because excess heat can dry them out, as they don’t receive the natural oils from your scalp. If you don’t have time to air-dry the extensions after a wash, you could use a blow dryer set at the lowest temperature in a pinch.

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#2: Tuck in Short Hair Before Applying the Wefts
If your hair is short, you may experience a hard time with extensions because the hair strands will keep poking out. Luckily, one easy hack will help you cope with this nuisance. Before putting in your extensions, braid and tuck the lower layer of your hair where hair is the shortest to ensure the strands don’t show:
Gather your hair at the nape of your neck and make an upward braid;
Braid a traditional braid and secure it in a flat position with bobby pins.
Now, you can start installing the hair extensions where you tucked the braid, making your way down toward the nape for a refined look. The braid will also provide support if you’re wearing clip-in hair extensions.

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#3: Tease Hair Roots for Added Support
Thin hair can be a challenge for most women, but it shouldn’t stop you from trying your favorite hairstyles. A simple hack and good-quality hair extensions can allow you to style your thin hair into a chic look of your choice.
Start off by using a teasing comb to ruffle your hair’s root before applying the wefts. Doing so will conceal the clips, elastics, or tapes on your extensions. The best part: you’ll get fuller, beautiful hair that you can create into your preferred style without stressing about your thin hair.
It’s a good idea to spray dry shampoo on your natural hair and extensions. This ensures that the teasing doesn’t pull your hair, and the wefts easily detangle when you take them off or want to try a different hairstyle.

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#4: Pre-Style Your Extensions
Styling the wefts when they’re on your head can stress your natural hair’s roots, leading to hair damage. It can also give your extensions a rough look. For these reasons, it is good to pre-style your hair extensions before putting them on.
No matter if you’re straightening your extensions or trying to add some lovely bouncy curls, make sure to put them on a hanger and then style them into your preferred look. Once done, you can apply the extensions to your hair and look beautiful instantly.

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#5: Give Your Wefts a Regular Wash but Don’t Overdo
Product build-up, sweat, dirt, grime, and oils can make hair extensions dull, messy, smelly, and sticky. As such, it makes sense to wash your extensions. A useful rule of thumb is to wash the wefts after every 13 to 18 wears. Alternatively, you could look for signs of product build-up or just determine if they need a wash from their look. And as stated above, make sure to use alcohol-free and sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to prolong the life of your extensions and retain their smooth feel and look.
You can use styling and heat tools occasionally, but even then, you must keep the temperature at a minimum. Also, apply a heat protectant to the extensions before using a styling tool. Remy clip-in hair extensions can endure heat better than their synthetic counterparts.

A few years ago, extensions were considered to be only for women with thin hair or those who wanted a more dramatic change. Today, hair extensions have gone mainstream, so much so that they’re a must-have for most women. 

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