How to Take Care of Pre-Bonded Virgin Hair Extensions
It’s no secret. Hair extensions are enjoying a revival as trend makers and style gurus from Nicki Minaj to Kylie Jenner regularly use them to create dramatically different, glamorously gorgeous looks. For many of them, pre-bonded virgin hair extensions are the fashion accessory they just can’t live without.
So, what are pre-bonded virgin hair extensions, and how do you care for them to get a knockout look that lasts? Let’s start with some basics and then we’ll cover how to protect and care for them.
What Is Virgin Hair?
One of the reasons so many people love wearing virgin hair extensions is because they produce the most natural looking, luxurious results. Human hair is used, but not any human hair will do.
Virgin hair has never been through any form of chemical processing and it must be sourced from the same donor. With virgin hair extensions, you can achieve a look that is far superior to their synthetic counterparts.
What Does Pre-Bonded Mean?
Many people buy pre-bonded virgin hair extensions because they are a convenient, proven method for extending or adding volume to your own hair. In a nutshell, pre-bonding means that a chemical or wax element has been applied to the tip of the extension.
You or your stylist can use heat to fuse the extension to your natural hair for a long lasting result— providing you care for them properly.
How Can I Make My Investment Last?
As with any premium product, you should expect to pay a little more for high quality, virgin hair extensions. With that in mind, you’ll want to make your investment last for as long as possible; that means taking good care of your extensions. If properly looked after, these extensions can last anywhere between four and six months.
Here are some tips for achieving a luxurious, long-lasting look using pre-bonded virgin hair extensions:
Wash and Wear
You should wash your hair at least once a week. Dust and sweat can accumulate on the extensions, which can mean tangles.
Be sure to use high quality, sulfate-free shampoo; cheaper options may contain ingredients which can cause hair to become brittle and susceptible to breakage. Ask your stylist for suggestions if you’re not sure about which ones to buy.
Make sure to rinse the virgin hair extensions thoroughly after shampooing.
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Conditions of Success
Conditioners are great for removing tangles and knots, but you want to take care to review ingredients because some, like argan oil, can lubricate or break down keratin bonds, causing them to become “squishy” and loose.
You should aim to apply conditioner and other moisturizing products to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair to avoid this type of damage to the bonds holding the extensions in place.
Also, take care not to massage the scalp too vigorously— some would caution against massaging the scalp at all— since this type of friction can also compromise bonds.
Use a towel to gently remove excess water after showering. Whenever possible, allow plenty of time to let your hair to dry naturally.
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Brush with Greatness
When brushing or combing hair, you’ve got to be gentle, and careful not to pull too hard. Being rough with a brush or comb can yank out extension hair which, obviously, can’t be reinserted.
For the best results, support strands of hair at the roots, and brush with your other hand working your way up from the tips to your scalp. Ideally, try to brush your hair two to three times every day so tangles don’t form. And remember, be gentle!
Don’t Get Too Heated
Any heat styling can affect keratin and other bonding methods. If you just can’t live without your curling iron, blow dryer, straightener or tongs, just be extra careful to keep them away from the bonds themselves. Heat can melt bonds, cause slippage, and promote thinning and hair loss.
Exercise Common Sense
When it comes to exercise, you’ll want to put your hair in a secure ponytail, or if swimming, in a waterproof cap. Chemicals like chlorine can damage strands and cause tangling.
If you exercise regularly and vigorously or participate in specialty classes like hot yoga, ask your stylist about how to best protect the bonds holding in your extensions.
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It’s best not to hit the hay with wet or damp hair. So try to wash it in the morning or, if that’s not doable, gently blow dry on a low setting to remove moisture.
Ideally, you should sleep on a silk or satin pillow since cotton’s looser weave can catch and tug on hair during the night. If you hate the idea of ditching your beloved cotton pillowcase, try wearing a satin cap or headscarf, or a breathable sleeping net. You can also try braiding or twisting hair into a tight bun before heading to bed. Each of these measures can reduce the likelihood of morning tangles.
High-quality pre-bonded virgin hair extensions are hugely popular for their convenience as well as for their ability to give wearers natural, shiny, healthy-looking locks.
It’s true that you’ll generally pay more for a premium product, but remember: Paying a little more up front can save you money in the future. Pre bonded virgin extensions last longer than less expensive alternatives— as long as you care for them properly.
And unlike synthetic extensions, in the end, these extensions are economical because they can be worn repeatedly— as long as you care for them properly. (Are you sensing a theme here?)
The bottom line is, if you want the best, most natural looking hair that will last you four to six months, you can’t go wrong with pre-bonded, virgin extensions. That is— go ahead, say it along with us— as long as you care for them properly!
Bio: Author Mariam Kathet is a blogger and infopreneur who writes on various topics, including proper care for hair extensions. At present, she works on behalf of Perfect Locks.
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