Summer Survival Guide: Hair Extensions
Caring for summer hair is just as important as caring for summer skin, so In the midst of the summer heat, we wanted to bring you a quick Summer hair care guide for your hair extensions throughout the summer months. The sun, chlorine, ocean, and more can impact the health, feel, and color of your hair during the summer. We’ve collected our best tips and tricks to preserve the quality of your extensions throughout the summer, and maintain the health of your hair.
Just as sunlight can lighten your natural hair, exposure to sunlight can alter the color of your extensions. Use a leave-in with UV protectant to protect your hair from the effects of sun exposure. We also suggest investing in a cute summer hat to keep the sun away as much as possible. We have a full line of Oribe products in the studio and highly recommend Invisible Defense Universal Protection Hair Spray
If you go to the pool or beach, the first option is pinning your hair up in a top-knot and not allowing it to get wet. If you love to go swimming, completely saturate your hair with shower/tap water and apply a leave-in conditioner before getting into the pool, ocean, or lake. Not only does this protect your hair from absorbing the water, but it also helps prevent tangling and matting that can occur more easily when exposed to chlorinated or salt waters. After swimming, wash your hair thoroughly with a color-safe clarifying shampoo, then reapply your leave-in conditioner. Take time to comb out completely to ensure no tangles or matting.
This might seem unusual, but certain extension hair can actually change color when touched by sunscreen. Particularly blonde hair, which can turn a peach color. Whenever applying sunscreen, tie your hair up and take care to not allow it to touch the sunscreen. Blondes beware, and every other babe take heed, avoid Avobenzone as an ingredient in your sunscreen. This ingredient is a definite No-No and can do irreparable damage to your extensions. Check out THIS LIST of sunscreen products that we love instead.
Heat + Water
While hot tubs/jacuzzis can be used year-round, we thought we’d include them on this list as they often come along with summer vacays. Whenever using a hot tub or jacuzzi, always have your hair pinned up or braided to prevent tangling. Prolonged exposure to humidity can shorten the life of your extensions.
Overall, summer life does not tend to lend itself particularly well to extensions, which have the ability to tangle more easily than natural hair and require a little extra TLC when exposed to the summertime elements. To protect your beauty investment, we recommend following these tips and tricks, continuing to use high-quality hair products, and taking the time to completely brush out your extensions twice a day.
This will ensure that you avoid tangles that can turn into mats and can subsequently shorten the life of your extensions. If you need more guidance on caring for your extensions during the summertime, give us a call and we’ll talk you through it!
Check out our Instagram each week for What Product Wednesdays for tips on sun and summer-safe products that will help your hair stay healthy and beautiful. And if you are ready to dive into the hair of your dreams, contact us for a consultation today