Common Mistakes After Getting Extensions: How to Avoid Them

Hair extensions can transform your look and provide you with endless styling possibilities. However, without proper care, they can become tangled, damaged, and lose their luster. By learning to take care of your extensions you can avoid damage to keep them looking fabulous for longer.

Neglecting Regular Brushing 

One of the most common mistakes people make is neglecting to brush their hair extensions regularly. Brushing is crucial to prevent tangles and matting. Use a Great Lengths Oval Brush for medium length extensions or Great Lengths Paddle Brush for long extensions, starting from the ends and working your way up gently. Be mindful of any knots or tangles and avoid pulling or yanking on the extensions.

Applying Heat Without Heat Protection 

Excessive heat can lead to dryness, frizz, and even melting of hair extensions. Always apply a heat protectant spray or serum before using heat tools such as flat irons, curling wands, or blow dryers. This simple step will shield your extensions from heat damage, maintaining their integrity and prolonging their lifespan. Try Hey Genie an Unwritten styling product that guards against heat styling and harsh Aussie elements.

Neglecting Proper Washing and Drying Techniques 

Improper washing and drying techniques can cause tangling and matting. When washing, gently cleanse the hair with a downward motion, avoiding harsh scrubbing.Opt for sulfate, paraben, and silicone free lightweight shampoos and conditioners. La Biosthetique Classic Shampoo and Classic Conditioner are highly recommended.   After washing, carefully squeeze out excess water and pat dry with a soft towel. Avoid rubbing or twisting, as this can cause tangles. Allow the extensions to air dry or use a low heat setting on your blow dryer. Sleeping with wet hair extensions is a common mistake that can lead to tangles and matting. Always ensure your extensions are dry before going to bed. If they are still damp, gently blow dry them on a low heat setting.

Skipping Maintenance Appointments 

Skipping maintenance appointments is a mistake that can lead to neglected extensions. Regular visits to your stylist for maintenance, such as tightening bonds or reapplying tape, are essential to keep your extensions in optimal condition. These appointments ensure proper care, prevent damage, and maintain the longevity of your extensions. Find a salon near you for a consultation and a Great Lengths certified stylist will help you schedule maintenance appointments.