Once natural hair is cut from a donor's head, it stops receiving much needed nutrients that nourish and keeps the hair soft, shiny and tangle free. Therefore, it is important to maintain and treat your natural hair extensions with the appropriate maintenance products that will maintain softness, silky luster and keep it tangle-free. Using the appropriate product will ensure that your hair extensions keep its silky texture and last for a long time. I would recommend you use mild shampoos and conditioners; preferably sulfate-free and silicon free hair care products. Using the wrong maintenance products on your hair extensions will result in dry, dull, tangled, damaged and unmanageable hair extensions.
Prior to shampooing your hair, be sure your hair is tangle free. Using a wide tooth comb or detangling brush, gently comb out hair. Always comb and or brush from the bottom up in small sections at a time. support your attachment when combing or brushing you hair. Shampoo you hair once at week or at least once every other week. Do not massage hair or rub hair against itself. Wash in a downward motion and be sure to rinse shampoo out thoroughly. Apply a moisturizing conditioner after washing. Put on a shower cap and let conditioner sit for at least 10-30 minutes, then rinse out conditioner thoroughly. Air dry hair or set on rollers for curls, while wet. If you must use heat to dry hair, to dry or style hair, be sure to use a heat protector. To keep your hair in tip top shape, use a deep conditioner or hot oil treatment in you hair twice a month. This is very important if you have colored you hair or use a flat iron a lot.
The more careful your treat your extensions, the longer they will last. Use heat in moderation and do not use high temperatures. Use a heat protector to spray on your hair before using a wand or flat iron. Be sure to use products that are alcohol free. Put your hair up at night. Wrap it with a satin scarf or pin it up and apply a satin bonnet before going to sleep. Never sleep with loose hair, it can tangle while you are asleep.