While some of the more permanent hair extensions are almost always preferable, clip-ins can sometimes be a lifesaver. That being said, it is important to know how to use clip-ins, and most importantly how to take care of them. For the purpose of this blog post, we will be assuming that you are using human hair extensions and that you have an HSI hair straightener on hand. Let’s get started!
HSI Hair Straighteners and Extensions
If you have human hair extensions, then the first thing you need to understand, is that they have a lot in common with real hair. They are real hair, after all. They are just as porous and they have all the same weaknesses. The thing to remember, however, is that because the hair is no longer attached to a head, it isn’t receiving all of the natural oils and vitamins. That said, you have to give it a little bit of help now and then.
Preparing your Extensions
Assuming you store yours in a box (like I do), you will want to pull them out one piece at a time and run a brush through them to ensure that they are completely untangled. Once done, you will need to spray them down with a heat protectant, just as you would your normal hair.
Straighten your Extensions
The next step will be taking a hair straightener to your extensions and ensuring that it is done properly. Hold each piece in front of you and move down the strand with the straightener. Once done, set it aside, and wait for it to cool before you place it in your hair. When you have finished all of the hair pieces, you will be ready to start placing it in your hair.
Putting the Extensions In
Separate your hair into layers using heat resistant clips, and then place the extensions in, mixing them between layers so that your real hair mixes in and looks natural. As a side note, before you do this, you will want to make sure that your hair is the same color as the extensions, and this actually isn’t too difficult. If you don’t have the time to run down to the salon and have permanent hair color applied, then you can always grab a box color from the local store for about $3-$9. It’s a temporary fix for a real problem, but it does work in a pinch.
Check it Over
If you have coarse hair, you may need to straighten again just to make sure that the rest of your hair matches the extensions. If everything appears to be in order, you will want to spray your hair with a leave-in conditioner to lock out moisture and ensure that the hair remains shiny for the duration of the day. The one thing we would say is to avoid using a water-based product after you have straightened as this will undo all of your hard work and force moisture into the hair if your leave-in conditioner isn’t doing its job.
Get the Best Products
Even for hair extensions, you ‘re going to want to make sure you have the best possible products. HSI Professional offers some top of the line hair products for use with our hair straighteners, all of which are infused with Argan oil, and more than ready to bring life back to your hair, and life into your extensions. Check out our products today and get your extensions ready to face the world.