Taking Care of Your Extensions for a long Lasting Look

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Kinky straight hair extensions, also known as a blowout straight weave, has become one of the most popular hair textures across the globe.

The reason this type of hair is adored by many is that it is easy to blend, has free-flowing movement and mimics your natural hair very well. Kinky straight produces a thick and full texture to hair. It can be styled or worn blown out or flat ironed. It will hold curls from a wand or curling iron and matches perfectly with relaxed hair and a silk press.

Kinky straight creates a natural shine that is soft to the touch. The appearance of the hair is fantastic and stylish, but if you fail to maintain it correctly, the results will be a look of dry and worn hair.

APO Hair Extensions provides several ways to maintain your kinky straight hair.

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Washing and Conditioning

As with any extensions washing and conditioning is a key element to maintaining the look and longevity of your hair. Wash and condition your hair at least twice a week for a clean and polished look. Keep in mind that washing with shampoo will strip your weave of moisture, so I highly recommended that you use a conditioner after you shampoo.

You can also ditch the shampoo and use a co-wash. Another product that you can grab from your home is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Soak and rinses your hair with (ACV) for another way to strip your hair. Don’t forget to use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to get rid of product build up as well.

Remember, the less you wet or wash your hair, the better it will look. This doesn’t mean you should neglect washing your hair, but avoid the overuse of products such as hair sprays and gels.

If you are trying to clean your hair due to product buildup with shampoo, check out these steps to follow a perfect hair routine

Detangle

Use a clarifying shampoo throughout hair.

Wash hair in a downwards motion every single time you wash your hair.

Do not run your hair together. Rubbing hair together will cause it to tangle.

Rinse hair thoroughly to ensure all the product is washed out.

When you condition your hair, use a wide tooth comb to detangle and distribute the conditioner throughout the hair evenly. Make sure the hair is entirely coated with conditioner while combing. Once you have combed through the hair, rinse thoroughly with cold water.

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Remember to use a cotton shirt to pat dry your hair. Do not rub or scrunch the hair together; rubbing will cause tangles. Then let your hair air dry.

The beautiful thing about this type of texture is that it doesn’t need too much hair products. However, when it is dirty, it is more likely to tangle. Removing tangles isn’t as hard as you may think. Just run your fingers through your hair and use a paddle brush to smooth it out. Don’t brush from root to ends, because it will cause shedding. Instead work your way up from the tip to the roots.

Oils are Important

Oils are Important

A natural textured weave is just like our natural hair. The only difference you must consider is that our natural hair receives natural oils from your scalp and your hair extensions will not receive the nourishment that it needs unless you provide it. You must have moisturizer for your extensions!

Using oils such as Argan and olive oil while your hair damp hair will give your extensions a fantastic shine and will keep it well moisturized, but always remember that less is more when it comes to kinky weaves.

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Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Much

  • Limit the use of hairspray and alcohol-based hair products.
  • Water keeps it in its natural state so don’t be afraid to get your hair wet.
  • Too much heat can cause permanent damage.
  • Use a silk head wrap or pillowcase for protection.
  • Don’t Over Moisturize Your Hair. Too much of anything isn’t good.
  • Don’t overheat your hair, if possible try to stay out of direct sources heat.

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Don’t towel dry your hair, instead, shake your head or squeeze the water out and air dry or use a cotton t-shirt. This will assist with reducing frizz and friction on your hair.

Try to install on a u-part or full wig which will assist with extending the “life of the hair.” Use heat sparingly and use a heat protectant.

Give Your Extensions a “Time Out”

Keeping your kinky straight extensions moisturized, washed and conditioned is key to keeping your hair up to par. Even with all of the tips listed, it’s always a good idea to give your extensions a rest.

Hair usually lasts anywhere from six to 12 weeks, depending on the type of hair and your ability to take good care of it. When it is time to take out your current weave, make sure you thoroughly condition your natural hair to prepare it to be in its best form to support a new weave.

 

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