Short hair one day, long, flowing locks the next or simply add volume and body to your existing length — style transitions such as these are completely within grasp and can easily be a reality at any time with hair extensions. Both stylists and consumers are turning to the ease of hair extensions for quick and easy ways to change up a style in an instant without a major hair commitment. There are many types of hair extensions to pick from but as an accessory that can either stay in the hair for an extended period of time or be removed and stored, maintaining them properly to extend their good condition is imperative. Kauilani Goodwyn, Sam Villa Ambassador @kauigoodwyn, is sharing how to protect and preserve extensions so they always look beautiful.
“It’s really convenient if you have a weft extension holder. It allows you the ability to shampoo, blow dry and style your clip-ins without someone else having to hold them,” explains Goodwyn.
Shampoo and Condition
Cleanse with moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, sulphate-free (if possible). Mizani True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner is good for clip-ins styled with a diffuser. If smoothing hair, try Mizani Press Agent Shampoo and Conditioner. And remember - ABD (Always Be Detangling) while shampooing and conditioning, try not to excessively rub the hair and instead gently massage strands in distinct, single direction movements.
If air drying, lay flat or hang on an extension hanger and clip where the weft is seen, if in a bind, use a pant hanger. If using a blow dryer, make sure to use one that has a concentrator and diffuser, like the Sam Villa Artist Series Professional Blow Dryer. Use light tension and direct airflow down the hair shaft to smooth with a concentrator, or an in-and-out motion when enhancing with a diffuser. Remove tangles by starting at the ends and working up to avoid damaging hair and/or dislodging it from the clip in. Heat settings will vary depending on the natural reflection (consistency) of the hair. Human hair extensions can get heat damage so be sure to use a light liquid leave-in that has heat protection benefits like Mizani 25 Miracle Milk.
- When not in use, place clean extensions in a satin scarf or pouch.
- Never sleep with wet extensions.
- Do not sleep with clip-ins for too many nights, rubbing can cause weak spots. If it is a high pony style, it’s fine.
- Sleep on silk/satin pillowcases to prevent breakage.
Learn more from Goodwyn and the Sam Villa team here.
Photographer: Jesse Leon
Hair and Makeup: Kauilani Goodwyn.