Before I get started, I want to take a moment to introduce myself – I’m Kathy! I’m an almost 25 year old, Southern OC chick with a love of travel, dogs, and spicy margaritas. Oh, and I do hair! In the week’s coming I’ll be contributing to the blog and giving you all the hair tips you can ever want! I’m a color and extension specialist and I’ve been doing hair for 7 years now. I am completely in love with what I do and I’m so excited to share pieces of my journey with you through this blog. My goal is to educate, inspire, and make your hair and life a little bit easier.
Let’s get into it! Today I want to talk all about hair extensions and how to maintain them! Especially during this pandemic and with so much uncertainty going on I wanted to share a few tips and products that will help keep your extensions in the best shape. First, let’s talk shampoo and conditioner (since that’s where it all begins).
Olaplex No.4 + Olaplex No.5 (linked separately)
This shampoo and condition is one of my fav shampoo and conditioner duos because they’re perfect for all hair types. This duo focuses on repairing and strengthening deep within the bonds of the hair, leaving the hair moisturized, shinier, and most importantly healthier with each use! I feel like the cleansing step usually is quite underestimated with the power it has to transform your mane. Being consistent with using the same line on both shampoo and conditioner will give you the maximum benefits that it has to offer. I also love to put a mask on my extensions about once a week to keep them as healthy and silky as possible.
Kerastase Genesis (click to shop)
One of my absolute favorites is this product because it strengthening hair mask. This is perfect for extensions and hair that is prone to split ends and breakage due to styling and brushing. Another mask that I love and smells so good is the Kerastase Masque Chromatique hair mask. It is perfect for anyone who colors their hair because prolongs the colors vibrancy and leaves your extensions nourished as well. I find that it helps so much to brush your hair extension in the shower while the mask is in the hair. It alleviates a lot of the work afterwards. HOT TIP: brush your extensions out BEFORE jumping the shower, it will save you so much time and tangles!
After the hair is all clean and washed it’s time to prep the hair.
Prepping your hair extensions is such an important step because hair is at its most fragile state when it’s wet. Here are some of my favorite prep products:
Loreal Professional Absolute Repair Gold Spray 10-in-1. (click to shop)
If you like to keep it simple then this leave in is perfect because this one product does so much including detangling and heat protection. I spray this leave-in conditioner in towel dried hair and then brush my hair out. Brushing your extensions is SO important. You want to brush your extensions out throughout the day wet or dry- but being extra gentle when wet. The easiest and most efficient way i find to brush your hair extensions is by bigger sections and start brushing from bottom to the top while holding the attachment point to relieve any tension or pulling.
Sheila Stotts Removal Brush (click to shop)
It has metal teeth that removes tangles and knots so easily and you’re able to brush over the extension attachment points with no problem. Love love love this brush. It has truly been a game changer for me.
Now for my personal favorite part- styling my hair extensions! Beach waves, volume, texture, or sleek straight whichever you do just have fun with it but ALWAYS use protection.
Kerastase Resistance Serum Therapiste Hair Serum (click to shop)
I put it on my hair extensions religiously because if you’re anything like me I put heat to my hair ALOT. It not only leaves your hair feeling silky smooth, it protects against heat up to 450 degrees. This heat protector is heat activated so you want to use it on dry hair before you start curling or straightening your hair. Then as you’re styling with your hot tools the serum starts working to protect against split ends and breakage and leaves your hair feeling hydrated! Then I run all little oil on my hair extensions to finish off. Using an oil on extensions is important because it keeps them soft, manageable, shiny, and keeps them from frizzing. Hair oils are very versatile. You can use them on wet or dry, and even for blowing out your hair and extensions. HOT TIP: mix some oil and your favorite mask or use them separately
Kerastase Elixir Ultimate Oil (click to shop)
styling or throughout the day to rehydrate my extensions and give them some shine. The oil is lightweight and a little goes a long way and it helps with frizz! Another favorite is the Brazilian oil, its reconstruction and smoothing for damaged hair and it does not weigh down the hair.
No matter what type of extensions you have- sewn in, tape ins, clip ins, etc. you can apply this to any kind. Hair extensions are a luxury so we need to treat them like so. But it doesn’t have to be an insane amount of up keep, because let’s get real who has time for that? Using the right products for your hair extensions alone will save you time and money when it comes to your maintenance and they will do most of the work for you.
Whether your a mom, in college, or a business woman always on the go you can customize your hair extension routine to fit your schedule. I hope you find this helpful!
Stay healthy & until next time!
Your go-to hair gal.