Preventing Damage from Hair Extensions

Here are some ways you can prevent damage to your hair when wearing installing and wearing hair extensions.

  1. Always wrap your hair up when you go to bed. A silk scarf is best, but if you don’t like wraps, tie your hair into a high bun and sleep on satin pillowcases. It will reduce friction, pulling and help protect your hair.
  2. If you’re glueing in a weft, never place the weft directly on the part or more than 1/8th inch away from it. Try to keep the adhesive away from your scalp and the roots of your hair.
  3. Use only a light application of glue. You may need more frequent touch-ups, but using too much adhesive will pull out lots of your hair when it’s time to remove. This is the biggest risk with glue-in extensions that order virgin malaysian hair online. Use only a medium bead of adhesive, about the the size of the weft.
  4. If you’re sewing in, don’t cornrow or braid your hair extremely tight and don’t sew the weft on extremely tight either. It should be snug, but not extra tight. Braiding too tight can cause bald spots from the hair being pulled out. Sewing too tight causes friction which can lead to breakage.
  5. Never, ever pull out your extensions when they begin to get loose. It’s tempting, especially when they begin to slip out in the shower, but you will pull out your own hair along with the extensions. Always wait until you can use an adhesive remover or olive oil and the help of a gentle friend if possible.
  6. Avoid placing extensions at the perimeter of your hair. The hair at the edges of your scalp is often finer and more susceptible to damage. Leave at least 1 inch of hair around the edge of your scalp to prevent damage. It will also help prevent the extensions from showing though your natural hair.
  7. Double up on your weft by placing one strip of hair on top of another rather than making another parting. You will get the same fullness and have less adhesive on your hair.
  8. When you think you are ready to take your glue-in extensions out, do not wash your hair for 2-4 days prior to the removal. Your scalp’s natural oil will help soften the adhesive and make the removal a bit easier. Saturate the weft and the adhesive with olive oil or remover and let it sit for 10-15 minutes to further soften. Remove slowly, carefully and never pull.