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If you’ve been spending lots of time in the sun, ocean, and in the pool this summer, you’re probably noticing your hair extensions looking dry, dull, and even damaged. Excessive exposure to the sun, salt in the water, and chlorine all do a number on human hair, leaving it feeling and looking dry, frizzy, and less than luminous.
You still have many more days at the beach and girls’ nights out ahead of you, and you need your extensions looking shiny and fabulous. Learn exactly how to revive dry and damaged hair extensions after a summer of sun and swimming with this guide.
How to Repair Dry and Damaged Hair Extensions
Oftentimes, the root issue with hair extensions that are dry and damaged is a lack of moisture. When the natural oils are stripped from your human hair Remy hair extensions, they become dry, straw-like, easily tangled, and appear dull and lackluster.
One simple yet effective practice for moisturizing your extensions and bringing them back to life is with a deeply hydrating technique called LOC. This method involves a specific layering of products, starting with the wateriest and ending with the thickest. LOC is an abbreviation that stands for “Liquid,” “Oil,” and “Cream.”
Begin this method with damp hair that was washed or rinsed with warm water. Warm temperatures open the hair cuticles and allow for the hydrating products to penetrate.
For the Liquid step, this can simply be water (from washing) or a watery product. The Oil step can be any type of oil, such as argan oil, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, or jojoba oil. The Cream step is any type of creamy deep conditioning product. Apply each product in order, focusing on the mid-shaft to ends of the hair and avoiding the top where the tape in extensions, clips in extnesions, or bonds are. Let the extensions air dry, or blow dry with the warm setting.
This treatment is easy to do at home using just about any type of high-quality oil you have, such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or argan oil. This method works best for temporary hair extensions you can easily take out.
While this method may seem odd, it is an effective solution for how to revive dry and damaged hair extensions after a summer of sun and swimming.
Like the other methods, you’ll need to remove your temporary hair extensions or have your semi-permanent hair extensions taken out before trying this advanced hot water technique.
How to Detangle Hair Extensions
If your extensions are tangled and matted, get them damp and spritz detangling solution all over. Use a wide-tooth detangling comb to gently begin brushing out the tangles, starting at the ends and working your way up. Apply a leave-in conditioner to soften and moisturize the extensions. Use the end of a rat tail comb to work out any particularly tricky knots.
How to Prevent More Damage to Your Hair Extensions
Now that you’ve taken steps to revive your dry and damaged hair extensions, it’s important to be proactive to prevent future damage by regularly taking care of your hair extensions.
A few ways you can prevent damage to your hair extensions include:
For more tips on taking care of extensions and how to revive dry and damaged hair extensions after a summer of sun and swimming, visit our hair blog. If you need inspiration with finding your perfect hair extension look, check out our Shop By Look tool and browse our luxurious 100% human hair Remy hair extensions.