How To Keep Your Scalp Healthy With Hair Extensions

How To Keep Your Scalp Healthy With Hair Extensions

Healthy Scalp Maintenance: Hair Extensions Guide


Keeping your scalp healthy and clean while wearing hair extensions is so important. Many types of hair extensions are applied against the scalp, and this area, in particular, should be well cared for to avoid dandruff or mold and other skin conditions such as acne, cysts, and seborrheic dermatitis. Yes, mold can occur on your scalp if the hair is not washed frequently or is left wet/damp. These scalp issues do not arise with individual strand extensions such as; keratin bonded, and i-tip extensions, but do arise with heavier types of hair extensions such as hair weaves, hand-tied application, and tape-in hair. It is also important to avoid excessive heat styling, especially with a blow dryer, as it can dry out your scalp and lead to itching, irritation, and flakiness. Try to space out heat styling when possible and to avoid direct exposure to heat. If you are experiencing any of these scalp issues, it is important to talk to a dermatologist or medical professional for proper treatment and care.

Choosing the right hair extensions will help to avoid an unhealthy scalp and potential hair loss. Hair Extensions do not cause hair loss as long as the hair density added to your hair is correct for your hair type. Excessive weight will cause an irritated scalp and inflammation.

a woman wearing hair extensions

If you have experienced scalp issues in the past, reconsider hair extensions since they may exacerbate scalp problems.  

Properly "cared for" hand tied hair extensions (see below) have the proper maintenance, and the results are amazing. This client keeps up with her maintenance appointments, her own hair is growing perfectly and she looks gorgeous with her long hair, but just as beautiful with her natural hair!  


a picture of a woman wearing natural hair extensions with a healthy scalp

The Importance of a Healthy Scalp while Wearing Hair Extensions


A healthy scalp will ensure proper hair growth while wearing hair extensions. When extensions are not properly washed and cared for, bacteria and fungus may develop, The most common are Staphylococcus and Cutibacterium which can lead to folliculitis. This can be avoided by taking some simple steps!

a woman wearing properly applied hair extensions


How To Keep Your Scalp Healthy Hair Care Product Suggestions

1) Most importantly, you must wash your hair one to twice weekly with the right products, some being covered here.

2) Dry your hair completely, especially where the extensions are attached.

3) Take action by frequently having your hair specialist check your hair/scalp at your salon.

4) Look out for dandruff on the scalp

5) Keep up with move-up appointments 

6) The overuse of dry shampoo products may clog the hair follicles  and create issues.


Products to Remove Product Buildup and Avoid Psoriasis

1) Anti-microbial shampoo, use it on your scalp to remove any issues relating to parasitics.

2) Anti-bacterial hair spray, such as;  Biosilk Anti-Bacterial Spray. Use this product one to two times per week.

3) Consider the use of Scalp Antiseptic such as "Sea Breeze" to ensure your scalp is at its best. Apply it to your dry scalp, massage it well, wash it out thoroughly, and condition your hair.

4) Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. I suggest leaving the solution on for 5 minutes and then proceeding with a thorough wash.



Affordable products to keep your scalp healthy

The Importance of a Scalp Massage Helps Your Microbiome

Scalp microbiome is an essential part of hair health, and a scalp massage can help improve circulation and promote hair growth and retention. Regular massages can also help reduce stress and tension, which can contribute to scalp issues such as dandruff and itchiness. Consider incorporating a scalp massage into your hair care routine to maintain a healthy scalp and promote the health and retention of your scalp while wearing extensions. Additionally, a healthy scalp is crucial for maintaining the longevity and appearance of hair extensions, making scalp health an important aspect of hair extension maintenance. With the scalp's role in hair health, taking care of the health of your scalp is crucial for maintaining healthy and beautiful hair, making scalp condition a top priority for haircare and hair extension maintenance. In this article, you'll learn the importance of a scalp massage and how to incorporate it into your routine for the care of your scalp.

a scalp massage for a healthy scalp

How Does a Scalp Massage Help While Wearing Hair Extensions?

Additionally, using gentle pressure and circular motions during a scalp massage can help distribute natural oils, such as sebum, throughout the hair, keeping it moisturized and nourished. You can use a lightweight oil like jojoba or coconut oil during the massage for added nourishment and to increase blood flow to the scalp. Remember, a healthy scalp with good blood flow is essential for healthy hair growth and overall hair health. By incorporating scalp massages into your routine, along with a regular scalp treatment, you can improve circulation, reduce stress, and maintain a balanced scalp biome. This not only promotes hair growth but also helps alleviate common issues like dandruff and itchiness caused by a buildup of dead skin cells and lack of moisture. Furthermore, using natural oils during scalp massages, such as a scalp scrub or conditioner, can provide extra nourishment and exfoliation, keeping your scalp and hair healthy and free from damaging free radicals. Remember, a little self-care for your scalp, including regular scalp treatments and using products that target dry flakes, can go a long way in achieving luscious locks.

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Should you stop wearing Hair Extensions?

If your scalp is itchy, flaky, or in any type of pain, remove your hair extensions. You may need a visit to your physician. This is very uncommon, but as previously mentioned, avoidable with proper scalp care.

As much as I love sharing the life-changing benefits of beautiful also must share the possible downside. All-be-it scalp issues from hair extensions are rare, so it is best to be proactive to avoid them. Understanding the extra care of hair extensions will help you to decide if they are for you, especially if you have curly hair. However, it is important to consider the potential for breakage and damage to your natural hair when wearing hair extensions for extended periods of time.

a back view of keratin bond hair extensions

Free Consultations

At a free consultation; the first question I ask is if my client is ready for the extra time and care hair extensions require.  Many find the benefit outweighs the care, while others may feel the care does not fit into their lifestyle. It is very important to communicate your concerns or potential scalp/hair issues.

blonde sew-in hair extensions

Noelle Salon Haircare

At Noelle Salon, we evaluate your natural hair and listen to our client's wishes on styling, color match, and look. We use human hair extensions like 100% Remy human hair, or Virgin Hair (unlike Bellami hair). Hair extensions can be used for short hair or 24 inches of a full head of hair, and have worked with different methods like tape-in extensions, clip-in hair extensions, and Keratin and enjoy using our Pull-thru Veila Hair Extensions for ease of hair care. We also offer a variety of high-quality hair products to maintain and style your extensions, including products specifically designed for dry hair and thinning hair treatments. Our salon specializes in curly, coily, and textured hair, and we have a range of products to cater to these hair types. Whether you are looking for a change of style or look for a day such as a Clip-in ponytail, having a high-quality ponytail extension can mix it up for you. Your natural hair journey with your hair growth can be enhanced with Hair extensions when protective styling is applied, and regular maintenance is used. You can change your hair in one day - feel free to reach out to us and explore the possibilities.


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