The summer heat, chlorine, salt water, and outdoor activities can severely damage your hair extensions. Let's say your hair extensions are newer than six months, and the elements have damaged them, there are strategies to help revive them. If your hair extensions are overly dry, damaged, and older than six months, you may not be able to revive them. Alcohol-based products, over-drying, and thermal heat are a foe of hair extensions. You are going to want to try this if you have invested your hard-earned money in hair extensions.
The best way, that I know of, to revive your hair extensions is using the boiling water technique. This works for all types of hair extensions other than those with keratin bonds, i-tips, and synthetic hair.
The objective is to infusion moisture back into dry, and matted hair extensions. The reason most hair extensions get damaged is due to a lack of moisture, natural oils do not spread through hair extensions as does our own hair. Boiling them will help infuse moisture into the hair. It is best to remove any clips, or attachments prior to boiling.
1) Place water into a large pot, and bring to a boil.
2) Remove the boiling water from heat, and be sure the boiling bubbles have dwindled.
3) While the water is boiling wash the hair extensions with a sulfate-free shampoo.
4) As the boiling water cools, add approximately 2 tablespoons of hair conditioner to the water, and stir thoroughly. You are creating a very hot water bath.
** My favorite conditioner for this process is Nexxus Humectant Conditioner which can be found on Amazon, or Ulta. Humectant products contain moisture, is this is why I love this "old faithful," brand.
5) Allow the extensions to steep in the previous boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes.
6) After that time, rinse the extensions with tepid water (do not shampoo).
7) Carefully blot with a towel, and place the extensions on the towel.
8) Allow to partially air dry, and detangle with a wide tooth comb.
** Allow boiling water to cool before emptying the pot.
9) On the damp hair extensions spray with Nexxus Humectant Leave-In Conditioner.
10) Allow the extensions to dry overnight, and then brush with a boar bristle brush. You can use a blow-dry if the hair is still damp.
Your extensions are now ready for reapplication. As previously stated, do not use this technique with pre-bonded keratin hair extensions, tape hair, or i-tip. The keratin, tape, and i-tip portion of the hair extension will be destroyed from boiling. I recommend using the Nexxus humectant shampoo, conditioner & leave-in to help revive these types of extensions.
This is best used for clip-in hair extensions, hair toppers (without glue or tape), and all types of weft hair extensions; genius weft, volume weft, machine weft, and hand-tied wefts.
After reviving your hair extensions, it is best to avoid processes, products, or thermal heat. This technique should allow your hair extensions to be applied and used for a few extra months.
Inferior human hair may not respond to this technique since the reason for matting is not due to the summer elements, instead, they may be made of non-Remy hair. Non-Remy hair made of hair taken out of brushes, the cuticle is not aligned in one direction, and the hair only lasts for a few months.
I hope you try this, and use caution when working with boiling water. I have personally used this technique many times, and it can be miraculous. If you have any tips to repair damaged hair extensions, please comment below. If you have tried this, please let me know.
Hair Extensions Background
At Noelle Salon, they evaluate your natural hair, and listen to the client's wishes on styling, color match, and look. They 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 they have worked with different methods like tape-in extensions, clip-in hair extensions, Keratin and enjoy using the Veila Pull-thru method with the Veila Hair Extensions for ease of hair care. Styling can vary from flat iron, natural curl, or curly hair. 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 and explore the possibilities.