Can you lead an active lifestyle, like going to the gym, while wearing hair extensions? This is one of the top questions I am asked of potential hair extension clients, and the answer is yes! In no way should wearing hair extensions impede your healthy fitness goals, but I must tell you that sweat can be the enemy of many types of hair extensions; keratin bonds, tape hair extensions, and i-tip hair extensions. Sweat is sebum, which contains oils, fats, and salt, the aforementioned fluid will break down any extension material containing adhesive. There are ways to protect the attachment, but if you are consistently “breaking a sweat,” your extensions will not last as long as those who do not.
Caring for hair extensions greatly varies based on your own hair texture, fine hair requires more care while sweating. If your hair is thick, it will naturally absorb oils thus preventing some damage from sweat.
What To Do:
1) Use dry shampoo directly on the attachment area of your hair extensions, to avoid them breaking down quickly, or slipping out of your hair. The dry shampoo will help to block the sweat from permeating into your hair extensions applied with adhesive, tape, or even micro-link individual strands.
2) Wash your hair as soon as you can to remove sweat, and dry thoroughly, if this is impossible to fit into your regimen, then follow step 1.
3) Let your hair down, if you can work out while wearing your hair down, or in a loose pony, the sweet will distribute throughout your hair, versus staying in one place.
4) Consider sew-in hair extensions, although micro beads are used to anchor the sew-in weft, we use thread to support the extensions making them more durable when sweating. Use dry shampoo to sop up oils, and if you do not have dry shampoo, use hair spray. Use hair spray directly on the attachment area, its main ingredient is alcohol — alcohol is drying and will repel sweat.
How To Wear Your Hair:
Extra hair from hair extensions equates to more styling effort on your part. Many types of hair extensions are difficult to hide, especially on fine hair, so a low and loose ponytail is the best option. Braids help to keep your hair from knotting, opt for one braid, or two loose braids.
Individual strand hair extensions such as keratin bonds, and i-tips are easier to hide in the hair, and you can wear your hair in a high bun. Just double-check to be sure they are not showing.
My best advice is to wear a bathing cap! I know this may not be optimal, but a bathing cap is the best way to protect your hair extensions. Chlorine, salt water, and other chemicals will definitely dry out your hair extension — it is best to completely protect them under a swim cap.
Mud Racing And Other Physical Competitions:
This is a tough one, Yes, I do have clients that wear hair extensions during these challenges, but the damage to their hair is evident. I would consider not wearing hair extensions while competing, possibly scheduling your hair extension application around the challenge dates is best. If this is impossible, then braid your hair and secure it under a cap, bandana, or helmet.
Investing in extension-friendly products is super essential, i.e.; sulfate-free shampoo, moisture-inducing conditioner, leave-in sprays, and natural oil for dry hair. I also recommend that you visit the salon immediately if you are having issues, we have masks and treatments that will replenish your hair extensions. We can also directly help to detangle your hair if it gets matted. Hair extensions are not only an investment, but they need extra care. If you are experiencing difficulty with them during activities, then opt for clip-in hair extensions that can be taken off during your workouts, etc.
We are here to help educate our clients on the best hair extension practices, and we will assist you on your hair extension journey. Also, we can help to determine if hair extensions are worth it to you!
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.