Hair extensions are a popular choice for protective styling. One complain though that I’ve had and heard from other girls is the itching (scalp and other parts of he body touched by the extension) that comes with them. This may not be common for every girl but it certainly is a thing. If this is something you experience, fear not! A solution exists! It all lies in prepping your hair extension before installing them.For any hair extension – wefted hair, clip ins, or braiding hair – it is important to prep the hair (if possible) before installation. This prepping helps to remove any chemicals that may have been used in packaging the hair. I have found this especially true for marley braiding hair.
P.S: Not every extension can be prepped before use. Almost all synthetic hair extensions fall into this category, so be careful so that you don’t ruin you hair before you get to use it. Again, be careful! Don’t call my name o.
So What Does it Mean to Prep Hair Extensions?
Prepping hair extensions is basically washing it and putting in a state that will enable you get the best out of it and the most wears out of it.
How can I Prep my Hair Extensions?
I will be focusing on wefted hair here, but this also applies to clip-ins. I am currently wearing a wig made using HerGivenHair extensions and I prepped this hair before installing the wig.
1. Wash bundled hair
Before cutting the bundle loose, you should co-wash your extension. This means running through the hair with a conditioner and rinsing with water.
2. Hang bundled hair to dry
Duh, right? Remember to hang it in such a way that the hair is not folded so as not to leave fold lines once dry. If you are in a hurry to install the hair, feel free to use a hand held hair dryer to speed up the drying.
3. Seal Weft
Now, this one is very important to reduce or totally prevent shedding. Some hair companies throw in a Weft sealer with your extension, others don’t. You can get Weft sealer specifically designed for wefted hair at your local beauty store. There is talk that some fabric bonding glue or fraying preventing solutions work well as Weft sealers. I have not tried these and so cannot say if they work or not.
Sealing the Weft involves opening up the hair bundle and running through the Weft with the sealant. This, I must warn you, is a lot of work. So you should put something on the TV while you do this.
And now, your hair is ready to use!
See, as easy as 1,2,3, innit.
If you’re a visual learner, here’s a quick video for how to best prep your hair. Enjoy!
I am so in love with my HerGivenHair kinky blowout wig. I will be doing a full review of the hair pretty soon, but let’s just say it is what hair dreams are made of. See their hair selection here.
So, tell me, are you in the habit of prepping your extensions? How do you do it? If you don’t usually prep your hair, do you see yourself doing so going forward? Talk to me in the comments!
– Until Next Time,