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The Importance of Heat Protectant for Hair Extensions

The Importance of Heat Protectant for Hair Extensions

The Importance of Heat Protectant for Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are the perfect way to achieve the long, beautiful, healthy looking hair you or your clients have always dreamed of. Heated styling tools give us the ability to create desirable curls, natural waves or sleek straight locks, however, if you don’t use heat protectant for hair extensions, you can reduce their longevity and quality. In this blog post, I’m sharing the importance of heat protectant for hair extensions, the right temperature for your heated styling tools and my tips for expert hair care because you deserve gorgeous locks. Keep reading to learn more!

Hair extensions are the perfect way to achieve the long, beautiful, healthy looking hair you or your clients have always dreamed of. Heated styling tools give us the ability to create desirable curls, natural waves or sleek straight locks, however, if you don’t use heat protectant for hair extensions, you can reduce their longevity and quality. In this blog post, I’m sharing the importance of heat protectant for hair extensions, the right temperature for your heated styling tools and my tips for expert hair care because you deserve gorgeous locks. Keep reading to learn more!

Hair Extensions

At Cooperative Salon, we specialize in the highest quality hand-tied extensions to enhance your hair’s natural beauty. Our real human hair weft products are ideal for all hair types including fine to thick hair, curly, straight, wavy and thinning hair and prevent the damage that most other hair extension techniques cause. While our hair extensions are the highest quality, it’s important to note that the longevity of your hair extensions will depend on how well you look after them. If you’re a hairstylist, we highly recommend prefacing this with your clients to ensure that they are prepared for the investment of time required to maintain the beautiful look of their hair extensions in between their appointments with you. 

Heat Protectant for Hair Extensions

Our hair extensions are made with real human hair, and therefore it’s crucial to look after them just as you would your natural hair. One way to prevent damage is by protecting your tresses with heat protectant spray. The product acts like sunscreen for your hair, it forms a protective barrier on your hair cuticles so when heat is applied, it doesn’t cause your hair or hair extensions distress. Another key benefit is moisture, heat protectors have similar properties to a conditioner where they lock in moisture to prevent your hair from drying out, so it looks and is as healthy as possible. During winter when we all have our heaters cranking is the most important time to use heat protectant as your hair can be drier than usual. Personally, I use Jack Winn Care Vitamin Silk as it contains Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, argan oil, coconut oil, Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 to protect colour, seal split ends, protect hair from heat, minimize breakage, add shine and combat the effects of ageing. After I wash my hair, I spray the Vitamin Silk onto damp hair and comb it through gently for even distribution. You can use heat protection spray on dry hair; however, hair best absorbs moisture while it’s wet. 

I did a little experiment to show you exactly just how effective heat protectant is, check out the difference between the toast that was and wasn’t spayed for protection – crazy huh! I hope this inspires you to not only purchase heat protectant for hair extensions, but make sure you use it each time you style your hair, I promise you, it’s completely worth it.

Heat Protectant for Hair Extensions

Styling Tools

If you like to style your hair and hair extensions with heated styling tools like a hair dryer, straightener or curling wand, it’s well worth the investment to purchase professional tools. We recommend opting for a ceramic or tourmaline straightener and curling wand as the plates and barrel will ensure that heat is distributed evenly, preventing snapping caused by uneven hot spots. The temperature on your straightener or curling wand should not exceed 360F, and preferably use one of the low to medium heat settings. It may take a little longer to style your hair, however, this will protect your hair from burning and maintain the quality of your extensions. I’m sure this goes without saying, but make sure your hair is completely dry before using heated tools like a straightener or curling wand. If your hair is even a bit damp, it will sizzle which will crack and split your cuticles which will result in breakage or damage to your hair and hair extensions – we want to avoid that at all costs! 

When it comes to your hair dryer, ionic is best. It helps to dry your hair faster which means less exposure to heat and therefore less damage, hooray! Alongside your heated styling tools, having a great hairbrush is also important not only to protect your hair from breakage, but to set the stage for superior styling. A hairbrush with flexible bristles will easily untangle wet or dry hair gently without pulling or tugging on your hair or hair extensions. Having smooth tangle free hair will also benefit you in the styling stage as your hair will glide through your straightener or curling wand without getting caught, making the process a whole lot faster and safer.

How to Maintain Longevity

It can be a common routine to wash our hair, then straight away blow dry it and style with heated styling tools. Even with the use of heat protectant, this is a lot of heat in a short amount of time. When you can, let your hair air dry. This is especially important for your hair extensions as they don’t receive the same nourishing oils your natural hair does from your scalp, making them more prone to dryness. To maintain the longevity of your hair extensions, skip styling them a few times per week, you can always try a cool braid or up style for some variation. Another one of my tips is to sleep on a silk pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases grab and twist hair in our sleep which can result in bedhead by the morning. Silk pillowcases protect your hair and hair extensions from damage and will also maintain your hair style for longer – yes please. 

Our premium hair extensions give you the freedom to have the hair of your dreams and with some care and maintenance, you can ensure their longevity and that they remain healthy and strong. I hope you find my heat protectant for hair extensions and other tips and tricks helpful. Comment below any other advice on hair extensions you would love and make sure to follow us at @cooperativehair for more of my tips, new product launches and hair inspo. 

Heat Protectant for Hair Extensions
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