IBE At Home
I suggest washing your hair no more than 1 to 2 times a week with Goldie Locks Signature Shampoo and Conditioner.
Washing your hair everyday can shorten the life of your extension hair. I understand that life happens so don’t stress about it too much.
Before washing, thoroughly brush out your extensions with your wet brush or paddle brush. Get EVERY little tangle. If you have multiple rows, separate and section them on top of your head so that you’re able to cleanse between the rows. Gently wash as normal and be sure to avoid rubbing the ends of your hair together. If you are washing less often than you are accustomed to, you may need to shampoo twice.
When conditioning, only apply conditioner from the ears down and around the face framing pieces. Avoid conditioner at the scalp and where the extensions are tied in to avoid build up. Starting at the ends, use your fingers to gently comb through your hair and detangle.
If you simply cannot go without washing daily, do the “half wash” to preserve the extension hair. Start by sectioning off the hair above your extensions, then braid your extensions so they stay out of the way.
Once you have your hair sectioned and ready to wash, put your head directly under the faucet/sink/shower and shampoo & condition the top section of your natural hair. After washing, use your leave-in conditioner and styling products on your damp hair. This will allow you to wash daily if you feel the need to!
Gently squeeze the water out of your hair, do not rub! You should moisturize your hair regularly with a leave in conditioner/serum/oil depending on your personal hair texture. I recommend Goldie Locks Signature Serum. Follow with brushing through your hair with a wet brush/wide tooth comb. Before drying, make sure each row is completely brushed out from the top of the weft to the bottom. I don’t recommend letting your extensions air dry, but if you're in a rush, make sure the top of the row (where it is attached to your head) is completely dry to prevent matting and damage to the extensions.
YOUR HAIR MUST BE COMPLETELY DRY BEFORE GOING TO BED.
I recommend braiding your hair or put in a low ponytail for sleep. It’s also best to sleep on a silk pillowcase (this is great for your face AND hair). Cotton pillowcases can cause frizz and split ends over time. You can easily find these at Ulta, Sephora or Amazon. Do not sleep on your extensions while they’re wet, it will damage your natural hair, the extension hair, and can cause matting.
As far as tools go, you can straighten and curl your hair like normal! When using hot tools, don’t forget to apply a heat protectant before you use heat. Obviously, the less hot tools you use, the better, as it drys out your hair. I’ve actually had to style my hair WAY less with extensions because it holds the style SO well. With extensions, I curl my hair after I wash and dry it, and then I just touch up the curls as the week goes on until I wash my hair again. This honestly saves me so much time!
This may sound overwhelming, but you will quickly find your daily and weekly routine. A little extra effort in the care of your extensions will do SO much for their longevity.
Take care of your investment!