One of the most common complaints I hear from clients when their beautiful new synthetic hair extensions arrive is, “These feel hard and stiff.” It’s not uncommon for a client to come in with freshly installed extensions that are dry, tangled and brittle. Of course, this can be a huge disappointment. But what can you do about it? How can you make curly synthetic hair soft again? Read on to find out!
1. What to do when your synthetic hair extensions arrive
Follow these steps when you receive your synthetic hair extensions:
How to remove synthetic hair extensions
To remove synthetic hair extensions, simply comb through the hair with a wide-tooth comb to get out any tangles. Then, put a heat cap on to protect your hair from the hot water.Let it sit for a few minutes, then take a shower afterwards. Alternatively: Some people simply wash their hair with a conditioner that comes with synthetic hair removal and rinse it out with plain water. This method requires more work from your hair to remove the gel, but it will take only a minute to complete.
How-to recover from hair loss
Rub a generous amount of petroleum jelly onto your dry hair. Let it sit for 10–15 minutes and then shampoo your hair as usual. After shampooing, take a deep moisturizing bath. You can also use a gel or coconut oil with your shampoo to help reduce splitting psoriasis or treat other hair loss issues. Follow the shampooing step-by-step instructions for how to get your hair super soft again.
How to repair or rejuvenate your natural hair
Yes, hair can be repaired or re-groomed. First, do a little hair salon facial massage to loosen any knots, plugging or dead spots. Deep cleaning of your scalp will also help remove build-up and dead skin cells. If your hair is preserved with a relaxer or clog removal treatments, there will be no need for a hair transplant. However, do consider getting it examined if your hair is extremely damaged.
How to protect your hair and face with natural products
If you choose, you can purchase natural, plant-based cosmetics. These quality products are heavily researched and can help combat eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and other skin issues.
2. Tips for washing synthetic hair if it’s dry
If you have dry synthetic hair, you may want to give it a rest from time to time. Synthetic hair doesn’t like to be washed too often. If you wear it every day, you will need to wash it at least every other day. But if you wear it every other day, you can stretch it out to every three or four days. This will allow your synthetic hair to breathe and adjust to daily changes in temperature.
This is a word of caution for those who move around a lot while using their hair products! Loose synthetic hair tends to be quite fragile. Keeping it tied so it is tucked up and out of the way is key. Also, avoid the use of dry shampoo that leaves your hair feeling shagged dry and heavy.
Face oils, moisturizers, and conditioners can help lengthen your hair when you’re not using a styling product. But remember, if you move around with your hair restrictive of restrictive hair products, your synthetic curly hair may be temporarily stuck in a permanent state of detangling and frizzing! Experiment and see what works best for you!
Humans have been styling their hair for centuries — maybe millennia! And close to 50% of all women have added some sort of hair care to their routines before they even get out of the house (I’m talking shampoo here). We have been styling our hair for modish lengths of time. If you’re lucky enough to have curls, you’ll probably have spent time in the bathroom adjusting and styling your natural hair.
3. How to get rid of tangles in synthetic hair
When you have an important event coming up, you want to look your best. One of the main things that will make or break your look is the state of your hair. If it’s not perfectly in place, you’ll look sloppy and unkempt. Follow these tips to avoid tangles and knots in your hair.No matter how hard we try, natural hair will never be able to recreate the soft elasticity and smooth, silky feel of synthetic hair.
A lot of people try to recreate hair “finesse” with curly or wavy hair extensions and hope that it works, but it never will. Natural hair shortens, relaxes, reverses and warms the way synthetic hair does.
Fatigue and tightness can become a permanent “hangover” from using the wrong tools to style our hair. All products are not created equal. From heat treatment to chemical treatments, it’s always important to do a ton of research before investing in a new set of extensions.
Two biggest culprits cause curl breakage in the first place: heat and chemicals. Phosphoric acid, low grade acid, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and iron salts are all great ingredients for ensuring relaxed, healthy curls. Try diluting a teaspoon of liquid castor oil with water and using a diffuser to quickly saturate your hair with this pro-curly liquid.
Instead of using dry shampoo, try using a winner’s solution containing either oil or vinegar. These solutions will work their magic on frizzy or breaking hair, leaving it looking healthier and softer.
4. How to deal with frizzy curly synthetic hair extensions
Achieving a natural look with curls requires the right products and tools. To get your curls in the best shape possible, you’ll want to condition them with a leave-in conditioner or a curl-defining cream. You’ll also want to use a thermal protectant, which is especially important if you’re using heat tools.
In terms of tools and products, I recommend investing in Morphe products or L’Oreal products. For styling tips, I recommend the use of pomade (if you’re using natural hair), as it’s seriously effective for pulling your curls into position without using tools at all.
Shopping tips: If you do decide to go the DIY route, I recommend that you wash your hands before and after use. You can buy laundry soap that has an extra slick setting that saves you the hassle of having to do this. You can often find pomade at your local big box store in the winter, and they’re not too expensive. Investigate each brand thoroughly to find what works best for you, and test different formulas to find what’s right for you.
Achieving silky soft curly synthetic hair is entirely possible, but it takes work and patience. Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to having the best-looking, best-feeling extensions possible!