10 Must Know Hair Extension Hacks

There’s never been a better time to expand out of your hair comfort zone than now.
ToriBPowellToriBPowell
Aug. 4, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Working from home during quarantine means that we can experiment with our looks like no one’s watching because...well, no one is essentially. Have you always wanted to try curly hair, slicked back faux ponytails, or a bright color unsuitable for your in-person office? Right now is the perfect time to give it all a try, and with these ten hacks, you’re sure to have the most undetectable weaves and wigs that will give you enough confidence to wear them even when we’re not on lockdown. Have a healthy and prepped base If you’re planning on wearing a wig, keep the hair underneath moisturized so that friction doesn’t damage your real hair. With wigs, you’ll also want your natural hair nice and flat so that the wig doesn’t just sit on top and look fake. If you’re planning on adding in tracks or extensions, try doing a hair mask the week of so that your hair is in tip top shape and blends better. Seal wefts with clear nail polish Shedding can be a major problem. Clear nail polish is a great solution to prevent this and to prolong the life of tracks. It’s pretty simple too. Use the brush to paint directly onto your tracks with two to three coats of polish to lock bundles into place. Give them at least an hour to dry, and you’re good to go. Buy a wig stand / extension hanger Taking off a wig or extensions feels similar to taking off your bra after a long day and tossing it to the side. The difference is that flailing your wig onto a couch, table, or wherever you may keep it besides a proper stand is damaging. Your closure could rip, it’s subject to frizz, and the hair will lose its body if you’ve styled it.Don’t use too many productsEven if your weave is 100% human hair, consistently adding products and manipulating the hair will shorten its lifespan. Find the correct rhythm that doesn’t weigh your faux hair down. Do your homework on the hair’s history and use products that are designated towards that hair type.Use a blending wax stick with fake ponytails No matter how kinky or straight your faux ponytail may be, you’ll probably want to get your natural hair slicked back. A blending wax stick will lock flyaways and baby hairs down all day long and it’s super easy to apply. Use concealer on closures Use concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone on closures in order to flawlessly blend your part. With a makeup brush, paint concealer right down the “scalp” of the closure to lighten it up. Trust me, it makes all the difference. Use fabric softener on synthetic hairHuman-hair bundles are pricey but there are tons of quality synthetic cost-friendly alternatives. Using human-hair products on synthetic hair, though, can make it stringy and tangled beyond repair. In order to refresh synthetic hair, soak it in a mixture of warm water and a little bit of fabric softener before rinsing it out in order to get rid of frizz and make the hair look totally new. Leave baby hairs out and blend themLeaving out baby hairs and blending them is a great way to successfully make faux hair look real. Try healthily manipulating your edges into the texture of your fake hair with products like edge control and hairspray.Wear a wig grip headband There’s nothing more embarrassing than having your wig gradually slide back throughout the day. Adhering it down with bobby pins can pull at and damage edges over time so the best way to keep your hair in place is a wig grip headband. They’re typically pretty cheap and come in either silicone or velvet with adjustable sizes. Pre curl / straighten hair You’ll save so much time by utilizing that wig head/extension hanger and pre-styling your fake hair at night. By pinning up curls and spraying with hairspray, it’ll also maintain your style longer for the next day.
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