For many of us black girls, winter is the time of the year where we choose to wear human hair extensions instead of wearing our natural hair. Although it’s not our natural hair that is likely to be out, there is a need to know the best winter hair tips for human hair extensions. When we wear human hair extensions, this is often referred to as a protective style.
Why do people wear protective styles?
Natural hair has to be kept moisturized and the brittleness and harshness of winter can dry out our natural hair and cause it to break. That's why it's important to commit to a hair maintenance routine, especially for your human hair lace wigs and human hair extensions.
It’s harder to maintain natural hair in the colder months, so wearing a protective style can be a better option, in order to protect your natural hair from the cold. Along with wearing a protective style, you need to be informed on the best winter hair tips and winter hair care products out there.
However, human hair is also meant to be kept moisturized (to a lesser degree) and taken care of, just like natural hair needs to be maintained.
They are completely different texture types and have different maintenance routines.
But don’t stress! There are ways to use the same products that you use for your natural hair on your extensions, so that you don’t have to go out and buy more.
If you prefer to use completely separate products for separate hair types, that’s another option too!
In this blog, I will go over some winter hair tips to keep human hair extensions moisturized during the cold season.
1. Avoid washing your human hair extensions too frequently
Easier said than done, I know, especially if you use a lot of products to style it, or want it to keep it looking moisturized. However, a lot of buildup will create a need to continuously wash your hair.
A great way to avoid washing your hair extensions or human hair lace wigs too frequently is to use water based products or limit the amount of oils and oil based serums you use in them. This can avoid stripping the human hair extensions continuously.
A quality winter hair care alternative to washing your hair extensions every day or every two days is to use a dry shampoo that can keep the human hair extensions fresh during the winter.
Another way to keep your hair moisturized during the winter is to co-wash your hair more often, as opposed to using shampoos. Clarifying shampoos can deeply cleanse the hair, potentially stripping it and leaving it more dry. There are affordable options such as making your own
During the winter months, this can especially be troublesome if you want to avoid dry, crusty hair extensions.
Use a conditioner as opposed to a shampoo, as it will still give a gentle cleanse while retaining the moisture in the human hair extensions.
2. Moisturize Your Scalp with Oils and Maintain a Good Hair Routine
Although this doesn’t directly help keep your human hair extensions moisturized, the most important thing about wearing human hair wigs or human hair extensions is to maintain your natural hair underneath. Your hair extensions may be dry, but the hair underneath could be dry, flaky and can be damaged in the long run if you don’t take proper care of it.
Use a leave in conditioner or add some hair oil to your scalp to avoid dryness. If you are keeping your human hair lace wig in for a few days, no need to worry-- just apply oils to your scalp before you lay the wig and when you take it off, give your hair a good shampoo, deep condition and re-oil it again.
If you have dandruff, use a heavier oil such as coconut oil or castor oil. Let it sink in for 20-30 minutes under a shower cap or heat cap, then wash your hair as usual.
3. Use Less Heat On Your Human Hair Extensions
During the colder months, your human hair lace wigs or human hair bundles are in a more fragile state. When you use a lot of heat on your human hair extensions, it can dry them out faster due to the moisture-sucking air.
What do you do instead?
Add some DROPS of hair oil to your extensions, braid, twist or plait your hair for waves, or use the heatless curl method to get some bouncy, heat-free curls.
A personal favourite of mine is to grab a human hair clip on ponytails and slick my natural hair back and rock that.
4. Do A Weekly Deep Conditioning Mask
Similar to how we do deep conditioning masks with our natural hair, it is important to do a deep conditioning mask on your human hair lace wigs and human hair bundles. Doing this can make a huge difference when maintaining your hair extensions to maximize the longevity.
Why do I need to do this?
Hair masks are highly effective and can give your hair extensions tons of health, lustre and bounce by hydrating the strands and adding shine. There are tons of hair masks on the market, but you can even make a hair mask from items in your kitchen.
Any easy and affordable overnight treatment is coconut oil, which you can work through the hair extensions
5. Go For Silk
Winter ain’t no joke. It’s cooooold boo! I know it’s ideal to throw on that wool hat and scarf, but did you know they can make your hair brittle and static?
What’s the solution?
Wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting on a cozy hat to protect your human hair lace wig or human hair extensions from getting a lot of frizz.
Silk is hypoallergenic and can prevent knotted hair. Silk is often used in bonnets, scarves and pillowcases to help maintain hair in various ways.
Winter doesn’t have to be a time where human hair extensions have to look crusty (the only word I could think of that we all can imagine), maintenance doesn’t have to be a chore and simple things can be added onto our routine to achieve the best look possible!
Let us know if you have any other tips below!