Your Guide to Brushing Hair Extensions

Can’t seem to get enough of your brand new hair extensions?

Now that you’ve got the locks you always wanted, it’s time to work on developing a rigorous hair extension care routine to keep them healthy and damage free for a long period. Hair extensions, much like your real hair, are prone to knots and tangles, and need to be brushed regularly to minimize the possibility of breakage.

However, as aggressive brushing can weaken extension bonds, you might have to upgrade your brushing technique to protect your hair extensions.

Follow this quick guide for safe hair extension brushing and care.

Step#1: Dry Your Hair

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Before we dive into the details of the brushing process, it’s important to mention that extensions can be brushed under both wet and dry conditions. However, brushing wet hair isn’t typically recommended as it can be rough on the strands.

Ensure that your extensions are completely or partially dry, before you begin combing through them. You can choose to use either a blow-drier for drying hair extensions, or allow them to air dry on their own.

Step#2: Pull Hair to One Side

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Hair extensions are either taped in, sewed, glued or micro linked. The bonds are placed near the scalp and can lose their integrity if pulled aggressively.

To prevent that from happening, the first step to brushing dry hair extensions should be to gather your hair to either side of your shoulders and hold them around your neck’s base in the form of a low ponytail.

Step#3: Bottom to Top Strategy

Wide-toothed combs or extension-friendly looper brushes are typically recommended for those with hair extensions as they don’t tug on hair and remove knots with ease. Start detangling from the tips of your hair and work your way upward. This’ll enable you to remove tangles more efficiently and will also prevent breakage which may occur otherwise.

Step#4: Use your fingers

Once you’re done detangling, run your fingers through your hair to remove any missed knots and tangles. This step also helps double-check if any bonds or weft tracks have been damaged during brushing.

Step#5: After-care

If your natural hair is frizzy, consider applying a leave-in conditioner or anti-frizz spray after your brushing routine to keep the frizz under control. You can also consider carry an extension-friendly brush in your bag to carry out quick touch-ups throughout the day.

The key to having long-lasting hair extensions is to consult professional hair experts for installation and maintenance, such as Hair Weaves and Extensions!

Based in Maryland, Hair Weaves and Extensions is a top hair salon offering comprehensive hair extension services at affordable rates. One of the best hair stylists and cosmetologist Lisa uses her 20 years of experience in cosmetology to cater to the hair extension needs of each client.

For a free consultation, contact them at 410-744-4900 or info@hairweavesandextensionsmd.com

How To Wash Natural Hair Underneath A Sew-In

Sew-ins are some of the most popular choices in terms of protecting styling these days. For one, it’s versatile! There are so many options to explore and try out. For those who absolutely love experimenting with hair, it’s quite literally the perfect option, since you can try a new style every few months!

But it goes without saying that many women find themselves at a loss when figuring out how to take care of and wash their hair with protective styling.

Washing your natural hair is essential to ensure that it remains healthy. It’s often easy to overlook properly drying and washing your natural hair underneath the sew-in. If you find yourself at a loss about washing and drying your natural hair, here’s a quick guide that covers all the basics:

How Often Should I Wash It?

A sew-in will last you anywhere from 6–8 weeks.

A very common and one of the most costly mistakes people make is not washing their sew-ins regularly. While sew-ins reduce the hassle of having to wash your hair every other day, sew-ins can go without a wash for up to 2 weeks. But it’s advised that you don’t hold out for so long.

Wash your scalp every 7–10 days if you have sew-ins.

A good tip to maintain the look of your weave is to deep condition the extensions to leave your hair soft and free of tangles.

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Getting The Perfect Wash

The process is a little detail-oriented, but if you follow these steps, your scalp will feel great once it’s dry and your sew-ins even better!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 applicator bottles
  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Hydrating conditioner
  • Moisturizing hair oil
  • A hooded dryer; although this one’s completely optional.

Shampoo

Mix equal parts shampoo and water in one applicator bottle. Fill the other one with equal parts of conditioner and water. This thins out the products, making it easy to rinse them out.

Use the applicator bottle to apply the diluted shampoo directly to your scalp, covering the entirety of it. Use your fingertips to run a gentle circular motion to work around the braids. This will help avoid the braids from getting frizzy and loosening up.

Once you’re done, thoroughly rinse out the shampoo a couple of times to ensure all the product is out.

Condition

Next, apply the conditioner and water mix to your scalp generously. Using a vertical motion, starting at the hairline and moving on to the tips of your hair, smooth out and spread the conditioner. Leave it in for about 5–7 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

Dry & Moisturize!

Take a towel and wrap your hair around it. Gently squeeze out all the excess moisture. This typically takes a while, but it’s essential to ensure that your braids dry properly.

Using a hooded dryer, dry your hair until it’s about 80% dry. You can also leave your hair to air-dry. Bear in mind that you need to avoid putting your hair up until it’s completely dry.

Finish off with a moisturizing hair oil to keep your hair looking lustrous and shiny!

Looking for a place to get weaves done in Maryland?

Lisa at Hair Weaves and Extensions has an experience as a cosmetologist for over 20 years. As one of the top hair stylists in MD, she’s the go-to person for all things hair!

Learn more about Hair Weaves and Extensions services. Call them at 410-744-4900 for an appointment today!

3 Terrific Hairstyles for the Holiday Season

It’s almost time for the holidays! And you know what that means! Parties, family dinners, and celebrations all around call for a change of look that is in line with the festivity around you!

This holiday season, try some of our gorgeous dressed-up hairstyles and updos and wow the haters with your chic, elegant, and effortlessly sexy hair! While the outfit you choose may be half of what makes you stand out at any occasion, your hair is what pulls your entire look together!

With our collection of chignons, braided updos and more casual wavy hairstyles, you’re sure to become the talk of the party. Let’s get started!

Large, Loose Curls

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Of all the hairstyles you could try, nothing could make you look more like a Grecian goddess than sexy, voluminous waves! Swap the hair ties and dozens of bobby pins with a wide-barrel curling iron.  Invest in some quality hair extensions for added volume and length.

Divide your hair into six equal sections and run a wide toothed comb through them thoroughly. Wrap each section around the curling iron and count to twenty. Once all six sections are done, use the wide-toothed comb again and run it through your locks for the perfect, voluminous waves.

French Twist Ponytail

A twist on the traditional French twist bun, this hairstyle combines the elegance of the French twist with the effortless-casual look of a low ponytail for a look that’s perfect for semi-formal events!

Simply take two slightly thick strands of hair from one temple, wind them around each other until you get to the bottom of the other ear and secure with a fancy hair tie. Use the same method as above to add soft curls to your ponytail for the perfectly sexy holiday hairstyle!

Waterfall Braid

The Pinterest trend that took over the internet a few years ago shows no sign of slowing down and for good reason! The easy, gorgeous style for short or long hair is perfect to give your look the oomph it needs to stand out!

Start at the temple, grabbing a section of hair and dividing it into three. Do one full pass of a three-strand braid at the beginning to hold your hairdo together. Take a one-inch section of hair from the left side; join it to the left section of the braid, crossing it over the center piece. Let the right strand go, grabbing a new equal section of hair as a replacement, crossing it over the center piece. Repeat until your braid reaches the center of your head and secure.

Repeat the same process on the other side of your head and secure in the middle with a fancy clip. All done!

Don’t have enough hair length or volume to pull off these gorgeous hairstyles? Struggling to grow out your hair? Here’s a tip: micro-link hair extensions!

Hair Weaves and Extensions is one of the top hair salons in Maryland, offering a comprehensive range of services in hair styling, hair weaves and microlink hair extensions.

With a 20 year experience in the cosmetology world, Lisa gives all her clients’ hair the individual attention it deserves! Reach out to Hair Weaves and Extensions at 410-744-4900 for details and appointments.

Coloring Your Hair Extensions: What You Need to Know

Hair extensions: the holy grail for all us ladies who are unable to grow our hair to the length we want or just don’t have the patience to wait! While hair extensions can added much desired and length to your natural hair, they are also perfect for changing your hair color without damaging your own hair!

But when dyeing hair extensions, there are a few things you should be aware of. The type of extensions used, the color you want and the dyes to use all play a very important role in getting your dyed extensions to look exactly like you imagined them to!

Before you try to dye your extensions, read through this essential guide for best results:

Virgin Hair vs. Synthetic Hair Extensions

Whether you’re planning on chemically dyeing your hair extensions or subjecting it to heat styling tools, it might be a better idea to invest in real human hair extensions. This is because synthetic hair does not typically reach very well to the harsh chemicals in most hair dyes and you could even end up damaging it completely!

While a little pricier than synthetic hair extensions, human hair extensions are not only easier to dye, they also look more natural, last longer and are easier to style.

Prepping Your Extensions

If your extensions have previously been used, they need to be washed thoroughly to get rid of any product buildup prior to dyeing. Use a sulfate-free, moisturizing shampoo and lukewarm water to remove any hair wax, serum or oils that may affect the dyeing process.

Tip: After your extensions have been successfully colored, it is advisable to wash them as infrequently as possible. Over-washing can cause the color to fade more quickly!

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Don’t Use Over-the-Counter Products

Bleaching or highlighting your hair extensions should always be done in the presence of a professional. There is typically a very delicate balance to the exact amount of peroxide to be used, as well as the right amount of pigments for the color you want. Overusing peroxide can leave your extensions dry, brittle and damaged beyond repair. Bleaching extensions while they are still attached to your natural hair could even damage the hair cuticle if care is not taken.

Going the Professional Route

The best way to get perfect results every time would be to opt for a professional consultation prior to your dye job! Not only will a professional be able to suggest the best color for your skin tone, a dye job done by a cosmetologist will last longer, be less damaging to your extensions AND get you exactly the color you want without having to dye again and again.

Looking for a cosmetologist for your hair extension problems? Hair Weaves and Extensions is one of the best hair salons in Maryland offering professionally done weaves and hair extensions with an experienced cosmetologist, Lisa. Whether you’re in need of a dye job or require extension placement, Lisa can do the job for you!

For more details on their services for hair weaves and micro link hair extensions, head over to their website or call at 410-744-4900 for an appointment!

Top 5 Benefits Of Carrot Seed Oil

The unsung hero of the essential oil world, carrot seed oil has only recently started gaining traction as a near-perfect solution to many common hair, skin, and aging troubles. From aromatherapy to the cosmetic industry, fans of the natural oils boast about its antibacterial, anti-aging, detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic properties far and wide.

Steam distilled from the dried seeds of the Daucus Carota plant—also called Queen Anne’s lace—carrot seed oil is an excellent addition to any daily healthcare routine, and here’s why!

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All Tangled Up: A Guide To Preventing Tangled Hair

Long and lustrous hair looks beautiful on anyone who owns them. This holds true not only for natural hair, but for hair extensions as well. Not only do they look simply gorgeous, but they are extremely versatile when it comes to styling. However, it’s not a secret that maintaining long and healthy hair takes quite a bit of effort.

For one, they seem to take forever to dry. But what’s perhaps more frustrating is that with long hair, we often end up with tangles and knots that take much of our time to get rid of and can be severely damaging for our strands as well.

So, why does hair tangle in the first place?

Hair tangling can be attributed to an array of reasons, such as the texture of the hair, the frequency with which hair is brushed as well as how often it is left exposed to wind. Hair that is more likely to end up in tangles is usually quite thick and curly in texture or is long and fine.

Furthermore, dry and damaged hair is always more prone to tangles, as is hair that is not brushed often during the day. Another reason why hair could end up being tangled is if it is kept down while sleeping.

Reducing the Tangles

If your hair is anything like what’s discussed above, it’s definitely prone to tangle. Although reducing tangles does not have a permanent treatment, there are many ways to prevent them.

Conditioning Your Hair and Extensions.

As a rule of thumb for beautiful and tangle-free hair, always condition your hair after shampooing to help it regain the moisture it requires to remain free of tangles. Give it time to soak in, for at least 15 minutes before you rinse it out.

Use DIY, All Natural Hair Masks

If you’re someone who stays busy with a tight schedule but struggles with tangled hair, you may want to loosen up some time to put on a hair mask at least once a week. It doesn’t take more than 30 minutes on the lower end and will result in your hair feeling smoother, silkier and free of tangles!

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Cut Down On The Heating Tools

If you’re someone who loves heat-styling your hair, this may be a little bit difficult to get used to but this is the one thing that will pay off the most, in the long run.

When we heat-style our hair, a lot of moisture gets lost and the hair end up getting dry and damaged. If you must use heating tools, make sure to use a hair protecting serum and put the styling tool on a low or medium heat setting.

Loosely Braiding Your Hair While Sleeping

Our hair tends to tangle while we sleep due to the friction caused while tossing and turning. It’s advisable to loosely tie your hair while sleeping to avoid it from getting tangled up during the night.

Don’t Let It Down

If your hair is long and fine, it’s best to not leave it down for the entire day. Brush out your hair gently throughout the day to keep it smooth and tangle-free.

Wondering how to care for your hair extensions better?

Hair Weaves and Extensions is an exceptional hair salon for weaves and hair extensions. Based in Maryland, Hair Weaves and Extensions, offers a comprehensive range of services for micro-link hair extensions as well as hair styling.

Being one of the best hair salons in Maryland, Hair Weaves and Extensions also offers their clients individual attention and a styling consultation before the services are given.

Reach out to them at 410-744-4900 for an appointment, today!

Your Ultimate Guide to Caring for Thin Hair

Fine hair needs maintenance. They are more fragile than any other hair type and therefore need to be treated with expertise and care. As thin hair is prone to breaking; it should be treated with a combination of products and a regular hair care regimen to look thicker and stronger.

Follow these effective tips to take care of thin hair, add volume and make them look shinier and thicker.

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How Bad Are Scented Products for My Hair?

Even if the fragrance isn’t the primary thing we look at when buying hair products, it plays an extremely important role in making our choice for us. The hair care market is expected to grow to $211.1 billion by 2025.

From scents ranging from fruity apples to musky sandalwood, there are hundreds of fragrances to choose from. But do you actually know where these scents are coming from?

While most shampoos today contain scents extracted from natural products, a lot more use artificially created scents made from petroleum biproducts! That’s not something you want to be exposing your hair too!

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