Salt water and Human Hair Extensions do not mix. But if you are heading out on your dream vacation to the sunny beaches of some faraway place, here are some tips to help you manage your Human Hair Extensions. (Side bar – Because you have Human Hair Extensions and everyone’s hair is slightly different, there is no guarantee on how the hair you have in will respond).
If you are a swimmer or love water sports in the ocean or the pool, you will really need to be extra cautious. The minerals that are in chlorine and in salt water break down the protective proteins that keep hair shiny, supple and manageable. These minerals cause the scales on the Human Hair Extensions follicles to open up, which causes tangling, drying and breakage. You need to do a few things to help keep these scales closed up, smooth and resistant to the minerals that will cause tangling.
Our hair has natural protective proteins that keep our hair strong and untangled. What happens in salt and chlorinated water is the protective proteins break down, causing the scales on the hair follicles to open up like thousands of tiny barbs. The scales open up from the high ph balance in the salt or chlorinated water. If your hair is in a bun or a Pony tail, or a braid when you enter the salt water, your hair is going to act like Velcro and you will have one big knot. If you let your Human Hair Extensions dry with the salt or pool water still in your hair in a bun or pony tail… you will really not be happy… ever wondered how to start dread locks??? Yikes!!!
So here are a few pointers on how to avoid this from happening:
- Try not to get your Human Hair Extensions in the water is the best solution.
- If 1 is not possible then, while your Human Hair Extensions are still dry, apply a very inexpensive coat of conditioner; something like VO5, Suave, or even White Rain. These three brands are actually good because as conditioners they only coat the hair. This “coat” acts as a protectant/sealer.
- Take a wide tooth comb and gently comb through the Human Hair Extensions making sure you get the product completely and evenly distributed around your hair and scalp. If you plan on wearing a swimming cap, you may not want to over apply, because it will be difficult to keep the cap on.
Again as I mentioned earlier, even if you apply the conditioner prior to swimming, VERY IMPORTANT… do not allow the chlorine or the salt water to dry in your Human Hair Extensions *. The sooner you can get your Human Hair Extensions shampooed and conditioned the better. I often bring my shampoo and conditioner with me in my pool bag and quickly wash and condition my Human Hair Extensions right there at the poolside shower.
* I highly recommend trying to gently comb out the hair while the conditioner from your application prior to your swim is still in your hair, especially if you can’t get to a shower for a bit. Comb starting from the bottom and then gently moving upward until your Human Hair Extensions are free of all knots and tangles. When you do get to a shower, proceed to shampoo and condition with a quality products.