Caring for your glue in hair extensions couldn’t be simpler – here you’ll find out how long they last and how you look after them so read on!
Proper care is essential to ensure your glued hair extensions last well and look good.
Avoid oil based moisturizing products and opt for water based ones instead.
Or go one step further and use an oil free product – they do exist!
When you attached your extensions you’ll have washed your hair but you won’t have put any moisturiser on your growth hair as this will block the effectiveness of the adhesive.
How can you tell a water based moisturiser? A moisturiser that has water before the oil on the ingredients list. If you really like oils then go for plant-derived oils or butters instead of mineral oil.
Human hair weave extensions can easily become dry because the hair has (usually) been chemically processed to produce the texture or colour.
A quick fix is to fill a spray pump full of 90% water and 10% glycerine and lightly mist your hair weave or the tips if they've become dry and frizzy - you can also use this mixture on your growth hair (just use it from the midpoint downwards so it's away from the glued part of the tracks).
Use large tooth combs for extensions to detangle the hair and avoid combing from the root as this is where your hair is and you’ll tug at the connection of the weft.
If you’ve splashed out and used human hair you can use heat appliances but if you’ve opted for synthetic glue in hair extensions then stay away from heat appliances.
Since these extensions are for such a short time and due to the nature of the adhesive washing is not recommended but since they take less than two hours to apply and only last 10 days (or up to three weeks) that shouldn’t cause too much of a problem.
However you do have the option of using a dry shampoo - there are several brands.
At night wrap your hair in a silk scarf to protect the glue in extensions and prevent them from rubbing or tugging at your growth hair during the night.
Glue in extensions need to be cared for in a very specific way and although this is a quick run through, there's a more detailed guide outlining how to take care of glue in extensions as well as a detailed guide solely dedicated to outlining how to wash and condition glue in extensions.
Sew-in hair weaves are cared for slightly differently to glue-in hair weaves and if you'd like to see how the care methods differ, peruse the sew-in and glue-in comparison care guide.
Dab the remover on the weft where the glue is, be sure to saturate enough so that it can work on the bond.
After a few moments the bond should be weakened and you should be able to slide out the weft hair extensions without any tugging.
Oils and conditioners can also be used to loosen the hair extensions - choose one or the other not both at the same time. It might be helpful to simply have an inexpensive conditioner to hand to help with loosening the bonding glue.
If after using the remover or oil or conditioner, you’re unable to loosen the hair extensions, go to your local salon the staff will have access to other types of removers.
Due to the weight of wefts, give your hair a couple of weeks’ rest and deep condition weekly to nourish your hair.
A patch test should be undertaken to check that you don’t have an allergic reaction to the cold resin (glue).
To test your skin, place a small drop of glue behind your hair and leave for 24 to 48 hours to ensure you don’t have an adverse reaction.
The glue should not touch the scalp and the hair weft should never be placed on the scalp.
Glue in extensions (or cold bonded extensions as they’re also known) are mainly a two weekly option - three at the most. Most bonding adhesives aren't designed to last more than 10-15 days and although some do last longer, you have to be aware that your own hair is growing and you'll have product build up on that new growth and your scalp.
If you keep them in longer than a few weeks, you risk damage to your own growth hair either because of matting or when removing the hair extensions.