How To Take Care of Russian Hair Extensions

Hair extensions can be a great way to enhance your look. They are so much fun because you can change the style and color of your hair anytime you like. There are different methods of applying extensions including braid weaves, individual strands, latch hooks, and countless others. Talk to your stylist about which method and type of extension is right for you. 

Russian hair extensions have a higher quality than Asian or American hair extensions. Russian hair is not chemically processed at all, making it the most rare form of extension. It is the silkiest, purest and, of course, the most expensive. Usually European hair extensions are made from hair that has only been processed to look European.  But Russian hair is the creme de la creme of hair.  Fortunately, care for these extensions is very basic:

  1. Pick out a good brand of Russian hair extensions. Cheaper versions have a shorter life, and tangle and mat more easily. 
  2. Use a soft bristle brush, brushing regularly in a downward motion to prevent tangles. Start at the bottom of the hair and work your way up. 
  3. Keep clean by gradually wetting hair with a gentle shampoo and lukewarm water. Brush while shampooing to keep hair from tangling and matting. 
  4. Wash every 2-3 days to keep the extensions clean, especially after exercising. Comb Russian hair extensions thoroughly before washing. 
  5. Use a leave-in conditioner to keep your Russian hair extensions shiny and soft. 
  6. Do not use silicone-based products on Russian hair extensions because they cause the hair to slip off.  Also, to prevent extensions from drying out, stay away from alcohol-based products. 
  7. When sleeping, tie up your Russian hair extensions to ward off tangles and slippage. Do not tie up while wet.  If extensions are wet, allow them to air dry. Never use a blow dryer or any other form of heat unless instructions on the package permit. Doing so can shorten the life of the hair. 
  8. If swimming with Russian hair extensions, use a swim cap. Chlorine and salt water can damage the hair. 
  9. Never try to apply hair dye to the hair extensions. Get a professional to color them for you.   Remove extensions every 6-8 weeks so not to damage your natural hair. Do not reuse once removed. Always apply fresh hair when redoing the extension process. 
  10. To get straight Russian hair extensions to be curly, set with rollers. 
  11. Always treat Russian hair extensions like your own hair and always follow the instructions of your stylist.
  12. Wigs and clip-on pieces can also be used in place of Russian hair extensions. They are easier to use and less expensive but do not last as long.

Be sure to follow these tips to prevent damage to your Russian hair extensions and your natural hair.   Choose wild and crazy styles or a classic look. Shop around for a stylist who may give a good price. Russian hair extensions can be costly, but remember you get what you pay for, so ask for pictures of their work first.  And most important, be sure to have fun!  

 

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