NATURAL STRAIGHT HAIR EXTENSIONS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEW-IN MAINTENANCE
We have all agonized about our hair at one time or another. We’ve stood in front of the mirror and attempted a blowout, flat iron, or protective style, when all we want to just take a break from the daily chore of hair care.
We want the ease and convenience of hair extensions!
Sew-in hair extensions do offer styling simplicity – we can flat-iron, curl, and blow dry to our heart’s content without worrying too much about damage. However, finding the right natural hair extensions is important for ensuring long-lasting integrity and optimum protection. If you’re thinking of getting sew-in natural hair extensions, keep the following in mind.
MAKE SURE YOUR NATURAL HAIR CAN BLEND WITH YOUR EXTENSIONS EFFECTIVELY.
Discovering that your natural hair and your extensions aren’t a good match after you’ve paid for your install is incredibly frustrating – especially because extensions aren’t exactly cheap. While you might be able to manipulate your own hair and your extensions so that the mismatch isn’t immediately obvious, even a slight change in the weather conditions will reveal the textural differences. You should not be able to tell where your natural hair ends and the extensions begin.
Many clients opt for natural straight hair extensions, which might be easier to blend, since you have the option of flat-ironing your own hair. However, you have to be careful with this strategy, since continual, improper heat applications to your leave-out can damage it significantly, resulting in breakage. Follow your stylist’s instructions on how to keep your leave-out protected while wearing natural straight hair extensions, or you can opt for a full sew-in with no leave-out.
MAKE SURE YOUR LIFESTYLE SUPPORTS MAINTAINING A NATURAL HAIR SEW-IN.
While sew-ins are fairly low-maintenance on a day-to-day basis, their upkeep and care differ from the care you’d give to your own hair. Whether you opt for natural straight hair extensions or textured extensions, you must be committed to the maintenance process if you want to ensure long-term wearability and good results.
Consult with your stylist to learn the best routine for the upkeep of your extensions. The sew-in will have to be moisturized, cleansed, and detangled regularly. Additionally, you will have to care for your scalp underneath the sew-in to ensure the health of your own hair.
Schedule periodic maintenance sessions with your stylist. These are essential for the protection of your own hair. These maintenance sessions prevent tangling and matting of your own hair underneath the sew-in.
MAKE SURE THE SEW-IN FITS YOUR BUDGET.
Many clients view sew-in hair extensions as an investment. In order to see returns on the investment, the cost of installation and maintenance has to be significantly lower than the cost of maintaining your natural hair for the length of time you keep your sew-in installed.
Calculate the expense of maintaining and styling your hair on a monthly basis, then factor in the cost of the sew-in extensions, installation, new products, and salon maintenance. If the cost of installing and keeping extensions is lower than the cost of not having extensions, you’re in great shape for your new look!
MAKE SURE THE QUALITY OF THE EXTENSIONS AND THE SERVICE MEET YOUR STANDARDS.It is very difficult to assess the overall quality of natural hair extensions from a screen. Ideally, you’ll want to visit a store and see the hair yourself before you commit. But regardless of whether you conduct an in-person inspection or you do it entirely online, here are a few factors you should take into consideration.
- The expertise of the salon. The salon and the provider of the hair extensions need to be upfront and knowledgeable about the installation process and the hair itself. Where does the hair come from? What are their quality assurance protocols? Do they use Remy hair? How was the texture of the hair achieved? The salon representative should be able to answer these questions to your satisfaction.
- The reviews should be detailed and positive. When you’re researching the salon and reading reviews, the quality of the reviews will tell you a lot about the services and experience. Positive reviews are a good sign, but they should offer specific details beyond how happy the review is with the results. If all of the reviews are positive but only one sentence, you should investigate further. If the majority of the reviews are negative, you’re your business elsewhere.
- The customer service should be excellent. Establishing a rapport with your stylist is critical to achieving the best possible results. Your stylist should understand and address your concerns, which will help you achieve the best results both in the short and long-terms.
AK Hair & Healing is dedicated to empowering all clients with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to reveal their inner glory and live their best, most confident lives. For more details about our sew-in hair extension process, please visit our information page.