Summer Hair Care Tips: Keeping Your Hair Extensions Vibrant in the Heat

Hello, beautiful people! This is Julia Ward from Muse Extension Lounge, where we specialize in natural beaded rows (NBR) hair extensions. With the heat of the Arizona summer sun upon us, let’s chat about some vital summer hair care tips for your extensions. We want to ensure your hair remains healthy, vibrant, and stunning as you embark on sun-kissed adventures.
Our passion is to enhance your natural beauty. That’s why, today, we’re focusing on summer hair care for your hair extensions, including how to prevent damage from UV rays, summer heat, saltwater, and pool chlorine. We’ll also delve into daily hair care routines, useful hair products, and the best way to maintain your lash extensions amidst all the summer fun.

Protection from the Harsh Summer Sun:

Arizona’s intense summer sun can wreak havoc on your tresses. The harmful UV rays can cause discoloration, dryness, hair damage, and even hair fall. Natural Beaded Rows hair extensions are a unique hair extension method that requires special care. To guard your NBR extensions from harmful UV rays, arm yourself with an arsenal of sun protection products.
Consider spritzing your hair with a UV-protective hair spray containing octocrylene and avobenzone. These ingredients are fantastic stabilizers that provide broad-spectrum protection from UV light. Sun Bum and Bare Republic are well-known brands that offer hair care products enriched with these ingredients.
Additionally, use a wide-brimmed sun hat as an extra layer of defense against the summer sun. This will shield your hair extensions from direct UV damage, preserve their lustrous color, and prevent potential dryness and breakage.

Hydrating Your Hair Extensions

Summer heat can lead to excessive dryness and potential split ends. Maintaining a regular hair care routine focused on hydration is paramount for both your natural hair and NBR extensions. Consider a deep conditioning treatment with a moisturizing mask or hair oil to tackle this issue.
Products like the Iles Formula Serum, Mr. Smith Serum, or even natural oils like coconut oil can work wonders. Applying a hair mask such as the Iles Formula Mask after swimming is an excellent way to restore lost moisture and prevent hair damage.

Swimming with Hair Extensions 

Can you swim with hair extensions?

Many people wonder if they can enjoy swimming with hair extensions. The answer is yes, you can swim with hair extensions, but there are a few factors to consider. First and foremost, it depends on the type of hair extensions you have and how they are installed. Certain types of extensions, such as clip-ins and tape-ins, are generally not recommended for swimming, as they are not designed to withstand prolonged exposure to water. However, if you have NBR extensions, they are more durable and can handle the occasional swim.

Protecting your hair extensions while swimming

When swimming with hair extensions, it’s crucial to protect your hair as well as the extensions. Before getting into the water, you should thoroughly wet your hair and apply a leave-in conditioner. This helps to create a barrier between your natural hair and the water, making it less prone to damage. After swimming, it’s important to rinse your hair immediately to remove any chlorine, salt, or other chemicals. You should also gently shampoo and condition your hair extensions to keep them clean and prevent tangles.
However, it’s important to note that swimming too frequently or for extended periods can still cause damage to both your natural hair and the extensions. The chemicals in the water and the friction from swimming can lead to dryness, breakage, and even dislodging of the extensions. Therefore, it’s advisable to limit swimming with hair extensions and take the necessary precautions to protect your hair. If you’re an avid swimmer, it might be worth considering temporary removal of your extensions and reinstallation later to ensure their longevity and maintain the health of your natural hair.
Summer in Arizona often means lots of pool time. However, the salt content in ocean water or the chlorine in swimming pools can be harsh on your NBR extensions. Adopting a preventive hair care routine before and after swimming can make a significant difference.
Before diving in, wet your hair and apply a protective leave-in conditioner. This will create a barrier between your extensions and the water, reducing the chemical reaction that leads to dryness and discoloration. Secure your tresses in two snug braids before swimming. You can find a tutorial for this on our Instagram under “Bedtime Braids.”
After swimming, thoroughly rinse your hair and apply a moisturizing treatment or hair mask. Hair products enriched with argan oil can help restore the lost moisture and combat frizz.

The Art of Brushing Hair Extensions 

Brushing your hair extensions, particularly natural beaded rows hair extensions, is an art form, with the primary objective being to detangle without causing any damage. It’s a vital step in your hair care routine that can dramatically impact the health and lifespan of your extensions.
Hair extensions are delicate and prone to tangling and matting, especially when exposed to summer heat, pool water, or saltwater. But with the right technique and tools, you can ensure that your extensions stay tangle-free and looking their best throughout the summer.
  1. Choose the Right Brush: The type of brush you use on your extensions is critical. We recommend a specific extension brush or a wide-toothed comb for detangling. These tools are gentle on the hair and effectively untangle without pulling at the weft of your extensions, which can lead to loosening or hair fall. Brushes with soft, flexible bristles, such as a boar bristle brush, are excellent for this purpose. They are known to distribute natural oils from your scalp through the length of your hair, keeping the hair moisturized and reducing frizz.
  2. Brushing Technique: When it comes to brushing your extensions, technique matters. Always start from the ends and work your way up to the roots. This method minimizes the risk of tugging or pulling on the extensions, which can cause stress to your natural hair and lead to breakage.
  3. Daily Brushing: Make a habit of brushing your extensions at least twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed. Regular, gentle brushing can prevent tangles from setting in, reducing the risk of matting and potential hair damage.
  4. Brushing Before and After Swimming: Always brush your extensions before and after a swim. This will help prevent any potential knots that may occur due to exposure to chlorine or salt water. Remember to use a leave-in conditioner or a detangling spray to make the brushing process smoother.
  5. Handling Tangles: If you encounter a stubborn tangle, don’t force the brush through it. Instead, hold the hair extension strand firmly at the root, and gently work the tangle out from the bottom up. If tangling persists, consider seeking professional help to avoid damaging the hair extensions.
Following these guidelines will ensure your hair extensions stay smooth, shiny, and tangle-free, maintaining their natural bounce and volume throughout the sunny season.

Eyelash Extensions

Just like your hair, eyelash extensions need TLC too. Use a mascara wand to gently comb through the lashes daily, avoiding clumps and ensuring they stay flawless. Also, remember to avoid using oil-based products on or near your eyes as it can weaken the adhesive holding the lash extensions, leading to premature shedding.

Nighttime Care

Caring for your hair extensions doesn’t end with the setting of the sun. In fact, the nighttime routine is just as crucial, if not more so, to maintaining the integrity and health of your Natural Beaded Rows extensions. During the night, constant movement, tossing, and turning can lead to friction, which may cause tangling, frizz, and potential breakage. With the right approach to nighttime care, you can help your extensions retain their flawless appearance and prolong their lifespan.
  1. The Power of Braids: Before you get into bed, consider tying your hair in our favorite bedtime braids. Not only do these braids keep your hair extensions tangle-free, but they also add a lovely wave to your tresses come morning. Having your hair in braids will limit movement and friction with the pillow, reducing the risk of causing stress to the weft and the beadwork of the extensions.
  2. Silk or Satin Pillowcases: Standard cotton pillowcases can be harsh on both your natural hair and extensions due to their coarse texture. Instead, opt for a silk or satin pillowcase. These materials are smoother and create less friction, leading to fewer tangles, less frizz, and minimized breakage. As an added bonus, they can also help to maintain the moisture level in your hair, combating the dryness that can be exacerbated by the summer heat.
  3. Hair Wraps: If braiding isn’t your thing, a silk or satin hair wrap is another excellent way to protect your extensions. Hair wraps cover your tresses entirely, providing an extra level of protection against friction and potential tangling.
  4. Moisturizing Treatments: Nighttime is the perfect time to indulge in some deep conditioning treatments. Apply a moisturizing hair mask or oil to your extensions before bed. Be sure to focus on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair, where extensions tend to need extra nourishment. Wrap your hair in a silk scarf or place a towel on your pillow to prevent any product from getting onto your bedding. After a night of treatment, your hair will feel rejuvenated, and your extensions will appear healthier and shinier.
  5. Avoid Sleeping with Wet Hair: It’s important to ensure your extensions are thoroughly dry before heading to bed. Sleeping with wet hair can lead to matting and tangling, which are damaging to extensions. If you must sleep with damp hair, make sure it’s loosely braided or tied up to prevent unnecessary tangling.
Remember, consistency is key in maintaining the beauty of your hair extensions. A dedicated nighttime routine ensures your extensions stay in top shape, extending their life and keeping them looking as fabulous as the day they were installed.

Hair Care is a process if you want summer safe extensions

With these summer hair care tips, your Natural Beaded Rows hair extensions will thrive amidst the Arizona sunshine, and your eyelash extensions will stay flawless. At Muse Extension Lounge, we take pride in providing the highest quality extensions and expert advice to maintain their beauty.
We look forward to seeing you at our lounge, where our team of skilled stylists is ready to pamper you and ensure your NBR extensions and lashes remain stunning all summer. Embrace the season, and let your natural beauty shine!
Always remember, a proper hair care routine today leads to stronger, healthier hair tomorrow.
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