How to Maintain your Natural Hair Clip Ins
Natural hair extension clip-in are every naturals best kept secret. They can add those extra inches to your natural hair without the stress of a sew-in or braids. They are just as easy to apply as they are to take out and best of all – they match the texture of your hair.
If you’re a resourceful naturalista, we’re sure you’ve worn your fair share of natural hair extensions for a few cycles. Those first few wears look great – straight out the package, laid to your head – lookin’ just like your own. But as you start to wear them a few more times you find the hair knotting up at the ends and becoming dry and brittle. Just like your own hair, you’ve got to show your natural hair extensions some love too.
Just like your natural hair, your extensions require moisture to prevent detangling over time. You’ll want to make sure you keep your curly clip in human hair extensions conditioned regularly. We recommend using an inexpensive conditioner to work through the extensions. Work from the top to the bottom, making sure each strand is conditioned before starting the detangling process.
To prevent snapping and to keep the texture and curl pattern of your natural hair extensions use a large comb to detangle. Start from the bottom and work your way up. Be mindful of keeping the locs in tact. Use more conditioner to work through the knots if you find some are too difficult on the first pass.
Now to wash your extensions. You’ll want to wash your extensions after each prolonged use. If you like to wear your natural hair extensions clip-ins regularly, you’ll want to schedule time to wash them like you do your own natural hair. Washing your extensions after detangling will make it so much easier and prevent more knots from occuring during the lathering process. Work the shampoo from the top to bottom and rince in one direction.
The best go-to styling method is the LOC method – which can also be used for your natural hair clip ins. You’ll want to start by using a leave-in conditioner and make sure that it is worked through each strand. You’ll then want to seal that conditioner in with an oil. We recommend a light oil like Coconut oil or Moroccan oil. And lastly, use your favorite styling cream to style your extensions. Use the styling cream to smooth out any frizzy or fly away locks.
If you’re getting ready to toss out those natural hair extensions because their knotty – revisit this article. Save those extensions for a few more wears with a little maintenance.