A hair extension is a type of hair accessory used to add volume and length to the natural hair. The hair fibers of the extension could be made from real or synthetic hair. It’s attached near the scalp to blend in with the natural hair, adding thickness and length.
There are different types of hair extensions, but the most popular (and expensive) of all is virgin Brazilian hair.
What are Virgin Brazilian Hair Extensions?
As the name implies, a virgin Brazilian hair extension is made from the real hair of Brazilian donors. The hair is sorted into bundles according to the natural hair color, quality, and thickness. It’s called a “virgin” because the hair is not treated with chemicals and dyes to achieve a certain color.
Brazilian hair is in demand because of its distinct glossiness and shine. Brazilian women follow a high protein diet from healthy sources. And their diet reflects on the quality of their hair. Unlike other hairs, Brazilian hair is naturally strong, shiny and durable. They are much easier to maintain as hair extensions.
How To Care For Virgin Brazilian Hair Extensions
Get It Done by a Professional
To achieve the style you want, you’ll have to let a professional apply the extensions. If it’s applied properly, you’ll deal with less breakage or damage. Also, the weave shouldn’t be too tight or it’ll damage your natural hair. Always let your hair stylist know if the weave is too tight and have it adjusted accordingly.
If the extension is too loose, it won’t last as long as it should. It could also strain and damage your real hair. Always keep your salon appointment to lengthen the life of your extension.
How to Clean Virgin Brazilian Hair Extensions
Virgin Brazilian hair extensions aren’t as high maintenance as other extensions. But it requires regular cleaning too. You’ll have to clean your hair, the extension, and your scalp so the tresses remain soft, healthy and full of life.
Start by using a mild shampoo. Wash your hair weekly with your scalp down to the hair edges. Work the product slowly to prevent tangles. Rinse the hair with tepid water, never hot.
Next, follow up with a light conditioner to restore shine and silkiness. You can use a deep conditioner but limit this to once a month. However, if the hair extension is extra dry, use a deep conditioning treatment twice per week.
Removing Hair Buildup
A clarifying shampoo works to eliminate grime and product build-up in the hair. Use clarifying shampoo once per week. Rinse the extensions with tepid water, dry out using a thick towel. Do not rub the hair against the towel. This could lead to frizzy hair!
Get a wide toothed comb and start detangling carefully. Work the hair into sections to avoid pulling the hair. If the extensions are dry, get a light oil and apply in thin layers on damp hair. Comb it again then leave the hair to air dry. Once the hair is completely dry, you can style it as usual.
If the Brazilian hair extension is not virgin, you’ll have to use deep conditioning treatments twice per week to prevent weakening, breakage or hair damage.