Keeping a hair replacement system soft and manageable is different than working with your natural hair. Natural hair is conditioned by oils from the scalp, which provide a bit of protective coating to keep it soft. Hair replacement systems often start out with some oil on the strands, but cleaning, styling and managing the hair will quickly strip it of its oils. While manufacturers are working on ways to keep hair replacement systems feeling soft and luxurious for longer periods of time, there are still things you can do to keep yours looking great.
How to maintain your hair replacement system
Here are our best tips to maintain your hair replacement system:
- Brush before you wash: Before you wash your hair, brush it gently to remove any tangles or debris. A soft, boar bristle brush is the best option for your system.
- Use a sulfate-free shampoo: Sulfates are what make shampoo foam up, but they also strip hair of its natural oils. Opt for a sulfate-free shampoo when you wash your hair, two to three times per week.
- Condition weekly: Once a week, use a conditioner on your hair to keep it soft and manageable.
- Use products with sunscreen: Whenever possible, use products with sunscreen. As you may know, the sun can lighten and damage hair, so this will add more protection.
- Towel-dry: Gently towel-dry after shampooing. Do not rub your hair replacement system.
- Avoid alcohol-based products: When you’re getting ready to style your hair, avoid using alcohol-based products like gels, mousses and more. These will dry out the hair.
- Style on low heat: Before using heat styling tools, apply a heat protectant. Use low heat to complete the look.
- Use hair oil occasionally: When your hair replacement system starts feeling dry or unmanageable, use a hair oil to replenish its softness. Follow the directions on the package for best results.
Keeping your hair replacement system soft
There are a few more things that you can do to keep your hair replacement system feeling and looking great. First, don’t leave it bonded for too long, as the adhesive can soak into the hair itself. Avoid going into chlorinated water when you’re wearing it, and skip exercise or heavy physical activity for the first 24 hours after bonding. As long as you follow the tips above and avoid shampooing more than two to three times per week, it should look great for a longer period of time.
Dealing with perspiration issues
Sweating can be a problem when you wear a hair replacement system, but this is easily remedied. Simply use a scalp antiperspirant, and use a sports adhesive for best results. This will allow you to exercise and enjoy other physical activities—or simply survive in the hot, humid summer weather—with no worries.
If you’re interested in the best hair replacement systems available, Raveen Hair Replacement is here to help. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our offerings and get started—we look forward to assisting you!