Wednesday, 4 March 2015

How to revive old hair extensions

I always find reviving extensions a lot easier and cheaper than going through the trouble of buying and sewing new ones, or paying someone to sew them for you. I'm going to show you how you can do that. I'm far from a hairdresser, all these tips are just things I've found helpful from personal experiences...

You will need: 

Old extensions.
A comb.
Coconut oil.
A microwave.
A plastic bag.
Kitchen roll.
Shower head (running water mainly).
Leave in conditioner or serum.

1. Start by heating up three to five tablespoons of coconut oil (depending on the length of your extensions) in a microwaveable bowl in the microwave for one minute. 

2. Dip the extensions in slowly and pull them out. Run your hand down the extensions squeezing the oil back into the bowl and dipping again until the entire length of the hair is covered. Don't dip the top or the clips! That'll just soak up oil and you'll be left with really greasy hair for ages!

3. Place your extensions in a plastic bag and leave for a few hours. I left mine for three hours and they will go hard, don't worry! 

4. Your extensions will be clumped. You'll need to turn on your hot water and wait until it's warm as cold water will make the coconut oil clump more. Rinse your extensions of the oil for a good few minutes until they feel less oily.

5. Take your shampoo and thoroughly wash out any remaining oil. Rinse then condition the ends. Leave the conditioner in for five minutes and rinse everything out twice - just to be on the safe side.

6. Lay your extensions out on a towel and comb them through, spray some leave in conditioner or serum onto the ends and leave to air dry, combing through every few hours.

7. When they're done, they should be silky and smooth. To keep your extensions in good condition, brush them through regularly as knots tend to form just below the clips (unless you like to keep them curly), wash the product build up out and leave them in either conditioner or oil at least every two weeks overnight one night. Store them in the bag they came in or a bag/container where they can't get tatty. 


If, like mine one of the clips breaks you will need to replace it to make sure your extensions don't fall out!

Replacing clips can be awkward as you don't want to cut the thread attaching them as they usually are linked to all the rest.

Instead, take a pair of pliers or wire cutters and find the hole the thread goes through. Make a cut or bend from the outer edge up to that line, taking care not to snip the thread and simply break apart the clip. 

Sew a new clip in its place once you're done and you're ready to go! :) 

Please let me know if you did this and if it worked for you :) 


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