Now that the sun has finally made an appearance in the Pacific Northwest, we are all eager to have some fun in the sun! For those of us who have invested in hand tied extensions, we might be wondering, “Is it safe to get them wet?” While the type of hair extensions you have matters, in short, the answer is yes! However, keep in mind that both salt and chlorine can cause your extensions to become knotted or matted, so precautions should be taken.
Here are several tips and tricks to help protect and preserve your extensions!
Tip #1 - Sunscreen matters!
Make sure you are using mineral only sunscreen. Sunscreens that are not safe for your hair will turn your extensions peach, orange or reddish. We recommend Sun Bum mineral sunscreen or Bare Republic mineral sunscreen. Both can be purchased at Target or Amazon. The weft of hair on the left shows the effects of sunscreen that is not safe for your hair.
Tip #2 - Prep your extensions
Before jumping in the water, consider wetting your hair and applying a leave-in conditioner to the mids and ends of your hair for some added protection. Before you get in the water, you may want to consider braiding your extensions to avoid any tangling. If you want to enjoy the water but want to keep your extensions dry, we recommend putting your hair in a loose ponytail or a high bun to fully protect those luxurious locks.
Tip #3 - After your fun in the sun, wash your hair
Make sure to shampoo and condition your hair as soon as you are done with your beach fun to preserve the integrity of your hair.
Summer time is the time for soaking up the sun and making great memories. Follow these tips to make sure great hair is a part of your summer memories!