By Jeff Waite on Jun 11, 2020 10:29:09 AM
While you may think that keeping your hair system soft and smooth would be a complicated process, it’s actually quite simple once you know a few basic hairpiece maintenance techniques. When you start taking your hair system maintenance into your own hands, remember to be patient with yourself and take your time when trying out new techniques.
If you’re unsure about how to do something, take it step-by-step and read up as much as possible. Our blog is full of plenty of hair system care resources to help you along the way.
In order to learn how to keep your hair system soft and shiny, it is helpful to first learn how growing hair stays moisturized. Sebum is the main compound that influences the appearance of growing hair. This substance is what causes your hair to feel oily, makes your roots look greasy, and causes strands to feel heavy.
What is Sebum?
Sebum is an oily liquid secreted by the sebaceous glands which are attached to hair follicles in the scalp. After this oil spreads across your skin, it then pases along the strands of your hair, hydrating them naturally. It is a continuous process, and can be heavier for some than others.
Though sebum is essential to hair growth and shiny, healthy-looking hair, human hair systems have no way of generating it themselves. Even though your scalp will continue to secrete sebum, it will not be able to sufficiently transfer onto your hairpiece.
What's worse? Without the protection and moisture that sebum gives hair, your hair system is likely to become dry, brittle and damaged if you do not take any action.
So how can you make sure that the hair in your hair system is moisturized and protected in the absence of sebum? Here are some tips:
1) Don’t over-shampoo
If you completely remove all oils on your hair system, it won’t be able to protect itself from damage caused by the weather and pollution. It is important to keep in mind that many shampoos are made with harsh chemicals that are not suitable for use on hairpieces, though you can find some shampoos that are in our supply store.
2) Go for a swim, but keep your hair safe
The chlorine in pools is sure to try out your hair system, and can even cause permanent damage to your hair system if you spend the whole afternoon underwater. If you can, try to wear a hair cap. You can also put a leave-in conditioner on your hair system before taking a dip to reduce the amount of chlorinated water absorbed into the hair strands. For more tips on swimming with a hair system, check out our detailed guide.
3) Don’t overuse your hairdryer
When used frequently, or on high-heat settings, hairdryers will dry out your hair and damage your hair system. If you need to use a hair dryer, make sure that it is on the cool setting. Better yet, leave yourself enough time in the morning for your hair to dry naturally, or wash your hair at night, and let it dry in loose braids overnight.
4) Use conditioner regularly
Since your Hair System cannot produce sebum on its own, a regular conditioning routine is essential. After each time that you wash your hair system, you should apply, then thoroughly rinse out a conditioner. That said, not all are made equally, similarly to shampoos, there are specially formulated conditioners designed to be used with hair systems. For more on conditioning your hair system check out our detailed guide on the subject.
5) Stay away from the rays
Taking proper care of your hair system during the summer just like you would take care of your skin should be a key part of your hairpiece care routine. Just like your skin, your hair system can be seriously damaged by UV rays. Try to reduce sun exposure to your hair system, or better yet, use a protective sealer such as Remy Soft BlueMAX to enjoy your time in the sun while protecting your hair system.
6) Take care of your hair knots
Hair knots are the tiny dots that you can see looking when you look at your hair system base closely. These are the knots that tie the strands of hair to the hair system base. Taking proper care of these knots is essential to maintaining the volume of your hair system, since there is no way for hairs to grow back after they fall out. It is important that you are using a knot sealer regularly, and follow basic hair knot maintenance steps.
Making your hairpiece care a priority will not only keep your hair system looking in top condition but will save you money in the long-run by reducing the amount of repairs needed, and extending your hair system lifespan.
While it might seem difficult to incorporate all of these tips into your hairpiece care routine all at once, if you start to gradually include them in your routine you will start to become easier to incorporate into your routine.
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