Lots of supermarket brands of hair products contain silicones as they make the hair easier to comb, increase the fullness of the hair, or make the hair shiny and smooth. They create a short term illusion that the quality of our hair has improved.
However, when used over time, silicone-based hair products coat the hair shaft and seal out moisture, possibly clogging the hair follicles. So what happens is that hair can become flat and greasy with build-up or dry and straw like with a lack of moisture.
Silicones are particularly bad for colored or permed hair as the hair will appear fizzy with excessive coating.
Sulfates are contained in cleaning agents (detergents) and you’ll find them in most industrial and home cleaning products, such as:
Car Wash Soaps
Bubble Bath Products
They are also used as a standard in Medical Trials / Testing by Dermatologists to purposely irritate the skin in order to measure healing.
This ingredient, which is standard for most shampoo (and household cleaning) products, has additionally come under attack for causing frizziness (especially in curly hair) and damaging coloured hair. After receiving any chemical treatment, it is best to always use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to maintain the style and keep your hair looking healthy.
Unfortunately, hair extensions are prone to matting and tangling, and once matting occurs, fixing it is difficult. The good news is that matting is completely preventable.
First, it’s important to understand why matting happens. Hair strands shed naturally, but when your hair is in hair extension bonds, it’s trapped there until you get a touch up. When the bonds are released, all the shed hair is able to fall.
It’s these shed hairs that are the troublemakers. The key to preventing matting is keeping those hairs from tangling with each other.
The most important thing you can do is brush. Brush 2 to 3 times every day with a Hair Extension Brush. (Ordinary brushes will pull on the bonds and make matting even worse.) Often clients don’t brush because it’s hard, but that’s when it’s most important to brush anyway.
Don’t sleep with your hair wet or damp. Satin or silk pillowcases are great, too, because they don’t cause a lot of friction and static while you’re rolling around in your sleep. It also helps to braid your hair in a single plait down the back or in pig tail plaits, to keep hair in line while you’re asleep.
Keeping your hair clean is important. Although it’s not necessary to wash your hair every day, using a dry shampoo and brushing keeps unwanted dirt and oil from making the matting problem more complicated.
It’s tempting to use conditioner on the roots to detangle, but conditioner can loosen the bonds and make the extensions fall out.
So preventing hair extension matting is completely possible. The biggest key is brushing, keeping your hair clean, and sleeping with dry hair.