Virgin Hair: The hair is completely unprocessed. In further detail this means the hair has not been permed, colored, bleached, or chemically processed. All hair cuticles are intact, running in the same direction, and the hair comes from a single donor.

Virgin hair extensions can definitely be considered a hot commodity in the hair industry. Investing in virgin hair extensions can end up being a huge money saver for consumers if you know how to properly take care of them. 

1. I believe the most important rule is to realize that you have to take care of the hair extensions like they are your own. This will definitely keep the hair looking voluminous, have a natural looking appearance, and will constantly have you receiving compliments from everyone around you!

2. When first receiving your hair extensions, I highly suggest co-washing your bundles. Co-washing involves washing your bundles with conditioner ONLY. No shampoo is needed for this activity. Co-washing the hair removes all the unwanted smells that hair extensions may have from factory production and reveals the extensions natural luster. In my opinion, hair extensions look so much better after being washed versus when you first receive them. I believe it provides it a more natural look and feel.

3. Your shampoos and conditioners should be SULFATE-FREE. Hair products with sulfate have a greater tendency of drying out the hair and washing away hair color you may have previously applied to your bundles. Also, this can be especially important for weave-wearers who like to rock curly textures. Sulfate shampoos and conditioners tend to make your hair more frizzy and unmanageable. To prevent these problems from happening you should always pay attention to the ingredients in your hair products. Also, this could save you from problems with your natural hair too.
Personally, I HIGHLY recommend Crème of Nature Professional Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner.

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I’ve used this brand for my hair extensions and natural hair, and I fall in love with their products a little more each time.

4. Because virgin hair extensions are provided from a human donor, you should expect minimal shedding. Please do not be alarmed and automatically think you received a bad batch of hair. Although all hair sheds, there are steps you can take to prevent it as much as possible. Sealing your wefts can be something to consider. Weft sealer seals the wefts of the extensions and provides an extra hold to prevent the hair from shedding. Also, whether you are getting a sew-in or getting a wig constructed, it’s important to avoid cutting the wefts as much as possible. The “Fold Over Method” is highly recommended to avoid unnecessary shedding, and it allows for a flatter appearance due to the placement of the tracks.

5. I recommend that you allow your hair to air-dry as much as possible and reduce the amount of heat you apply to your hair. I know waiting for your hair to dry naturally can be very time-consuming, but I promise you’ll thank me later. When you’re constantly blow-drying and using heat styling tools, you’ll end up causing heat damage. You’ll know your hair extensions has been damaged when they appear dry, frizzy, and unmanageable.

6. When styling or detangling the hair, always remember to start from the BOTTOM and GENTLY work your way up with a wide-toothed comb. This can prevent any unnecessary breakage, tangling of the hair, and makes the job easier and quicker for you. Also, curly textures should not be brushed, unless it is a Denman brush and the hair is wet.

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7. You should wash your hair extensions with shampoo and conditioner about twice a month. Too much or too little washing can be harmful and affect the longevity of the hair.

8. For a daily routine for curly texture, we suggest you wet and detangle your hair with a mixture of water and leave-in conditioner in order to revive the curls and keep the hair moisturized. If you prefer a more tamed look, add mousse or curling cream to your hair.

9. In between installs you should boil your hair in silicon mix. This product can completely revive dry and damaged hair and make you feel like you just received new bundles of hair. TRUST ME, IT DOES WONDERS!

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10. How you sleep plays a vital role in how long your extensions last. Every night you should be sleeping with a satin scarf/bonnet. Sleeping with a satin pillowcase is even better, but is totally optional. This keeps the hair moisturized, avoids tangles and unnecessary breakage.

These are simple hair maintenance suggestions you should keep in mind to ensure you get a return on your investment, and allows you to “Wear Your Inner Confidence” effortlessly with your hair extensions.

With Much Love and Confidence,

Benita Scott
Owner and CEO of Panache Hair Company