10 Commandments of Mermaid Hair
Shampoo: When shampooing, brush your hair through before you wet and wash. Wet your hair thoroughly and shampoo in a downwards direction from roots to ends. Do NOT pile all of your hair on top of your head and mush it all around or rub strands between palms. This will cause friction in the cuticle and create tangles. Make sure you are gentle but thorough! Rinse the shampoo out well, if you leave any shampoo it will cause residue and buildup. Try to only wash your hair once or twice a week, and air dry rather than blow dry when you can to prevent drying out the hair.
Condition: When conditioning, split your hair down the middle and apply conditioner from root to ends focusing on the ends. You can use a wet brush to evenly distribute the product and undo any tangles. Let the conditioner set for 10 minutes and then rinse with COOL water. Use a conditioning mask every other time you wash your hair to keep your extensions lustrous and silky.
Styling Products: ALWAYS use hydrating and moisturizing products! Your extensions are not connected to your scalp, therefore, they cannot get the nutrients they need. You need to hydrate and nourish tem yourself to keep them shiny and healthy! I suggest using a creamy leave-in conditioner and oil on towel dried hair after every wash. Doing this will help your hair absorb the product better and it will keep your extensions looking brand new!
After Washing: Blow dry as little as possible with low heat settings. NEVER brush hair wet with a comb or a round brush! Only brush with a wet brush. Hair is most vulnerable to breakage when wet. When hair is about 80% dry, you are then able to brush through it.
Detangling: When brushing, separate into two sections (left side/right side). Start with one of the sections, hold your hair from roots in one hand and brush out the ends working your way up to the roots. This brushes out any tangles and avoids tension on your beads. DO NOT use a comb to detangle your hair.
ONLY use the following types of brushes:
-Boar bristle brush for dry hair
-Wet brush for wet hair
Heat Styling: All heat tools are permitted in moderation and medium heat settings. ALWAYS use heat protection products first to protect your hair and the extensions from potential heat damage. Make sure your hair is 100% dry before applying any heat tools. Since you will have far more hair to work with than usual, ensure you work through in sections. Use clips to neatly work on individual sections at a time and don't leave your tool on a section for too long. Do not exceed 400 degrees.
Nighttime: Sleep in a loose braid or braided pigtails. This will prevent matting during sleep when you toss and turn. NEVER sleep with wet hair in a messy bun or tight ponytail! Only in a braid! Apply argon oil (I recommend MoroccanOil) nightly and distribute evenly with a boar bristle brush before braiding. Your natural hair gets oil from your scalp that keeps it moisturized, whereas your extensions do not get this nourishment, so be sure to not skip this step!
Swimming of any kind is not encouraged because chlorine can dry out the hair. If you will be near a pool, lake, ocean, etc., apply a thick layer of oil or leave-in conditioner all over your hair and put it in a braid. If your hair does get wet, rinse it with fresh, cool, clean water as soon as possible and do a hair mask. Again, DO NOT put it in a messy or high bun!
AVOID: High, tight ponytails and messy buns are not recommended for long periods of time. It is too strenuous on your scalp and can cause the beads to slide out.
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