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Why Do Hair Extensions Get Tangled?

Why Do Hair Extensions Get Tangled?

Almost every woman who wears hair extensions sooner or later faces the problem of tangling and asks herself the question “why do my hair extensions get tangled so easily”.

There are quite a few factors that can affect the condition of your hair: from the quality of the hair extensions you’re wearing to improper care - and we’re going to cover all of them while also giving you some really helpful tips on how to improve the condition of your hair and keep it smooth, healthy, and delicately styled.

Why Are My Hair Extensions So Tangled?

Have you ever been in a situation when you styled your hair perfectly only to find it all tangled and messed up shortly after? Let’s face it - we’ve all been there. Tangling is one of the most common problems for those who are wearing hair extensions.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise if you consider the fact that our natural hair can often get tangled during the day, so why can’t the same thing happen with hair extensions? But even though it can happen, it doesn’t mean we have to put up with it.

What we’ve got here are the top 7 answers to the question “why do my hair extensions get tangled so easily”. We hope these will help you to identify the problem and get it fixed.

  1. Low-quality hair extensions
    Do you know what type of hair was used for your hair extensions? It’d better not be synthetic or non-Remy hair since these types consist mostly of rough and low-quality materials that are not designed for long-term use. Here’s a nice article where we talk about how to identify whether your hair is real or fake. Be sure to read it.
    If you know for sure that your hair extensions are fully natural Remy hair, then you should look for another answer to the question “why do my human hair extensions tangle.” One of them is the use of low-quality raw materials or extensions whose structure is way too different from your natural hair.
  2. Your hair is way too long
    If you have long natural curls, they are bound to get tangled, especially if you prefer to leave them loose. In this case, the solution to the problem is obvious - try to get a shorter haircut that will be more comfortable in everyday situations.
  3. You don't brush your hair often enough
    Another possible reason here is the fact that you’re using a brush that’s not suitable for your hair extensions.
  4. You live in a place with a fairly dry and windy climate
    If this is the case and you spend a lot of time outside, it will certainly affect the state of your styling. Unfortunately, there’s not much you could do aside from providing additional care for your hair.
  5. You use a blowdryer or hair iron way too often/much
    Exposure to heat can make your hair more brittle, which, in turn, leads to knots and tangles.
  6. You’re using the wrong hair care products
    Are you sure that your shampoo, conditioner, and mask are right for your type of hair? Do they provide enough cleaning, nourishment, and moisturizing for your curls?
  7. You’ve grown your hair quite long
    It's time to go to the hairstylist and get a reapplication of your hair extensions!

How Do I Stop My Hair Extensions From Getting Stringy?

Now that we know the main reasons behind your hair extensions getting all tangled up, it’s time to see what we can do about it.

Use only high-quality hair for your hair extensions

With hair extensions bunching up, the easiest answer is that you’re simply dealing with low-quality, non-Remy hair. How do you know if that’s the case?

  • hairs are not facing the same direction they grow (from root to tip)
  • the cuticle (the outer layer of the hair), which is responsible for the integrity of the hair structure, is not intact.

As a result, when you try to brush and style this kind of hair, it gets tangled even more. This brings us to a simple conclusion: non-Remy hair can be used for hair extensions just and it is not suitable for reapplications in any way or form.

We recommend that you use only high-quality natural hair that matches the structure of your own strands:

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With hair extensions, there’s no universal formula do. You have to consult with your hairstylist first and ask for their opinion on what they think is the optimal hair extension method for you. The goal here is to find the type of hair extensions that will be completely harmless for your own hair and at the same time blend in perfectly.

Gentle styling

If you keep asking yourself “why are my hair extensions so knotty“, another possible reason is that you style your hair the wrong way.

When using a blow dryer, avoid high temperatures and use thermal protection. If you prefer airdrying, you should still blow-dry the roots, as wet hair is more vulnerable and prone to damage.

Never go to bed with wet hair or you risk your hair extensions matting at the nape of the neck. Also, for this very reason, you should braid your hair before going to bed.

If you are a big fan of hair iron, we (again) recommend that you use medium-to-low temperature settings: get yourself a hair iron with the ability to adjust the temperature range and start styling curls on minimal temperature settings.

This is especially true when you work around the area where your hair extensions are attached (whether it’s keratin bonds or tapes) as extreme heat can damage them easily, which will inevitably affect the quality of your hair extensions and decrease their lifespan. For more information on the topic, be sure to read this article.

Use the right brush

Janeke hair extensions brush with nylon and boar bristles

How often do you brush your hair with extensions? Ideally, you should do it at least 3 times a day:

  1. right after waking up
  2. during the day (when you notice that your hair gets a little messy)
  3. just before going to bed

Also, you should always brush your hair before washing it - in order to get rid of shed hair and eventually avoid tangling. The hairbrush that you’re using also plays a huge role. For example, brushes with round-tipped bristles can damage your hair extensions.

Ideally, get a Janeke Mixed Bristle Brush with Nylon and Boar Bristles as it does its job extremely well and detangles even the most unruly hair!

How Do You Fix Dry Tangled Hair Extensions?

“What if my hair extensions are dry and frizzy?” you might ask. Well, it's about time we talked about proper hair extensions care.

It all starts with the shampoo: you should choose one strictly based on your hair type. Avoid sulphate-free shampoos, as they do not ensure proper washing.

Don’t forget about the hair conditioner and mask. The lack of proper hair conditioner is another reason why you’re still asking the “why are my hair extensions frizzy” question. A hair conditioner should be used after each shampooing, and the mask should be used once a week - not too often, not too rare. Too much shampoo/conditioner can also negatively affect the general condition of your hair.

Do not apply the hair conditioner and mask close to the roots to avoid the products getting on the bonds or tapes as this might make the extended strands simply slide off your natural hair.

Proper hair care and moisturizing is the key to healthy and beautiful hair. This is especially important for women with blond hair who rarely wonder “why are my blonde human hair extensions tangle”.

Do not use oils. They can clog the keratin bonds or tapes in your hair extensions, causing additional entanglement and shortening their life span.

Treat your hair with natural silk pillowcases and mulberry silk scrunchies as silk closely resembles the composition of our natural hair. It does not dry out your hair, which makes it less tangled, smoother, more vibrant, and silky - and that’s exactly what I Love Slavic Hair wishes you!

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