Hair boiling is a great way to add back shine and bounce to dull hair extensions. It is also a great way to add curls to straight hair or curly hair that has lost its curls. Most hair manufacturers use this technique to create curly hair, which is why some hair lose their curls the more you use them. No worries, we will tell you how to get them back.
Most times people give their hair extensions to hair salons for professional hair boiling. However if you are short on cash or a bit of an adventurer, you can try boiling your hair extensions at home. However before you go down this road, you would want to keep these five tips in mind.
- Take Baby Steps – Don’t be in a hurry to boil all your hair extensions. If it’s your first time, you don’t have the right amount of experience to go all out, so our first tip is that you take baby steps. Do these:
Don’t practise with expensive hair extensions. You may be sorry you did, if the technique doesn’t turn out right the first time
Likewise, don’t experiment with new or fairly new hair extensions
You can boil your old hair extensions and see how well you can apply the techniques. It is safer and it’s a great way to bring old hair extensions to life
- Follow Instructions – it’s safer to follow both the manufacturer’s instructions and the instructions for boiling hair extensions. Don’t jump through any process to save time.
Don’t boil synthetic hair extensions. They can burn, melt or dry out
Don’t boil curly hair without putting them in rollers. You may just boil out the curls
If your weaves are fixed with glue, hair boiling may not be your best option. The hair fibres could fall off
Boil hair extensions one at a time to prevent one hair colour from soaking into the other.
- Materials – to boil your hair extensions you will need:
An aluminium pot for boiling hair. Please don’t use your cooking pot. Yikes!
Two tablespoons of olive oil for deep conditioning. Coconut oil can also do the trick
A tablespoon of hair conditioner. A conditioner is a must and irreplaceable in this technique.
Perm rods to curl hair. Perm rods are light and made of plastic.
Unlike flexi rods, perm rods are not damaged by water.
Flexi rods can soak water, get soft and run out colours that may stain your hair
The size and number of perm rods depend on the type of curls you need
A timer to monitor the time
- Rolling – do these:
First detangle your hair extension using a water based spritz and a wide toothed comb. Work your way from the ends of the hair to the top of it.
Next, divide your hair extensions into sections and roll each section with the perm rods. Remember that smaller rods give tight curls while bigger rods give loose curls
For short hair extensions, start rolling from the beginning of the hair and work your way down. For longer hair extensions start rolling from the end of the hair and work your way down
If you want your extensions wavy, twist each hair extensions before rolling on the perm rods
When you are done rolling, keep your hair extension aside and set up the boiling
If you don’t want to curl your straight hair, you can skip the rolling process and simply comb and detangle your extension using a water based spritz and a paddle brush
- Boiling – do these:
Fill your boiling pot with water till half full.
Next set the water on fire.
Once the water starts to simmer, add two tablespoons of olive or coconut oil
Add a tablespoon of hair conditioner.
Once the water boils, reduce the heat to let the water simmer slowly.
Slowly place your extensions. Immerse it completely using a spoon and cover the pot to let hair simmer.
If you rolled your hair in perm rods, let your extensions simmer for about two hours
If you didn’t roll your extensions in perm rods let it simmer an hour
Once the time is up, remove your extensions and air dry for about two days.
Next, gently unroll the perm rods.
Arrange the curls with your fingers. Don’t use a brush or comb
Wash your extensions with warm water and a mild shampoo
Let it air dry for a few days and voila! You are set
Who is Ready to DIY?
DIY hair boiling is not as complicated as it looks. However, remember that practise makes perfect. To master the technique, you will have to practise as much as possible. Of course don’t use your
expensive or new extensions to practise. What do you think about these tips? Are there some questions you have and need some clarifications? Do let us know in the comments section below. Do you know of other ways to bring back shine and bounce to your old extensions? Do let us know. We are all ears.