Store Hair Extensions

Blonde hair extensions
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Q: How do I store my hair extensions when they are not in use? Is plastic okay to keep them in? How are extensions usually packaged? Thanks so much!
A: Hair extensions usually come packaged in plastic or cellophane depending on the manufacturer. This is done in order to protect the extensions and keep them clean during the shipping and distribution process.
As for storing hair extensions that are removable and reusable (such as sewn-in weaves, clip-in hairpieces, etc.) these should be carefully washed to remove any product residue and thoroughly dried and stored in an air-tight container to keep them clean, safe and dry.
The cleaning part is to prevent discoloration of the extension piece which can be caused by some styling products. This is especially problematic when dealing with lighter hair colors. Some hairsprays, gels and other products when left to age on the hair extension can turn yellow and dingy. They also make the hair extension more easily attract dirt and dust. Certain products can also become "gummy" over time and can result in tangles and knots in the extension.
Making sure the extensions are dry before storing is another important factor. Particularly with extensions made from natural hair fibers, moisture left in the extensions when storing them can lead to the development of mold, mildew and an unpleasant odor in the hair fibers. Even synthetic hair can develop a "sour" odor if stored when not completely dry.
You can store your clean, dry, hair extension pieces in plastic bags if desired, just so long as you make sure to use a sufficiently sized package that the hair doesn't get handled roughly. You should make sure that you can place it into the packaging in a neat and tidy arrangement. Personally, I like to use the newer, "disposable", food storage containers. They are available in a variety of sizes, and you can easily arrange the hair extensions into the container to keep them neat and untangled.
Once they're stored safely, place the containers in a dark place (or at least away from exposure to sunlight). UV light can bleach the color of extensions when they are exposed to it for continuous and repeated periods. Simply place the extensions on a closet shelf, or in a drawer or cabinet when you need to stow them away.
See also:
Hair extensions
Hair and sun exposure
Getting hair extensions
How to take care of hair extensions