Knowing how to take care of your hair accessories can be quite difficult, especially if you constantly switch hair accessories. However, it doesn’t have to be so complicated. Here are several ways to properly take care of each type of hair accessory below:
- Hair clips
Hair clips are generally made from metal or plastic. Since these items are small, they’re often thrown into the washer and all the other clothes instead of being hand-washed like what should happen. Washing these types of hair accessories with your regular laundry can be an extremely bad idea. Simply putting them in a washing machine will cause the adhesive that holds the clip together to weaken and eventually fall apart, not to mention that it also causes rough spots on the surface where dirt can accumulate over time.
- Flat hair clips with teeth
Flat metal hair clips with teeth are often used to hold thick braids or pigtails in place. Unfortunately, when dirt accumulates on the surface of these types of metal hair accessories, it can cause rusting over time, eventually weakening the adhesive that holds the teeth together. To prevent this from happening, hand-wash your flat metal hair clips with teeth instead of throwing them into a washing machine just like you would do for other clothes. You should also dry them completely before hanging or putting them away.
- Bobby pins
Bobby pins are usually made of plastic, but some are made out of metals such as silver, so they don’t rust. These items are small and can get lost easily, so it’s important to keep track of them. Like other metal hair accessories, bobby pins made out of metals should be kept dry to prevent rusting. Most plastics aren’t affected by water, but if you want to make sure, simply test the item before using it again after washing it.
- Hair extensions
Hair extensions are usually sewn onto a base material such as lace or netting since gluing hairpieces on your head isn’t recommended for health reasons (it might cause scalp problems). Since these bases are delicate, they should only be hand-washed with mild soap and warm water instead of thrown into a washing machine. If you’re using them for a long period, it’s highly recommended to get the pieces checked every once in a while by a professional.
- Hair bows and other hair accessories
Hair bows are usually made from silk or felt, so they can be smoothed down easily without being too stiff. Since these items aren’t used often, simply hanging them on a hook when not in use is enough to keep them in good condition for a long time. But if you want your hair accessories to look nice again after washing them with water, just use some fabric softener instead of running them through the dryer.
- Hair extensions with beads and stones
Putting hair accessories together can be extremely difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing, especially if the items are made out of different types of materials. To minimize effort when putting two or more pieces together, simply wet both sides of whatever material you plan on sticking them together with (using water), so they’ll stick better. If you want to make it stronger, mix some fabric glue into the water before applying it to one side, then let it dry completely before sticking them together at their fullest point.
In addition, also take care of other items such as hats, gloves, and scarves to ensure that they stay as fresh as new as long as possible.