I do not treat the horsehair with any chemicals or conditioners, other than initially washing it in mild soap before I work with it, so there is no need to condition after you get it, to keep it looking nice!
For the most part, horsehair jewelry is fairly durable and, if properly cared for, can last a very long time!
Although your handmade items can get wet, it is highly recommended to remove them when showering, bathing, swimming, or when you know you are going to get wet.
Prolonged exposure to water can compromise the strength of the glue that keeps the ends in place. Shampoo, soaps and bath oils can leave a residue and chlorine is just as damaging to horsehair as it is to our own hair!
Although horsehair is quite durable, it is best not to get your items wet, as the water can get trapped where the hair has been glued / fitted into ends and clasps, and this can cause mold and mildew to grow, and possibly over time deteriorate the hair and glue used.
It is also advisable to avoid wearing your horsehair jewellery with items that might catch or snag on the horsehair, like watches, velcro, zippers, or other catchy settings.
Should a hair be pulled, and you can't work it back into the braid, you can gently pull it taught, and then use sharp, fine pointed scissors to cut it as close as you can to the braid, avoiding cutting any other hairs.
If for some reason, your jewellery does get damaged, you can contact me for a quote to repair it. Although I will try my best, sometimes this may not be possible.