Your extension hair should only be washed between 1-2 times per week.
Before washing it is advised to untangle your extension hair with a wide tooth comb or extensions brush to smooth out.
It is essential you wet your extensions and drain out excess water, coat conditioner on the extensions first, leave the conditioner on the extensions then take your PH shampoo and shampoo only your natural hair and scalp, then rinse, repeat again if necessary. Only use a little shampoo on the extensions if any. Do not vigorously rub the hair extension. Rinse again and condition thoroughly avoiding the root area were your natural hair is bonded with the extension hair. The more you condition your extensions the less your extensions will dry out. As this is the only source of moisture the real hair extensions will get as its not attached to our natural supply as our natural hair is.
When washing your hair, do not tip your head over the bath as this could cause tangling - always wash with your head upright – in the shower is ideal. Only condition from the mid lengths down to the ends of the hair. Do not apply any conditioner to the scalp or bonds as this will cause slippage.
You can pick the top section of your own hair up and apply condition to this section. Pat hair gently when washed – do not rub.
Before untangling we advise you to use a leave in conditioning spray. Follow by untangling with a wide tooth comb, making sure you avoid the bonds. Make sure all bonds are dried completely. Be very careful when brushing the hair when wet, make sure you support the extensions hair by holding the bonds.
For a sleek finish, section your hair off and blow dry using a round brush with soft bristles or paddle brush. Be very careful that you do not snag the bonds. Finish by using a good quality straightening iron.
Heated Rollers, Straightening Irons, crimpers and tongs can all be used on the extension hair although it is advisable to use a Heat Protection Spray to protect the both your hair and the extension hair, however the less heat used the longer your extensions will last, try to only use these when needed. Serums, gels, hairsprays, etc. may all be used but avoid the bonded areas as this may cause slippage.
Remember your extensions are attached to your own natural hair, pulling too hard or mistreating your extensions can result in your own hair being pulled out. The only brush you should use near to your extension bonds is an extension brush – this brush has soft loop bristles and a cushioned bristle base, meaning the brush gently glides over the bonds. When brushing the extensions always hold the bonds, making sure no additional stress is put on the hair.
Day to Day Activities
If you use a sun bed it is advisable to wrap the hair in a towel first. Sun beds can dry out the hair and melt the bonds. If you work out regularly or have regular use of a sauna or steam room make sure the bonds are completely dried as soon as possible after your session - leaving the bonds in a constant damp environment could cause them to deteriorate.
We do not advise getting Hair Extensions if you are pregnant or for one year after having a baby.
Swimming and Holidays
We do not advise that you swim when wearing extensions as prolonged water exposure especially with chemicals may weaken the bonds. Chlorine in pools and salt in the sea combined with heat can also cause the extension hair to discolour, deteriorate in condition and matt.
If you do swim we recommend you take the following precautions:
Place your extensions into a braid using a covered band.
Avoid getting the extension hair wet where possible.
Immediately after swimming, rinse hair in fresh water thoroughly.
Ensure the hair is tangle free by combing through with a wide tooth comb, separating and supporting the extension hair as you work through the sections.
DO NOT brush the extension hair when wet.
Dry hair fully and use a protein spray.
The Importance Of Good Aftercare
It is crucial that you make the most of your extensions by taking good care of them and using the correct products.
Correct aftercare is just as important as fitting the extensions correctly. Many people try to save money on aftercare by watering down regular shampoo's/conditioners etc. to "make do" which can have really disastrous results such as dryness, matting and dullness in the extensions.
Many manufacturers have tried and tested many methods before settling on a range of aftercare for their human hair extensions range, this is done to ensure that the extensions get exactly the right balance of products whilst also maintaining your own natural hair at the same time.Hair extensions are a great way to change your look but they do require some maintenance and care. Once you have had your extensions fitted your stylist will guide you through how best to look after your new hair.
Hair extensions often cost a lot of money and can take a while to attach, so it is in your interest to look after them properly.
Most stylists will advise you not to wash your hair for at least 5 days after having your extensions fitted. This will give the bonds plenty of time to set and avoid hair shedding from the bonds later on.
With your new hair extensions you won't need to wash your hair as much as you would normally. You shouldn't need to wash your hair any more than twice as week as any more than this can put too much stress on the extensions due to excessive heat styling etc.
Shampoo and Conditioner
It is important to only use a shampoo and conditioner recommended for hair extensions. This is because many of the standard high street brands contain high volumes of sodium chloride (salt) which will dry out your hair and silicone based ingredients which can cause the bonds to weaken and break down. Loose bonds will cause the extensions to fall out - so either way it is a lose - lose situation. Best to put little shampoo if any on your extensions if you choose to use the high street range and always condition your extensions before adding a little shampoo making sure you stroke down wards and not vigorously rubbing. Rinse the fully condition, give enough time 5/10 minuets for the conditioner to moisture your extension hair.
You also need to keep your hair in really good condition by using a moisturising conditioner. However, you need to make sure that the conditioner does not come close to the actual bonds as this can also cause the bonds to weaken.
Once you have washed your hair you need to take extra care when drying and styling it. The hair is at its weakest when wet so ensure it is dried gently and handled carefully. Hair extensions will last longer and look better for longer when properly taken care of so it is well worth taking the extra time to get it right.
When brushing your hair, make sure you are using a hair extension brush as this is specifically designed for your extensions. Other brushes with balls on the ends can rip and break the hair. You need to keep your extensions tangle free by brushing your hair up to two times a day, but avoid over-brushing as this can cause unnecessary shedding.
It is perfectly normal to lose some hairs when brushing, remember most people actually lose up to 100 hairs a day! You are actually doing less damage to your hair by having extensions as you aren't using heat directly on to your own hair.
It is a good idea to tie your hair in a loose plait when sleeping as this will minimise tangles and matting overnight.
It is advisable to have a maintenance appointment a month after you've had your extensions fitted to make sure everything is going well. This should be organised with your stylist and if you need any bonds removed or replaced then this is the time to do it.
Hair extensions do require a certain amount of maintenance but once you've got the hang of how to wash, dry and style your hair your extensions will look great for even longer; it really is worth it!