Hair Extensions Aftercare
Although hair extensions are not difficult to look after they do require time and attention to ensure they look and feel good.
- PRIOR TO APPLICATION – your own hair must be freshly washed using the recommended shampoo. Human hair extensions should only be applied to immaculately clean, oil and product free hair.
- HUMAN HAIR EXTENSIONS MUST BE KEPT CLEAN – wash regularly to prevent your bonds from becoming soft and shedding. If your scalp becomes oily one day after washing, then wash your hair daily. If your scalp becomes oily three days after washing, then wash your hair at least every three days. Even if your scalp does not become oily, it is recommended that you wash your hair extensions a minimum of every four days. Always wash after strenuous activity or exercise. NEVER use dry shampoo.
- ONLY USE RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS – using the wrong shampoo can cause sticky micro bonds and/or shedding, using the wrong styling or conditioning products can leave human hair extensions dull, knotty and unmanageable. Do not use permanent hair dyes or bleach on your hair extensions or allow them to come into contact with your bonds. Semi-permanent (quasi) colours can be used from four weeks after application but the bonds should be avoided otherwise some shedding can be expected.
- DO NOT PUT TENSION ON YOUR ROOTS -Always hold your hair extensions when combing and brushing to prevent stress to your roots- hold your hair two inches from the ends and work your way up. Tie your hair in a loose, low plait or bun for bed. Don’t put in a high pony tail or bun for the first four weeks as this may cause tension spots and/or root damage. Never tie it back tightly or pull on the hair.
- SEPARATE THE BONDS CAREFULLY– Simply use your fingers to ‘comb’ between the micro bonds/tips in a downward direction. If any hair extensions are sticking together, carefully untangle the hair between finger and thumb. It is important to do this to prevent matting which could cause damage to your own hair.
- DON’T TANGLE THE HAIR – When washing, leave the hair lengths to fall freely down your back do not bring them up to the scalp. When drying, use a nozzle on your hairdryer and point the hairdryer in a downward direction. Starting at the scalp, use your fingers to “comb” your hair extensions. DO NOT “BLAST”.
- USE SHAMPOO SPARINGLY – Only use the recommended amount of shampoo and wash twice. Using too much shampoo will leave residue behind which will cause sticky bonds and/or shedding, only washing once will not clean the micro bonds thoroughly enough. Squeeze the lather down the lengths (NEVER RUB) to thoroughly clean them otherwise your hair will be dull, unmanageable and knotty. It is important to work up a good lather on your final shampoo otherwise the bonds and hair will not be clean.
- RINSE THOROUGHLY– Lift your hair slightly away from your scalp to ensure clean water washes over your bonds. When you’re satisfied your hair is well rinsed, continue rinsing for a few seconds longer.
- CONDITION THE LENGTHS -After washing, gently squeeze out excess water from the lengths then squeeze with a towel. Condition your hair extensions from the nape of your neck down using only recommended products and leave for a few minutes before rinsing. Never allow conditioner to come into contact with your bonds.
- NEVER RUB HUMAN HAIR EXTENSIONS – After washing and conditioning, squeeze and pat the hair in a towel to remove excess water, this will considerably reduce drying times. Rubbing your hair extensions during the shampooing/drying process can cause irreversible damage to the cuticle.
- DRY IMMEDIATELY AFTER WASHING -Do not comb or brush your hair whilst it it wet. Using a medium heat setting concentrate on drying the micro bonds before moving onto the lengths. Ensure your hair is completely dry before using a wide tooth comb. Your hair can then by styled with straighteners, heated rollers, wand etc. or smoothed out with a hairbrush and dryer.
- ACT IMMEDIATELY IF THERE IS A PROBLEM – Should you experience any shedding, sticky bonds, discoloured bonds etc. it is important to seek advice IMMEDIATELY. If caught in time it may be possible to resolve these problems without any permanent damage. If left for too long the damage to your micro bonds may become irreversible.