Hair Extensions After care
Hair Extensions After care
To get the best from your hair extensions you must follow the after care below.
Now that you have your lovely new thick long hair you have to be prepared to spend longer styling it as hair extensions do take more time and effort to care for and to prolong the life of your new hair you will need to look after it correctly.
Your hair extensions are 100% human hair so you can style them, using your hairdryer, tongs and straighteners etc as normal. You can also colour your extensions.
It is normal to feel a bit of discomfort in the first week of having your extensions applied but this will settle down usually within a couple of days. In the first few weeks you may lose the odd extension or possibly experience some shedding while the extensions are settling down but this is normal and does settle down.
Maintenance is advised every 4-8 weeks depending on how well you have cared for them and how fast your natural hair grows.
Brushing your hair extensions
You must brush your hair extensions regularly to avoid matting. This should be done using a special brush, you can use a loop brush, tangle teaser or a bristle brush. You need to hold your hair and brush from the bottom upwards being careful to avoid the micro rings. Before brushing you should tackle any knots with a wide toothed comb, just avoid the roots and very gently comb through your hair. You can also separate the strands with your fingers to avoid tangling
Washing your hair extensions
Do not wash your hair for 48hrs after you have had them applied, this allows them time to relax and settle. Then wash your hair no more than 2-3 times per week.
Shampoo- Do not use shampoo that contains any oils, silicone or waxes. As these are all softening ingredients and will eventually make the extensions lose their grip on your natural hair, which can cause the strands slip down. Also another ingredient to stay clear of when buying your shampoo is any containing sulfates as they will dry out extensions and strip them of their colour. Also if you have keratin bonds (most fusion bonds are made of of this) sulfates WILL break down the keratin weakening it and become sticky which will cause matting or the hair extensions to shed or completely fall out.
Use a natural all organic shampoo which is for normal hair as it will not contain the ingredients mentioned above and avoid moisturising shampoo’s.
Conditioner– Do not use conditioner on your roots or anywhere near to the micro rings as this will cause them to slip. A deep conditioner should be used regularly on your hair, but don’t over do it. Leave it on for an hour and then wash off with cool water. Leave in conditioners are also good, just remember to never apply any conditioner to the roots.
You may also use heat protector and anti frizz products to help look after your hair extensions. If there are any products that you are unsure on then just ask.
Do not use hot oils, anti- dandruff shampoo or head lice treatment as these are extremely harsh and can cause damage to the bonds of your extensions causing them to loosen.
Swimming- Keep your hair tied up during swimming, if you do get your hair wet you must rinse out any chlorine or sea water as soon as possible as it can cause your extensions to dry out, in the same way it dries out your own natural hair. Also do not wear a swimming hat as it could cause matting and when you take it off you may pull on your hair extensions and loosen them.
Bedtime- Tie your hair in a plait at bedtime to avoid tangling and matting but be careful not to tie it too tight.
Be sure to follow this aftercare to keep your new long and thick hair in the best condition possible.