Caring for Your Hair Extensions
CONGRATULATIONS! Now that you’ve made the investment for great hair, it is important to follow home after care instructions to keep your hair feeling and look good. Please follow the information on this page so that you can get the most wear out of your extensions, limit shedding and extension loss and most importantly keep your hair healthy and damage free.
BRUSHING YOUR HAIR EXTENSIONS
Soft bristle brushes or loop brushes are the best for your hair as they don’t pull on your natural hair. Wide tooth combs can be used when the hair is wet, Hard plastic brushes should be avoided.
Always brush the ends of your extensions gently first, then work your way toward the links/bonds, brushing in a downward motion.
Always brush hair before bedtime and first thing in the morning. Frequent brushing during the day will limit tangles and improve the appearance of extensions.
WASHING YOUR HAIR EXTENSIONS
Lather shampoo at the scalp. Gently lather through the lengths of the extensions (do not aggressively rub through extensions, unless needed because of buildup). Rinse hair as usual.
Condition below the bonds on the lengths of the extensions only. Avoid bond area, as conditioner can weaken the bonds when applied directly (causing shedding and deterioration of the extensions). Rinse as usual.
Tip: As a general rule, the fewer times you wash, the longer the extensions will last. 1-2 washes a week is ideal. Dry shampoo is recommended to keep oil under control.
Tip: If washing frequently be sure to use a mild or sulfate-free shampoo to prevent hair from drying out. If you use purple shampoo DO NOT get it on the bonds, as it can cause the bonds to breakdown.
STYLING HAIR EXTENSIONS
You can allow your hair to air dry or blow dry it.
Straighteners, curling irons and hot rollers can be used as normal, but be sure to avoid touching the bonds with extreme heat.
Tip: If you like to air dry your hair, be sure to blow dry the scalp (bond area) completely dry and then allow the lengths to dry naturally on their own. The #1 cause of matting is allowing the bond area to remain damp or going to bed with wet hair.
You will want to use a heat protectant spray if you heat style your extensions regularly.
Using smoothing oil on the ends of the hair extensions will ensure they stay nice and soft.
You can use hairspray, leave in spray conditioner, dry shampoo and so on.
Tip: DO NOT get any oil-based product on the bonds.
It is normal for your scalp to be itchy the first 1-2 weeks. Your scalp is adjusting to more hair and may feel a bit dry at first. This will fade.
It may take a couple nights to get use to the feeling of the extensions.
It is normal to have a few extension pieces fall out. Just keep the pieces and bring them to your maintenance appointment to have them re-installed.
NANO-LINK & MICRO-LINK
It is CRITICAL that you attend your maintenance appointments. Going longer than the recommended period of time can cause tangling and damage to your own hair.
Your touch-up/ re-tightening appointment should be scheduled as follows:
Thin or Delicate Hair Every: 6-8 weeks
Average Thickness Hair Every: 8-12 weeks
Thick, Dense, Strong Hair Every:12-16 weeks
NEVER attempt to remove extensions by yourself. You must go to an experienced technician for removal to ensure no damage is done.