Hair should not be washed for 2 to 3 days upon application of hair extensions so that the glue can set in properly.
It is advisable to use professional hair extension shampoo and conditioner as their ingredients are specially formulated for hair extensions. Normal shampoos, on the other hand, can cause damage to the bonds and extensions slipping off, since there are oil or silicone in its ingredients.
It is recommended that you wash your hair extensions 2 to 3 times per week. You can actually wash them more frequently, but the lesser stress on the bonds, the better. Before washing your hair, use a brush to detangle the hair extensions, and during washes, you can hold on to the roots so that less stress is created. You can wash your hair as you normally do, but allow the shampoo to run downwards along the length of the hair instead of leaving it lathered and piled up on your crown.
When applying conditioner, avoid the bonds because it can cause the bonds to weaken and slip. It is best to condition from the mid of the hair length to its tip, although you can still condition above it â€“ just be careful not to let it come in contact with the bonds. You can leave on a conditioner during your bath.
After washing your hair, pat it dry with a towel instead of rubbing because the your hair can easily get tangled. Make sure your hair is dry before brushing your hair as it is very fragile when it is wet. You can use a hair dryer at medium heat to dry it, starting from the roots to the tip, supporting the bonds. Bonds that are left wet can easily weaken. In the meantime, carefully untangle your hair while your hair is still damp.
Whenever you brush your hair, regardless damp or dry, always support the bonds of your hair extensions so they do not slip off. Do not use metal or bobbled-end brushes because they can rip and tear the hair extension, while hard brushes can pull hair out. Hence, soft bristle brushes are the most recommended brush to use.
When brushing, hold on to the roots to support the bonds, while brushing from the root to the tip. Sectionalizing your hair and then brushing each section separately is an orderly way of brushing your hair.
Hair extensions can be styled, whether straightened, curled, or blow-dried. This means that heating appliances like hairdryers, straightening irons, crimpers, and tongs can be used on them, however, one will need to be careful not to use them near the bonds or they will melt or go out of shape. As a precautionary measure, use straightening irons with temperature regulators, and avoid using them daily so that the ends do not end up burned. Using a heat protection spray on your hair and the extensions is highly advisable.
Because hair extensions are made out of human hair, it can be colored. However, if you wish to do so on your own, consult a professional first.As your hair grows, your hair extensions will follow along the growth of the hair it is bonded onto, thus, you will need to touch up the coloring at the roots. Although they do not affect the hair of the extensions, avoid bleaching or dying bonded areas. The coloring of your extensions are done at your own risk, so it is recommended that you conduct a strand test before doing any coloring.
Never wear your hair damp to bed. Instead, keep it dry and tied in a bun or a loose plait using a soft scrunchie to minimize the occurrences of knots.
Our hair receives natural oils as a source of nourishment from the scalp, but hair extensions do not. In order to keep the hair extensions nourished, you will need to use the basic hair extension shampoo and conditioner (included in the first application price). During consultation, there will also be a discussion of viable after-care products to use or purchase.
If you plan to go on a holiday where the climate is hot, going for a session of maintenance prior to that helps you ensure that the hair extensions are well-fitted. If you do sunbathe, sport a hat and keep your hair under it, away from the sun that would dry it up and heat the bonds. If you go swimming in the sea or chlorinated water but do not want to protect your hair with a swim cap, tie a low pony tail and form a tight plait with the tail, holding its end with a band. Be sure to wash or rinse your hair thoroughly after swimming because salt water and chlorine can cause them to dry out. Keep your hair conditioned, avoiding at the bonds.
When you use the sauna, solarium or steam room, wear a hat or keep your hair wrapped to keep it from overheating the bonds. After that, you should wash, dry, and comb your hair, keeping it untangled. Bonds in constant dampness can become damaged.