Caring for your Hair Extensions
As you know, hair extensions are not cheap…and if they are, there is probably a reason for that, such as poor quality! If you are spending all this money you definitely want them to last! Which is why it is important to care for the hair extensions correctly. How well you take care of your extensions will have a direct influence on how well they will look and how long they will last. A little extra daily care and slight modification on how you do things can go a long way. There is not much that needs to be added to your regular routine. A very important factor in extending the life of your extensions is keeping on top of your maintenance cycles to avoid any damage/maintenance to your hair and your extensions.
Tips: Modified daily hair care routine, Keep regular maintenance appointments every 6-10 weeks maximum. when I see new clients, who have had extensions done elsewhere, I am surprised to know that they were never given proper after-care instructions. This sets people up for a poor relationship with their new hair extensions. Follow our tips to avoid your new hair extensions from ending up hidden in a librarian bun! At Fah Hair Extensions, we explain to all of our customers with hair extension specific care guidelines for each individual extension method. Depending on the type of extensions you have and your own hair type, care plans can vary slightly. However, for those of you who are considering hair extensions and are curious what is involved in aftercare, I would like to provide some general hair extension care tips for you here:
How to Brush your Hair Extensions
Always use a recommended hair extensions brush Tools Needed: A hair extension loop-brush (if you have bead/fusion attachments) or a natural bristle paddle brush/wet brush. Method: Separate into two (sections left side/right side). Start with one of the sections, hold your hair in one hand and brush out the ends working your way up to the roots. This brushes out any tangles and avoids a sudden tug on the extension bonds if your brushing out a tangle. When brushing near the roots, gently brush through the bonds if your using a loop brush on micro-bead extensions. With tape extensions you can brush over the bonds gently using your soft bristle brush. Frequency: Morning and night is recommended.
How to Wash your Hair Extensions
Tools Needed: Use good quality shampoo and conditioner. Salon brands are best. Avoid supermarket stocked hair products & Hair brush
Method: Before washing your extensions , (Detangle) Brush all tangles out using a gentle stroke before you wet and wash. Don’t have the shower pressure on full force blasting on your hair. Wet your hair thoroughly and shampoo in a gentle downwards directions from the roots to the ends . In other words, don’t pile all your hair on-top of your head and mosh it all around. Massage your scalp in-between the bonds with your fingers and smooth through. Rinse the shampoo out well. If you leave residue it can build up and get itchy or decay the hold of the bonds faster. Then add the conditioner through your lengths. Usually its not needed near the roots or scalp. I like to use a conditioning mask once a week on the mid section through to the ends of the hair to keep it lustrous and silky.
Tip: Don’t over do it, too much with conditioner or any other hair products (purple shampoo) can cause the extensions to slip out, build-up, tangling, loosen the bonds and dry the extensions out. Tip: Dry your hair gently, don’t rub it with a towel but move in a downward motion from the roots to the ends.
Styling your Hair Extensions
Tools needed: Heat protection product, hair brush, crocodile clips, hot iron or curling wand etc.
Method: Use heat protection products first to protect your hair and the extensions for potential heat damage and wear and tear. Make sure your hair is 100% dry before applying any heat tools
Since you will have far more hair to work with than usual, ensure you work through in sections. Use clips to neatly work on individual sections at a time. Usually, you can work with a division of four even sections.
Style as desired, straighten, curl, crimp, blow-dry, to your desired style Avoid using hairspray. It has a lot of alcohol in it, this dry’s out the hair and can cause breakage with frequent or overuse… in your own natural hair too.
Tip: When styling with hot tools Avoid holding heat near the bonds, at the roots of your hair for too long.
Sleeping, exercising & swimming
Brush your hair through, put it in a ponytail to sleep silk pillow case is recommended. If you don’t want to ponytail it for the sake of having wavy hair in the morning, you can get a silk wrap and wrap it around a low ponytail from the tie to the ends.
Tip: Never go to bed with wet hair. Ever!
Tip: It is recommended when exercising or swimming to wear a swim cap, wear your hair up in a ponytail or a braid.
Tip: Avoid exposure to chlorine and salt water it can cause your extensions to tangle, matt, frizzing, discoloration can occur and dries out your hair extensions. After swimming and exercising it is best to shampoo and condition your hair immediately. When sweat and dirt builds up, your extensions will tangle keep your hair and scalp clean.
Tip: Avoid exposure to hot tub or sauna as it can break down the bonds/tapes and cause your extensions to dry and frizz.
Colouring your hair with Hair Extensions attached
Real human hair extensions, can take colour well. You can colour your hair with the extensions attached. Colouring your roots is fine, or running a full semi-permanent colour through the hair is usually also fine. It must be professional quality colour used and done by a professional experienced with hair extensions. The main rule here is, never try and lighten your hair extensions. If you do, this will cause the condition of the extensions to become quite dry and unruly. The exception is on virgin hair. Pure virgin hair extensions can take the process of lightening reasonably well. Though it will react as your own hair does to lightening and can still be at risk of becoming very dry. You would need to consider how many shades lighter you are trying to go, eg. level 1 or 2 to level 10 would be to ambitious and leave the hair in fairly bad shape. Gentle toner can be used on blonde coloured extensions, provided the hair extensions are of good quality, the toner should not cause any issue to the quality of the hair and will help blend the tones seamlessly. In general, we recommend to avoid colouring extensions if you can. If you do need to colour your hair while wearing extensions, its best to arrange it just before your maintenance is due. The colour can sometimes cause extension bonds to slip, scheduling the colour in time with maintenance will avoid any issues from slippage. If you have any specific questions or tips for looking after your hair extensions, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Fah hair extensions
Tips for Your Hair Extensions
- Extensions may be painful or uncomfortable for the first few days
- Allow up to two weeks to become comfortable with your extensions as they are very tight to yourscalp when fresh
- After you get your extensions it is recommended to wait 24 to 48 hours before washing your hair(micro-beads excluded)
- Avoid hair products that contain alcohol it will make your extensions dry and frizzy
- Your extensions don’t receive the natural oils from your scalp, so it recommended to use a goodleave-in conditioner to keep your extensions soft and healthy (not to the roots)
- Separate your extensions 2-3 times a week (pull them apart) taking care of your extensions willhave a direct influence on how well they will look and how long they will last
- Do not use any over the counter chemicals such as perm solution. permanent or semi-permanenthair colour, shampoos that contain sulfate or any products not approved by the technician orsalon.
- Do not apply any oil based products directly to the bonds of your extensions, instead hydrateyour extensions mid-section down with a good leave-in -conditioner.
Maintenance of Your Hair Extensions
Scheduled maintenance appointments are recommended every 2-4 months depending on the condition of your extensions and natural hair.
Fah Hair Extensions is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any colour change or damage done to your extensions if Blue, Purple ,Silver or toning shampoo, dyeing salt water, chlorine, perming and excessive heat is used.
Extensions must be removed professionally (recommended to be removed at Fah Hair Extensions) as we specialize in extensions) and if they are not maintained or removed in a timely manner, it is solely your responsibility for the end result of your natural hair.
If you have questions or concerns during the duration of the install, please contact
Fah Hair Extensions