Hair Extensions Aftercare - Looking After Your Extensions Correctly
Use of the correct products, and a correct aftercare routine are essential to get the best from your hair extensions.
Many shampoos, conditioners and styling products that are not specifically designed for use with human hair extensions can cause dryness, tangling and compromised bonds.
Regular scheduled maintenance appointments with your hair extension technician are also essential to ensure that you get the best possible experience with your hair extensions.
After Your Fitting:
- If you had a fitting using pre-bonded hot fusion extensions do not wash your hair for 2-3 days to allow the bonds to fully harden.
- Washing your hair sooner than this may cause the bonds to become compromised, causing premature loss of extension strands and/or shedding.
- Tie your hair in a loose plait/braid for sleeping.
- It is not advised to colour your hair extensions as the result may not be as desired, and the hair quality/bonds may become compromised
- Any colouring (including the use of "silver" or lightening shampoos) is done at your own risk
- No liability is accepted for damage/poor results due to hair colouring that goes wrong
- If colouring your own hair whilst wearing extensions be sure to keep colour away from the extension bonds
- When the extension hair is wet only use a wide tooth comb on your extension hair
- When the hair is dry only use a specialist hair extension brush – this has been designed to ensure that the brush will not get snagged/caught
- Always support your bonds at the root with your free hand when brushing – this prevents excess tugging on the extensions at the root
- Washing & Drying The Extensions
- Use a smoothing action with the shampoo down the extension hair – never rub or use a scrubbing action as tangling/matting will occur.
- Condition from the mid-lengths to the ends of the extension hair. Never apply conditioner on or near the roots as this might loosen the bonds.
- Wash your hair upright (i.e. in a shower). Never tip your head forward over a sink/bath to wash.
- Once washed, conditioned and rinsed pat the hair dry with a towel – never use a rubbing/scrubbing action to dry.
- When hair is damp apply a hair extension heat protection serum. Dry the extension bonds themselves on a cool setting.
- Never use a hot setting to dry the bonds as this can soften and weaken the bonds over time.
- Section your hair and blow dry a section at a time using a round vent or hair extension brush. Avoid excessive pulling whilst blow drying.
- Do not allow your hair extensions to dry naturally and never rough dry them.
Heat - Holidays – Sunbeds
- If using a sunbed protect your hair extensions & bonds by wrapping them in a towel.
- If on holiday, never get your hair extensions wet in either the pool or sea. This can cause extreme drying of the extensions and breakdown of bonds.
- Be aware that hair extensions can be prone to drying out when abroad due to a combination of different water types and intense sun.
- If you have blonde shades of extensions then discolouration due to chlorine and/or sun creams can occur – so please be careful to avoid contact with chlorine or sun cream.
- Some water filtration systems abroad can cause light coloured extensions to go a slightly pink/orange colour.
Synthetic Braids Aftercare - Looking After Your Braids Correctly
We recommend a good rinse every two weeks or week and a half. What you will need is:
- Spray bottle
- Preferred shampoo/conditioner
- Moisturising mixture/spray/essential oils
- Fill the spray bottle about 90% with water and top off with your shampoo. Spray your scalp well (not so it is soaking but enough so that you can get some bubbles to form).
- Use your fingertips and gently massage to lather your scalp. This will help remove any build-up and oils.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- When you have completely rinsed out the shampoo repeat this process with the conditioner. We recommend using a little more water with just a touch of conditioner.
- After you feel confident that you got all of the conditioner out, use your moisturising spray, essential oils, etc. Use your moisturising technique before you towel dry; this will allow your scalp to absorb the oils better.
- It is completely natural for your braids to feel slightly heavier during the washing and moisturising process. Towel dry from root to tip until the excess water is gone. Alternatively, you can wrap your braids in a towel and the towel will absorb most of the excess water.
- Let your braids hang free for about two hours; or until they feel light and dry again. At this point you are ready to style to your desired look!
Caring for Cornrows
Washing cornrows is not always recommended due to the hair being braided right to the scalp. If you find you are having a lot of oil and flake build-up, or if you just feel like you need to wash your hair, here are some helpful tips:
- Wet your hair with cool/warm water. Hot water may cause extra frizz.
- Take your water and shampoo mixture and spray your braids; Do not completely soak them. Spray just enough so they get wet. Take your hand and gently pat your cornrows to help release the oils and flake build-up.
- For the visible scalp between your braids, take your finger and gently rub to get any excess build-up.
- Try your best to not dig at your cornrows as this will cause them to loosen. Rinse thoroughly.
- Don’t rub them as this will cause frizz and an untidy look.
- Repeat this process with your water and conditioner mix.
- Remember to always rinse thoroughly to avoid excess residue build-up.
- Once you have finished rinsing, apply a small amount of spray moisturiser to your roots and press dry with a towel.
- Avoid rubbing your cornrows with the towel.
We recommend always covering braids to sleep. Use a non-absorbent fabric to avoid loss of moisture and essential oils from the hair. (Silk head scarf works well) If you choose, you can twist your braids into a high bun to help keep them out of your way while you sleep. There is no right or wrong way to wrap or tie your braids up for the night. As long as you wrap the hairs around the perimeter of your head your braids should stay neat.
Braids removal can be done at home with the right tools and techniques, however we recommend booking a removal appointment with your stylist if you’ve never removed braids before. Alternatively, please see instructions below on how to remove your braids properly. This technique will minimise damage caused while removing braids.
What you will need:
- Rattail comb
- Detangling cream
- Spray bottle of water and leave-in conditioner mix
- Wide-tooth comb
- Remove all braiding accessories from the hair.
- Spray your hair with water and the leave-in conditioner mix.
- Check for where your natural hair ends in the braids, use the scissors to cut two inches below where your hair stops. If you are not sure where your hair ends in the braids, cut the braids at the very end to avoid cutting your hair.
- Unravel the braid with the tip of the rattail comb. Do this carefully, starting at the bottom and gradually working your way up. Remember, this step is time-consuming and requires patience to complete.
- When you get to the base of your hair, pull down the hair extensions slowly so you don't damage your hair.
- When you have worn a protective style for a period of time, it is normal for dirt to build up at the roots. If you aren't careful with detangling the hair at the roots, you could lose some of your new growth.
- To properly detangle, first spritz the water and leave-in mix over the build-up at the roots.
- Then apply a small amount of your favourite detangling cream to the roots and massage into the hair. You will then notice how the hair strands detangle from each other gradually.
- Comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb and put it into a twist. The twists will help you stretch out your hair and prevent tangles while you work on the other braids. For small and medium braids twist the hair in large sections.
- Repeat the same process for the rest of the braids.
- When you are done, loosen the twists and comb your hair.
- Follow up with a proper shampooing and conditioning routine.