There are a few key DOs and DON'Ts when maintaining your hair extensions to ensure they last longer and stay looking in top shape.
Don’t wash your hair for 48 hours after the extensions are fitted, this gives them and the bonds time to settle.
Only use the recommended brush - this is very important.
Brush your hair from the bottom to the top and always brush before washing to get out any tangles and knots.
Wash your hair with your head tilted back but don’t bend your head over the sink or bath - this will put extra weight on the extensions. Do not massage your hair.
Apply conditioner from below the bonds and comb from the ends up towards the roots. Stop before you reach the bonds. Rinse thoroughly.
Make sure you use shampoo and conditioner that is suitable for hair extensions.
When possible, use leave-in conditioner - this will add extra moisture to the hair.
Use a serum daily.
Plait the hair before you go to bed and make sure it is completely dry. In the morning undo the plait and brush from the ends to the roots.
Every day check the bonds and make sure each one remains separate from the next one. If any are crossing over, pull apart gently - this will stop matting at the roots of your hair.
Extra care must be taken when hair extensions come into contact with chlorine, salt water, UV and heat as this can cause the hair to change colour as well as leaving the hair feeling dry. Sun cream and oils must not come into contact with your extensions as this can turn the hair a pinky/orange tone, always wear your hair up so that the hair doesn’t touch areas of the skin where cream has been applied.
Brush carefully and always use only the recommended brush.
Hair styling tools can be used on extensions but the less you use them,
If you go swimming avoid getting your hair wet as salt water and chlorine dries out the extensions.
Your hair naturally sheds around 50-100 strands on a daily basis and this won’t stop just because you have extensions. Because your hair is held together by the extensions it becomes trapped, so when you remove your extensions all of the natural hair that should have come out daily will be released. It will appear as though a lot of hair is coming out at once but don’t worry about this.
Extensions may be uncomfortable for a few days after fitting. There may be itching just above the nape of your neck, in the middle and around your crown as these are the most sensitive areas of your scalp. This will fade as your hair becomes accustomed to the extensions. Itching can also happen if shampoo is caught between the extensions and your scalp. Switching to a baby or mild shampoo should help to improve this.