Hair Extension Maintenance At Home
Please follow the instructions below carefully to ensure you achieve maximum longevity and the best results from your extensions.
+ THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
Only use sulfate-free shampoo on your extensions and keep conditioner away from the bonds. Gather hair in a low ponytail at the back of the neck and condition from this area down. Keep other products using alcohol away from fusion extension bonds and slippery, oily or waxy products away from tape-in bonds.
+ EVERYDAY CARE
Run your fingers between your bonds every day to keep extensions from tangling together. It is very important to be gentle with your hair extensions. They are attached to small amounts of your own hair. While hair extensions themselves will not harm your hair, rough handling of them will pull your hair and may cause damage.
Brush extensions 2-3 times a day with the recommended hair extension brush. Start at the bottom and work your way up to avoid damage to your extensions. Always pull extensions into a covered hair tie or braid while sleeping to prevent tangling. Never go to bed with wet hair.
Curling irons, flat irons and hot rollers may be used, but must be kept an adequate distance from the bonds. Fusion extensions are heat-activated and can possibly melt and cause slipping if heat gets too close to the bonds.
In order to extend the life of your extensions it is recommended to only wash every 2-3. Most clients find that they have to wash their hair less often with extensions especially with the aid of a dry shampoo. If you still was your hair extensions frequently, use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a month to help maintain the integrity of the hair.
Some extension loss and shedding is normal and to be expected. Expect to lose 1-4 extensions a month. Average client hair loss is 50-150 hairs a day. A full head application covers approximately one third of the head. You can expect to see naturally released hairs trapped in the attachments after some time. This is normal and should not be interpreted as hairs pulled from the scalp by the extensions themselves. Daily brushing close to the scalp and finger separation of the applied strands will avoid matting in this area.
+ SPECIAL NON DAILY CARE
Once a week, perform a deep conditioning treatment on your extensions, again from the shoulders down. Leave it on the hair for approximately 20 to 30 minutes (or overnight for excessively dry extensions, in a shower cap) and rinse. This extra TLC will give your hair a moisturizing boost
Use a gentle clarifying shampoo once every 3 - 4 weeks to clear build-up. (This also lets conditioner set in better)
Do not over wash your extensions however, the bonds will need to be thoroughly cleaned. Using a loonie size amount of shampoo, apply directly to the scalp and massage in between each bond and gently smooth the shampoo down the entire length of the extension. Wash your hair up to 2 to 3 times per week (unless your hair oily in which case, shampoo more often) and if needed, a dry shampoo can be used on the top of your head (on the natural hair) in between washing's. Make sure bonds and extensions are completely dry before going to bed or putting hair up for an extended amount of time
When swimming, it is recommended to wear a cap or keep hair out of chemically treated water. If you choose to swim in a pool, shampoo hair immediately after.
Activities taking place in a constant, damp environment such as aerobics, steam baths or saunas, as well as excessively hot environments such as tanning beds may lessen the longevity of the extensions. Dry your bonds as soon as possible after any of these activities. Tape-in extensions are very susceptible to loosening and falling out when wet.
+ HAIR EXTENSION DISCOLOURATION - CAUSES & REMEDIES
SUNSCREEN When hair extensions are exposed to sunscreen they could turn an ORANGE / PINK colour. These discolourations can be removed by using MALIBU C or ASH / PURPLE / SILVER shampoo. To prevent discolouration, pull your hair up or cover it while applying sunscreen or if you are sweating.
CHLORINE When hair extensions are exposed to chlorine they could turn a GREEN colour. This discolouration can be removed with TRI-SWIM shampoo or a Vinegar & Baking Soda Mixture. To prevent discolouration, rinse your hair with fresh water prior to exposure and apply a leave in conditioner to create a barrier.
HARD WATER When hair extensions are exposed to hard water they could turn an ORANGE / PINK / BRASS colour. These discolourations can be removed with MALIBU C or a Vinergar Bath. To prevent discolouration, use a water filter whenver possible.
SEA WATER When hair extensions are exposed to sea water they could turn a BRASSY colour. These discolourations can be removed with a Vinegar Bath or AHS / PURPLE / SILVER Shampoo. To prevent discolouration, rinse your hair with fresh water prior to exposure and apply a leave in conditioner to create a baarrier.
+ YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT
- We recommend that you book a maintenance appointment for 6-8 weeks after your initial or last service. And if you have any problems such as: tangling, major discomfort or excessive loss of hair extensions notify your stylist IMMEDIATELY.