Knowing how to care for extensions should be a big part of the decision making when getting extensions. At my salon we work with extension clients everyday. After all it still surprises me when some clients come with giant matted patches all over their head and it’s just then that they ask me what should they have done to prevent hours of removal time and possible damage to their natural hair. Low quality hair care products and improper maintenance is the number one reason that extensions don’t last as long.
1- Don’t shampoo or get the hair wet for 48 hours after the application. It takes 48 hours for bonding process to complete. Start by tilting your head back not forward and use your finger in circular motion to shampoo.
2- Brush,brush, brush. Everyone has natural shedding between 50 to 100 strands a day. It is common to loose a few strands of extensions over time . That is due to natural shedding or seal opening of each bond. Brush hair thoroughly ,starting from the bottom and working your way up.
3- Use high quality extension friendly shampoos and conditioners. Your products need to be sulfate and silicone free.
4- braid your hair before going to sleep or before going into chlorine or salt water.
5- Never sleep with your hair wet. It cause your extensions to tangle and mat with your own hair
6- Thermal protecting spray before using curling iron or flat iron help to minimize the damage.
7- Apply hair treatment from mid-shaft of the hair to the ends once a week.
8- Satin or silk pillowcase is the best thing to sleep on. It helps to protect hair and hair extensions from damage while sleeping.
9- Coloring and any kinds of chemical on your hair needs to be done by a trained professional who knows how to work with extension.
10-Make an appointment with your stylist every 6-8 weeks for slight trim to keep the hair looking healthy and shiny. Getting hair extensions is a huge investment and requires a bit different TLC.I hope these tips helps to have beautiful hair day everyday.