HairXtensions.co.uk - After Care Advice
We highly recommend that you use our Aftercare products which are specially formulated for use with hair extensions. They will restore your natural hair and condition of your hair extensions, this is essential to looking after your extensions, although the extensions are human hair, they do not receive any nutrients from your scalp like natural hair.
We recommend the following aftercare ranges:
Using heat on the extension hair can reduce their life span. Extensions should be treated with respect, just as your natural hair. Good aftercare and maintenance that will keep hair looking and feeling good for longer.
Washing Your Extensions
Once the extensions have been applied, you should avoid washing hair for two to three days. After a few days we recommend your extensions must be washed only two or three times every week (no more than this) before washing we suggest brushing your hair extensions thoroughly to remove any teasing or tangles using wide tooth comb or soft brush to separate these bonds. Also, it is necessary to use the shampoo as well as conditioner which is designed especially for use on hair extensions, we supply the Balmain Range and our very own HairXtensions Aftercare Range. We also suggest you do not use hair products which have alcohol as one of their ingredients some can dry out your hair excessively!
When you wash your hair, avoid tipping your head over your bath since it can cause them to tangle. Wash them with head upright, ideally in a shower. The hair should be gently massage on the scalp with your fingertips, using a light up and down motion. DO NOT wash the hair in circular motions (never rub the hair together) as these can cause tangles or even matting. Smooth your shampoo on your scalp and avoid rubbing vigorously. Pick out the top section of your hair and then apply the conditioner to it. Once hair is washed, pat them gently rather than rubbing them together. Conditioner should be used only from mid length of the hair till the ends. Avoid applying the conditioner or anything oily to your bonds since these will cause them to become slippery and soft. Also do not apply too much water all of a sudden as it swell up hair and cause tangles.
How to care for the extensions before sleeping
Always make sure to thoroughly dry your hair out before you hit bed for the night. So, if you are planning on washing your hair, make sure you do it several hours before bed time. You also need to tie up your hair gently before you sleep so that the hair does not tangle up.
Drying Your Extensions
DO NOT brush the hair whilst wet) Before you detangle your hair, it is advisable to use leave in conditioner spray. Post spraying your hair, detangle them using a wide toothed comb and ensure that you do not have any contact with the bonds. Ensure all bonds are completely dried. You will have to be quite careful while brushing hair when they're wet. Ensure that the extension hair is supported by holding your bonds (although its best to let the hair dry out naturally)
Section the hair and then blow dry with a soft bristle round brush for sleek finish. Ensure that the bonds are not snagged. We recommend you use a thermal protection serum then you can before using hair straighteners for a smooth and silky finish.
Styling Your Extensions
Tongs, crimpers, irons and heated rollers can be used on your extension hair. However, it is advisable that you use heat protection spray for protecting your extension hair and natural hair before you use them. Hairspray, gels and serums can be used but the keratin bonds should be avoided as it can cause slippage, stickiness and even cause the bonds to weaken. Try not to overuse heat tools as this can cause your extensions to dry out considerably, again use a protection serum to avoid these issues.
Colouring Your Extensions
We strongly suggest you do not perm, tint or color extension hair. As all of our hair is multi-tonal (made-up of different colours) the dye may pick-up different tones. If you do dye make sure you avoid the bonds and its only advisable to dye darker. We also cannot be responsible for any problems you have with the hair as any contact with the bonds can seriously effect the keratin and also over dyeing will damage the cuticles. These products contain various elements which may damage extension hair.
Brushing & Combing
The extensions are attached to your natural hair and therefore pulling very hard and mistreating them can result in pulling out of your natural hair. For the extension brush, you should only use an extension brush which has cushioned base with soft bristles. Start styling your hair from the bottom and then move slowly to the top portion. Always make sure to brush in a gentle manner and never exceed over 3 times in one day (we supply several brushes within our store) The brush will glide over your bonds gently. When you brush your extensions you should hold your bonds and ensure there is no added stress on your hair.
Those who use sun beds should wrap their hair first in a towel. These sun beds will dry out hair and can weaken or even start to melt the keratin bonds. For those who work out regularly or use steam room and sauna regularly should ensure that their bonds are dried/cooled down completely after the session at the earliest. Keeping bonds in a damp environment can make them deteriorate.
It is advised not to get hair extensions in case you are pregnant and for one year post having the baby since hormonal hair loss during pregnancy and after it can accelerate through hair extensions.
Holidays & Swimming
Swimming with the extensions on is not recommended. However, in case you do, the following precautions are advised to be taken:
Use a covered band and place the long extensions in a braid. DO NOT get extension hair wet. Keep head above water, avoid diving and under water swimming. The chlorine present in pools as well as the salt present in sea along with heat can matt and the chemical within the pool can cause discoloration. Salt, pool chemicals and chlorine can cause the disintegration and break down of keratin bonds which can weakness/stickiness of your extension which can lead to matting or extensions falling out.
When extensions get wet while swimming, it is advised that you dry your extensions immediately after rinsing hair out with fresh water and use a leave in conditioner. Avoid brushing wet extension hair and dry them immediately (and its recommended to let them dry out naturally) Make sure that extensions are not tangled after swimming. Again avoid sleeping with wet extensions and ensure that they have been completely dried before going to bed.
Essential Important Tips
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