The first thing that you may notice is that immediately after the installation of the extensions, and for the next day or two your scalp may feel tender. This is normal and will go away by the third day at the most. Rest assured that this is not a sign of a problem but just because of the added weight of the hair extensions.
After you have had extensions put in do not wash your hair for at least 2-3 days. This allows the bonds to fully harden. The longer you wait, the better it is for the longevity of the bonds.
Tie your hair back in a loose ponytail or plait using a soft scrunchie for bed.
Never wear your extensions for longer than 3 months. In the 3 months of wearing your extensions your hair will have grown by approx 1.5 inches, the roots of your hair often start to tangle together of your have not separated the bonds correctly and therefore it is not healthy for the hair if left.
BRUSHING YOUR EXTENSIONS
Remember your extensions are attached to your own natural hair, pulling too hard or mistreating your extensions can result in your own hair being pulled out.
The only brush you should use near to your extension bonds is an extension brush – this brush has soft bristles and a cushioned bristle base, meaning the brush gently glides over the bonds.
When brushing the extensions always hold the bonds, making sure no additional stress is put on the hair.
WASHING YOUR EXTENSIONS
Your extension hair should only be washed between 2-3 times per week.
Before washing it is advised to detangle your extension hair with a wide tooth comb and separate the bonds.
It is essential you only use shampoo and conditioner that is designed for hair extension use.
When washing your hair, do not tip your head over the bath as this could cause tangling - always wash with your head upright – in the shower is ideal.
Smooth the shampoo down the extension hair – do not rub vigorously!
Only condition from the mid lengths to the end of the hair. Do not apply any conditioner to the bonds as this will cause slippage. You can pick the top section of your own hair up and apply condition to this section.
Pat hair gently when washed – do not rub.
DRYING YOUR EXTENSIONS
Before detangling we advise you to use a leave in conditioning spray. Follow by detangling with a wide tooth comb, making sure you avoid the bonds. Make sure all bonds are dried completely.
Be very careful when brushing the hair when wet, make sure you support the extensions hair by holding the bonds.
For a sleek finish, section your hair off and blow dry using a round brush with soft bristles. Be very careful that you do not snag the bonds.
Finish by using a good quality straightening iron.
Heater Rollers, Straightening Irons, crimpers and tongs can all be used on the extension hair although it is advisable to use a Heat Protection Spray to protect the both your hair and the extension hair.
Serums, gels, hairsprays, etc may all be used but avoid the bonded areas as this may cause slippage.
COLOURING/PERMING YOUR EXTENSIONS
All hair we use is 100% Human Hair and can be coloured. Please consult a professional if you want to colour the hair, especially to lighten the hair. We recommend a strand test at all times before colouring the hair. Do not get any dyes or bleaches on the bonded areas. Any colouring of the extensions is done so at your own risk.
All of the hair can be permed, but once again we recommend that a professional carries out the perming and make sure a strand test is completed first. Any perming of the extensions are done so at your own risk.
You may get your roots touched up after your hair starts to grow out without any problems, once again avoid the bonds.
DAY TO DAY ACTIVITIES AND HOW THEY EFFECT YOUR EXTENSIONS
If you use a sun bed it is advisable to wrap the hair in a towel first. Sun beds can dry out the hair and melt the bonds.
If you work our regularly or have regular use of a sauna or steam room make sure the bonds are completely dried as soon as possible after your session - leaving the bonds in a constant damp environment could cause them to deterate.
We do not advise getting Hair Extensions if you are pregnant or for one year after having a baby.
You may swim as usual but remember that prolonged water exposure may weaken the bonds. Wash your hair as quickly as possible after swimming.
You may wear your extensions abroad but be aware that a combination of the sun, chlorine in the swimming pool and salt in the sea water may make them a little dryer then normal. They will return back to their normal condition once you return home. Try to wear a hat when the sun is beaming down on your head – this protects the bonds.