Caring for Your Hair Extensions
Taking care of hair extensions can be confusing, especially if you're new to the world of extensions. Here's a few tips to help guide you through this experience. In no time you'll be an expert!
Tips for Shampooing Hair Extensions
For tapes, fusion, and shrinkies, do not shampoo or condition for 72 hours.
Gently detangle/comb out your extensions before washing.
Wash extensions with your head tilted back. Never shampoo with your head forward.
Keep your extensions clean by shampooing & conditioning weekly with products free of parabens, sulfates, and alcohol.
When shampooing, gently massage your scalp around the bond area. Then work the shampoo down the hair shaft gently. Do not twist, pull, or rub in circular motion.
Apply conditioner from mid-shaft to tips. Avoid putting conditioner on the actual bonds.
Rinse your extensions thoroughly with lukewarm water. Make sure to rinse all the product out.
Allways use a heat protectant if using heated syuling tools.
Apply a little oil on the tips of the hair. My favorites right now are Cocnut and Aragan oil.
Air-drying is preferred. If blow-drying allow hair to air dry or gently towel dry about 70%, then blow dry.
Deep condition atleast once every 3-4 weeks.
When brushing or combing your extensions, start from the bottom of your extensions and work your way right below the bond. Holding a section in one hand and detangling it with the other. Use a loop brush, paddle brush, or wide tooth comb.
When going to sleep, put your extensions in a low ponytail, loose braid, or sleep in a satin bonnet.
When going swimming, wet hair first in the shower and apply conditioner. Before entering the pool/beach, put extensions in a low ponytail. Don’t not put your extensions in a braid (when swimming), you risk tangling and matting.
Microlink and tape should be maintained every 6-10 weeks depending on hair growth.
Fusion and shrinkies should be redone every 3-4 months.
As far as products I recommend:
Shampoos - L'Oréal EvEPur, Pureology Hydrate, Shea Moisture Raw Shae Butter Shampoo, Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo (low sulfates)
Conditioners - Pureology Hydrate, Shea Moisture Raw Shae Butter Restorative Conditioner, Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner
Deep Conditioners - Pureology Hydrate Superfood, Morracan Oil
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