Hair Extensions: How to care for them

August 22, 2019
August 22, 2019 Staff

Hair Extensions: How to care for them

Whether you’re wearing SHE’s Keratin (single strand/warm fusion) bonds, Tape-ins (cold fusion), or wefts, it’s imperative to take exceptional care of your hair extensions. When they are properly installed and cared for, SHE Hair Extensions are a beautiful and exciting way to have chemical free color and/or highlights, thicker, and/or longer hair. SHE Hair recommends to schedule a follow up appointment with your extension stylist after 2 weeks of the initial install. Following these steps will have your extensions looking and feeling their best.

Caring for hair extensions

First and foremost, never go to bed with wet hair! If you do, tangling and matting will occur. Dry your hair completely with a blow dryer on medium heat (do not use excessive heat on the bonds/tapes). Then style your hair into either 1 – 2 braids, a high bun, or 1 – 2 low ponytails. To prevent tangles brush your hair 2-3 times a day. Only use an extension brush. Natural fall-out of your own hair may cause tangles between bonds, if not brushed correctly. The only brush to be used should be a brush made specifically for hair extensions. SHE Hair offers a variety of hair extension brushes, they even have a purse sized version!  It is crucial to make sure that while you are brushing your hair, you always start at the ends and work your way up to the bonds/tapes. Make sure to brush through the bonds/tapes as well, not just the ends. Due to natural shedding, it’s normal to lose a 1-5 extensions per month. If you feel it is necessary, you can always return to your stylist and have them replaced.

How to wash hair extensions

Do not shampoo for 3 days after your extensions have been installed. When shampooing, do not scrub your hair/scalp excessively. Massage your scalp and gently work the shampoo to the ends. Always tilt your head back while washing and rinsing. Wash your hair from the top of your head to the ends of your hair. When conditioning, always make sure to keep the conditioner an inch or two away from the bonds/tapes. Do not put conditioner on the top of your head, this will run down and get into your bonds/tapes. Use conditioner on the shaft of your hair avoiding the bonds/tapes. Never dry with a scrubbing action. Wrap with a micro fiber turban or towel to absorb the water. If you prefer to go to a Dry Bar or salon for a blowout make sure that the stylist has experience with extensions.

Swimming with hair extensions

Before getting in a pool, ocean or Jacuzzi saturate hair with water from a shower. After getting out, rinse thoroughly and use extension shampoo and conditioner. SHE Hair Extension users do not need to wash their hair every day, although women who exercise daily wash their hair every day with no adverse effects. However, SHE Hair recommends to thoroughly rinse your hair after any type of workout. Dry Shampoo is a great product to use between washes. It absorbs the natural oils your scalp produces, and is a perfect product to help extend the time between washes. Therefore dry shampoo can help your hair extensions to last longer. If you like to visit tanning beds, keep in mind that any heat will soften the bonds. Cover your hair while tanning, and wait until the bonds are cool before brushing or putting the hair up. 

Things not to do to hair extensions

Hair extension users should never: color, perm, and/or use any other types of harsh chemicals themselves. All services should be performed by an extension stylist, unless referred by your hair extension stylist. Never use volumizing products (shampoo, conditioner, styling), oil based products, silicone based products, shine products, and serums. The misuse of styling tools such as combs, brushes, blow dryers, hot irons, hot rollers, as well as over- the-counter hair care products can damage your extensions. Always use medium heat when blow drying. Never use styling tools above 370°, this can cause irreparable damage to your extensions and your own hair. Lastly, remember that SHE Hair Extensions are 100% human Remy hair and you should follow the same 4 to 6 week time schedule for hair trims and services.

 

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