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How to Look After Your Hair Extensions

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Let’s face it, good quality hair extensions are an investment, so it makes sense that you want them to look as good as possible for as long as possible, right?

But to make sure they do, there are some rules to follow that will keep your locks looking as amazing as you did the day you stepped out of the salon.

Take my advice

After I’ve fitted your extensions, I’ll give you some aftercare advice including how to generally look after them, which products you should use, and maintenance. Please follow it, it can make the difference between your hair looking amazing for months, or looking dry and matted after just a few weeks.

Washing your hair extensions

Use the correct products. Some products contain sulphates that can dry out hair extensions because they don’t get the beneficial oils from your scalp. When you wash your hair, don’t rub as this can cause matting. Instead, gently wash it from roots to ends. Rinse out the shampoo thoroughly then apply conditioner, but avoid the roots as it can loosen the bonds and cause your extensions to fall out. Pat the hair dry with a towel, then use a hair extension brush or wide toothed comb to detangle the hair, working from the ends upwards.

Styling your hair extensions

Try to minimise the amount of heat you use on your hair, and never use heat near the bonds as it can weaken them and cause your extensions to slip out.

Styling products

If you want to use hair oils, make sure you don’t use them near the bonds as it can cause them to loosen, as can any products containing silicon. You don’t want your beautiful extensions falling out!

Hair extensions and your lifestyle

Don’t go to bed with damp hair

Tie your hair up in a loose ponytail before bed and never go to bed with damp hair as this can cause tangling.

You can swim but with caution

Avoid exposing your extensions to chlorine or salt water for too long as it can make your extensions look like a matted mess. If you do go swimming, wear a swimming cap and tie your hair up. Shampoo and condition your hair as soon as you’re out of the pool. With any other type of exercise, always be sure to wear your hair up and out of the way, and of course, wash it as soon as you can.

Hair extension trouble shooting

Do your extensions look and feel dry after just a few washes? This might be due to the products you’re using and the fact that, unlike our natural hair, hair extensions aren’t attached to the scalp, so they don’t get the benefit of natural protecting oils or nutrients. Use nourishing products and avoid those that contain sulphates or alcohol, which can dry the hair out.

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