Human hair extensions are great for adding length, volume and thickness as they act just like your own hair. You can use heat tools on them, you can dye them, wash them and you can use them in up-do’s as well as down-do’s!
Unlike our own hair though, human hair extensions don’t contain the natural supply of oils so they will require a little more care than your own hair and more importantly some TLC!
Here at Dirty Looks we always recommend that you use a good quality heat protection product on your human hair extensions before styling … just as with our own hair, heat styling can also be damaging to hair extensions. It’s also best to avoid holding the tools on the extensions as long as you would with your own hair as the extensions will react to the heat quickly. Always read the labels on the products you use as those containing alcohol could dry out your human hair extensions.
Human hair extensions can also be washed to remove a build up of product on them. This can reinvigorate your extensions and can give them a new lease of life, but be sure not to do this too soon. There is a myth that extensions need to be washed before you wear them, but this isn’t the case!! Human hair extensions can be fitted to wear as soon as you receive them. We only recommend that you wash your Dirty Looks extensions every 6 weeks and then only if you really need to!
The longer you can leave this the better as washing too often or using the wrong products can affect the quality of the hair. Always use a good quality moisturising shampoo and steer well clear of shampoos for coloured hair! For conditioner it’s usually best to choose a deep conditioning treatment/repair treatment. In the Dirty Looks Care Guide there are step by step instructions for washing and drying your human hair extensions, be sure to follow these closely!
Human hair extensions can be dyed to match your hair if you are between shades or struggling to match your hair.
If you can’t find an exact match then it is usually best to choose a shade a little lighter than what you think your hair is as Dirty Looks hair extensions can be dyed up to 2 shades darker, but we don’t recommend lightening or bleaching them. You can add a toner or a toning shampoo to the extensions if they are the wrong tone for you. The most important thing to remember if you do plan to dye your human hair extensions is to conduct a strand test first and follow the HK care guide! Even if you are taking them to a salon to be dyed the strand test should be conducted!! Many stylists can offer help with dying your extensions if you are unsure of doing it yourself.
Human hair extensions are perfect for adding extra volume to your up-do’s. The best tip for using your hair extensions this way is to fit them close to the base of your ‘do, this will ensure that the clips are cleverly hidden away by the hair itself ... you may find that you won’t need all the wefts for this! If you are wearing your hair down then always fit your human hair extensions before styling... this will ensure that your hair blends into the extensions for a gorgeous, flawless look.