Cleansing Your Hair Extensions
Ideally you should cleanse your hair extensions once every six weeks and only when there is a considerable buildup of product in them. Follow the instruction below on how to cleanse your hair extensions properly.
Mix half a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of shampoo. We recommend choosing a good quality moisture shampoo that is specifically designed for dry hair.
Fill a stain resistant bowl or sink with warm water and mix the diluted shampoo in. To de-tangle your hair extensions, brush out the ends, then the mid-lengths from root to ends. Gently place the hair extensions into the water and leave them in there for no more than 10 minutes. Whatever you do, do not swish and swirl the hair extensions around and never comb the extensions when they are wet as this will tangle the extensions and cause breakage.
After 10 minutes, remove the extensions from the water and rinse the hair under a running tap, holding the hair extensions at the top of the weft. Again, do not swirl the extensions around, instead just let the water run through the hair and rinse away the shampoo itself.
Gently squeeze out any excess water from the extensions and lay them flat on a towel. Next, apply a good quality repair product or a conditioning treatment to the extensions. Fold the towel over and leave the hair extensions wrapped for an hour before rinsing the treatment out of the hair.
As it’s harder for hair extensions to get greasy, apply more of the repair product or conditioning treatment to the extensions. Again, fold them in a new, clean towel and leave them to dry overnight. You may wish to store them in an airing cupboard to help speed things up a little.
Comb through the hair extensions, again starting at the ends of the hair, the mid lengths and then the roots to the ends. Apply a good quality heat protector to the extensions and then straighten out one weft at a time. Finish off by smoothing over a light smoothing product.
Dyeing Your Hair Extensions
Our hair extensions can only be dyed two shades darker. They can’t be lightened or bleached as they have already been through a chemical process and bleaching or lightening them will only affect the condition of the hair. The only hair extensions that can be dyed are the ‘Dye It Yourself’ extensions. These are a neutral shade so they will need to pre-pigmented prior to dyeing. For the best result, it’s easier to choose extensions that are already close to your targeted dyeing shade. Before dyeing the whole set, you should ALWAYS perform a strand test on your extensions. If you are happy with the result, then you may dye the rest of the set. You will need to use more dye than usual- we find that two boxes of dye is usually enough for one set of hair extensions. You must completely saturate the extensions in dye to make sure that all of the extensions are dyed evenly. To prevent an uneven result, we recommend dyeing one strip of hair at a time. To apply the dye, use the flat palms of your gloved hands and pat the dye through the hair in a stroking motion from root to tip. Do not rub the dye in as this will tangle the hair. Semi-permanent, permanent, quasi-permanent, toner and vibrant dyes can be used. The maximum peroxide which can be used is 20vol (6%). The hair can be dyed more than once but we suggest not dyeing them too often as it will damage their condition, just like our own hair. Always follow the dye manufacturers instructions and our guidelines closely. Wear protective gloves and thoroughly rinse the dye from the hair. Finally follow our cleansing guidelines.
Styling Your Hair Extensions
Heat tools such as straighteners, curling tongs and crimpers can be used on your hair extensions but just like our own hair, the less heat we use on it the better the condition will last! If you are going to use heat tools then make sure you use a good quality heat protector on them before applying heat to them. Hair extensions tend to style faster than normal hair so there’s no need to hold the heat tools on them for long periods of time. Also, try to avoid using sticky or greasy products and use lighter and silkier products instead.
Keep the hair extensions together with a bobble or a hair net and place in a box.