Cleansing Your Hair Extensions
Ideally you should clean your Highight & Blusher Wefts every six weeks, or whenever there is a considerable buildup of product in it. Follow our cleansing guide below for instructions on how to clean your Hair Extensions.
Mix half a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of shampoo. We like to use a deep moisturising shampoo that is specifically designed for dry hair.
Fill a stain resistant bowl or sink with warm water and add the diluted shampoo. De-tangle your extensions by brushing out the ends, then the mid-lengths from root to ends. Place the extensions into the water and leave for no more than 10 minutes. Do not swirl the extensions around in the water and never comb your extensions they are wet!
Remove the extensions from the water and rinse thoroughly under a running tap, holding them at the top of the weft. Again, do not swirl the extensions around in the water!
Gently squeeze out any excess water from the extensions and lay them flat onto a towel. Apply a good quality repair product or a conditioning treatment, to the extensions and then fold them in a towel. Leave the extensions to dry for an hour before giving another rinse through.
Apply more of the repair product or conditioning treatment to the extensions. Hair extensions take longer to get greasy than normal hair so it shouldn’t be a problem applying more product to your extensions. Fold the extensions in a new towel and leave them to dry overnight. To help speed up the process, store the extensions in a safe place in an airing cupboard.
Comb the extensions in the same way as before, by 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 straighten them out. It’s best to straighten one weft at a time. Finally smooth over a light smoothing product for a sleek result.
Dyeing Your Hair Extensions
Our hair extensions can only be dyed two shades darker. This is because they have already been through a chemical process and lightening or bleaching will only affect the condition of the extensions. The only hair extensions that can be dyed are the ‘Dye It Yourself’ extensions. As these are a neutral shade, they will need to be pre-pigmented before applying dye to them. It’s best to choose extensions that are already close to your target shade to avoid any dyeing dilemmas. You should ALWAYS perform a strand test on your extensions before dyeing the whole set. Then dye the rest of the set when you are happy with the result. Hair extensions usually need more dye than normal hair does- we find that two boxes of dye is usually enough to dye one full head of hair extensions. You must completely saturate the extensions in dye. To dye the extensions, 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! Semi-permanent, permanent, quasi-permanent, toner and vibrant dyes can be used. The maximum peroxide which can be used is 20vol (6%). Hair extension can be dyed more than once. However, dying frequently will cause damage and breakage to the extensions, just like normal hair. It is essential that you wear protective gloves and thoroughly rinse the dye from the extensions after you have completed the process. Follow the dye manufacturers instructions and our guidelines closely for instructions on how to dye your extensions.
Styling Your Hair Extensions
Heat tools can be used on Hair Extensions. However, just like normal hair, the less heat you use on them the better. When straightening, curling or crimping on your extensions, make sure you use a good quality heat protection product. Also hair extensions style faster than our own hair, so there’s no need to use heat tools on your extensions for long periods of time. We also recommend not using any sticky or greasy products on your extensions. We prefer to use light and silky products to keep our extensions looking healthy, natural and silky smooth.
Keep the hair extensions together with a bobble or a hair net and place in a box.