HK Hair Extensions are made with 100% real human hair. The hair selected is high quality Remy hair which takes years to grow. As the standard of the hair is so high, we kindly ask you to take care of your HK extensions and to treat them with extra love and care than you would with your normal tresses.
Cleansing Your Hair Extensions
Hair extensions do not need to be washed as often as natural hair. As hair extensions do not supply the natural oils and nutrients our natural hair has, they do not need to be washed as often as our own hair does. You should aim to cleanse your hair extensions once every six weeks or when they have a significant build up of products and become sticky. Follow the instructions below on how to cleanse and look after your hair extensions.
Mix half a cup of warm water with a tablespoon of shampoo. We recommend choosing a shampoo that is specific for dry hair.
Fill a stain resistant sink or bowl with warm water and mix the cup of diluted shampoo into the water. Then brush out the ends, the mid-lengths and then from the roots to the ends. Place the hair extensions into the water and leave them no more than 10 minutes. Do not be tempted to swirl and swish the hair around as this will cause the hair extensions to tangle together. Also, do not comb the hair extensions when they are wet as this can cause damage and breakage.
Once the extensions have been in the mixture for 10 minutes, remove the extensions and rinse the hair under a running tap, holding the extensions at the top of the weft. Again, do not swish and swirl the hair extensions around, instead let the water run through the hair and rinse away the shampoo mixture.
Squeeze out any excess water and lay the extensions flat onto a clean towel. Apply a good quality repair treatment or a conditioner to the hair extensions. Fold the towel over the hair and leave for one hour before rinsing the product out.
Apply more of the repair treatment or conditioner to the extensions. It is harder for extensions to get greasy so you may want to use a bit more than you would do on your natural hair. Fold the hair extensions into a towel and leave overnight to dry naturally. You may wish to store them in a safe place in an airing cupboard to speed the drying process up a little.
Lastly comb through the extensions by starting at the ends of the hair, the mid-lengths and then from the roots to the ends. Finally apply a heat protection product and straighten out one weft at a time. Smooth a light smoothing product over the extensions to finish off.
Styling Your Hair Extensions
Straighteners, curling tongs and crimpers can be used on hair extensions but just like our own hair, the less heat tools we use on them the better their condition will stay. If you are going to use heat tools on your extensions, remember to always use a good quality heat protection product and apply to the extensions before styling. Hair extensions curl and straighten far more quickly than our own hair does, therefore you will not need to leave the heat tools on your hair for too long. You can use heated tools on your hair extensions when they are clipped in but you might find it easier to style your extensions before clipping them into your hair. Hairspray can be used on the extensions but choose a high quality hairspray to ensure that it can be brushed out easily and use sparingly as it does dry out. Use styling products that have a light, silky texture rather than ones with a sticky and greasy texture.
Dyeing Your Hair Extensions
HK Hair Extensions can only be dyed two shades darker as they have already been through a chemical process. This means they can’t be lightened or bleached as additional lighting or bleaching is likely to cause damage and affect the condition of the extensions. The only HK hair extensions that can be dyed more than two shades darker are the ‘Dye It Yourself’ extensions but these will need to be pre-pigmented before you add your dye because they are a neutral shade. Choosing an extension shade which is already close to the target shade of dye you intend to use is a sound idea. You will need to use more dye on your hair extensions than you would to dye your natural hair. We find that two boxes of dye per whole head of extensions is usually enough. When dyeing your extensions, always ensure that the extensions are completely saturated in dye to prevent an uneven result. Applying dye to each strip of hair one at a time is helps achieve an even result. It’s important to remember that Dirty Looks do not accept returns on dyed hair extensions, therefore you should ALWAYS perform a strand test first! This means dyeing just a few strands of the hair to check the result shade is the correct shade for you. Once you are happy with the result, then dye the whole set of extensions. Use the flat palms of your gloved hands to dye your extensions and pat the dye through the hair in a stroking motion from root to tip. Do not rub or tangle the hair! The maximum peroxide which can be used is 20vol (6%). Semi-permanent, permanent, quasi-permanent, toner and vibrant dyes can also be used. HK hair extensions can be dyed more than once but just like your own hair will become damaged from certain dyes, your hair extensions will too so the less you dye the better. Always follow the dye manufacturers instructions, wear protective gloves and thoroughly rinse the dye from the extensions. Then follow the Dirty Looks care guidelines when washing and drying your extensions.
Use a hair bobble and hair net to keep your hair extensions together and to prevent them from tangling.