HK Hair Extensions are made with 100% real human hair. The hair selected is high quality Remy hair which takes years to grow. Therefore we ask you to take care of your HK Hair extensions and to take extra care compared to how you would treat your own hair.
Cleansing Your Hair Extensions
Hair extensions do not need to be washed as often as natural hair. This is because they don’t supply the natural oils and nutrients our natural hair has in order for it to grow. Ideally you should cleanse your hair extensions once every six weeks or when they have a significant build up of products. The instructions below will show you how to cleanse your hair extensions properly.
Mix half a cup of warm water with a tablespoon of shampoo which is specifically suitable for dry hair.
Fill a stain resistant sink or bowl with warm water and mix the cup of diluted shampoo into the water. De-tangle the hair by brushing out the ends, the mid-lengths and then from the roots to the ends. Place the hair extensions into the water and leave them for no longer than 10 minutes. Do not swirl the hair around as this will cause the hair extensions to tangle. Do not comb the hair extensions when they are wet either as this can cause damage and breakage.
Remove the extensions from the shampoo mixture and rinse the hair under a running tap, holding the extensions at the top of the weft. Again, do not swirl the hair extensions around, let the water run through the hair to rinse away the shampoo mixture on its own.
Squeeze out excess water and lay the extensions flat onto a clean towel. Apply a good quality repair treatment, e.g a conditioner, to the hair extensions. Fold the towel over the hair and leave for one hour. Then rinse the product out.
Once they have been rinsed out, apply more of the repair treatment to the extensions. It is harder for extensions to get greasy so you may 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 can store them in a safe place in an airing cupboard if you wish to speed the process up a bit.
Once your extensions have dried, comb through them. Again, start at the ends of the hair, the mid-lengths and then from the roots to the ends. Then apply a heat protection product and straighten out one weft at a time. Finish off by smoothing a light smoothing product over the extensions.
Styling Your Hair Extensions
Heated hair tools such as straighteners,, curling tongs and crimpers can be used on hair extensions but just like our own hair, the less heat we use on them the better. However, if you are going to use heat tools on your extensions, always use a good quality heat protection product and apply to the extensions before you use them. Hair extensions curl and straighten far more quickly than our own hair so there’s no need to keep hair tools on your hair for long periods of time. You can use heated tools on your hair extensions when they are clipped in, however you may find it easier to style your extensions before fitting them into your hair. You may use hairspray on the extensions but choose a high quality hairspray rather than a cheap product to ensure that it can be brushed out easily and use sparingly as it does dry out. We recommend not using sticky or greasy styling products on the extensions. Instead opt to use styling products that have a light silky texture.
Dyeing Your Hair Extensions
HK Hair Extensions can only be dyed two shades darker. This is because they have already been through a chemical process, which means they can’t be lightened or bleached. Therefore additional lighting or bleaching is likely to cause damage and affect the condition of the extensions. The only HK hair extensions which can be dyed more than two shades darker are the ‘Dye It Yourself’ extensions. However, they 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 good idea. You will need to use more dye on your hair extensions than you would to dye your natural hair. 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. We recommend applying dye to each strip of hair one at a time for an even result. As HK do not accept returns on dyed hair extensions, it’s also important that you ALWAYS perform a strand test first! This means dyeing just a few strands of the hair to check the result shade is the right match. If you are happy with the result then go ahead and dye the whole set of extensions. 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 or tangle the hair as this will give an uneven result. The maximum peroxide which can be used is 20vol (6%). Semi-permanent, permanent, quasi-permanent, toner and vibrant dyes can also be used. You can dye your hair extensions more than once. However, just as your own hair will become damaged from certain dyes, your hair extensions will too so we advise not to dye them too often. Always follow the dye manufacturers instructions, wear protective gloves and thoroughly rinse the dye from the extensions. Follow the HK 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.