Cleansing Your Hair Extensions
We recommend cleansing your Wrap Around Ponytail every once every six weeks. Or you can cleanse it whenever there is a considerable buildup of product in it. Follow our cleansing guide below on how to clean your wrap around ponytail.
Mix half a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of the shampoo.We recommend using a 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 wrap around ponytail by brushing out the ends, then the mid-lengths from root to ends. Gently place the wrap around ponytail into the water and leave for no longer than 10 minutes. Do not swirl the clip in hair extension around in the water and do not comb your ponytail when it is wet!
Remove the wrap around ponytail from the water and hold it under a running tap to rinse away the shampoo. Again, do not swirl the ponytail around!
Gently squeeze out any excess water from the wrap around ponytail and lay it flat onto a towel. Apply a good quality repair product, like a conditioning treatment, to the wrap around ponytail. Fold the towel over and leave it wrapped up for an hour before rinsing away the remaining product.
Apply more of the repair product or conditioning treatment to the wrap around ponytail. This will not make the extension go greasy as hair extensions take longer to get greasy than normal hair. Fold the wrap around ponytail in a new towel and leave it to dry overnight. You may wish to leave it in an airing cupboard to help speed the drying process up a little.
Comb the extension by starting at the ends of the hair, the mid lengths and then the roots to the ends. Apply a good quality heat protection product to the wrap around ponytail before styling. Finally smooth over a light smoothing product for a silky, soft finish.
Dyeing Your Hair Extensions
Our hair extensions can only be dyed two shades darker as they have already been through a chemical process, and lightening or bleaching will only affect the condition of the extension. The only hair extensions that can be dyed are the ‘Dye It Yourself’ extensions. These will need to be pre-pigmented before dyeing because they are a neutral shade. To avoid any dyeing dilemmas, we suggest choosing extensions that are already close to your target shade. You should ALWAYS perform a strand test on your extensions before dyeing your hair extensions. If you are happy with the result, then you can dye the rest of the set. Hair extensions usually need more dye than normal hair and two boxes of dye is usually enough to dye one full head of hair extensions, although one should be enough for a wrap around ponytail. You must completely saturate the extensions in dye to prevent an uneven result. 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 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%). You are able to dye hair extensions more than once however the more you dye, the worse the condition of the hair extensions will be. Always follow the dye manufacturers instructions and our guidelines closely when you are dyeing your extensions. Also wear protective gloves and thoroughly rinse the dye from the hair. Finally follow our cleansing guidelines on how to wash your wrap around ponytail.
Styling Your Hair Extensions
Heat tools can be used on clip in hair extensions. However, just like normal hair, the less heat you use on them, the longer your extensions will keep. Make sure you use a good quality heat protection product on your ponytail before using a heat tool. Also hair extensions tend to style faster than our own hair, meaning extensions do not need as much heat time than normal hair. Try to avoid using sticky or greasy products on your extensions and opt for lighter, silkier products instead.
Keep the hair extensions together with a bobble or a hair net and place in a box.