Cleansing Your Hair Extensions
You should aim to clean your hair extensions once every six weeks or when there is a considerable buildup of product in them. take care of your hair extensions by following our cleansing guide below.
Mix half a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of the shampoo. We suggest choosing 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 hair extensions by brushing out the ends, then the mid-lengths from root to ends. Gently place the hair extensions into the water and leave for no more than 10 minutes. Do not swirl the hair extensions around as this will cause them to tangle. Once they are wet, do not comb your extensions!
Remove the extensions from the water and hold the hair extensions at the top of the weft under a running tap. Again, do not swirl the extensions around! Let the running water rinse away the shampoo itself.
Squeeze out any excess water from the extensions and lay them flat on a towel. Apply a good quality repair product or a conditioning treatment to the extensions. Fold the towel over and leave the hair extensions wrapped in there for an hour before rinsing the treatment out..
Apply more of the repair product or conditioning treatment to the extensions. Hair extensions take longer to get greasy than normal hair does so don’t worry about putting too much on the extensions. Then fold them in a new towel and leave them to dry overnight. Store them in an airing cupboard if you wish to speed things up a little.
Comb 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 protection product to the extensions and then straighten out each weft at a time. 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. This is because they have already been through a chemical process and therefore lightening or bleaching the extensions will only affect the condition of the hair. The only hair extensions that can be dyed are the ‘Dye It Yourself’ extensions. As they are a neutral shade, they will need to pre-pigmented before to dyeing. To make things as easy possible, we recommend choosing extensions that are already close to your targeted dyeing shade. Before dyeing your hair extensions, you should ALWAYS perform a strand test on your 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. You must completely saturate the extensions in dye to prevent an uneven result. We recommend dyeing one strip of hair at a time to ensure that every strand of hair is dyed properly. 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%). You are able to dye hair extensions can be dyed more than once but the less often you dye them, the better their condition will be. Always follow the dye manufacturers instructions and our guidelines closely when you are dyeing your extensions. Wear protective gloves and thoroughly rinse the dye from the hair. Finally follow our cleansing guidelines on how to wash your hair extensions.
Styling Your Hair Extensions
Heat tools can be used on hair extensions. However, the less heat you use on them, the better their condition will be. If you are going to straighten, curl or crimp your hair extensions, make sure you use a good quality heat protection product on them first before styling. Also hair extensions tend to style faster than our own hair, meaning extensions do not need as much heat time than normal hair. We also recommend not using any sticky or greasy products on your extensions. Instead opt for lighter, silkier products.
Keep the hair extensions together with a bobble or a hair net and place in a box.