Cleansing Your Hair Extensions
We recommend cleansing your hair extensions once every six weeks or when there is a considerable buildup of product in them. Follow our cleansing guide below.
Choose a good quality moisture shampoo that is specifically designed for dry hair and mix half a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of the shampoo.
Fill a stain resistant bowl or sink with warm water and the diluted shampoo. De-tangle your hair extensions by brushing out the ends, then the mid-lengths from root to ends. Place the hair extensions into the water and leave for no more than 10 minutes. Do not swish and swirl the hair extensions around as this will cause them to tangle. Also, never comb the extensions when they are wet!
Remove the extensions from the water and rinse the hair under a running tap, holding the hair extensions at the top of the weft. Again, do not swirl the extensions around! The running water should rinse away the shampoo itself.
Gently squeeze out any excess water from the extensions and lay them flat on a towel. Apply a good quality repair product, we like to use a conditioning treatment, to the extensions. Fold the towel over and leave the hair extensions in there for an hour. Then rinse the treatment out of the hair.
Apply more of the repair product or conditioning treatment to the extensions. Don’t worry if you think you have applied too much, hair extensions take longer to get greasy than normal hair does. Again, fold them in a new, clean towel and leave them to dry overnight. Storing them in an airing cupboard may help to speed the drying process up a little.
Comb through the hair extensions, 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 then straighten. It’s best to straighten out one weft at a time. Lastly, smooth over a light smoothing product for a silky, soft result.
Dyeing Your Hair Extensions
Our hair extensions can only be dyed two shades darker. As they have already been through a chemical process, they can’t be lightened or bleached because it will only affect the condition of the hair. The only hair extensions that can be dyed are the ‘Dye It Yourself’ extensions. These are a neutral shade so they will need to pre-pigmented before to dyeing. However it is easier to choose extensions that are already close to your targeted dyeing shade for an easier dyeing process. You should ALWAYS perform a strand test on your extensions first before dyeing the whole set of extensions. Once you are happy with the result, then dye the rest of the extensions. Hair extensions usually need more dye than normal hair- we find that two boxes of dye is usually enough for 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 make sure 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%). Hair extensions can be dyed more than once but just like normal hair, frequent dyeing can cause damage to the hair so we recommend not to dye them too often. When dyeing your extensions, always follow the dye manufacturers instructions and our guidelines closely. Wear protective gloves and thoroughly rinse the dye from the hair. Finally follow our cleansing guidelines to wash them thoroughly.
Styling Your Hair Extensions
Straighteners, curling tongs and crimpers can be used on hair extensions. However, less heat on them will help to prolong their condition. If you do decide to use heat tools on your extensions, make sure you use a good quality heat protection product on them before applying heat to them. Hair extensions tend to curl and straighten faster than our own hair does so they will not need to be in the heat tool for long. We also recommend not using sticky or greasy products and to stick with lighter, silkier products instead.
Keep the hair extensions together with a bobble or a hair net and place in a box.