Hair extensions are designed to add volume, length and colour to your own hair. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for extensions. The fact is, there are many different types of extensions out there. All of these methods will have pro’s & cons to them. It has been my experience as a client wearing extensions and an extension artist providing a specialty service to make you understand that they are a commitment and they must be cared for.
I’m not saying it’s rocket science, but simply that they need attention.
So if you are willing to take care of your hair, and expect some pro’s and cons to having extensions you may be a candidate.
There are some Do's and Don'ts that are mandatory you follow to ensure the best care for your own hair and your extensions. If you do not follow these instructions you will subject your own hair and your hair extensions to damage.
Caring for Your Extensions
Fusion or Link Extensions
- You should use a leave-in conditioner after each wash- You should not wash your hair everyday as it takes out the moisture needed to keep the hair soft and shiny
- You must separate your extensions each day
- You must tie your hair back in a braid or ponytail when sleeping to avoid matting
- You can blow-dry, use styling products, hot rollers, curling irons on your extensions with care
- Always dry the roots of your hair after washing
- Do not sleep with wet hair, as it will mat together
- Do not touch the extension seals with a hot iron
- Avoid all products containing high contents of alcohol as it dries the hair
- When washing hair do not submerse in water, let water run freely down the hair in the shower
- When swimming braid hair securely and wash with a clarifying shampoo and conditioner (saltwater or chlorine exposure)
- Do not use 2 in 1 products on your hair
- If you use tanning facilities, limit use to once a week in a standup bed only and cover hair with a towel
- Do not attempt to remove your extensions
- Do not attempt to colour, perm relax or chemically treat your hair in any way
- Do not swim in salt water or chlorine without proper products to help protect your hair
- If your hair requires a chemical service before application of Great Lengths, you must have it done 1 week prior to your installation to allow proper installment procedure
- You may experience a sore scalp for a few days after your new set of extensions or your maintenance fills
- You must maintain your extensions with maintenance fill every 6-8 weeks
- Do not blow dry the hair from below/under the nape of the neck going upwards as it will cause the hair to tangle
- It is very important to ensure your hair and extensions are completely dry before using a curling/flat iron
- It is a good idea to lightly apply a blow drying lotion which will help to keep a curl and avoid any damage to the hair
- Doing back-combing and/or over use of heating styling tools will cause damage to both the extension and your own hair
- Creating a braid on dry hair before going bed helps to avoid getting any tangles and damage to the hair
Washing Your Extensions
Step 1 - Before taking a bath or shower, brush your hair and extensions carefully to untangle completely.
Step 2 - When washing your hair in the shower, with the water running down the hair cuticle, use a gentle massaging action at the scalp, being careful not to tangle the extensions. Comb through the hair with a wide tooth comb from the root to the ends.
Step 3 - Apply conditioning treatment starting 4 inches from the root to the ends and comb through gently. It helps to leave on the conditioner for a few minutes before rinsing. *Do not force the comb through the wet hair or the hair will tear!
Step 4 - Gently towel dry the hair and apply a leave in conditioner to the extensions. Comb through gently.
Step 5 - Apply a shine serum or silicone base serum on the hair extensions to blow dry with ease. Gently dry the hair facing the blow dryer down the hair shaft, matching the direction of the hair growth from root to ends, being careful not to tangle the hair. When the hair is 60% dry, you can use a soft brush to smooth out the hair.