Hair Extensions Care Page
With Tape-In Extensions please wait 24-48 hours before washing your hair after the installation.
Washing Tips for all extension types:
Make sure you brush your hair before washing.
Pin up hair so that you have your top layer separated from your bottom area that has the extensions. This way you won't have to deal with all that hair at once.
Make sure you rub the shampoo in your hands really well before applying.
Shampoo in a squeezing motion rather than rubbing it like normal. Shampoo using a "Z" formation. Begin at scalp. I usually put conditioner on the ends first to protect the ends from the shampoo suds so it does not dry it out.
Split hair in half like you are doing pig tails and rinse the shampoo out thoroughly. It will prevent a greasy build up and an itchy scalp if not rinsed thoroughly.
Spray in leave in conditioner throughout before detangling.
Avoid volumizing shampoos and conditioners on the extensions.
Avoid protein on your extension hair. it needs moisture.Shampoo hair with sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo
Recommended shampoo - Kevin Murphy Repair.Me shampoo and condition once a week or Davines Oi Shampoo.
Condition mid shaft to ends.
Recommended conditioner - Kevin Murphy Repair.Me or Young.Again or Davines Oi Conditioner
Recommended leave- in conditioner - Kevin Murphy Un.Tangled. This product is a detangled, heat protectant, and leave in moisturizer.
Recommended oils for keeping the hair silky and supple - Kevin Murphy Young.Again oil or Davines Oi Oil on both wet and dry hair. Use at least 10-15 pumps for best results.
Brushing Your Extensions:
Use a Wet Brush or a boar bristle brush 2-3 times daily to remove any knots or tangles.
Gather the hair up into sections and hold your hand close to the scalp, so you aren't tugging at the attachment. Begin brushing from the ends, carefully working your way toward the scalp. Always brush in a downward motion across the top of the weft.
Brushing your hair before it gets wet will keep the hair from tangling while washing.
Recommended brush - The Wet Brush or soft boar bristle brush,
Styling and Blowdrying
Pre Drying before Blow Drying
Towel dry as much as possible before blow drying. I recommend Aquis micofiber towels.
Air dry as much as possible.
Definitely use leave-in conditioner, heat protectors, and treatment oils from mid-shafts to ends.
The more heat tools you use heat on your hair, the shorter the life-span of the hair extensions.
Blow Dry & Curling Tips:
Air dry as much as possible
Blow dry the connection at the top of the extensions first. Use low heat especially near the bonds
Dry in a downward motion to keep the cuticle smooth
Avoid using hairspray. Hairspray is mostly made of alcohol which will dry out your extensions and limit the life of your extension hair.
Ceramic tools are the best for your hair and the extension hair on a medium or low heat.
Dry Shampoo is your new best friend
Recommended- Kevin Murphy UnTangled leave-in conditioner.
Recommended- Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair. Fewer wet shampoos are better for the hair.
Brush hair gently and loosely braid before sleeping.
Do not go to bed with wet hair as it can cause tangling close to the scalp.
Silk pillowcases are perfect in that they don't dry out your extensions and they allow the extensions to glide across rather than hit a snag.
Some quick Dont's
~Do NOT leave your hair in a towel on top of your head.
~Do NOT go to bed with wet hair (tip: use satin or Silk pillow case to avoid tangles).
~Do NOT use any products containing alcohol, oil or ethanol. Alcohol based products are drying to the tape-in or sew-in weft hair and can compromise the strength of the adhesive bond.
~Do NOT brush the hair harshly.
~Do Not wait too long to move up tape-in or sew-in wefts. Waiting too long can cause damage and matting.
~Do Not get conditioner on Tape-in adhesive tabs at your root.
~Do Not use purple toned shampoos and conditioners. It will make them either lavender or a strange color on the extensions.
~~~~~Do Not get sunscreen near your hair it will turn blonde and medium brown extensions pink (try SunBum or Zinc Oxide, it won't stain the hair.) This will go for suntanning lotions and sprays, some makeup and organ oils. Same with pools in Mexico. If you do go on holiday put fresh water on your hair first, then spray in a leave in conditioner, put it in a braid. If it gets wet, rinse out the chlorine and condition. Do not allow your hair flow around you like a mermaid. It will create tangling like you won't believe.