The right aftercare of your hair extensions is very important. You will receive a free aftercare kit at your fitting and along with these products, the following information is also provided as a printed sheet for you to keep and refer to as required.
The first thing that you may notice is that immediately after the installation of the extensions (and for the next day or two) your scalp may feel tender or itchy. This is completely normal and will go away within a couple of days – it is just your scalp’s way of handling the extra hair that has been added.
After you have had extensions put in, please do not wash your hair for at least 2-3 days.
When going to bed, tie your hair back in a loose ponytail or plait using a soft scrunchy as this will prevent tangling.
Never pull at the rings or any looped hair that is connected to the extensions.
If you decide not to have a maintenance appointment, please do not leave the micro rings in for longer than 3 months. In the 3 months of wearing the extensions your hair will have grown by approximately 1.5 inches and the roots of your hair often start to tangle together if you have not separated the bonds correctly. For this reason, it is not healthy for the hair extensions to be left in any longer.
Its perfectly fine to have them all removed and refitted as the hair will be reusable for 6 months+ if recommended aftercare is followed
Brushing your Extensions
Remember your extensions are attached to your own natural hair and so pulling too hard or mistreating your extensions can result in your own hair being pulled out.
The only brush you should use near to your extension bonds is an extension brush, which has soft bristles and a cushioned bristle base (or looped pins) meaning the brush gently glides over the rings.
When brushing the extensions always hold the rings, making sure no additional stress is put on the hair.
Washing your Extensions
Your extension hair should only be washed between 2-3 times per week as don’t forget it is human hair and over washing can cause the hair to dry.
Before washing the hair, it is recommended that you de-tangle your extension hair with a wide tooth comb and separate the bonds.
It is essential you only use shampoo and conditioner that is designed for hair extension use.
When washing your hair, do not tip your head over the bath or sink and do not wash it in the bath as this could cause tangling. Always wash your hair with your head upright – in the shower is ideal.
Smooth the shampoo down the extension hair – do not rub vigorously!
Only condition from the mid-length to the end of the hair. Do not apply any conditioner to the bonds as this will cause slippage. You can pick the top section of your own hair with no extensions applied and treat as normal to this section only.
Pat hair gently when washed – do not rub.
Drying your Extensions
Before de-tangling we advise you to use a leave in conditioning spray. Follow by de-tangling your hair gently with a wide toothcomb, making sure you avoid the rings.
Be very careful when brushing the hair when wet, make sure you support the extension hair by holding the rings.
For a sleek finish, section your hair off and blow dry using a round brush with soft bristles.
Finish by using a good quality straightening iron.
Heated rollers, straightening irons, crimpers and tongs can all be used on the extension hair, although it is advisable to use a heat protection spray to protect both your hair and the extension hair.
Colouring / Perming your Extensions
You need to remember that extension hair has already been treated and coloured so the process of colouring again can cause the hair to weaken and become dry. If you are going to get your extensions coloured, it is recommend that you always have a strand test done before colouring the hair. Any colouring of the extensions is done so at your own risk.
Perming is very damaging to hair and our advice is not to perm your extensions. Any perming of the extensions are done so at your own risk.
You may get your roots touched up without any problems, once again avoid the bonds and extension hair – this is usually carried out by just colouring the t-section.
If you use a sun bed it is advisable to wrap the hair in a towel first. Sun beds can dry out the hair.
If you work our regularly or enjoy regular use of a sauna or steam room, make sure your hair is dried as soon as possible after your session – leaving the rings in a constant damp environment could encourage bacteria to breed.
We do not advise getting hair extensions if you are pregnant or for six months after having a baby. If you decide against this, it is done at your own risk.
You may swim as usual but remember that prolonged water exposure may weaken the extensions.
Wash your hair as quickly as possible after swimming. For best results do not let your hair extensions get in the water as chlorine will damage the extension hair so a swimming hat is advised.
You may wear your extensions abroad but be aware that a combination of the sun, chlorine in the swimming pool and salt in the seawater may make them a lot dryer then normal. Try to wear a hat when the sun is beaming – this will protect your hair from sun damage.