It is very important to give proper care to your hair extensions to ensure longevity.
The first thing that happens to extensions is that they get dry!
Because extensions are not attached to your scalp and they do not receive any natural oils from your scalp that our own hair does, therefore, over time with washing, hot tool use and natural wear and tear, extensions dry out.
What can you do to prevent Hair Extensions from drying out?
It's simple, practice these easy Hair Extension home care instructions below!
When brushing your Hair Extensions, use the Hair Extension Queen Brush.
Brush gently in a downward motion beginning at the ends of the hair, then work your way up finishing at the roots.
Brush 2-3 times a day.
Always brush the extensions gently before washing to detangle.
Use Hair Extension Queen's recommended shampoo & conditioner. This is formulated for extensions and will add moisture to the extensions, keeping them looking better for longer.
Gently lather shampoo until hair is clean then rinse thoroughly under warm water.
Apply conditioner, leave for 3-5 minutes and then rinse.
IMPORTANT: When applying conditioner, cover your extensions only away from roots. Always tilt head back when washing. Do not put head upside down in a sink as this will rough the cuticles the opposite way.
Squeeze out excess water and gently pat dry with a towel. DO NOT RUB.
After you have taken most of the moisture out, apply Hair Extension Queen recommended styling products before blow-drying your hair on a low setting.
For best results, use an ionic hairdryer.
Do not use products other than what's recommended.
Swimming is NOT RECOMMENDED.
If you choose to go against this recommendation, to reduce damage:
Wet hair down with fresh water and seal with any of the recommended products below to keep absorption of sea or pool water to a minimum. Alternatively, wear a cap when swimming or keep your hair extensions out of the water.
Chlorine and salt water will dry out your hair extensions, so wash your hair as soon as possible after swimming.
It is very important that you carry your recommended protecting products, either your Microtexx no 3 or your OLAPLEX 6 with you and apply to your hair before swimming to protect your hair from chlorine or sea water. This will keep your hair moisturised and glossy, and will prevent any tangles until you get home and give it a proper wash.
When doing any kind of sports activities, wear your hair up in a ponytail or braid.
Never wear high ponytails
Hair grows "down". Your extensions are put in "down". High ponytails pull on the attachment and cause little breaks all through the natural hair.
Plait or braid hair before bed
Always plait or braid hair before bed. Never go to bed with a wet head. This will ruin the extensions.
You can also minimise damage while sleeping by using a silk pillowcase.
DO NOT perm, cut or colour
DO NOT perm, cut, colour or do any other chemical process to your own hair extensions, this should be done by a professional.
Straighten or curl your extensions
Just like your natural hair, your extensions must be protected, especially prior to the use of any kind of hot tools, such a curlers, straighteners or any kind of irons. Use a heat protector at all times.
Unattended matting & tangling
Left uncorrected, excessive matting and tangling that is then removed forcefully will tear and damage the hair extensions.
NEVER ATTEMPT TO REMOVE HAIR EXTENSIONS YOURSELF!
Attempting to remove Hair Extensions yourself could cause serious damage to your natural hair!
From the time you have your hair extensions applied, to the time you have them removed or reapplied, it is normal for a few strands to come loose or come away.
You may not lose any at all. These instructions are a guide and greatly depends on many factors including method used, non-correct care and your natural hair.
ENJOY YOUR NEW HAIR EXTENSIONS!