Fortunately, there are easy, foolproof remedies for common hair extension issues like tangling and matting. I highly encourage all customers to follow these post-installation tips to ensure the highest quality outcome from your new hair. Repeat the below steps every other day.
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WASHING After your extensions have been installed, you'll want to wait at least 48 hours to wash your hair. After 48 hours, you'll want to wash your hair no more than twice a week to retain moisture and increase your hold time. You'll also want to wash your hair immediately after exposure to salt or chlorine. The best option is to wear a swim cap to avoid exposure to these things while swimming. When washing, try to avoid your wefts. Gently work the shampoo into your scalp while avoiding the tape, then work the shampoo from the middle of your hair to the ends. When conditioning, skip the scalp and condition only below your tape.
DRYING Avoid using heat to dry your extensions. Because the hair in your extensions is no longer living, it cannot rejuvenate itself after heat exposure like your hair does. Because of this, using heat to dry your extensions will remove excess moisture and cause the hair to become dry and brittle much faster. Do not wrap hair in a towel and do not flip your hair upside down. Avoid squeezing or pulling your hair. Use a towel to gently pat your hair from the bottom up. Work with your fingers to gently reduce tangles, then let your hair air dry.
Brushing Make sure your hair is completely dry before brushing your extensions. Your hair is weakest when wet. That means pulling a brush or comb through it does the most damage when it's wet. I suggest using a wide toothed comb instead of a brush. Hold your hair just under the tape to ensure you're not pulling on the tape itself. Then, start brushing at the bottom and work your way up.
Protecting Remember, your extensions can't rejuvenate themselves like your hair so you'll need to protect them. When swimming, wear a cap. When exercising, wear a high ponytail to protect the hair from sweat and oils. When sleeping, wear a low, loose braid or ponytail to prevent excess movement and friction. When your extensions are not installed, store them correctly by gently washing, air drying, and detangling them. Then, store them flat in an air-tight container in which they're not bent or crumpled.
Maintaining No extensions can stay in forever. As your hair grows, the extension stays in the same place on the hair strands and moves further from your scalp. By the time your extensions have been in for six weeks, the tape starts to break down, making it harder to remove. If you're thinking leaving your extensions in longer will save you money or time at the salon you're wrong. It will most likely end up being much more expensive because of the extra time and product it will take to remove the extensions. Visit your stylist every six weeks to get your extensions moved up or removed.