Care Sheet for Hair Extensions
Hair extensions can last anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks depending on the
technique, texture, lifestyle and how often it is washed.
Under no circumstances should they be left in past three months because
this may cause breakage during the removal process.
While manufacturers make every effort to reinforce hair, you may
experience some shedding. Double reinforcing by running a stitch over
using a sewing machine and careful combing will minimize this. Hand-tied
wefts are secure and shed the least but cost more.
Fusion and So-cap extensions can be
washed as often as needed but weaving techniques are to be washed once a
week to every two weeks. The perimeter and top parts of your hair can be
washed more often. The more often you wash your weaves, the sooner you
will need to get it redone.
Use a conditioning and detangling shampoo to wash your hair. We
recommend using the moisture retention shampoo by Design Essentials. It
is available in 8oz and 32 oz with a refill option. For excessive dry
extensions, first comb out hair. In a water bottle, place a mixture of
moisture retention shampoo and water then gently saturate hair and comb
through. Proceed to shampoo hair gently in a downward motion- this will
prevent bunching up of hair due to lack of moisture.
Use leave-in conditioners daily to
alleviate dryness. We recommend HCO by Design Essentials with a light
moisture based spray like Diamonds oil sheen or Reflections oil sheen or
silk essentials. For excessive dryness, use Botanical oil or Herbal
Complex 4 hair and scalp oil.
When combing out hair, use wide tooth
comb or wide tooth wet brush. Take small sections and start combing from
the ends working your way to the roots. Note that for tightly curled
hair, it may need to be finger combed only. Rough combing and exerting
too much pulling pressure on your hair extensions may cause tracks to
loosen up quickly and excessive shedding.
When going to bed, it is best to use
a silk or satin pillow cover as this will retain the moisture in the
hair and minimize frizziness. For medium to long lengths of hair, braid
your hair in two pigtails for easier comb out in the morning. Wrapping
your hair with a silk or satin scarf will minimize further frizziness.
Fusion hair extensions have keratin
bonds that are designed to soften up with time and heat. This makes
removal between two and three months easy with no damage. However,
during styling, avoid applying direct heat on the bonds or placing
curling appliances directly on them. This will cause the bonds to melt.
Enjoy your new hair style and treat it like your own! If you have any
further concerns, our staff will be more than glad to assist you.
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