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During your consultation, the stylist should tell you exactly what you need to do every day to keep your hair extensions in good shape.

Taking care of your human or synthetic fiber hair extensions will have a direct affect on the condition of your hair and how long the extensions will last. We have put together a list of hair care tips for both human and synthetic fiber hair extensions.

Most of the items in the list should apply to all types of extensions. There will be some tips mentioned that may not apply to your particular situation. Always contact your stylist for any questions about your hair extensions.

Hair care for human hair extensions

  • Do not sleep on wet hair. Hair should be dried thoroughly. Tie hair up in a pony tail or braid it when sleeping. Always dry hair, do not leave it wet. (It is mentioned that this will extend the life of some extensions)
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to chlorine. Wear a swim cap if possible. Wash and condition your hair immediately after going swimming. Do not allow chemicals to remain in your hair for any length of time. Some stylists recommend using a diffuser attachment to your hair dryer to avoid direct heat at the point of attachment.
  • Do not shampoo hair for at least 48 hours after getting hair extensions- Confirm this with your stylist.
  • Hair should be shampooed and conditioned regularly. The extensions do not receive natural scalp oils and need to be conditioned every wash.
  • Do not apply conditioner to the roots or directly on the area of attachment. Conditioner can loosen the bond and cause the extensions to fall out.
  • Be very gentle with shampooing. There are recommendations from several extension companies to squeeze the shampoo thru the hair, instead of rubbing.
  • Rinse hair thoroughly— especially important for braided/sewn in hair extensions. If shampoo is left in the hair, it will cause buildup.
  • Do not rub hair with towel after shampooing. Gently detangle the hair using a wide tooth comb.
  • Detangle before shampooing.
  • Avoid using any hot appliances, blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons directly at the point of attachment
  • Avoid 2-in1 hair products. Some hair products contain ingredients that will
    break down the bonds in fusion hair extensions. Confirm with your stylist
    that all of the hair products you use are okay.
  • Avoid products with wax, alcohol and silicone or sulfur. Avoid cheap
    shampoos and conditioners.
  • Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the hair
  • Use a spray-on conditioner between shampoos. Gradually wet the hair with
    mixture of conditioner and water before washing.
  • Avoid coloring, tinting, perming or any other chemical processes as it will
    weaken the hair
  • Make sure you keep your scalp clean
  • Use shampoo and conditioner for dry hair, color treated hair
  • Use an anti-tap rinse after washing the hair (only for certain methods)
  • Use a special brush— some recommend soft bristle brushes, or soft paddle
  • With your fingers, separate the extensions each day If you tan— cover hair
    with a towel and limit use to once a week
  • Make a practice of rinsing and conditioning after exercising. Salt from
    exercising, if allowed to build up, will strip the hair.

Hair care for synthetic fiber hair extensions
In addition to the care instructions for human hair extensions, there are
several tips for taking care of synthetic fiber hair extensions. These hair care
tips may not apply to some synthetic fiber hair. Always consult
with your stylist for more specific instructions.

  • Style only when hair is completely dry
  • Low quality synthetic fiber hair-do not blow dry or apply heat.
  • Shampoo in cool to lukewarm water
  • Swimming and sun do not affect synthetic fiber hair-no special precautions
  • Higher quality synthetic fiber hair--can use blow dryers, hot rollers to style
    the hair

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