Care Tips for your Hair Extensions
Now that you’ve purchased your extensions, care must be taken to achieve optimum use.
Having bought high quality hair extensions, you want to make certain that they will look and stay as healthy looking as possible, for as long as possible.
If you yourself, purchased the hair extensions, always shampoo and condition the hair before installation. If there are any issues to be found with the hair, 90 to 95 percent of the time, you will find it at this point.
If you are having your extensions professionally done, we do assume shampooing and conditioning the hair extensions is taken care of by your Extension Specialist before he or she starts the installation.
The first thing you should do is to discuss and follow all of the advice your extension specialist shares with you. They are experienced with the hair and know what products will and will not work for your hair extensions. It is advised to purchase their product recommendations, and if you have any questions or concerns, call your stylist or salon immediately.
The following is general care information suggested by us at World Hair System’s, to maintain and keep your hair extensions “happy and healthy”!
If you have any questions we are only a phone call or text away: 312.213.4900
Every Day Suggestions
The Hair Extensions should be gently untangled using a loop brush or a medium hard bristle brush – use only what is recommended to you.
Brush your hair in the morning, when needed during the day, and very importantly before going to bed. Always brush your hair in sections. Start Brushing from the ends of the hair and work yourself up to the scalp area.
If your natural hair has been shedding and you see that your hair from the scalp to the attachment of the hair extensions starts tangling, section your hair horizontally one row at a time right above the attachment starting from the row closest to the nape. Use a sturdy bristle brush over the attachments to untangle. If done correctly, this should not cause any breakage of your hair providing you take your time and work gently.
When going to bed, long hair extensions should be braided into one or two big loose braids. The purpose is to prevent tangling, damage to the attachment, and also to avoid traction of your own hair where the extensions are attached.
It’s recommended to shampoo your hair in the morning or during the day. If you need to shampoo in the evening, make absolutely certain that your hair is fully dry throughout the extensions before going to sleep. Particularly, check to see that the hair is dry around the attachments.
A tip that is very healthy for both the hair extensions and your own real hair is to use a pillowcase made of silk or satin; it’s not rough and does not take moisture away from your hair as other common materials such as cotton. Also, it is pleasant and very healthy for your skin!
We do offer Satin Pillow cases – you can find these under “Tools & Supplies”.
How Often Should I Shampoo and Condition my hair?
Hair should be cleaned using shampoo and conditioner on a regularly basis two to three times a week.
Natural oils that are part of your body’s own chemistry, styling products such as common over the counter shampoos and conditioners, and even expensive high end products can build up and dry out your hair. These are meant for the instant gratification of creating shiny, bouncy hair or whatever is advertised, but will often contain harsh agents and other content that will tangle and mat your hair extensions and strip your natural hair of all the good healthy natural minerals and oils.
Always follow your salon and extension specialists advise of what products to use, or check what we offer here on our site under the heading “Care Products”. We have experimented with all the tedious long term testing of these products, and know that they will work greatly with your hair extensions and also be healthy products for the rest of your family.
Can I use Dry Shampoo?
We have received many questions about dry shampoo – think about what ‘Dry Shampoo’ is suppose to do – yes, absorb the oil on your scalp and hair! The natural oil on your hair extensions will unfortunately also be absorbed and this can cause the Hair extensions to dry out, which again can cause frizz and breakage. Though it is an efficient way to make your hair look fresh, unfortunately we can not recommend the use of dry Shampoo.
It’s actually confusing that it is named Shampoo since it’s not cleaning your hair, but instead it absorbs or you could say ‘capsules’ in the oils on your hair and scalp. The Powder will stay on your scalp and in your hair until you shampoo it using a wet Shampoo.
Another matter with Dry Shampoo is that since it does stay in your hair and on your scalp, it can cause build up which works against the healthy & natural growth of your hair. There are actual reports that raises questions about if Dry Shampoo potentially can cause direct damage to your own natural growing hair.
For all these reasons our recommendations would be instead of using Dry Shampoo, increase the number of times that you regularly shampoo your hair. Shampooing your hair and your scalp using a wet Shampoo is what removes debris, dead skin cells, body oil, and dirt, such as dust and pollutants from the surrounding environment. We are aware that shampooing & Conditioning, drying and styling can be a bit of a challenge since this takes time – a time saving suggestion is to only shampoo your own hair on the top from extensions and up. Using a removable shower head or wet and Shampoo under a faucet. Make a Ponytail or braid the extensions hair meanwhile.
Is it okay to clean my hair extensions using Well water or water from Softening Systems?
Well water and water from water softening systems might change the color of the hair, but will also cause your hair extensions to mat and tangle and are not recommended.
In order to protect your investment of the hair extensions, use bottled purified or distilled water when shampooing & conditioning your hair.
How do I Shampoo and Condition my hair extensions?
Brush your hair thoroughly before shampooing and conditioning using a bristle brush, a loop brush, or a soft rounded wide tooth comb.
First, wet the hair with water. Apply shampoo by emulsifying the shampoo in your hands, dab and gently distribute throughout the hair. Do not rub where the hair extensions are attached – be gentle.
When rinsing out the shampoo, let the water run through your hair from a top down position. Lift you hair up a little where the attachments are to help the shampoo rinse out. Take your time!
Once the Shampoo is rinsed out thoroughly, use conditioner from about 2”/5cm down from the attachment going through to the ends of the extensions. Use a wide tooth comb with soft rounded teeth. Comb your hair to distribute the conditioner through your hair.
To rinse out the conditioner the water should run through the hair again without any rubbing.
Avoid applying conditioner to the areas where the hair extensions are attached, as this may loosen the attachment and could make them slide. Conditioner applied onto the tip or weft of the extensions might cause them to soften and could make the hair start shedding.
Are there any specific Towels that you recommend?
We highly recommend using Microfiber towels. Microfiber towels are friction free and will not be harsh on your hair as other towels. They will actually make your hair smoother. These towels are great to use for the rest of your body too. You can find the Micro Fiber Towels under ‘Tools & Supplies’.
When towel drying, gently squeeze out excess water and blot with the Microfiber towel. If needed you can wrap the towel around your head, but do not rub or turn your head upside down to roll your hair in the towel – these are big “no no”s.
How do I blow-dry & Style my Hair Extensions?
Excessive use of styling products and high heat should be avoided; these are elements that will shorten the lifespan of your hair extensions, and are not good for your own natural hair either. Heat can soften the attachment and make your extensions slide, and can also damage the weft, tips, or PU on your skin wefts. Always use heat tools on a medium-low to low setting.
When drying your hair with a blow dryer, setting should be on medium to low heat, avoid any damage by being careful and stay away from the attachments of your hair extensions. First, comb your hair thoroughly with a loop or bristle brush, always starting from below. Lift hair carefully and blow dry from a top-down direction.
How do I dry my Wavy or Curly Hair Extensions?
When blow drying wavy or curly hair, you can use a diffuser. While your hair is wet, finger through your hair or comb it thoroughly with a loop or bristle brush. Then squeeze your hair using a Microfiber towel to create the curls – using a Microfiber towel will also make your curls smooth. You can find the Micro Fiber Towels under ‘Tools & Supplies’.
Use the diffuser – the setting should be on medium to low heat – to pick up the hair starting from the ends, keeping the hair inside the diffuser. You can move the diffuser upwards picking up more of your hair as long as you hold it in a diagonal direction. If you need curls further up then angle the diffuser direction toward your head, still avoiding heat onto the attachments of your hair extensions.
Can I use a flat or curling Iron on my hair extensions?
Yes, you can, but invest in irons of better quality this will extend the lifespan of your hair.
We will repeat that excessive use of heat should be avoided; these are elements that will shorten the lifespan of your hair extensions and are also not good for your natural hair. Heat can also soften the attachment and make your extensions slide, and can damage the weft, tips, or PU on the skin weft. Always use heat tools, such as flat and curling irons on a medium-low to low setting and stay about 2”/5cm below from where your extensions are attached. Use a heat protector, but read the ingredients carefully.
What cleansing and styling products can I use?
Always follow your salon and extension specialists’ recommendations of what products to use, or you can see what we offer here on our site under “Care Products”. We have done all the tedious long term testing of these products and know that they will work for your extensions and are also greatly recommended for the entire family.
What products should I avoid?
Avoid products containing:
- Moroccan Oil
- Sulfates and Parabens
Avoid using products bought over the counter or available to you from places such as:
- Dry Shampoo – any type or brand!
Basically, refrain from using products that are not recommended by your salon & stylists or here on our site under ‘Care Products’ where you will find only well tested products.
Weather, Spa, Sauna, and Hair Extensions – what should I look out for?
Yes. Summer, beach, sand, and swimming pools may turn on our big happy smiles! Consequently, our hair extensions may not be happy if not properly protected!
Sun can dry out your hair and hair extensions, ocean water and chlorine from swimming pools can make your hair tangled and matted. They can also strip the hair color from your extensions or change them to colors you barely knew existed! Sand can find its way into the attachments of your hair extensions and start loosening them. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that you can do.
If you swim regularly, we highly recommend wearing a swim cap to protect your hair. Before swimming always wet the hair with clean water and add Conditioner to the extension hair 2”/5cm down from the attachment to the ends of hair, then braid it and put on the swim cap.
If you forgot to bring a swim cap, at a minimum wet your hair, apply the conditioner, and braid it or clip it up. Try to keep your hair above water.
Wetting your hair with clean water and applying conditioner will provide some protection by creating a barrier against the harsh chemicals or ocean water. Also, it will keep your hair from soaking up the sunscreen or other Lotion from your face and body.
Shampoo and condition your hair as soon as possibly after you finish swimming.
Sun & Beach
Use a hat, bandana, or be creative, covering up your hair when your out in the sun. This will prevent the sun from drying out your hair and fading the color, and also the sand from penetrating into the attachments of your extensions.
Spa & Sauna
When joining the spa or sauna, the hair will be better protected when brushed out completely, then braided and wrapped in a cold damp Microfiber towel.
Winter frost & Indoor Heat
As you have undoubtedly experienced, winter frost and indoor heat dries out our skin. It also drys out your hair and can make it very staticy.
So what to do? During these seasons always exchange the regular conditioner with a deep conditioner.
If your hair still seems to need more moisture try the following treatments. Start an hour or two before Shampooing & Conditioning your hair:
A) Make a treatment out of your deep conditioner by applying it to dry hair 2”/5cm from the attachment and through to the ends of the hair – unless there is a lot of hair styling products on your hair, you do not have to shampoo prior to this treatment.
Wrap your hair in saran-wrap and then a Microfiber towel to avoid dripping. If possible, apply medium to low heat under a dryer for about 5 minutes or use a blow dryer to heat it up a bit – again on a medium to low heat setting. This can be repeated as needed. The heat will cause the treatment to penetrate the hair more efficiently. Proceed with shampoo and condition as usual.
B) Make your own hair treatment by evenly mixing your deep conditioner with Organic coconut oil (always read the ingredients first to make sure that it is pure coconut oil). Purchase the Organic coconut oil then you are on the safer side. Apply the coconut oil that you have mixed with the deep conditioner to dry hair 2”/5cm from the attachment and through to the ends of the hair – unless there is a lot of hair styling products on your hair, you do not have to shampoo prior to this treatment. Wrap your hair in saran-wrap and then a Microfiber towel to avoid dripping. If possible apply medium to low heat under a dryer for about 5 minutes, or use a blow dryer to heat it up a bit. This can be repeated. The heat will cause the treatment to penetrate the hair more efficiently. Proceed with shampoo and condition as usual.
This can be utilized anytime that you feel that your hair may need some extra love and moisture.
Follow the advise that we have suggested here you will without any doubt extend the longevity of your Hair Extensions. This will also keep your natural hair in a much more healthy condition.