Hair Extension Maintenance
After getting your extensions you may notice your head itches or aches. This usually goes away within 4 days to a week. If it does not go away within 5 days, feel free to come back in so we can loosen them a bit. (Individual Keratins & Tape-ins excluded) If you have a more sensitive head, it’s recommended to sleep on your side.
Your hair may also feel very heavy the first few nights. This is because you’re not used to having so much extra hair on your head. It should go away within 2-4 days as you get used to your extensions.
If you plan on keeping your extensions long term, make sure you get them tightened every 4-6 weeks. The sooner you come in to get them tightened, the better. Waiting long periods of time in between tightening can cause tangling, matting, and stress to your natural hair. Even if they feel fine, book an appointment so we can make sure there is no tangling or other problems that you may not be able to see on your own. I offer a 10% off tightening discount for pre-booking your tightening appointment during your installation appointment! Tightening prices vary and can be seen under the prices menu. To learn more about tightening, click here.
Using The Right Hair Products
I strongly advise you to read the section about Choosing The Right Shampoo and Products I Recommend. Remembering the information on those pages could mean the difference between your extensions lasting one month or 6 months. Because extension hair is no longer attached to a head, it does not receive the nutrients or natural oils that your real hair does. Therefore your extensions won't feel exactly like your nutrient abundant hair. Extensions have the tendency to feel dry as time goes on. It's very important to make sure that you moisturize with the right product to make up for this. With any extensions, non-professional products are not recommended. I only really recommend using the Milbon products or other products I have at the salon; because from experience they're the best brands my clients have used for their extensions. Heat protecting gloss, leave in conditioners, split end sealers, and serum will make the maintenance so much easier and the lifespan longer. Always check ingredients. Never use products with sodium chloride or sulfate. Those ingredients dry out the hair immensely. Store bought brands (including Sally's) are often packed with chemicals and will most often damage the hair instead of making it better.
Applying Hair Product To The Extensions
Avoid applying an oily based product (IE: conditioner, serums, gloss) close to the scalp where the extensions are applied. This can cause the extensions to slip much easier. Avoid getting sticky products like hairspray or palmaide too close to the scalp due to the risk of product buildup. Apply product from the mid section of the hair down to the ends, focusing mostly on the ends. Since the ends are so far away from your scalp, they're getting the absolute least moisture that your body is providing for your hair. They need the most love.
Using The Right Hot Tools
Metal flat irons and curling irons are very harsh on extensions. I recommend getting Ceramic or Titanium hot tools. My favorite is the Hai Classic Convertible flat iron which can straighten hair and curl the hair, which is available at the salon.
Correct Brushing Technique
Expect tangling. Remember you're used to your short hair, and soon within a few hours you've acquired a full head of hair. Using a wet brush, brush your hair gently holding it all to one side, starting from the bottom, and working your way up. if you hear tearing or ripping, brush the bottom again and make sure it is tangle free before moving up. With weft type extensions, many people forget to brush near where the extensions are applied. This will slowly cause matting to develop. Be sure to section out each weft and untangle as close to the scalp as you can making sure to be extremely gentle but remove tangles.
Brush your hair before showering. Avoid bunching up your hair when shampooing as well as vigorous scrubbing. Bunching it up at the top of your head will cause a lot of tangling that will be very difficult to brush out. Shampoo in a downward straight motion the same way your hair grows. Condition in the same downward motion but avoid getting conditioner too close to the roots where the extensions are applied. Conditioner is very slippery and getting it too close to where the extensions are applied can cause them to slip. I recommend blow drying (on low heat) where the extensions are applied in order to ensure no slippage. If you can, try to air dry the rest of the extensions, the least amount of heat the extensions endure, the longer they'll last. Due to the Individual Keratin Shrink Links being attached with a glue like tube, direct heat from the blow dryer is not recommended. Too much heat in one area will cause the Shrink Link to melt. To avoid this, make sure you constantly move the blow dryer. While they're air drying, remember to put a good leave in conditioner and serum that we recommend on the hair extensions.
Sleeping and Swimming
It is not recommended to swim in the extensions. However I've included instructions just in case you want to risk it. Before going to sleep or swimming braid your hair in a single braid. This will help keep the hair in place and avoid extra tangling. If you can't do a braid, a bun will work also. If you can, try to avoid swimming. Salt and Chlorine are much harder on extension hair due to extensions being naturally on the dry side. If you can't avoid swimming, try to keep your hair in a braided bun out of the water. If you foresee your hair getting wet, having a hair bag on hand with your wet brush, mist, serum, and leave in conditioner will be a life saver. As soon as you're done swimming (including lake water and ocean water), brush your hair immediately and apply all of your moisturizing products.