Hair extension maintenance in Exeter

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Hair extension maintenance; the basics

Your aftercare routine will play a vital role in the longevity of your hair extensions, which is why it is so important to understand how to look after your hair extensions correctly. There’s lots of information available online regarding the correct care and maintenance of hair extensions, however with many offering conflicting or confusing advice, it can sometimes be difficult to know what routine to follow. Here we identify the key elements that form a good hair extensions aftercare routine, which should help to keep your hair extensions in perfect condition throughout the time you are wearing them.

Separate Your Hair Extension Bonds Daily

Without a doubt this is the most important part of your aftercare routine. At least once a day, preferably in the morning, you will need to separate each bond with your fingers to ensure they are sitting separately. This may sound like a long task, however in reality it only takes a matter of minutes. This will prevent the bonds from tangling at the root, and will make the hair extensions quick and easy to remove at the end of your 3-4 months of wear. This may sound like a simple or obvious piece of advice, however not separating your bonds is one of the number one causes of tangled hair extensions, therefore even if you only commit to one thing when looking after your hair extensions, let it be this one.

What Does Separating Hair Extension Bonds Mean?

So what do we mean by separating your bonds? As the bonds sit so close together, it would be very easy over a period of time for each of the bonds to become tangled in any loose/shredded hair, or with another bond, and it is your job to prevent this from happening.
To separate your bonds, you simply need to run your fingers through your hair down to your scalp where the bonds are. Then one by one you will need to locate each bond, and feel that it is positioned alone without being tangled to anything else. An easy way to visualise how you would do this would be to literally count through your bonds pulling them one by one apart as you go.
Separating Your Hair Extensions Bonds Is Very Easy

This is a very quick and easy process, but will have a huge impact on your hair extensions in the long run. One of the number one causes of matting is failure to care for the hair extension bonds correctly, and as this will only take you a minute or so a day it is very important that you commit to this as part of your own personal hair extension maintenance. When it comes to your maintenance appointments, if you have failed to look after your bonds this may result in your hair extension technician being unable to maintain your hair extensions, instead having to remove them entirely, making it even more important to look after them if you plan to keep them for a long period of time.
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Hair extension maintenance; wash Your Hair Extensions Correctly

Washing your hair extensions correctly is essential to appropriate hair extensions care. If you stick with your regular routine which you use for your natural hair you may encounter some problems, but if you are not informed of the proper way to do it, who could blame you?
Firstly, you must ensure you are always using the recommended aftercare range for your hair extensions. This will ensure that the shampoo and conditioner does not affect the hair extension bonds, causing them to slip or come loose, and does not affect the quality of the hair. 
You will need to ensure that you only wash the scalp with shampoo, and the conditioner is restricted to the mid lengths and ends only. Try to wash your hair in warm, not hot water, as temperature can have a negative effect on both your natural hair and the hair extensions, especially if you enjoy a scorching hot shower. Make sure that the water is flowing down your back in an upright position, as flipping your hair over can cause tangling issues.

Brush Your Hair Extensions Gently

Whether you have just washed your hair, or are brushing it dry in the morning, you must take great care to do this gently. Take your time to slowly brush your hair, removing any tangles patiently without pulling on the hair extensions. Always use a hair extension hair brush to ensure that you do not get this caught in the bonds which can be uncomfortable.
It’s also worth checking out the shop for our hair extension bobble which will help to avoid your hair band pulling on your extensions.

Never Sleep With Your Hair Extensions Wet

Wet hair can promote tangling and matting, therefore it is very important that you never sleep with your hair wet or damp. It is very tempting to fall into bed with semi dry hair, but your hair extensions will be very difficult to brush in the morning if you do choose to do this, putting pressure on the bonds and the cuticles of the hair. When washing your hair you must always ensure you have enough time to dry them fully before getting into bed.

Secure Your Hair Extensions Before Sleep

To make your hair easy to brush in the morning, securing your hair extensions before you sleep is essential. This will make styling your hair the following day much easier, stopping you from having to detangle your hair which can put pressure on the hair extension bonds. If you share a bed, this will also stop the hair extensions becoming trapped or pulled during the night.

Attend Regular Hair Extension Maintenance Appointments

Always keep up to date with your maintenance appointments. These are recommended every 4-6 weeks and are very important when it comes to keeping your hair extensions looking great and being in a healthy condition. We would recommend after your fitting that you schedule in with your hair extension technician regular checks every 4-6 weeks, and that you stick to your appointments.

Use Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatments On Your Hair Extensions

As well as your recommended shampoo and conditioner, you should also be applying a regular intensive treatment to your hair extensions. Hair extensions receive no natural oils from the scalp to help keep them soft and healthy, therefore it is your job to supply this moisture to your hair. The best way to achieve this is with oil based products, particularly if they are natural products. 
It is recommended that hair extensions are treated with intensive treatments at least once a week to help keep them in their best possible condition. 

Looking After Your Hair Extensions Is A Full Time Job

Looking after your hair extensions is a very important process, and by following these basic steps your hair extensions should stay in the best condition possible throughout the time you are wearing them. 
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