Hair Care Tips
Most women don’t know how to take care of their extensions while others are too impatient to do so. Ladies using their human hair extensions for more than three years is not unheard of. Hair extensions are to be taken care of just as you would your own natural hair. Here are a few helpful tips to have your mane in top shape.
Before washing, fold the hair neatly from the weft and use a rubber band to bond it. Brush the hair out starting from the bottom and working your way up using a paddle brush. Wash hair in lukewarm or tepid water; make sure its hanging loose. Please avoid cheap shampoos and conditioners, use quality, professional brands. Be sure to use a shampoo with a PH balance of 7 or lower. The term PH originates from the French term, ‘pouvoir hydrogen’ or Hydrogen power and simply refers to the amount of hydrogen ions present in a substance.
Distribute shampoo and conditioner evenly throughout the hair. Start with the weft, pat the weft in shampoo and water to wash out the dirt caused by sweat. This is the dirtiest part of the hair so depending on how dirty the water gets after washing the weft, you can change the water and start over. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the hair together, simply slide your hand over the hair repeatedly until it is clean. Rinse shampoo out thoroughly and apply conditioner through the hair. Some people leave the conditioner in it for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Never use products that contain sulfur.
Pat excess water from hair and allow to air dry. Avoid pulling hair while wet. Never sleep with wet hair.
When brushing use a soft bristle brush or a paddle brush with wide teeth (and a wide tooth comb for wavy/curly hair). Start at the ends of your hair and gently work your way up to the roots. Brush your hair 2 or 3 times a day if possible. Generally, heated styling appliances can be used ONLY on 100% human hair extensions. Use conditioning ionic ceramic heat styling tools whenever possible. Always do a test curl first, and use the lowest temperature level that is effective. Overuse of curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers a will shorten the life of human hair extensions.
Furthermore do not apply any heavy oils on your scalp either as they will seep into the hair extension, in turn weighing it down and resulting in restricted movement and potential tangling.
To keep your hair fresh while you sleep, wrap hair up with a satin scarf or use a satin sleep cap or a satin pillow case to prevent friction.
In colder climates, you may experience some static with your hair. The best way to deal with this is to dampen your hands with water, and rub hand together so they are warm. Run the palms of your hands slightly over the strands of hair that are affected, without actually touching your hair. This process should help control the static.
It is not recommended that you swim with your virgin hair. However if you do ,the following precautions are recommended.
• Use wear a swimming cap.
• Before swimming, brush hair thoroughly.
• Braid hair into one a bundle before wearing your swimming cap to prevent matting.
• After swimming, rinse hair thoroughly under shower. Ensure that traces of chlorine are washed out completely.
• Immediately after showering undo braid, shampoo and deep condition hair.
We advise that you have a professional stylist perm, tint, color or bleach your hair. Always deep condition hair that has been colored especially if bleaching agents are applied.