The main reason hair enhancement services have a bad reputation and damage hair is because of the widespread nature of this
When enhancements are properly maintained, both at home and in the salon, a healthy head will suffer no damage upon proper removal.
Because many stylist make a large profit from initial application, and because maintenance of the service is usually more time consuming and less profitable than the
initial application, many establishments do not offer maintenance. Instead they wait until a full head needs to be redone and the client will pay the entire application cost again, often every 3 to 6
months. At this point some damage has usually occurred to the natural hair.
Be aware of any establishment that does not offer you a regular maintenance schedule or tells you that the enhancement method does not require a
Hair extensions are not nails and maintenance appointments do not "fill" the extension in. Extensions need literally to be reattached at the
top of head every 4-8 weeks at the longest. After this time the following biological factors begin to take effect:
On average hair grows .5" per month. When hair is left untouched, at the 6 month mark the bond will be hanging 3" off the head. This tends to be aesthetically disappointing.
On average a person sheds approximately 100 strands of hair a day. When hair is placed in any type of bond, loose hair becomes trapped in these points and is unable to shed. Over
time this leads to unequal weight distribution on the natural hair causing breakage and damage. This also will lead to greater matting.
Over time, hair that has naturally been shed becomes entrapped int the bond point and will begin to tangle badly with the fresh growth of hair. Natural hair must be patiently picked
out of the bond, usually resulting in breakage or cutting. Maintenance must be done before this matting begins to avoid damage. Extensions may also begin to tangle with
each other, so it is required that clients practice good home care to avoid this.
With proper in-salon maintenance a client can wear hair extensions for years. Ideally extensions should be checked and problem areas rotated out or
treated every 3-4 weeks. Hair extensions and additions are never truly permanent, no matter what anyone says.
Only allow stylists who are familiar with enhancements to cut them. This can't be stated firmly enough. It is very easy to cut the bulk out of an enhancement,
leaving a client with a destroyed and stringy style. Ask for examples of a stylists work before letting them cut your new hair. A good specialist should be capable of cutting and coloring
your new hair themselves if you wish, although there may be an extra fee.
Most coloring and perming should be avoided completely unless the hair is highest quality as it causes excessive dryness.
Wait 48 hours before washing your hair, after any application, to make sure bonding agents have fully set. This includes the hours following maintenance appointments.
Never use circular motions when washing, as this will cause hair to tangle.
Use a leave-in silicone based smoothing drop in damp hair every time you wash. Use only from the ponytail section down. If your extension brand makes their own product line to work in
conjunction with their hair, use this. In these cases the product's chemist has formulated the product to not disrupt the hold of the bond.
Always use lukewarm water.
When using a towel, pat hair dry, never rub with a towel.
Always wash hair following salt water, chlorine or heavy sweatin,g as this can cause damage to your enhancement if left in the hair. Leaving oily products in the hair for long might travel
to the bond pointand lead to slipping of the extension. This included sweat left in the hair.
You should be able to wash everyday as normal or as needed, however, less frequent the washing the easier the wear of you new hair will be.
The Single most important part of at home maintenance is the 100% soft bristle boar hair brush or plastic boar hair. Any other type of brush or comb will catch at your bond point
and cause breakage or damage to the natural hair and enhancement. A soft hair brush can be pressed all the way to the scalp. These brushes help to catch oils from the scalp and
deposit them throughout dry enhancement hair, They also help to remove build-up from the scalp that develops from not being able to wash as thoroughly. This can cut down on an itchy scalp.
Boar brushes remove some of the shed hairs that may result in mattes over time and they separate strands from matting in strand by strand methods.
To use: Clip the hair up in sections and brush completely through the head at least two times per day. Once in the morning and once before bed. Always do this after washing the
hair once its 75% dry.
Avoid direct heat on any bond! Direct high heat can weaken hold. A hairdryer can be used, but keep it 10"-12" from the head. All human hair can be curled,
flat iron, ect as normal. Synthetic CAN NOT. Excessive styling or heat will dry out your hair and shorten the hairs wear life. Use styling products through the hair,
never at the scalp.
~CARE WHILE SLEEPING
A satin pillow case causes less friction. Always place hair into two braids or small ponytails while you sleep. This should also be done any time you are in a windy environment, or
anytime the hair is at risk of friction or tangling.