Hair Care Guide

HAIR CARE GUIDE!

“Why use heat on tape in extensions?”

Ever wondered “why use heat on tape in extensions?” Here is the answer: applying heat can help cure the tape, giving it a tighter, stronger hold, but that isn’t the whole story! The stronger and longer hold is a great thing for some people! With that said, for most people, it is not necessary. Extensions are meant to be removed after a certain amount of time to help keep your natural hair healthy. Long hold times are great so long as they aren’t at the expense of your natural hair. Whether or not it’s even safe to apply heat to extensions depends on the type of hair used. Natural hair is perfectly fine to apply heat to. If your client does not need heat applied to get the hold times they need, then it may be a wasted effort during the install, and it will fall out after your first wash! Each person is different so find out what method works best for you and your clients. If you want to apply heat to your tape-in extensions, be sure to apply the right amount!

Below we will give you the right tips to help you apply our tapes! 
1. Check your flat iron and make sure it is on MAXIMUM HEAT. 
2. After installing the tape in extensions, using a flat iron, clamp the two pieces for ONLY 5-7 seconds! The heat makes the tape expand and grab onto the hair, then shrink back with a stronger, more flexible hold. 
3. After you have put heat on the tape, press the tape FIRMLY together with your fingers, starting at the middle and working towards the ends. If you do not press firmly, water can get in between the pieces and shorten the hold time and/or cause bacteria growth. As always, if you try to install your extensions at home make sure you consult with a professional stylist first. Tape-In Tip If a person consistently has issues with slippage or shorter hold times, ask questions about how they care for their hair while wearing extensions. The way a customer cares for their extensions is the single most important factor in hold times.
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Hair extensions are a luxury and fashion accessory. There is no such thing as wearing quality hair extensions for six months without any maintenance.
Protect your investment with the guidelines about extension hair care noted in this care hair extensions list.
 
1. Do not shampoo your hair for 48 hours after installed which gives enough time for the bond to settle.
2. Always use a shampoo and conditioner recommended for hair extensions only, this is because normal high street brands contain silicone-based ingredients which will cause the bonds to weaken and break down. 
3. Prior to bed, pull your hair back into a soft ponytail to prevent tangling while sleeping.
4. Brush your hair twice a day using proper hair extension brushes ( recommended Detangle Teezer Brush)
5. Brush gently working from ends toward scalp before and after washing. 
6. NEVER USE A VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO! Volumizing shampoos raise the cuticle of the hair and can cause tangling.
7. Never apply conditioner directly to scalp or bonds. Too much conditioner or very oily hair can weaken the keratin bonds. 
8. If extensions become dry and damaged treat once to twice a week with any Intense Hydrator, Leave-in moisturizer/conditioner,  (Cuticle sealer / thermal protectant) (leave in for couple minutes before rinse)
9. Don’t forget to deep condition. Once a week you want to deep condition your hair extensions. Leave it on the hair for approximately 20 to 30 minutes and rinse. This extra TLC will give your hair an extra moisturizing boost. 
10. Swimming - Always wet hair with tap water, apply conditioner and braid hair before swimming to help avoid tangling. Avoid salt water, (the worst of extensions), and chlorine. 
11. NEVER GO TO BED WITH WET HAIR.
12. Washing with HOT WATER is not recommended with extensions. You can also do a cool water rinse (to seal the cuticle and make your hair shiny
13. Try to stay away from greasy products, they have too many chemicals in, which will strip the hair and make it very dry. 
14. Do not use products that contain sulfur or glycerin, silicone, etc.., such as dandruff shampoos. 
15. Use as little heat as possible on your hair extensions; air drying is best. If you must use flat irons and blow dryers, invest in the gentler ionic ones, and stay away from the extension bonds when applying heat.
16. Use a gentle clarifying shampoo once every 2 to 3 weeks to clear build-up. (This also lets conditioner set in better.)
17. Some clients experience itching to the scalp, this is perfectly normal! Remember that having hair extensions isn’t a natural process, your head has to adjust to having them,
18. Use a heat protectant. Nowadays, just about everyone uses heated appliances on their hair. Whether it’s a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron,  This simple step will prevent breakage from keeping your extensions look great and last much longer.
19. Wash your extensions every 2 to 3 days. This will prevent them from getting dried out due to over shampooing and conditioning.
20. Any heat using towards the hair, please set low. 
 

Please follow the instructions above for the best long-lasting result.