So you've either decided to get those extensions or you're intrigued enough about them to
learn more. Well, you have come to the right place. Whether synthetic or real, all hair extensions need to
be cared for properly to extend the life of them. For what people pay to lengthen their locks, keeping
them around for as long as possible is very much desirable. Our goal is to help you get the most bang, or bangs, for your buck.
Let's start with the basics-shampooing. Be sure to use a rather gentle shampoo and conditioner
and don't skimp on the quality. Don't ruin your hair and/or extensions by trying to save a couple of
dollars on the super cheap stuff. I have read in a couple of places that some of the really high priced
shampoos may actually speed up the rate at which the bonder is broken down. If you do start to have
extensions falling out far before their "expiration date", take a look at your shampoo and give your
stylist a call. It may be as simple to fix as using a non-conditioning shampoo or simply a different
brand. Now, if your extensions are sewn in, you do not need to be as concerned about this type of
reaction occurring. After your shower, feel free to dry your hair the same way you would have dried
your own natural hair. I would highly recommend an ionic dryer, I personally love mine and have had
many people say that they won't dry their hair with anything else.
As far as coloring your hair and extensions, plan ahead. Color your natural
hair the desired color before your extensions are applied. Your stylist will then color
match your extensions, whether synthetic or real, to your new color to make your
purchased hair look like the real thing. Highlights can even be added by adding
different colored extensions in the same randomness as highlights applied to hair
pulled through a cap. If your roots need a touchup before you need to change your
extensions, play it safe and leave the coloring to your stylist.
When it comes to styling your hair it totally depends on the type of lengthener
you have. If you have real hair, most of your styling tools can still be used in the
same fashion. However, with some types of synthetic hair extensions, more care
needs to be taken. As with everything else, talk to your stylist. He or she will be able to tell you all
of the styling rules specific to your type of extension. Also, feel free to put your hair in ponytails,
braids, buns and barrettes as you would have normally.
With summer coming you will not want to miss out in dips in the pool or ocean because of your
new hair. Be sure to always wear a swim cap made of latex. Carefully comb out any tangles that
may be present starting from the bottom and working your way up. Once the hair has been detangled
braid the hair in two braids to ensure that all of the hair is protected and tucked neatly under the cap.
Following your dip, be sure to wash your hair immediately to remove any damaging chemical that
may have snuck under your cap. Use your creativity and make your cap your own. Add some sparkle
or bling so your swim cap shows your personality.
Now, when it is time to remove the hair extensions you can do it in a couple of different ways.
The quickest way would be to cut them out, however, that would leave with quite a short do. A more
preferable method, most likely, would be to let your stylist take them out. If you have synthetic locks,
the area that is bonded will be heated up slightly which will loosen the glue's hold on the hair. With
natural extensions a special solvent is applied to the connection which helps to release the bond.
From there the ball is in your court. If everything was done properly and your natural hair and scalp is
still in good condition, you may choose to have new extensions added on the same day. If there is
damage to either, it would be advisable to fix the problem before adding more hair.
I hate to sound like a broken record, or should I say a skipping CD, but talk to your stylist a lot and often
to ensure a good experience with your journey into Rapunzelville. There are many things
that could go wrong so do your homework and find a stylist that you know is experienced and one that
you trust. I would also strongly suggest asking for references, see if you can speak to clients who
have had hair extensions applied and ask to see pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words. If you look
at an "after" picture and like the "before" look better-move on to another salon. Remember you are paying the salon so make them work for you!