Now that you have your new hair (or you are looking into hair extensions, there are some simple ways to ensure that your extensions will keep looking good for a long time. If you have any question, please feel free to contact Chris for advice.
Before you start to shampoo your hair with extensions, in you should first brush your hair using small sections to get any bit of tangles out before you shampoo. This will make sure your hair doesn't get matted up in the shower. If you have lots of styling products in your hair before shampooing, use either a leave in conditioner or hair oils on your mid shaft to ends before brushing. The oils in these products will help break down any stickiness in those products. Use a sulfate-free and paragon free shampoo. Begin at the scalp and massage shampoo into the hair using a "Z" formation. NEVER use a circular motion or flip your head upside down as this causes tangles. Part hair and rinse all the way to the scalp. If you use a ponytail method to section hair, rinse one at a time. Follow up with a final rinse.Try to only shampoo 2-3 times a week at the most using a good salon quality shampoo that is sulfate free and sodium chloride free. Some of Chris' favorites are AG, L'anza, and Colorproof. Using products like dry shampoos can help balance your natural oils until you train your hair to not shampoo everyday. Staying away from volumizing products is best since they can dry out
Chris has found that using "wet brushes" have been some of the best brushes on hair extensions. Her favorites are the Wet Brush Flex and the Wet Brush Shine (on dry hair). On dry hair, a lot of the boar bristle brushes are great too. Brushing your hair daily is recommended. Some hair extension companies even recommend brushing at least 2 times a day. Make sure to brush in small sections while holding on to the bonds to stop slipping on the bonds. Brushing your hair before it gets wet will keep the hair from tangling while washing.
Use a sulfate-free paraben free conditioner. Apply conditioner from mid-shaft down to the tips of your hair. Leave on 2-3 minutes. Adding conditioner at or near the pointe of attachment may lead to the extensions sliding out. Rinse completely. Since your natural oils aren't able to go naturally onto the ends of your extensions, conditioners are needed for all of your hair from the mid shaft down (anything you can hold in a pony tail down, and not on your root area).. Chris suggests using the same brand of quality salon conditioner that you are using of the shampoo. The use of conditioning oils and leave in conditioners are also great to use.
Towel or air dry your hair as much as possible before using a blow dryer. The use of leave-in conditioners, heat protectants, as well as treatment oils from mid-shaft to ends are recommended to protect your extensions. When using a blow dryer, rough dry the hair first before using a round brush on your extensions.
Styles by Chris uses only 100% human hair extensions that are safe to use with thermal tools like curling irons, wants, flat irons, etc. Temperature settings depends on your natural hair. You may use between 270F -450F on your extensions as long as you use proper heat protectants are applied before styling. Keep all hot tools away from the point of attachment to ensure extensions do not melt or fuse together.
Use of professional grade products recommended by Styles by Chris to maintain the health of your natural hair along with the extensions. Avoid alcohol based products close to the point of attachment as it can compromise the bonding agent and cause sliding.
Brush hair gently and loosely braid your hair extensions before sleeping. NEVER go to bed with wet hair as it can cause tangling close to the scalp. If this occurs schedule an appointment with Styles by Chris to remove them immediately.
NEVER ATTEMPT TO COLOR YOUR HAIR EXTENSIONS AT HOME Or while you are wearing them. Please contact Chris for all hair color and services and inquiries.
Before swimming, wet your hair with fresh tap water and apply a very small amount of leave-in conditioner to the ends. Styles by Chris can show you some of the best ones that work great to prevent problems with chlorine damage. Tie your hair in a loose ponytail or braid. Once you are finished swimming, rinse the extensions with fresh water and spray on additional leave in conditioner. Shampooing the hair after isn't bad either.
Avoid use of chemical based (Broad Spectrum) sunscreens as they can discolor the hair. These ingredients include Abobenzone or Octocrylene. Please use a mineral based sunscreen only.
Hair extensions are customized for each person, not a one size fits all. If you have questions about hair extensions, feel free to head on over to the FAQ page to see if your question can be answered for you or contact Chris today!