Aftercare and Maintenance
Getting hair extensions is a very exciting experience. To make sure your hair is safe and stays healthy, KC will make sure you have all the information needed to care for your new hair.
Prepare for your fitting:
Please ensure to thoroughly wash and cleanse your hair before coming for your fitting, it is advisable to use a clarifying shampoo to completely remove any styling products or residue remaining in your hair.
Please do not use a conditioner after washing your hair.
Try to come with your hair free from any styling products.
Please make sure your hair is straight. Straightened hair makes it clearer to see when applying the bonds.
Please refrain from dyeing your hair after the consultation and colour match appointment. as your hair may not match the hair that has been order for you.
Below I have listed a few frequently asked questions, please go through them and don’t hesitate to ask if you aren’t clear about anything further.
Q: How long does your hair have to be to apply hair extensions?
Your hair ideally needs to be around 4 inches long, e.g. long enough to get into a ponytail.
Q: How long do hair extensions last for?
Hair extensions are designed to last for up to 3 - 4 months, they can last longer if cared for properly but it is not advised to keep them in after 3 months. You can reapply them if you wish after 3 months.
Q: Will they damage my hair?
Absolutely not! There are many hair extension horror stories out there, these have come about due to inexperienced and unqualified people fitting hair extensions and as a result, damaging people's hair. I can guarantee that your hair will not be damaged if you care for them properly and follow the aftercare advice I provide for you.
Q: Can I style them with heated appliances?
Yes, you may style them just as you would with your own hair, curly, straighten or blow-dry them etc. Just remember to ensure that you don't use heated appliances on the bonds as they will then melt down (does not relate to micro ring extensions)
Q: Can I dye them?
Yes you can dye them, although it is advisable to do a strand test as your own hair may dye a different colour to the extension hair.
Q: How long will it take to apply hair extensions?
This usually depends on the client's hair and the thickness of it, but usually a full head takes 2-3 hours on average and half head takes around 1-2 hours.
Q: Will they make my natural hair thinner?
Absolutely not! Without noticing, on average we lose between 50-100 hairs a day, but when you have hair extensions fitted in, it will be less noticeable so when it comes to having them removed you may find some of your natural hair is coming out, this is because it has been held in place by the bonds. You may think that your hair feels thinner afterwards but this is because you will be so used to having thicker hair from the extensions.
Q: Can I go swimming with them?
You can go swimming with them, however activities like swimming can dry out the hair extensions so it is advisable to wear a swimming cap. If you do go swimming please ensure to thoroughly wash and dry the hair extensions afterwards as they can get knotted.
It is strongly advised that you don’t wash your hair for at least 48 hours after having your hair extensions fitted, this is because the bonds need time to set to avoid hair shedding from the bonds in the future.
Please try to wash your hair a maximum of twice a week if possible; this is because the less stress you put on the hair the better, due to heat styling etc.
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. To wash where the bonds are, only use a hair extension shampoo, as it will not loosen the bonds. It is necessary to condition the extension hair to keep it in optimum condition, it is vital however that you do not get conditioner on the actual bonds as they will get very weak and soft. I will recommend products that you can use.
Remember to always take good care of your hair, gently dry it and do not take any shortcuts when caring for it. Hair extensions last longer and look better when taken proper care of. It is best to use a hair extension brush, this is because normal brushes with balls on the end can rip and break the hair, this brush is available to purchase on the products page. Try to brush your hair everyday but not more than once as this will cause unnecessary shedding. You will often see hairs coming off on your brush or when you wash your hair, this is perfectly normal. These are loose hairs that haven’t been attached to the bond properly and don’t forget that people lose up to 100 hairs everyday naturally so it may look like a lot but in fact, you are doing less damage to your hair by having extensions because you are doing less styling and heat damage!
It is advisable to do your hair into a loose plait when sleeping; this will minimize tangling and knotting when you sleep.
You can style your hair extensions just as you would with your normal hair, you can straighten, curl, blow-dry, dye, crimp and cut them because they are human hair, just ensure that you don’t continually bleach them because they may start to look less shiny as they don’t receive the vitamins from your scalp like your own hair does. If you are looking to get them styled in a salon, please ensure that you tell your hairdresser that you don’t want the bonds to show. Root re-touching can also be carried out as normal.
It is strongly advised that you have a maintenance appointment halfway during your extension period e.g. 4-6 weeks. This will allow me to look at your hair to see how you are getting along with the extensions and to remove and replace any loosened bonds to ensure that you can keep your extensions on for longer. If you don’t come in for maintenance, I cannot be responsible for any damage caused to your hair, as it is your responsibility to look after them properly using this aftercare guide for advice. It is possible for you to re-use the extension hair and have a full fitting again at a reduced price.
Hair extensions should be kept in for no longer than 3 months at a time, this is because when they grow out too long, it is easy for them to become matted. Removal is completely safe and does no damage to your own hair; proper hair extension removal should be pain free with no tugging or pulling at your own hair involved. I use only keratin glue, which is derived from natural products, and the solution that I use removes them almost instantly whereby the bond just breaks down and slides out of the hair.
If you wish to have your extensions removed elsewhere, please note that I will not be held responsible for any damage caused to your hair if they are removed elsewhere.
You may find that immediately after having your hair extensions fitted, they may feel uncomfortable when sleeping where the bonds have been attached, this usually disappears after about 4-5 days where you will hardly notice them. Please persevere with them and you will notice the results!
To have hair extensions, you must be willing to take care of them properly, they need careful washing, conditioning, brushing and straightening to avoid any damage. I cannot stress enough the importance of looking after them, if you feel that you need any aftercare advice please do not hesitate to contact me at any point and we I be happy to help and/or resolve any issues you may have.
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, this is why I only use best quality hair and products to make sure the look and feel the most natural.
After having your hair extensions fitted, you will find that some of the hairs may shed and occasionally you may lose some of the actual bonds. This is nothing abnormal, in fact the majority of people lose only 1 or 2 bonds where as others lose up to 10! This is why it’s essential to have regular maintenance to avoid this happening.
If you do see any of your own hairs coming out after having your extensions fitted, don’t panic! These are due to the natural daily shedding of your hair, but you will notice it more because you have had extensions fitted, I find that most of my clients’ hair improves quality after having hair extensions because they are doing less heat/product damage during the three months of having them.