At Philocaly Hair, we're dedicated to ensuring that you have the best hair extension experience possible! We understand that maintaining the beauty and longevity of your hair extensions is essential, which is why we've put together this comprehensive guide. By following these steps, you can keep your extensions looking and feeling their best between salon visits!
Avoid Washing for the First 48 Hours
For optimal results, it's crucial to avoid washing your hair extensions for at least 48 hours after application. This is especially important for extensions that contain adhesive or bonds, such as Philocaly Tape-in or Keratin tip extensions. This waiting period allows the adhesive to set properly, ensuring a secure and long-lasting bond.
Brushing Your Extensions
Brushing your hair extensions is a vital part of your daily hair care routine. Follow these steps for a stress-free brushing experience:
Section your hair: separate your rows of wefts or split your hair into different sections. This ensures that your brushing is efficient and gentle.
Bottom-up approach: start brushing gently at the ends of your hair while holding the top row of hair extensions. This minimizes stress on both your natural hair and extensions.
Double-check: ensure that you've removed any un-brushed areas near the top of the weft, as these spots can be easily forgotten. Pay equal attention to your natural hair between your wefts or sections of hair extensions. Finish by gently brushing from the roots to the ends to distribute natural oils throughout your hair and extensions.
Washing Your Extensions
Properly washing your hair extensions is essential for maintaining their quality. Follow these steps for a thorough wash:
Brush first: before you start washing, complete the brushing routine mentioned above.
Shampoo: apply a small amount of your salon-recommended shampoo to your fingertips, focusing on your scalp - click here for some of our fave products! Be sure to shampoo your scalp under your rows of hair extensions, moving your fingertips parallel to your extensions.
Condition: after rinsing your shampoo, apply your salon-recommended conditioner to the mid-shaft and ends of your hair extensions and natural hair. Avoid applying conditioner to adhesive tabs, bonds, or beads.
Extra hydration: if you go a week or more between washes, consider using a salon-recommended hydration mask to extend the longevity of your hair extensions.
Prepare for styling: after completing your wash routine, gently towel dry and detangle your hair using a wet brush or a salon-recommended brush, following the same brushing routine.
Styling Your Extensions
Styling your hair extensions might just be the most fun part of your routine! Follow these tips for beautiful, long-lasting results:
Brush before styling: always start by brushing your hair extensions before styling.
Use a heat protector: apply a salon-approved heat protector to your hair, avoiding adhesive tabs or bonds. When using hot tools, ensure the temperature setting is not above 300 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent damage.
Active Lifestyle and Hair Extensions
Maintaining your extensions during an active lifestyle requires extra care:
Light leave-in conditioner: mist the mid to ends of your hair with a light leave-in conditioner. If you don’t have this on hand, mix a small amount of water and conditioner in a spray bottle. This helps protect your extensions from chlorine, salt, sunscreens, and self-tanners, which can cause discoloration - read more about hair extensions and sunscreen here.
Tie hair securely: after misting, brush your hair and tie it into a low, soft ponytail or braid.
Maintain your routine: be consistent with your brushing and washing routines to ensure your extensions remain in great shape. Consistency is key!
Sleep Care for Hair Extensions
Proper nighttime care is crucial for preserving your hair extensions:
Dry hair completely: never go to sleep with wet hair.
Secure hair: avoid sleeping with loose hair. Tie your hair into a low ponytail using a scrunchie or corded elastic to reduce tension. Alternatively, use a satin or silk bonnet to minimize friction and prevent tangling.
Silk or satin pillowcase: another option to reduce friction on your hair extensions is to use a satin or silk pillowcase.
Continue your journey with Philocaly Hair
By following these steps and maintaining a consistent hair care routine, you can ensure that your Philocaly Hair extensions remain in excellent condition between salon visits! Remember that proper care not only prolongs the life of your extensions but also keeps them looking fabulous every day.
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Your hair deserves the best, and with Philocaly Hair, you'll always be in good hands!