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It is most important to not get your Tape In Extensions wet or even sweat heavily as the tape can take up to 48 hours to bond together completely. It needs to stay absolutely dry in order for this to happen properly. You should brush your hair from roots to ends at least three times a day to keep them free of tangles, taking care to hold your hair at the roots with one hand to avoid putting too much tension on the extensions.
Don't apply products containing large amounts of alcohol, oil or silicones to the attachment area near the scalp because they can degrade the adhesive on the extensions and cause them to slip. On the mid-lengths and ends you want to avoid products containing dehydrating ingredients such as surfactants or dessicants. Any time you apply a heat tool you must use a heat protectant spray or cream. This should be applied from the attachment area through the mid-lengths to the ends.
Swimming in the ocean or a chlorinated pool will damage and dry out your hair extensions. This will shorten their lifespan and cause you to replace them with new hair sooner than you would otherwise have to. You can reduce some of this damage by applying a leave-conditioner into your hair beforehand and putting it into a soft ponytail. Damage due to ocean and pool swimming is not covered by our warranty.
Sunless Tanning Sprays will cause discoloration of your hair extensions and will void our warranty.
When you have purchased great 100% human hair extensions please remember they are not getting the natural oils and moisture they did before and therefore you need to add that moisture content back into them regularly.
The most important product category to use correctly is a heat protectant. There is no single product that is best for everyone as you need to find one that works best for your thin, fine hair or your thick, coarse hair.
For shampoos, you want to avoid ones with high amounts of essential oils as they can cause the tape to slip and you want to avoid surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate as they can be drying to your hair. A sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo is recommended
For conditioners, a lightweight leave-in conditioner may work best for you or you might prefer a standard light daily conditioner that you rinse out. Ask your stylist for recommendations as they know your hair best.
Women with lighter, blonde shades often find that using an intense mask weekly is very beneficial to their extensions. These lighter colors typically need more moisture to maintain elasticity and protein to maintain strength.
Equally important to the condition and durability of your extensions is the tools you use to style with. For brushes, you want long, flexible bristles that can reach through to the scalp area and gently detangle without causing you pain or pulling your extensions out. Some better brushes also have shorter boar bristles that smoothe the cuticle and increase shine.
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The first step is to brush your hair thoroughly before getting into the shower. As always, please use a brush with long flexible bristles and brush from roots to ends to remove any tangles created overnight.
When shampooing use open fingers to gently massage under and around the attachment area taking care not to tug on the extensions. Then gently bring your hands down the hair shaft in one direction only. Scrubbing vigorously could actually cause tangles! We advise on the correct shampoos and conditioners to use in the video before this one.
How you dry your hair is extremely important! Allow it to dry about 80% before using a heat styling tool. Wrap it in a towel and avoid scrubbing it.
As always when using heat on your extensions take care to apply a heat protectant first, preferably one that protects up to 450. We recommend keeping the temperature of the tool to 300F or less. Use of a blow-dryer with a concentrator nozzle will produce smoother results for your hair than just directing the hair everywhere.
On your Non-Shampoo Mornings you want to start by brushing your hair from roots to ends using a long bristle brush as always. Then you should apply a light leave in conditioner with hydrating and heat protectant properties through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Then use your brush to spread the product evenly throughout your hair.
To lessen or even avoid the tangling that often comes from moving in your sleep take care to follow these behaviors: Make sure your hair is 100% dry. Even damp hair can tangle easily. Brush your hair and place in a low ponytail. Use a silk or satin pillowcase.