Hair Extensions Aftercare & Maintenance
WASHING YOUR HAIR EXTENSIONS
We recommend that your extensions are washed 1-2 times per week. Excess washing and styling will reduce the lifespan of your hair extensions. You MUST ensure that you are using the correct aftercare products at all times. Hair extension products are specifically designed to nourish the extension hair and protect the adhesive used for attachment. Using alternative hair care products can significantly reduce the lifespan of your extension hair, and can cause dryness, tangling, shedding and slippage.
Before washing, detangle the hair thoroughly using your soft bristle brush.
Using the correct Shampoo, smooth down the extension hair – never rub as tangling will occur. Take a second amount of shampoo and apply at the root areas, ensuring you get in amongst the attachment areas to scrub your scalp.
Next, condition from mid lengths to the end of the extension hair. Take care not to apply conditioner to the attachment areas. You may pick up your own hair from the top section and condition. We recommend the additional use of Hair Extension conditioning treatment every 1-2 weeks. Never tip your extensions over a bath or sink to wash. Be extremely careful if washing your extension hair in a hairdressing wash basin as the hair may gather in the bottom and cause extreme tangling. Pat hair gently with a towel to remove excess water. Again, do not rub.
Braid your hair when sleeping. We consider this a vital part to your hair extension aftercare.
Always brush using a soft bristle hair extension brush when dry, ensure you get in amongst your bonds/tapes/wefts to ensure no tangling occurs when the hair grows down.
Always support your hair when brushing and styling, excess force can cause them to come loose.
Never tie your hair back too tightly.
If using a sunbed, ensure your hair is protected by wrapping your hair in a towel.
We recommend regular trims, every 4-6 weeks.
DRYING AND STYLING YOUR HAIR EXTENSIONS
Smooth Thermal Protection Serum through your damp hair to add protection from heat. We also recommend the use of our Leave in Conditioning Spray for added nourishment.
Gently comb through your wet hair using a wide tooth comb, ensure the extensions are supported at the roots.
Dry your extension attachment areas first using a cooler setting on your hairdryer. Once your roots are thoroughly dry you can move onto drying the hair.
Working in sections, starting at the nape of your neck, blowdry using a round brush, pointing the airflow downwards. It is recommended to attach a nozzle to your drier for a smooth finish.
NEVER leave your extensions to dry natural and never rough dry them.
After blowdrying, finish with straighteners, or for a curl/wave, you can use heated rollers, tongs or other heated appliances. Keep all heat away from your extension attachment areas.
HOLIDAYS AND SWIMMING
We do not advise wearing hair extensions abroad as changes in climate can seriously compromise the condition and limit the lifespan of the hair. If you decide to wear your extensions abroad this is at your own risk and may result in the following;
Colour change or staining from chlorine, sea water, shower chemicals or sun cream. The hair can be stained a number of colours including green, pink and orange and may not wash out.
Dryness and matting due to changes in heat and humidity and increased sun exposure.
Softening of the bond or tape adhesive which can cause shedding, or the hair extensions to fall out.
If you choose to have extensions fitted for your holiday this will void any guarantee on the hair or the fitting, even if the correct Aftercare Products have been purchased and used on the hair.
We also don’t recommend swimming whilst wearing hair extensions as chlorine is damaging to both the hair and the bond/adhesive.
Professionally Fitted Hair Extensions
In order to ensure you hair extensions are kept in pristine condition you will require regular maintenance appointments. The maintenance schedule for each application method is as follows:
Pre Bonded/Mini Link Extensions – Every 6 weeks: Rotation of the bonds that are attached to typically fragile areas such as the hairline sections, a trim of the extensions, a check over to ensure the hair is being cared for correctly and the chance to re-purchase any required aftercare.
Nano Hair Extensions – Required every 6 weeks. Sections of the hair extensions are removed and re-positioned, in particular, sections that are attached to fragile areas of hair i.e. the hairline. A full check over of the bonds and hair to ensure correct aftercare is being followed at home, then finally, a trim of the extensions.
Weaves – Every 6 weeks. The maintenance includes a full removal and re-application of weave, hair trim and the chance to re-purchase and required aftercare.
Tape Hair Extensions – Every 5 weeks: Rotation of tapes that are attached to typical fragile areas i.e. the hairline sections, a trim of the extensions, a check over to ensure the hair is being cared for correctly and the chance to re-purchase any required aftercare.
Hair extensions should always be removed on time by your Foxy hair stylist. Removal should NEVER be attempted by yourself. Your extensions would need fully removing at the following times:
Pre Bonded/Mini Link/Nano – after 3 months
Weaves – re-applied after 6 weeks
Tape Hair – after 8-12 weeks
The use of the correct hair extension aftercare products are an essential part of ensuring your hair extensions last the duration of their lifespan and stay looking and feeling healthy. Using Non Foxy Hair Products may result in the following:
• Bonds breaking down and shedding
• Hair becoming dry and unmanageable
• Hair tangling
• Hair colour fading and/or hair discolouration