How to properly take care of your Hair Extensions

We have already got you covered on which hair extension style or type is suitable for you, so now that you’ve made this worthy splurge, it’s time to talk proper care. So to ensure a beautiful and long lasting look, it is essential to that you are aware of the maintenance rituals for real human hair extensions. Here’s some the expert advice on do’s and don’ts when it comes to preserving your new investment. Scroll through to learn exactly how!

 

BRUSHING

Is very important  and should be done at least twice per day and always before washing your hair

  • It is highly recommended that you use a Beverly May Soft Bristle Brush or a Nylon & Bristle Mason Pearson Hairbrush
  • Start at the bottom, as you would with your natural hair, detangling that area first before you move up to work on the top sections.
  • Brush firmly over the top of the extensions, ensuring that the bristles of the brush goes through to the scalp
  • It is a good idea to hold hair firmly at the base while brushing ends  and remember to be gentle, as pulling can cause breakage
WASHING AND CONDITIONING HAIR
  • Brush your hair prior to washing and remove all tangles
  • Plait your hair in to 2 plaits. This will reduce the stress on your hair and scalp as hair stretches when it’s wet
  • Tilt your head back in the shower, do not flip your hair over in to a basin or tub
  • Shampoo and conditioner should be applied running straight down over the plaits
  • It is recommended that a leave-in conditioner is applied and that hair is combed through with a wide toothed comb
  • NEVER tie up hair whilst wet
  • NEVER use a 2 in 1 product
  • NEVER use Morrocan Oil
  • NEVER USE PROTEIN / KERATIN BASED PRODUCTS ON EXTENSIONS (as this makes extensions dry and brittle)
DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENTS
  • Intensive moisturising treatments or masks used regularly are fantastic for prolonging the condition and life of extensions, as extensions can become dry due to natural oils from the scalp not travelling down the extensions. We recommend using Qaba Yako drops mixed in to your Mask used weekly as a deep conditioning treatment
DRYING

Excessive heat is detrimental to your natural hair and hair extensions

  • Allow to dry naturally when possible
  • If you have to blow dry them use a low-heat setting. Never ever use hot styling equipment that exceeds 200 degrees Celsius or 392 degrees Fahrenheit.
MAINTENANCE
  • It is important to return regularly to your Beverly May accredited salon for your extensions to be lifted and maintained. This ensures damage to your natural hair is minimised
    Individual Extensions: 4 – 6 weeks
    Weft Extensions: 4 – 5 weeks
SLEEPING
  • It is recommended that hair is plaited into 2 plaits for sleeping – this prevents matting
  • Sleeping on a satin pillowcase this also prevents the mid-lengths and ends from tangling
  • Never go to bed with wet hair
SWIMMING
  • Swimming in chlorinated or salt water is never a good idea for extension wearers. If water cannot be avoided it is vital that you tightly plait your hair prior to swimming or wear a swimming cap and rinse hair immediately after
  • An intensive conditioning mask or treatment should be applied after swimming, to help restore moisture to the extensions

*It is also important to understand what to expect from new hair extensions – possible initial discomfort, extra time to wash and dry hair, returning to the salon for maintenance and the costs involved