At Home Hair Extension Tips…

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How to Look After Your Hair Extensions at Home with Advice from Simone Thomas Bournemouth Hair Salon

We have seen some crazy tips on TV this week on how to cut, dye and look after your hair so we have decided to give you some at home hair tips.

We want to make sure you are looking after your locks whilst at home so as soon as our doors reopen we don’t have too many home correction hair disasters (even though we would love to see some funny photos and videos if this has already happened to anyone you know).

Today’s blog is all about hair extensions. Whether it be keeping them in good condition in isolation, how to wash them or how to remove them (which we don’t recommend by the way). We cannot wait to be back to pamper you but right now we will do all we can to support your hair heath needs at this time.

General Advice

We recommend tying your hair back in a loose ponytail or plait using a soft scrunchie for bed.

 Please note that lighter shades of hair extensions have a bleach content therefore will not last as long in life span as non-bleached hair. The lighter shades will need extra care and less heat application to increase the lifespan.

Products such as hairspray, dry shampoo and mousse will dry out your hair extensions and can destroy them. 
It is not recommended to colour, tint or perm the extension hair. These types of products contain elements that can damage the extension hair.
Washing Advice:

Your hair extensions should only be washed at least 2 times per week.
Before washing your hair, it is advised to detangle your hair with an extension brush and separate the bonds if you have bonded extensions.
When washing your hair do not tip your head over the bath as this could cause tangling – always wash your head upright. Washing your hair in the shower is ideal.
Smooth the shampoo down the extension hair – do not rub vigorously. 
Only condition from the mid-lengths to the ends of the hair. Do not apply any conditioner to the bonds as this will cause slippage. 
Depending on the brand, silver/blue shampoo can discolour extensions. We advise testing a few strands beforehand.
You can pick the top section of your own hair up and apply conditioner to this section.
Pat hair gently when washed – do not rub.
Drying Advice:

After washing, follow by detangling with a soft bristle brush, making sure you avoid the bonds. Be very careful when brushing the hair when wet, make sure you support the extensions by holding the bonds. 
Make sure all bonds are dried completely. 
Do not sleep with wet hair extensions, ensure they are dry before you head for bed.
Brushing Advice:

Remember your hair extensions are attached to your own natural hair, pulling too hard or mistreating your extensions can result in your own hair being pulled out. 
When brushing the extensions always hold the bonds, making sure no additional stress is put on the hair.
Day to Day Advice:

If you workout regularly or have regular use of a sauna or steam room, make sure the bonds are completely dried as soon as possible after your session – leaving the bonds in a constant damp environment could cause them to deteriorate. 
When working out or doing any exercise that can make you sweat you will need to wash your hair immediately afterwards as your bodies salt can dry your hair extensions out. 
If you have any other queries over this period about your hair or hair extensions, please message us on social media and we will respond.

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