Hair Extension Do’s and Don’ts: How To Make Sure Your New Hair Looks Fine, Not Fake

 

Hair Extension Do's and Dont's:

How To Make Sure Your New Hair Looks Fine, Not Fake


Hair extensions, hair extensions… I have seen so many of them lately! I have had more hair extension appointments in the past six months than I have in my entire career. Hair extensions, of all kinds, are being brought to me, whether it be for new application or a redo. I have seen some gorgeous hair, but, on the other hand, I have also seen some damaged and unmanageable messes that I know could have been prevented. So, I'm writing this blog to tell you how to keep your extensions as soft and as pretty as your real hair. 


After all, no matter which method you choose, from protein bonds or beads (which I recommend), to wefts, the fact is this: you need to take even better care of the hair than your own (and hopefully, that's pretty darn well). A note at the start: if it's possible, purchase hair at different lengths, as it allows for a more blended finished product. 


Speaking of getting a nice finished product, check out my simple suggestions for long-lasting extensions:


Redo them often: I can't stress this enough, hair extensions are high maintenance, but in such a beautiful way if you maintain them. Maintaining them is a must! Every two months is ideal, because the longer you wait to redo your extensions, the further they grow away from your scalp, resulting in more weight in your hair follicle, and the possibility of pulling your hair out. No matter how in tact your extensions are now, after those two months, you'll see matted patches, hair loss, and scalp irritation. 


Deep conditioning is also a must: Be sure to restore moisture to your extensions once a week, because your hair extensions went through a lot before they even got to you. They were sanitized weekly, and the process was harsh. When you deep condition your hair, you restore shine, making sure that your hair will be softer and last longer. Insider tip: never condition at the roots, as the conditioner will make your hair more slippery, and your extensions will slip out much more quickly.


Keep your hair under control while sleeping: Yep, hair extension control is a 24/7 job. But it's pretty easy to maintain overnight. At bedtime, simply create two side braids to prevent tangling while sleeping. In fact, wrapping your head/hair in a handkerchief is the best thing to do, as it holds the hair in place, but many find two side braids easier to do night after night. Another word to the wise: sleep on a satin pillowcase, because the soft fabric is less likely to cause tangling of the hair


Shampoo and style with care: Shampoo in a downward motion to avoid tangling while washing, and while styling, hold your hair at the top as you brush the rest of your hair to avoid pressure and strain on your extensions. This preserves the bonds near the roots. Another tip: make sure to always examine for matted patches, and always comb them out. Skip them, and they will turn into even bigger bunches of trouble.


The good news is that with these tips, you are only a few simple steps away from healthy, shiny hair that looks like your own. Happy styling, and enjoy your new, glamorous, and longer hairstyle.


Christine


Three Resolutions for the New Year: Try Something Different and Love the Results


Three Resolutions for the New Year:

Try Something Different and Love the Results


We all know what our resolutions are. I have to admit, mine always include more gym time, less procrastination, and a better perspective on the things that I am grateful for. While these things fluctuate, I feel refreshed when I set out to do them, resolved to live my life as fully as possible. Because a big part of my passion for life is my profession, which includes hair, I thought of a few easy ways to help you resolve to avoid a lackluster mane while you’re making a difference in the other areas of your life. My goals are very manageable, I promise, so, say it with me:


This year I resolve that my hair will be…


Frizz Free and Softer:


The weather is against our hair. It is. Whether too dry or too humid, the climate is almost never ideal. Luckily, there are plenty of good shields. Product wise, I love glosses. Now, I know people don't always love glosses, but it works so well as long as you use it on only your ends. There are lighter and heavier glosses, so be sure to only use a heavier one if you have thick hair. Thick hair is often confused for a lot of hair, but you can have a ton of hair that is really fine. Define which category your hair falls under, whether fine or thick, and apply accordingly.



Protected from Fading: 


There is only one solution to preventing color fading, and that is the use of more color. No matter what your conditioner bottle tells you, color fades. Color gloss is your best option. It's not high maintenance like you think, either. Redken’s Shades EQ is the best, and is a professional line. Yes, this might be a tad bit of self-promotion, but I am your link to getting Shades EQ with my license. I've tried other commercial lines, and they're honestly just not the same. 


Safe from Split Ends:


There is a misconception that split ends are the result of a lack of trims, but the real culprit is that you need to use some kind of protection when you use heated styling products, like a flat iron. I have seen many people smooth the same piece used over, and I have advised them that it doesn’t work well. Month after month, split ends get worse if you continue that habit. Use a leave-in conditioner, or at least a heat protectant. 


My recommended leave-in conditioner is It’s a 10: Shine Miracle Spray ($15), or a heat protectant in the form of Paul Mitchell Hot off The Press ($18).




Happy styling and Happy New Year!


Christine