Extension Care During Quarantine
These are uncertain times and we know that there are many who are starting to worry about their hair extensions and what to do with them with salons being closed. That being said, removing your extensions is not really something you want to ‘take a stab’ at on your own. We look forward to re-opening and helping you with your extension needs. Until then, here are some care instructions for home during our self-quarantine.
Brush Brush Brush
We can’t say it enough, brush.those.locks! This is a key factor in getting through the grow out. We recommend using a Wet brush if you have one, but if not, use whatever brush you have on hand. The reason we recommend the Wet brush is because it has inteli-flex technology, which means the bristles are sturdy enough to remove tangles, but gentle enough to flex at extension attachments. You should be brushing your hair multiple times per day. Be sure to remove all tangles when brushing. Start at the ends of your hair, using short strokes, and work your way up to the scalp. If you hear a ‘crunch’ when passing over your hair, don’t panic, this is normal.
Your extensions are most susceptible to slipping, pulling, or being damaged during a wash or anytime that they’re wet. For that reason, we recommend going longer between washes, if you can. Since you aren’t leaving the house these days, there’s no shame in going longer than you may normally feel comfortable with since no one will see you. When applying the dry shampoo, be sure to lift your hair and spray directly on the base of your scalp on the panels. Then using a brush, distribute it throughout the rest of your hair.
We understand that you can’t go everyday without a proper shampoo. Before you clean your hair, be sure to prep it first. Start by pressing your panels together to ensure the bond is secure. Then brush through your hair to remove all tangles. When shampooing your extensions, apply the shampoo to the palm of your hand and then be sure to keep your fingers wide to get in between the panels and directly onto the scalp. Next, rinse thoroughly, and remove all product. Conditioner should be applied to the ponytail and down. Do NOT get conditioner on the bonds as this may cause slipping. Comb or brush through your hair to remove tangles. Once you’re done shampooing and conditioning your hair, begin blow drying at the scalp to dry the attachments first. Once they are dry, move on to the rest of your hair.
You might be wondering how best to style your hair to hide growth or panels showing. There are a number of ways that you can style your hair to hide growth and/or your panels, it’s up to you how much time you want to put into it. If you are going where other people can see you and need to cover up, you can try teasing some of the hair above the panels to cover them. You can also try pulling your hair into a low pony at the nape of your neck, which will mimic how your hair naturally lies. Tightening the pony at the nape will alleviate the hair extensions and give the hair natural lift.
We hope this helps you while you’re social distancing! We are eager to get back in the salon so we can offer hands on help, as well! Feel free to reach out to us via phone or email if you have any specific questions. We can also get you in touch with your hair stylist if you don’t already have his or her contact information. Stay well!