Tape-in and hand-tied hair extensions are a great way to add fullness and length to your hair. When properly cared for and maintained, they cause no damage to your natural hair.
Tape-in hair extensions typically need to be maintained in salon every 6-8 weeks, and hand-tied every 8-10 weeks. Because of the stay at home order, I have had many guests that will not be able to come in for their regular hair extension maintenance.
Most of my extension guests have reached out to me, asking about how they can care for,and even remove their overgrown hair own extensions.
Hair Extensions | Step 1: Detangle
First things first, you need to keep your hair detangled.
Brushing your hair multiple times a day is key. This will prevent snagging, pulling, and matting. Easihair Pro (the extension company we work with) has a really great wet/dry detangling brush.
Hair Extensions | Step 2: Cleanse
While at home, I would also recommend shampooing less and use dry shampoo as needed. My favorite is Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo.
Do not use any oils or moisturizing products near the scalp. This will help to prevent slipping.
Before shampooing, make sure your hair is detangled and press the panels together (in tape-ins). While shampooing (Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo is recommended), make sure you get in between the wefts or rows of hair.
Condition ONLY the mid lengths and ends of your hair, as conditioner at the scalp will cause slipping.
Hair Extensions | Step 3: Styling
When styling the hair, I like to use a detangling product.
Extension hair is more processed and can get a little more dry through the ends. Aveda Nutriplenish Leave-In Conditioner is my go-to.
Spray product into towel dried hair and brush through the hair to detangle. When you start blowdrying the hair, aim towards the panels/root area to dry first. When your hair is wet, it is more fragile. Drying that area first will take the stress off of your natural hair from holding up the extensions.
After the root area is dry, finish the rest of the hair as usual. When extensions are overgrown, it is a good idea to keep your hair pulled back. Try a braid or low pony, especially when going to bed.
EasiHair Pro Removal Kit
It is usually not recommended for you to try to remove your hair extensions on your own. However, since salons are not open right now, Easihair Pro has put together webinars to show you how to safely remove your extensions at home. Above are photos of outgrown hand-tied and tape-in extensions.
To do this, you will need to order a one-time removal kit for tape-in or for hand-tied hair extensions. Someone in your household will need to help you with the removal.
If you are an extension client with any questions or concerns, feel free to call 414.227.2888 to schedule a phone or video consult or contact Easihair Pro directly at 858.704.4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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