Hair Extensions Maintenance by Benjamin Kyle Salon in Cocoa FL
Congrats on your new Halo Couture Hair Extensions! Meet your two new beauty routines: home care and salon maintenance.
Home Care for Hair Extensions
Proper home care will maximize the life of your hair extensions. Halo Couture hair is 100% Remy human hair, and with proper care your extensions should last a long time, resist tangling, and have minimal shedding. What’s your motivation? You want your extensions to look natural, remain safe, and you want to squeeze every bit of enjoyment out of them before it’s time to replace them.
- Be as gentle as possible when brushing and washing, anything to avoid unnecessary shedding and tangling.
- Brush hair throughout the day to detangle. A brush is better than a comb, try a boar’s bristle brush which helps to distribute the scalp’s natural oils throughout the hair.
- Keep moisture top of mind. Always use products that are extra moisturizing, avoiding any ingredients known to dry out the hair such as alcohol.
- Always thoroughly detangle your hair before shampooing. Gently later your shampoo with light massaging motions, especially near the bonds. Shampooing in between the wefts is fine, let the water do most of the work.
- Rinse thoroughly and always follow with a conditioner with the same soft massaging motions.
- You can skip the shampoo, like after the gym or workout, but definitely rinse your hair with water and always with a conditioner to moisturize and detangle.
- Apply a deep conditioning treatment or moisturizing hair mask once a week. Don’t get lazy, this step goes a long way to prolonging the life of your extensions.
- You can allow your hair to air dry, or use a blow dryer on a low setting. When using any heat styling tools, including a hair dryer, always apply heat protection spray or serum first.
What about overnight? Never sleep with wet or damp hair. To avoid tangling overnight, don’t sleep with your hair loose. You can braid, wrap or gently tie back your hair or wrap your hair in a satin scarf. Some clients say a satin pillowcase is very effective to keep hair from tangling. Avoid fabrics like cotton that absorb moisture and potentially dry out your hair.
Salon visits are required to adjust your extensions as your natural hair grows out to keep your bonds invisible and avoid damage to your hair. The intervals at which you’ll need to return to the salon will depend on the type of hair extensions you have.
Tape In Hair Extensions Maintenance
If you have tape ins, you need to come in the salon every 6 weeks. We will remove your extensions, clean off the adhesive and apply new tape. After a shampoo and blowdry, we will reapply them to reposition them closer to the scalp and nip the ends. We do this at regular intervals over the life of the extensions. The hair can be reapplied 3-5 times before they need to be removed or replaced with a new set.
Hand Tied Weft Maintenance
Hand tied wefts are more involved to maintain because of the beads and nylon string. The maintenance appointments will alternate between a bump up and a complete restringing. At your bump up appointment, around the 5 week mark, we open your beads and slide them up closer to the scalp. By the second maintenance visit, about 6 weeks later, we remove your extensions and replace all the beads and string. We repeat this cycle for up to 6 months until your hair needs to be removed or replaced with new wefts.
Maintenance for Halos and Toppers
Because you take these temporary extensions out before bathing and sleeping, there is less wear and tear. And no in-salon maintenance is required! But you still need to keep your piece free of tangles so be sure to store it in a safe place. If it needs to be refreshed, it can be washed and conditioned. If you’re not comfortable doing that at home, feel free to bring it to the salon.