To ensure that you have the best experience with your PureStrands Hair Extensions there are a number of things you need to be aware of. Your salon and PureStrands have given you "the look" but it is up to you to maintain your hair and keep "the look"!
We have some golden rules and hair care tips you can follow to assist with the care and maintenance of your hair.
- Brush before bed
Brush before bed and before washing to ensure there are no natural occurring tangles caused by wind or friction.
- Do not brush wet
Do not brush wet hair as that is when hair cuticles are at their most vulnerable.
- Use the right shampoo
Use an Organic and sulfate free shampoo. Sulfate strips hair of natural oils, as there is no direct supply of nutrients from your scalp into the extension strands, its vital that you use a no sulfate shampoo to avoid drying the hair out.
- Only use warm water
To avoid damaging the extensions, the cuticles and your scalp, only wash with warm water.
- Wash hair gently
Wash the hair gently in a downward motion with your palms, do not scrub or bunch the hair together as this will cause open cuticles to rub against each other causing friction.
- Use natural oils
Whilst wet, add 2-3 drops of natural oil such as Almond or Coconut by gently applying it evenly over the hair, these oils will penetrate the cuticles and add moisture to hair extensions.
- Natural is best
Natural oils do the work of most conditioners without the added chemicals and silicones, natural is always best.
- Rinse with cold water
Rinse your hair with cold water, this is known as an "Arctic Rinse" it will close the cuticles to lock the moisture and nutrients in, leaving you with nutrient rich extensions.
- Avoid heat on your hair
When at home, take 2-3 hours to wash and naturally dry your hair. Do not use heat as this will swell and dry your strands. If heading out dry the scalp area, where your hair extensions are attached – have your dryer on a medium heat using fingers until 50% dry – then you may use a bristle brush for styling.
- Apply oils regularly
Apply a small amount of Almond or Coconut oil 2-3 times a week or when required. Argan oil is a great finishing oil for styling and frizz for nights out, however its a dry oil and does not moisturise the hair as well as Almond or Coconut.
- Moisture your hair
For long lasting hair extensions, moisturise your hair (with a natural moisture rich oil) as you do your skin, it makes perfect sense.
- You will need to make a regular appointment with your hair dresser to maintain your hair extensions. Every six weeks or so is usual.
- Activities which generate a moist or damp environment, such as regular aerobics, gym workouts, steam baths or saunas may reduce the life of your extensions.
- Always tie your hair up before swimming or any sport. Chlorine or sea water will affect your hair extensions just like it would your natural hair so make sure you shampoo and condition immediately after these activities.
- Only use salon products on your hair extensions, as recommended by your hair stylist. DO NOT use products with a high silicone content as this may loosen the tapes. Do not use products that contain sulphur, such as anti-dandruff shampoos.
- When washing your hair, tilt your head backwards and wash from the top of the head downwards. Try to ensure that your head does not face downwards.
- Gently massage shampoo into your scalp and hair, making sure not to pull on the extensions. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if required. Do not rub or scrub the hair extensions as this will cause matting.
- Apply conditioner to the length of your hair, avoiding the root area, applying only to the mid-lengths and ends. Comb through with your fingers until your hair feels tangle free and then rinse thoroughly.
- We suggest leaving your conditioner in for at least 5 minutes or even longer if that is what the instructions on conditioner recommend.
- Use a conditioning treatment on the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair once a week. Make sure you do not comb or brush the hair while it is wet.
- Do not dry with a scrubbing or circular motion. Instead your should wrap your hair with a towel to remove excess moisture.
- Always dry the scalp area, where your hair extensions are attached, thoroughly.
- Set the blow dryer to low to medium heat and aim the heated air down the hair shaft starting at the root area moving towards the ends, gently moving the hair with your fingers until at least 50% dry.
- At this point a brush may then be used for styling.
- Curling irons and hot rollers may be used, but they must be kept a safe distance from the tape attachments.
- Although the extensions are real human hair they are not root-based and so do not receive the same nutrients and oils as your natural hair.
- AND the more you use heat on your hair, the shorter the lifespan of the hair extensions.
- If you do use heat on your hair, make sure you use a low setting and apply a thermal protector and shine serum before the heat treatment.
- Colouring of your extensions should only be done by qualified hair dresser who is trained in dealing with human hair extensions.
- A test strand should be coloured first to make sure you can get the desired result.
- We recommend only colouring your human hair extensions up to 2 shades darker.
- It is important to keep the colouring agents away from the tape attachments.
- DO NOT bleach your hair extensions.