Abigail Nicholls - Exeter based, UK leading Hair Extension Specialist. Southern Regional Educator for Remi Cachet. Mini Locks, Ultra Tips, The Hollywood Weave, Prebonded, Tape Extensions. Remi Cachet SuperStylist. Great Lengths Certified Salon & member of The Federation of Master Hair Extensionists
Looking After Your Hollywood Weave

Weft hair extensions showing shedding Please note natural hair loss is normal as we loose between 50-150 hairs a day. these are the hairs we would normally find in our hair brush or that get caught in the plug hole. These hairs will remain sandwiched between the rings and can be recognised as loose hairs with a white dot at the end. This is completely normal and not an indication the extensions are pulling your hair out! This image shows a well maintained micro weft (this method has now been replaced by the Hollywood Weave but is a perfect example of the shed hair which will be protuding above the rings, underneath a Hollywood Weave)  This is approx 8 weeks growth. 

Observing the following aftercare guidelines combined with the regular use of the specifically designed aftercare products will keep your extensions and natural hair healthy and beautiful as well as helping to extend the lifespan of your hair extensions.

If you choose not to used the recommended products, it is at your own risk of deterioration of the attachments and condition of your extension hair.  No liability is accepted in this event.

*After installation occasionally clients report their head feels 'itchy'- not everyone will experience this, but it is perfectly normal and generally settles down after the first week.
The Micro Weft is applied closer to the scalp, than other methods so feelings of 'tightness' is normal and again settles within a week.

CLEANSING
With a weft you can wash your hair whenever you are ready, there is no waiting period.
It is recommended you wash your hair a maximum of three times a week using only the products that have been recommended.
Use a dry shampoo between washes if necessary.
Never shampoo your extensions with your head over the sink or bath. Apply your recommended shampoo and gently massage into the scalp taking care not to pull or catch the weft or the rings. Do not use the traditional circular motion but a gentle up and down motion, gently massage the shampoo through the extension lengths between your hands avoiding a harsh scrubbing motion. Ensure you rinse thoroughly, paying extra attention to the root area. Inadequately rinsed shampoo can build up along the top of the weft and irritate the scalp and become flaky.
For clients with an oily scalp/hair or very soft hair it is recommended you use a clarifying shampoo to wash your scalp only and allow the lather to flow over the extensions. (Do not rub into the extensions as this will cause the extensions to dry out. Then if you prefer, gently wash the lengths of the extensions with your recommended shampoo. This well help prevent any slipping by removing excess oils.

CONDITIONING
Do not apply conditioner to the root area allowing it to come into contact with the top of the weft or rings Apply to the mid lengths and ends only and comb through using a wide tooth shower comb to help detangle and distribute the conditioner. (Comb through the mid lengths and ends only, do not attempt to comb from above the rings) leave as long as desired and rinse thoroughly.  If extensions become dry, treat with the recommended conditioning treatment, again avoiding the weft and rings. Rinse conditioner thoroughly. Gently squeeze out excess water and wrap in a towel.

DRYING
Do not leave your wet hair wrapped in a towel for a prolonged amount of time, as it will make the extensions harder to brush. Gently towel dry using a blotting NOT a scrubbing motion.
Apply either a leave in conditioner or hair oil through the mid lengths & ends, again use your shower comb, support the hair at the root area and start at the ends gently comb though the midlengths to below the top of the weft.
Next section the hair by each individual weft. Start with the bottom weft, pin the rest out of the way, using a brush recommended for extension use again brush from ends to the top of the weft.
Repeat with the next weft row until your entire weft and natural hair have been thoroughly brushed and detangled row by row.
To blow dry, section again, starting with the bottom row and blowdry at the root and top of weft area using a med setting on your hairdryer.
Ensure the top of the wefts are dry at the scalp, even if you plan to let the rest dry naturally.
Repeat row by row.
NEVER tie you hair extensions up when wet as this will cause matting.

If the wefts are not thoroughly dried at the root area, over time the fabric and stitching of the actual weft will breakdown and rot (known as weft rot) The weft will break apart and not be reusable.

BRUSHING
weft hair extensions showing natural growth Only use a brush specifically designed to be used with hair extensions.
separate the bottom weft row and pin the rest out of the way.
Hold the weft at the scalp to support the extension and gently brush starting from the bottom and work your way up towards the weft and rings. Allow the brush to get in at the scalp and gently brush over the weft and rings in a downward motion.
Your extension brush has flexible bristle which will bend over the rings without catching and tugging.
Ensure the rows of extension free natural hair are brushed in the same way.
Continue to work up through the head, row by row of weft and natural hair.  Ensuring you do this once a day (best in the morning after sleeping) will prevent any matting occurring.
weft hair extensions matted The above pic (brunette) shows the client has followed the correct aftercare procedures, there is no matting present and apart from the natural growth resulting in the weft being further away from the scalp, it looks as neat as the day it was fitted. The pic of the red hair depicts what can happen when aftercare guidelines are not followed correctly. Here you can see the clients natural hair has not been brushed though the extension hair, creating a backcomb effect. This matting has to be gently teased apart and brushed out before the rings can be opened and the weft removed. This means removals and refits also take longer, so will incur additional charges.

STYLING
You can style your extensions as you would your natural hair including the use of heat tools, but you should avoid the use of oily styling products at the scalp to prevent slipping.

PROTECTING
Use of heat protection sprays and serums are highly recommended but care should be taken to avoid the root / weft and rings to prevent slipping.

SLEEPING
Tie hair in a loose low ponytail or plait. (The plait also produces nice waves for the following day.)  Never, ever go to bed with wet hair extensions as this will cause severe matting.

SWIMMING
Always tie up AND if possible wear a swimming cap.
You can protect the mid lengths and ends of your extensions by dampening the hair, holding in a ponytail and applying a watered down conditioner solution (ensuring it doesn't contact the bonds) plait and secure up out of the way. Shampoo immediately after.
Regular swimmers please click the link and read further guidelines in HOLIDAY AFTERCARE

EXERCISE
Tie hair up and wash thoroughly after.

SAUNAS / STEAM ROOMS
Regular use is not recommended. For occasional use wrap dry hair in a towel or hair turban.

SUNBEDS
Wrap dry hair in a towel or hair turban.

COLOURING YOUR EXTENSIONS
Colouring of your hair extensions is done at your own risk. There are no guarantees even if the colour service has been carried out by a professional. The rings are made of metal which should not come into contact with tint, bleach or peroxide.
*see FAQ's for further info on colouring your hair extensions.

CUTTING
Extensions should be cut using a completely different technique than natural hair, so always return to your technician for a trim. During your course of wear it is advised you have a trim to keep your extensions looking pristine.These guidelines may seem daunting and a lot of hard work, however once you settle into an excellent routine your additional hair will become like your own and looking after them will become second nature. It is recommended you return regularly for maintenance to ensure your extensions and natural hair remain in optimum condition.

GOING ON HOLIDAY WEARING EXTENSIONS 
Please click the link to read the guidelines on HOLIDAY AFTERCARE

REMOVAL
You must return to have your weft extensions professionally removed. Failure to do so could result in damage to your natural hair.

Correctly following these guidelines your weft extensions should last  approx 8 - 12 weeks, before you need to return to have them refitted. (Depending on your natural hair growth and shed rate)

Wefts can become a bit itchy in the scalp area, but it can be difficult to get in and scratch the area. This can be eased by patting the effected area - weird but true!!


*No liability is accepted for damage occuring through self removal or if extension removal is carried out by third parties including other extensionists and salons.

Here is a useful video on the correct aftercare procedures when washing and drying your extensions.
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Remi Cachet Aftercare Tutorial
Remi Cachet aftercare tutorial to demonstrate how to correctly wash and maintain your human hair extensions using the professionally produced Remi Cachet aftercare products. http://www.additionallengt...