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 Tape Extensions

Do not shampoo your Fast Tape extensions for 24 hours following application to allow the adhesive to fully fuse.
tape hair extensions removed showing shed hair 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 tape 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 removed Tape Extension and the natural shed hair is clearly visible.



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.

CLEANSING
It is recommended you wash your hair a maximum of three times a week using only the products that have been recommended.
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 tape. 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.
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 to flow over the extensions. (Do not rub into the extensions as this will cause the extensions to dry out. Then wash the lengths of the extensions with your recommended shampoo. This well help prevent the tape slipping.

CONDITIONING
Do not allow conditioner to come into contact with the tape. Apply to the mid lengths and ends only and comb through using a wide tooth comb. (Comb through the mid lengths and ends only) leave as long as desired and rinse thoroughly.  If extensions become dry treat with the recommended conditioning  treatment, again avoiding the tape. Rinse conditioner thoroughly.
Gently squeeze out excess water and wrap in a towel.

DRYING
Towel dry using a blotting NOT a scrubbing motion.
Apply a leave in conditioner or hair oil and using your shower comb comb through the hair as stated above.
Separate the hair in sections starting with the bottom row of tapes and pin the rest out of the way.  Use a brush specifically designed for extension use and starting at the ends, brush through the mid lengths and up to the root, allowing the brush to gently glide over the scalp and tape.  Repeat the procedure through the rows.
To blow dry, again section, starting with the bottom row, begin at the root and tape area using a LOW setting. AVOID A HIGH HEAT ON THE TAPE AS THIS WILL CAUSE THE ADHESIVE WITHIN THE TAPE TO SOFTEN AND MAY CAUSE THE EXTENSIONS TO SLIP OUT.
Work through the rows until thoroughly dried. (Even if you want to leave the hair to dry naturally the root area should be blowdryed)

BRUSHING
Only use a brush specifically designed to be used with hair extensions. Hold the tape to support the extension and gently brush starting from the bottom and work your way up towards the tape, once you reach the tape, release and gently brush at the scalp. It is recommended you brush the hair in small sections. Gently separate the tapes if they are getting matted. (Not opening the tapes, but the individual tape sections, with the natural hair sections between)

STYLING
You can style your extensions as you would your natural hair but you should avoid the use of styling products at the scalp, near the tape as this could effect the adhesive and cause the tape to slip and come out. (This includes hair spray)
When using hair straighteners, do not allow them to glide over the tapes. This will warm the adhesive within the tape and transfer it through the hair. This is not cause for concern, however at removal, there will be adhesive residues within hair which will also need removing, which will take longer.

PROTECTING
Use of heat protection sprays and serums are highly recommended but care should be taken to avoid the tape 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 tapes) plait and secure up out of the way. Shampoo immediately after.  Regular swimmers please click the link for further aftercare 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 Tapes will not change colour, so if there is a distinct colour change to the hair, the Tapes will be a different colour.
*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 aftercare guidelines in HOLIDAY AFTERCARE

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

Correctly following these guidelines your tape extensions should last a maximum of 8-12 weeks depending on your natural hair growth and how often you wash your hair.

*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 ia a useful video on the correct washing and drying procedure.
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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...