Looking After Your Prebonded Hair Extensions
Hair Extensions will behave as
your own natural hair. Natural hair loss is normal and to be expected.
(This is the hair which you would find in the plug hole or your hair
On average you loose between 50-150 hairs a day so it is normal
that some of these hairs will remain trapped inside your bonds. These
can be seen as little hairs with a white dot on the end (the hair bulb) it is not your
hair being pulled from the root.
This image shows bonded extensions at the end of wear in need of removal.
The shed hair can be clearly seen protruding fro the top of the bond.
It is also normal to expect a percentage of extension loss during the course of wear, the amount of bond loss will depend on your natural shed rate and natural hair growth, the extension brand you are wearing will also determine the strength and durability of the bond.
In this image you can clearly see the natural shed hair trapped in the bonds which have slipped out.
This is perfectly normal.
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 bonds / attachments and hair extensions
condition. No liability is accepted in this event.
Do not wash your
bonded extensions until 48 hours after fitting. This will allow the bonds
to fully harden / adhere. Washing prior to this risks water seeping into the
bonds causing them to soften, crumble and break down.
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.
Always brush your hair before shampooing remove any knots and tangles.
Shampooing should be done in an upright position in the shower. You are strongly
advised not to lean over the bath with your head upside down.
Always brush your hair before shampooing remove any knots and tangles
Always use the recommended shampoo designed for the range of hair you had fitted.
not use the traditional circular rubbing motion as this may tangle the
bonds / attachments and cause matting, use an up and down massaging motion all over
the scalp, moving gently down to the mid lengths and ends. Ensure the
shampoo is thoroughly rinsed using clean water and rinse for longer than when your hair is extension free as
shampoo can build up in the root area and cause itching.
using shampoos containing silicone, lanolin or any type of
oil. Never use products containing sulphur (e.g anti dandruff
shampoos) as all of these ingredients will break down your bonds.
Always use the recommended
conditioner and conditioning treatment for the brand of extensions you are
wearing. Some conditioners have silicone additives which will cause a
build up on the hair. Condition the mid lengths and ends only. Never
apply conditioner over the bonds / attachments as this will cause bond breakdown and
Hold hair in a low ponytail and use a wide toothed shower comb to distribute the conditioner through the mid lengths and ends, this also helps with detangling. (starting from the ends working your way up to BELOW the bonds. DO NOT COMB THE BONDS.)
Thoroughly rinse, gently squeeze out excess water and wrap in a towel.
Blot excess water do not rub.
Finally apply a leave in conditioner or Argan Oil through the mid lengths and ends.
*Great Lengths clients must use the Anti Tap Final Rinse every time the hair is washed. Details of Anti Tap are further down the page.
Do not leave the hair in the towel for a prolonged period of time.
Gently blot, not rub the hair. Again hold in a low pony tail and comb through with the shower comb as before.
Take the hair into three or four sections and using a brush specifically designed for use with hair extensions, support the hair at the root, start brushing from the ends, through to the mid lengths and up and over the bonds. The extension brush has long, flexible bristles which will brush at the roots and bend over the bonds preventing pulling on them.
bond is at its most vulnerable when it is wet so it is essential to
thoroughly dry your bonds first on a low heat setting, even if you
intend to allow the rest to dry naturally. If blow drying your
entire extensions use a mild heat and always finish with the 'cold shot'
setting. Your extensions will take longer to dry than natural hair!
NEVER EVER tie your hair up whilst it is wet - this will cause your extensions to clump together and form a matte ball.
HEATED STYLING TOOLS
Tongs and Heated Rollers can all be used but must be kept away from the
bonds as they will cause them to melt if they come into contact. Always
use the recommended heat protection product.
recommended extension brush should always be used. These are designed to
allow brushing at the root without damaging or snagging the bonds / attachments.Section
the hair into 3-4 rows, starting at the bottom row, supporting the hair
at the bond, begin from the ends, using downward strokes, gradually
working your way up to the roots. The flexible bristles on your
extension brush will get in at the scalp above the bond and then bend
over the bond without snagging. Repeat through all sections.
Once a week separate the bonds one by one, row by row as occasionally they can get tangled with the neighbouring bond.
Below shows a demonstration of the natural shed hair in the bonds, if correct brushing and separating is not performed, eventually the shed hair in each bond gets caught up with the bonds either side and leads to matting at the root area.
The same cam happen if you do not return for a removal within the recommended timescale due to the larger amount of shed hair.
Matting is one of the primary causes of damage to the natural hair due to the hair being pulled into the matted area from different angles causing tension and strain on the root area.
Unfortunately if matting has begun to form the only way to safely remove it is to remove the extensions from the effected area and gently teasing the matt apart. (This also takes longer at your removal appointment, so does end up costing more, so be vigilant to save your hair and your pennies!)
Clients can return for a maintenance / bond tidy appointment to have the shed hair trimmed away (as in the final drawing) which also keeps the bonds matt free.
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.
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.
Lengths clients must always finish with Anti Tap Final rinse) Never
leave wet hair tied up after swimming.
Please read further aftercare guidelines on swimming by clicking he link HOLIDAY AFTERCARE
Tie hair up
and wash thoroughly after. Perspiration / sweat contains salt which can
cause bond deterioration. (Sweating also means your hair is in a damp
Regular exercise needing lots of hair washing could have an impact on your bonds, effecting the lifespan / term of wear.
SAUNAS / STEAM ROOMS
Regular use is not recommended. For occasional use wrap dry hair in a towel or hair turban.
Wrap dry hair in a towel or hair turban.
Styling products can be used but avoid products containing silicone. Never apply products on the bonds / attachments.
COLOURING YOUR EXTENSIONS
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
*see FAQ's for further info on colouring your hair 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
Additional aftercare is required if you are wearing your extensions on holiday please click the link to read HOLIDAY AFTERCARE
Your bonded extensions have a lifespan between 3-6 months depending on which brand you are wearing, your natural hair growth rate, your natural shed rate and how well they have been maintained.
You can see how far the bonds have grown down in this image.
You must return to have your bonds professionally removed.
Removal times vary and will depend on the brand. (Great Lengths bonds are the hardest wearing with firmer bonds so take the longest removal time)
The bonds are removed using a removal tool and solution, the natural shed hair is teased away from the natural hair and brushed out. The longer the extensions have been in, the more shed hair to release, so therefore will take longer to remove. Removals are charged at an hourly rate, so if you have allowed matting to occur through poor aftercare, this will cost you more when it comes to removal.
*No liability is accepted for damage occuring through self removal or if bond removal is carried out by third parties including other extensionists and salons.
Great Lengths Wearers Should Always Use Anti Tap (Final Rinse)
Recommended for use with Great Lengths extensions, although can be used with any brand. This amazing product eliminates the damaging effects of alkalinity by making tap water the correct PH balance.
It creates natural shine & body & improves the moisture balance. It reduces frizz, fading & matting and helps to preserve the lifespan of your extensions.
How To Mix Great Lengths Anti Tap Water (Final Rinse)
Anti Tap water should be used AFTER shampooing and conditioning and is the final rinse. There is no need to rinse it off as it is a leave in product. Leave to soak in for a minute or two. Dry and style as required.
The anti tap water must be diluted. This can be done in your applicator bottle by pouring the anti tap to the bottom grove - line and filling to the top grove - line with ordinary tap water. (Or in your Great Lengths Spray Bottle)
If you don't have the applicator bottle - dilute 4 capfuls (30ml) of anti tap water in 600ml (1 1/4 pint) of ordinary tap water.
It is best when made up at least 1/2 an hour before use. I recommend making a fresh solution after each use ready for your next shampoo.
Very occasionally clients have reported their hair feels greasy after prolonged use. This is very rare, but should you find this a problem, do not stop using your anti tap, simply half the quantity of anti tap water in the same amount of tap water.
Here is a useful video demonstrating the correct procedures for shampooing and blowdrying your extensions.