How to Look After Your Ultra Tip 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 the lock. 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.
is also normal to expect a percentage of extension loss during the
course of wear, the amount of strand loss will depend on your natural shed
rate and natural hair growth. Some clients may only lose a few whilst others do not lose any at all.
Remember to keep any strands which you lose as they can be reapplied at your refit appointment.
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.
Unlike bonded extensions you do not have to wait 48 hours before washing your hair.
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.
Shampoo a maximum of four times a week. Dry shampoo can be used in between washes.
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.
Apply shampoo to the scalp area only but don't
not use the traditional circular rubbing motion as this may tangle the
locks and cause matting. Instead use an up and down massaging motion all
over the scalp, allowing the lather to flow through the mid lengths and
ends, without massaging it in. This will gently lift and cleanse as it
rinses through. 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.
*The Ultra Locks are tiny copper tubes. If they remain damp, occasionally
over time you may notice very small amounts of a green tinged residue
around the lock or on the tips at removal. This is known as 'Verdigris'
and is perfectly normal. It does not damage or stain the hair and washes
away. (You will not notice this in darker hair mainly the lightest
shades and in particular blondes) It is not of any concern as our
drinking water is carried to our taps through copper pipes! It is
however a tell tale sign that clients aren't drying the root area
use the recommended conditioner. 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 Locks / on the root area as this will cause the extension strands to slip out.
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
locks. DO NOT COMB THE LOCKS.)
Thoroughly rinse, gently squeeze out excess water and wrap in a towel.
Blot excess water do not rub.Finally apply th leave in conditioner or Oil through the mid lengths and ends.
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.
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 locks. The extension brush has long, flexible bristles which will
brush at the roots and bend over the locks preventing pulling on them.
It is essential to
thoroughly dry your root area first on a low / medium heat setting, even if you
intend to allow the rest to dry naturally.
'cold shot' the root area following blow drying.
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 Locks and Tips.
care should be taken when straightening due to the Locks being
flat it is easy to accidentally run the straighteners over them.
use a heat protection product.
recommended extension brush should always be used. These are designed to
allow brushing at the root without damaging or snagging the locks.
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 lock and then bend
over the it without snagging. Repeat through all sections.
Once a week separate the locks one by one, row by row as occasionally they can get tangled with the neighbouring strand.
shows a demonstration of the natural shed hair in the locks. If correct
brushing and separating is not performed, eventually the shed hair in
each lock gets caught up with the strands 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!)
This image displays Ultra Tips which had become matted following poor aftercare whilst on holiday. The first image shows the matting, second images shows the removal of the extensions and finally the teasing out of the matting and shed hair. This client was fortunate and her hair was undamaged.
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.
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 locks) plait and secure up out
of the way. Shampoo immediately after. Regular swimmers please click the link for further aftercare guidelines in HOLIDAY AFTERCARE
Tie hair up
and wash thoroughly after.
SUNBEDS, SAUNAS & STEAM ROOMS
Wrap dry hair in a towel or hair turban.
products can be used but avoid products containing silicone. Never
apply products on the Locks or root area as this could
lead to the strands slipping out.
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
professional. The locks 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.
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. Please click the link to read the guidelines on HOLIDAY AFTERCARE
you should return for removal will depend on your natural hair growth
rate, your natural shed rate. The recommended guideline to return for removal and refit is every 12 weeks.
The Ultra Locks are opened, 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)
The Ultra Tips are then refitted using new Locks.
Removals which are not being followed with a refit 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
extension removal is carried out by third parties including other
extensionists and salons.
Here is a useful video the correct procedures to washing and drying your extensions.