Celebrities on Red carpets and magazines have normalised hair extensions. Hair Extensions have been a trending topic among many women on YouTube. It is arguable that the main reason for the popularity of hair extensions is that one can get instant gratification. That extension adds to the thickness and fullness of hair in a shorter period of time than waiting for hair to grow.
As a woman, confidence is in constant flux, I know we all have those days that we just feel great. Our skin is glowing, our eyeliner went on just right, and our hair is lying the right way. And then we have those weeks where we just feel like our look has passed its expiration date.
Diane Shawe Author of ‘Getting Started in the Hair Extension Business’ and ‘How Hair Extensions are Sourced, Graded and Treated’ introduces the top 10 costly mistakes new and experienced clients make with their hair extensions.
1. Buying advertised premium Hair Extensions Cheaply
There is nothing wrong with cheap hair extensions but, when someone is marketing grade AAA virgin Brazilian double drawn human hair 18inches for £15 or $23 a bundle what sounds to Good to be true is often untrue.
If you do decide to buy this type of hair my advice is that they are only meant to be worn for fun or a couple of times.
Often cheap hair extensions are produced from mixed fibers and can look very glossy and healthy. If Worn excessively or worn to bed they will frizz and become matted.
All the other issues mentioned below would also be related.
So if you want your hair tho look like your favourite celebrity remember they are paying the going rates for the best.
2. Using Hair spray
Most hair extensions are processed abroad. In line with exporting regulations they have to be sprayed and sealed with an insect repellent so that insects cannot cross borders or the hair become infested by lice. Some hair extensions could be in packaging several months or a couple of years!
They are also subjected tho high pressure treatments such as colouring, perming and straightening. They then have tho be rehydrated and often gloss sealed to look enriching so you will buy and war them.
Hairspray from a can destroys all this. If you want to use a spray use pump action instead.
3. Leaving hair loose in bed
I advise all my clients to tie up their hair extensions at need time. Why?
To keep them from getting dried out from moisture from constantly being rubbed against the pillows.
To stop them becoming matted which would result in stressful brushing which causes premature loosening.
4. Wrong Brush
If your new tho hair extensions the brutish you choose to use will determine how your hair extensions look and are maintained.
The roots of your hair and the top of your hair extensions needed to be kept free from tangles short that the hair moves freely and naturally
You need to be able to brush your hair through so as to keep it tangle free workout tugging or causing pre mature loosening
The right brush will also help to make your hair look healtier and shiny.
5. Washing everyday
Hair Extensions do not produce their own oils, you have yup supplement and hydrate them yourself.
Washing them everyday will result in pre mature loosening as the water weighs them down and the oils in the shampoo makes them slide down with the weight of the water.
I know the objective is to probably wash your own greasy hair but it is best you separate the top of your own hair and wash that each day or use a reputable dry shampoo.
It is best to only wash your semi permanent hair extensions once a week to get the longest wear out of them.
Hair extensions will become dry and brittle and matt even more when they are dehydrated.
Central heating, air conditioned and being under electric lighting everyday and point 5 contributes to the drying out of hair extensions.
I recommend using a none oil based daily leave in conditioner. Spray from the roots through to the end every morning and before going to bed.
On the topic of Itchy scalp
People with normal to dry scalps will experience itching when wearing hair extensions because the hair extensions are absorbing what little moisture you have on your scalp so its making your scalp even more dry. Its important to spray the leave in conditioner onto your scalp.
7. Changing hair Extensions colour
In my professional opinion there should be no need to colour hair extensions because most of the popular colours are in distribution.
However as 90% of hair extensions come from Asia were all natural hair colour is black the only hair I will personally work with is 100% natural virgin hair.
If you are not experienced in knowing the difference between blended hair, human hair and virgin hair don’t attempt to re-colour it could be an expensive mistake.
8. Not preparing for holiday
OMG the amount of disaster stories I have heard with regards to this subject matter. Customers spend hundreds on lovely hair prior to flying out on that dream holiday only to end up with a partner or friend cutting it out. This is a big subject and the best I can do is recommend you download my care brochure by clicking here.
9. Oil based products
When you pour oil into water it floats, oil coats things, only the ingredient it is carrying penetrates. So when you put too much oil on your hair extensions it weighs them down, it sticks to your hair and attract the invisible particles to stick to your hair (the bits you see under a purple ultralight)
Try to use none oil based products, try not to commit murder by serums on your hair extensions.
10. Going to bed with wet hair
Why would you want to go to bed with your hair wet? Why would you be washing your hair that late anyway, why not in the morning? It makes no sense! Rant over… Just don’t do it! Matting, Tugging, Loss of hair so extensions look thinner, pre mature loosening I think you get the message.
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