Hair extensions were never something I considered doing again after my disastrous experience way back in 2008. I had them done abroad and they used some sort of elastic bands to tie them in and they were super uncomfortable and most importantly, not natural looking at all. That put me off for a very long time until late last year, when I had my hair cut short and I instantly regretted it. After a bit of searching around and Instagram stalking, I settled with a salon called Vixen & Blush located in London. They have two branches, one in Oxford Street and one in Shoreditch, I booked in for a consultation and after hearing all the advice and actually feeling the hair and witnessing the methods they used, I was sold. In January, this year, I had my first set put in and I haven’t looked back since. I am now due my fourth visit at the end of this month and I always get super excited to go back there. They use the micro ring method on me which means the hair can be re-used and re-fitted after three months at half the original cost as oppose the bonds which don’t have that option, so, cost-wise, the rings are much more affordable. After the hair is fitted, after care advice is always given in order to how best to maintain the extensions and through following the advice, it means the hair will always keep to its best quality.
When it comes down to care for hair extensions, I have, from day one, always followed what Vixen & Blush have set out, although some products have changed over the months, but they would always be along the same type of caring or styling properties. To keep my hair extensions in their best quality and to ensure they last long, I follow three main pieces of advice and in today’s post I will share them with you all and if you have hair extensions already or planning to get them, I hope you find these tips useful.
Don’t use hair products that are over moisturising – the best types of shampoos and conditioners to use are those for normal or ones to create volume for the hair. Moisturising or nourishing properties in the products causes the ring to loosen quicker over time which means the extension will fall out. Products for normal or volumised hair are made with less softening formulas, therefore are better for keeping extensions for longer. I am currently using Montibello’s Volumising range which effectively cleans my hair from root to tip without being too heavy and leaves it looking fresh.
Wearing them wavy is better than straight – because using hair straighteners has a pulling effect on the hair which over time, loosens it quicker because of that pulling method. Wearing it wavy or curly uses less force on the extensions. My favourite type of tongs are long curling wands like these ones from Lee Stafford which help to create loose waves with ease and they last for days aswell which is a bonus.
Styling products are okay, just don’t use it too close to the roots – the rings or bonds are placed in at the roots, so you would want to avoid putting any type of styling products close to it. The reason for this – product build up. If I’m being honest, it is actually quite hard to wash your hair and get a good scalp scrub when you have extensions in, so by adding extra product to the roots is only going to loosen it even more due to the oil in the products mixed with the oil your scalp already produces. So, avoiding spraying or applying any styling products close to the roots/rings/bonds and this will keep the extensions in for longer. I love using products from Schwarzkopf got2b as they have such a large range of great styling products and they're super affordable.
So they’re my three tips for caring for hair extensions, do you or have you had them in before? If yes, how do you care for them?
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