Hair Extension Aftercare

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Charmaine recommends the use of her own brand hair care products on the extensions and refuse the right for a refund if the products have not been used to maintain the hair correctly. Hair Extensions can last up to 5 months with continuous wear if applied and maintained correctly.


Prior to the installation of hair extensions always ensure your hair is washed  with a clarifying shampoo and no conditioner of any kind. This ensures all residues including oil and product build up are removed, these residues must be removed as this can prevent slippage and loss after installation. Your hair must be fully dried as this wil give the best base for application.

Charmaine does not recommend colouring, tinting or perming the extension hair as these types of products contain elements that can damage the extension hair.

The more heat you use on the hair extension the shorter the life span of the hair, treat your extensions with the same respect as you would with you own natural hair, superior aftercare and regular maintenance will keep your hair feeling and looking great for longer.

After the installation of your hair extensions do not wash your hair for at least 4 days, use a dry shampoo such as “Batiste” on any oily root areas as this allows the bonds to fully harden. Tie your hair back in a loose ponytail or plait using a soft scrunchie for bed. Never wear your extensions for longer than 5 months as during this time the roots of your hair often start to tangle together if you have not separated the bonds correctly and therefore it is not healthy for the hair if left.

The first thing you may notice after your hair extension installation is that for a few days your scalp may feel tender and sore, this is normal and will pass and not a sign of a problem but just the added weight of the extension hair.Your extension hair should only be washed between 2-3 times per week.Before washing it is advised to detangle your extension hair,It is essential you only use shampoo and conditioner that is designed for hair extension use.

When washing your hair, do not tip your head over the bath as this could cause tangling – always wash with your head upright – in the shower is ideal. Smooth the shampoo down the extension hair – do not rub vigorously! Only condition from the mid lengths to the end of the hair. Do not apply any conditioner to the bonds as this will cause slippage.

Before detangling we advise you to use a leave in conditioning spray. Make sure all bonds are dried completely. Be very careful when brushing the hair when wet, make sure you support the extensions hair by holding the bonds.

Heated Rollers, Straightening Irons, crimpers and tongs can all be used on the extension hair although it is advisable to use a Heat Protection Spray to protect the both your hair and the extension hair. Serums, gels, hairsprays, etc may all be used but avoid the bonded areas as this may cause slippage.

The only brush you should use near to your extension bonds is an extension brush,

If you use a sun bed it is advisable to wrap the hair in a towel first. If you work out regularly or have regular use of a sauna or steam room make sure the bonds are completely dried as soon as possible after your session – leaving the bonds in a constant damp environment could cause them to deteriorate.

Charmaine does not advise getting Hair Extensions if you are pregnant or for one year after having a baby. She does not advise that you swim when wearing extensions as prolonged water exposure especially with chemicals may weaken the bonds. Chlorine in pools and salt in the sea combined with heat can also cause the extension hair to discolour, deteriorate in condition and matt.

If you do swim we recommend you take the following precautions:

Place your extensions into a braid using a covered band.

Avoid getting the extension hair wet where possible.

Immediately after swimming, rinse hair in fresh water thoroughly.

Ensure the hair is tangle free by combing through with a wide tooth comb, separating and supporting the extension hair as you work through the sections.Dry hair fully and use a hair extension protein spray.

The Importance of Good Aftercare

It is crucial that you make the most of your extensions by taking good care of them and using the correct products.

Correct aftercare is just as important as fitting the extensions correctly. Many people try to save money on aftercare by watering down regular shampoo’s/conditioners etc to “make do” which can have really disastrous results such as dryness, matting and dullness in the extensions.

Hair extensions are a great way to change your look but they do require some maintenance and care. Once you have had your extensions fitted your stylist will guide you through how best to look after your new hair. Hair extensions often cost a lot of money and can take a while to attach, so it is in your interest to look after them properly.

It is advisable to have a maintenance appointment a month after you’ve had your extensions fitted to make sure everything is going well. If you need any bonds removed or replaced then this is the time to do it.

Hair extensions do require a certain amount of maintenance but once you’ve got the hang of how to wash, dry and style your hair your extensions will look great for even longer; it really is worth it!