The short answer is "yes!" But, it depends on the hair extension method, and type of hair relaxer. In general all types of hair extensions can withstand relaxing, But I would not suggest relaxing over tape hair extensions. Sodium Hydroxide based relaxers can be used while wearing hair extensions, but you must proceed with caution. It is best to only relax the hair left out of the hair extensions, and protect the rest of hair with a plastic cap, surrounded with plastic wrap. Sodium hydroxide is the strongest relaxer, and may cause damage not only to your own hair, but especially hair extensions. It is best to remove hair extension prior to using a hair relaxer, but with the proper precautions, you can still relax your hair
Japanese Straightening is a permanent relaxing system with an active ingredient; ammonium thioglycolate, which is found in permanent waving. Once again, I prefer to remove hair extensions prior to the service, but the hair extensions can be protected as above. The main issue with Japanese Straightening, is the use of thermal heat. It is imperative the a flat iron passes over the natural hair several times, and the heat can break-down keratin bonds. It is for this reason, that I advice using caution when doing a Japanese Straightener.
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The safest method of hair straightening while wearing extensions is a keratin treatment. We have great success with the Brazilian Blowout brand, we use a dry shampoo to protect the hair extension attachment area; keratin bonds, weft hair, tape hair extensions, pull-thru, and beaded micro links. In some cases, we use the treatment on the hair extensions too. In this case, I would recommend only using the treatment on Indian virgin temple hair, but the treatment does work on hair extensions.
As with any chemical service; it is best to perform a strand test prior to using any type of relaxer, even a keratin treatment. Hair extensions (other than virgin Indian temple hair) derive from a dark hair source, and are chemically treated to achieve a variety of hair extension colors.
It is best to work with raw hair (unprocessed) when straightening, and there are many benefits. Our temple hair is completely unprocessed, and will accept chemical treatments and color like virgin unprocessed hair.
It is defined as hair that has NOT been altered by steam or chemical processing in any way. Raw Hair is the most natural, pure, and 100% authentic hair in the market today.
Since it is simply the highest quality hair extensions that can be found. Raw Hair is not only natural looking, but it acts just like your own natural hair and it blends well with all hair types.
It is important to ask for a consultation before working with relaxing chemicals, and be sure to ask a lot of question of your stylist. Proper vetting is key.
Hair Extensions Background
At Noelle Salon, they evaluate your natural hair, and listen to the client's wishes on styling, color match, and look. They use human hair extensions like 100% Remy human hair, or Virgin Hair (unlike Bellami hair). Hair extensions can be used for short hair or 24 inches of a full head of hair, and they have worked with different methods like tape-in extensions, clip-in hair extensions, Keratin and enjoy using the Veila Pull-thru method with the Veila Hair Extensions for ease of hair care. Styling can vary from flat iron, natural curl, or curly hair. Whether you are looking for a change of style or look for a day such as a Clip-in ponytail, having a high-quality ponytail extension can mix it up for you. Your natural hair journey with your hair growth can be enhanced with Hair extensions when protective styling is applied, and regular maintenance is used. You can change your hair in one day - feel free to reach out and explore the possibilities.