Consider The Sources
Hair extensions come from different countries; and are processed differently. Did you know that they are colored with fabric dye? That is why they do not respond to hair color, as our own hair does. Most are derived from dark donor hair, therefore, they are stripped with acid (not bleach) in order to achieve an array of colors. Virgin Indian hair is different, this is offered in shades from medium brown to black, and this hair can be bleached.
What Not To Use On Hair Extensions
Since hair extensions are not part of your natural hair, your own hair oil does not distribute in the same way, therefore the mission is to use products that seal and induce moisture. That being said, some natural oils are too strong to use on hair extensions and will destroy the attachment area, especially in keratin bonds, tape hair, pull-thru, and i-tips.
Avoid These Products; unfortunately, you will have to do some investigation on your own, by reading your product ingredients.
1). Hair Wax, often used to create texture in short hair, will make your hair extensions tacky and is difficult to remove.
2). Products with alcohol, such as hair gel, not only dry, but will lead to damage.
3). Tea Tree Shampoo is great for dandruff but is far too harsh for hair extensions
4). Shampoo with Essential oils, once again the oils can be drying, and they are not good for hair extensions.
5). Dandruff Shampoo is a deep cleansing product and will make your hair extensions tough and matted.
6). Baby Shampoo, albeit it is gentle, but it does contain small amounts of sodium laureth Sulfate.
7) Shampoos with Sulfate; it is best to read the ingredients of your products, especially those purchased at a drug store.
8). Coconut oil is just too heavy for hair extensions and does not shampoo easily. There are other products that provide humectants formulated for hair extensions.
9). Tanning oils, Skincare with SPF, face cream with Vitamin C. Although, you are not applying these products to your hair extensions, you will be shocked that they do eventually get there. Be sure to wash your hands before applying Sunscreen, etc.
10). Chlorine will wreak havoc on not only your hair extensions but your own hair. If you invest in hair extensions, it is best to use a swimming cap if going underwater.
11). Products with sodium hydroxide, especially hair relaxers. You will be surprised as to how many products contain this caustic chemical, read your product ingredients. Take a closer look at your soap, skin care, creams, and lotions.
12). Prell Shampoo is nothing but dish detergent with an acid ph base. It is meant for deep cleansing and will destroy hair extensions.
13). Hair Bleach, never bleach hair extensions. Only virgin hair can be bleached.
Limit the use of:
1). Clarifying shampoo, if your scalp is oily, or your hair extensions have product build-up -- have your professional salon treat your hair. We have gentle products that will remove build-up without damaging your hair extensions.
2). Products containing keratin protein. Keratin protein is all the rage in some hair care products, but overusing this product will damage your hair extensions. Hair extensions are treated with protein in the manufacturing process, you do not need more.
3). Hair Spray, I love hair spray when curling hair extensions. My best advice is to use a medium hold spray prior to curling, and do not spray directly on the curling iron. Do not re-curl your hair after using hair spray.
4). Prell Shampoo is nothing but dish detergent with an acid ph base. It is meant for deep cleansing, and will destroy hair extensions.
5). Dry shampoo and color powder/sprays. Only use these products on your scalp, although they may make their way to your hair extensions. If you use these products be sure to shampoo frequently.
6). Flat iron set at over 375 degrees will damage your own hair but will damage your hair extensions. This is especially true on the ends of the hair extensions. Use your favorite heat-protectant spray to protect your hair extensions.
Since we all have different hair textures, it is important to consult with your professional stylist to determine which products are best for your own hair, and your hair extensions. Curly hair may need more moisture-inducing products, your salon may have a treatment for you.
We hope these tips help you to protect your investment! If you have any tips to add to these, we would love for you to comment below!
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.