Considering Extensions?

Before

For so long I had dreamed of having long, luxurious hair– the kind that spilled over my shoulders and that I could swing around like those women in the hair commercials. I’d watch enviously as other women effortlessly styled their brazen manes, while it seemed that I was constantly destined to struggle with adding more volume to my hair. I had tried practically every product out there to tame my natural curl, but it seemed I couldn’t find anything that would do the trick for too long. I had the length that I thought I wanted, but I needed more. I wanted to see what it felt like to have the hair I’d always dreamed of.

That was when I met Matt. Master stylist and colorist, this man definitely knows his way around a salon. Matt is certified in Keratin Bonds and the Tube Method. Armed with the tools of the trade, he set to work on my locks and before long I was sporting a head of hair so shiny and natural-looking that I dared anyone to accuse me that this hair was not mine. In fact, I hoped no one would ever find out, I knew then that I wasn’t going back. With his expertise and skill, Matt became a hair magician, transforming my often-frizzy mane into something that I couldn’t wait to show off.

I was also surprised by how easy it is to maintain the extensions. As Matt applied them I grilled him about upkeep and the best ways to ensure that I keep them as long as possible, since they are an investment.

Following are some common questions and his suggestions:

  1. Brush gently working from ends toward scalp before and after washing.
  2. Use a gentle conditioning/moisturizing shampoo for dry-color treated hair.
  3. Never use a volumizing shampoo.  Volumizing shampoos raise the cuticle of hair and can cause tangling.
  4. Wash gently in cool to warm water. Do no scrub roughly while washing. Gently comb through with fingers in a downward motion while washing and rinsing.
  5. Do not apply conditioner to scalp or bonds. Too much conditioner or very oily hair can weaken the keratin bonds.
  6. It’s best not to wash more than 3 times a week unless you have a very oily scalp. Over washing will dry the hair.
  7. Softly towel dry by patting before blow drying.
  8. If extensions become dry and damaged treat once to twice a week with Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator, dry hair, follow by smoothing with a flat iron or curling iron to seal the cuticle.
  9. Brush gently with one of the following:   –  Wide tooth comb (ends only)   –  Loop Brush (med-thick hair)   –  Boar bristle brush (med-fine hair)
  10. Brush 2-3 times a day. Brushing right up to the scalp will keep tangles from forming at the base of the extension.
  11. When blow-drying hair, blow downward with hair, not up into / against hair flow. Dry with fingers then style with a curling iron or flat iron if needed. It is stressful to the hair to do a lot of brushing while blow-drying, causing extension loss.
  12. Swimming – Always wet hair with tap water, apply conditioner and braid hair before swimming to help avoid tangling. Avoid salt water, (the worst for extensions), and chlorine.
  13. Braiding long extensions is recommended before bed.
  14. Never go to bed with wet hair.

After

Even with this many do’s and don’ts, it is definitely worth it to have hot-looking hair every day of the week. And they last a long time– at least three to four months if you take care of them as described above.

Stay tuned for more info about extensions… including how the process works.

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