Hair extensions have become increasingly popular in recent years as people look for ways to add length and volume to their hair. Whether you want to experiment with a new look, add volume to thinning hair, or just want to try something new, hair extensions can be a great option. Here at Artisan Salons, we specialize in precision extension applications with superior quality results.
When considering hair extensions, it's important to remember that they require special care and maintenance in order to keep them looking their best. Here are some important things that Artisan Salons best hair stylists suggest to keep in mind when it comes to hair extensions:
Choose the right type of extensions for your hair
There are a variety of different types of hair extensions available, including clip-in, tape-in, sew-in, and fusion extensions. Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks, and the best option for you will depend on your hair type, lifestyle, and budget. Let one of our Artisan Extensionists discuss the possibilities of what might be best for you and your needs.
Proper maintenance is key
Extensions don't get the natural oils from our scalp like our real hair does, so it's important to keep them hydrated and nourished with regular maintenance. We must remember that extension hair is usually older human hair that has been sanitized and processed for safe applications. Because of this, hair extension hair must be treated with more care than usual. This includes using our recommended oil or serum at least 1-2 times per day to keep them moisturized and prevent tangling, while brushing through dry hair with a soft bristle Wet Brush.
Swim & Sunscreen with caution
Certain types of sunscreen may oxidize your hair to a pink or peach color which can not be removed. You should also be diligent about how much chlorine & sun you expose your hair to, as it can dry out and damage your extensions.
Avoid heat & oils near the base of extensions
If you have tape-in or beaded extensions, it's important to avoid heat and oil/conditioning products near the bonds, as it can cause them to slip and result in matting.
Pre-book removal and re-install appointments
To avoid matting, tearing, or annoying grow-out, it's important to pre-book your removal and re-install appointments every 6-12 weeks, depending on the type of extensions and your specific comfort level.
Use only our recomended professional-grade hair care products
Using non-professional hair care products can void the warranty of your extensions and end up costing you more in the long run. Never use anything other than Artisan Salons recomended professional-grade shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. Always use a thermal protection spray when using hot tools, and be sure to use the lowest heat possible when styling.
Be gentle with your extensions
Just like with natural hair, you should be gentle when brushing and styling your extensions. Avoid brushing directly over the bonds and do not excessively scratch or rub your scalp where the extensions are placed. It's also important to avoid high ponytails for the first 5-7 days after installation, as this can cause headaches and tension on the bonds.
Let your extensions adhere
After getting a fresh set of extensions, it's important to avoid washing or wetting your hair for at least 48 hours to allow them to adhere properly. This is especially important for tape-in extensions, which may require 12 hours to fully adhere.
Protect your extensions while sleeping
To prevent tangling and matting while you sleep, it's recommended to braid your hair into low back braids or pigtail braids. You can also secure a high bun on the top of your head with a silk scrunchie.
Keep your hair clean
Dirty hair can cause your extensions to tangle, so it's important to wash them regularly, usually 2-3x per week, with only the recommended shampoo that was recommended to you at Artisan Salons. Before shampooing, detangle your hair using your soft bristle wet brush from the ends to the roots.
Avoid going to bed with wet hair
Going to bed with wet hair, whether natural or extensions, can cause the hair to expand and snap like an elastic. This can be damaging to both your natural hair and your extensions. Wet scalp also creates an environment for fungus and bacteria to grow which can cause dermatitis, itchy and flakey scalp, as well as wounds or sores. If you prefer to wash your hair in the evening, refer back to the blowdrying and braiding steps before
Hair extensions can enhance the appearance of hair by adding length, volume, and color. Because hair extensions have become increasingly popular over the years, like most beauty treatments, hair extensions come with risks. This risks have also increased due to improper installation and much misinformation. Here at Artisan Salons, we pride ourselves on elevating the standard at which this service is performed. One of the most significant risks of extensions is traction alopecia, a form of hair loss caused by repeated pulling on the hair.
One of the main risks of hair extensions is damage to the natural hair. Hair extensions can pull on the roots of the natural hair, causing breakage and thinning. Additionally, the weight of the extensions can strain the scalp and cause headaches. Poor quality hair extensions can also cause irritation, itching, and even allergic reactions. Improper installation and maintenance of the extensions can lead to tangles, matting, and even infections. It is important to consider these risks and take proper precautions before using hair extensions, including selecting high-quality extensions, having them installed by a trained professional, and following proper care and maintenance guidelines.
Here are some tips on how to avoid those risks, and how the hairstylists at Artisan Salons are taking extra precautions.
Choose high-quality hair extensions that are made from 100% human hair, as they are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions. Artisan Salons only uses Verity Hair Extensions, some of the highest quality in the world.
Have the extensions installed by a trained professional who has experience with your hair type and desired style. All of our artists at Artisan Salons are certified Artisan Extensionists.
Make sure that the extensions are not too heavy for your natural hair and scalp, as this can cause damage and discomfort. This is why we recommend a full consultation with your certified extensionist in order to determine what is the right application for you.
Avoid wearing extensions for too long without the proper move up or reinstallation. Prolonged periods unmaintenanced extensions will cause damage, matting, breakage and possibly permanent hair loss or infection.
Take proper care of the extensions by washing and conditioning them regularly 2x per week, use only the recommended Verity Hair Care line products on the extensions themselves.
Be careful when brushing and styling your hair with extensions, and avoid pulling or tugging on them. Always brush your extensions with a soft bristle Wet Brush (detangler brush) and avoid applying too much tension on the scalp while brushing.
Never sleep with wet extensions.
We at Artisan Salons are known for our superior and customized approach to hair styling, which is particularly important when it comes to your hair extensions. An experienced artisan stylist will be able to help you choose the best type of extensions for your hair type, face shape, and desired look, ensuring a natural and seamless result. Additionally, Artisan Salons only uses the highest quality extensions that are made from 100% human hair, which also minimizes the risk of damage and irritation, guaranteed. Artisan stylists are also trained in proper installation techniques, ensuring that the extensions are secure and comfortable. Finally, Artisan Salons offers follow-up appointments and maintenance services to ensure that your extensions look and feel great over time. Overall, choosing The Beauty Artisan & Co or Artisan Parlor for hair extensions will help you achieve the best possible results and minimize the risks associated with hair extensions.