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How to look after your hair extensions

If you have just paid a small fortune for a new head of luscious, long locks it is vital that you follow a strict aftercare programme in order to maintain the quality of your natural hair and your new extensions.

Here is my personal aftercare programme. I use it myself and it's the same programme I give to all my hair extensions clients.

It's advised not to wash your hair for 2-3 days after application. If you have had tape in extension fitted it is imperative that you don't wash your hair for at least 3 days to ensure they tape has adhered fully.

If you feel your hair needs washing before this time period use a dry shampoo to remove any oily residue.

You may notice after installation your scalp feels tender. This can last for up-to a week but is completely normal and is due to the extra weight of the added hair. This feeling should be slightly uncomfortable at most and should never actually 'hurt'. Should you feel more than a slight uncomfortable feeling please contact your hair extension technician for further advice.

It's not recommended to colour, bleach or perm your hair extensions. Even if the hair is 100% human hair the end results of these services can be unpredictable.


It is essential you only use products that are designed for hair extension use or have been advised by your hair extension technician. Stay away from any products containing silicone, sulphates or excessive oils. Silicones and sulphates can break down the extension bonds and dry out the hair. Any oily product that comes into contact with your bonds can cause slippage.