Secrets to Success
-Schedule all your re-installs (move ups) in advance.
-Replace your extension hair when necessary. (Generally every 9-12 months depending on how well you take care of your hair.)
-DO NOT shampoo every day and NEVER use conditioner at the root, this causes the beads and extensions to slide. Blondes- DO NOT use a toning shampoo i.e. purple or blue shampoos.
-Use a professional leave in conditioner and oil/ serum on mids and ends to help keep your extensions hydrated. DO NOT use an oil that is colored i.e. Moroccan oil or Olaplex.
-Sleep with your hair in a loose ponytail or loose braid to avoid matting.
-Never use Olaplex. It over keratinizes the extensions causing breakage.
-Brush your hair at least twice a day. Run your fingers through your hair throughout the day. Take care to NOT brush at the top of the weft. When brushing your hair make sure to place a hand on the top of your wefts so you don't cause damage or looping.
-Any water activities, lake, ocean, or pool, saturate your hair in tap water and leave-in conditioner and place in a bubble braid before enjoying your water activities.
-Hydrate your extensions with a professional mask twice a month.
-Make sure you are using a soft scrunchie when putting your hair up and sleeping.
Shampooing & Conditioning
-Scrub your scalp as best you can around the weft. Lift the weft up and out of the way, especially when rinsing. I find it helpful to section each row of extensions and your natural hair in between the rows.
-Condition only the ends.
-NEVER rub your hair in a towel. Loosely wrap it up or scrunch with the towel.
-Use leave-in conditioner and lightly brush through, making sure to hold extensions.
-Try and let your hair air dry 25% of the way.
-Use your fingers to rake through your hair while power drying.
-Make sure your wefts are completely dry.
-Section off hair and use a brush and dryer to completely dry hair and smooth.
Curling & Flat Ironing
-When your hair is completely dry, apply a professional heat protectant and brush through.
-Section off hair and start curling or straightening making sure the heat never goes above 375 degrees.
Recommended Professional Products
Goldilocks products are highly recommended for your IBE. As well as many Davines lines, especially Oi, according to your hair needs.
Leave in products: Goldilocks, and many from Davines
Heat protectant: Davines, This is a Blow Dry Primer
Extensions are very specialized and require a consult for pricing