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Whether you have platinum blonde, brunette, black, red, or even blue hair, colour treated hair needs a little extra attention if you’re wanting your colour to last long, please take a look at our top tips below….. 

1. After colouring, wait a full 72 hrs before shampooing

When colouring hair, your cuticle layer is opened, making it easy for colour to penetrate the hair shaft. When you wash your hair too soon after your appointment, the cuticle layer could still be open which then leads to your colour being washed down the drain. It takes up to three days for the cuticle layer to fully close, so the longer you wait to shampoo your hair after you colour your hair, the more time the colour pigment will have to soak into the hair cuticle – which will help your colour last longer in between salon visits. If you are able to rinse your shampooed hair in cool or cold water, this also helps to close the cuticles for longer lasting colour.

2. Use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner

Sodium sulfate, is a type of anionic detergent that is found in many personal care products. This ingredient is used to help produce a foaming effect to your shampoos and conditioners. By using sulfates, you run the risk of stripping your hair of its natural oils and moisture, which can then lead to stripping your beautiful colour treated hair, it will also make your hair dry and brittle with extended use.

Try using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair colour from fading. Within the salon we retail a lovely, moisturising shampoo and conditioner from the Keracare range, which is sulphate-free and can be used on all hair types – curly, wavy, straight, thick and thin!

3. Turn down water temperature when shampooing

Though hot showers feel amazing to some, it isn’t so great for your hair colour. When washing hair with hot water, your hair’s cuticle is opened, allowing your colour to wash out while shampooing and conditioning.

To prevent seeing all of your colour go down the drain, try shampooing with slightly warm water and then rinse with cold water after conditioning. The warm water will allow the shampoo and conditioner to penetrate and cleanse, while the cold water will help seal in the moisture from your conditioner while preventing colour from fading by sealing the hair’s cuticle.

4. Wash hair less often

Washing your hair every day is something you want to avoid if wanting your hair colour to last longer. Not only are you washing away the natural oils that moisturise and keep your hair colour looking fresh, you also wash away a little bit of your hair dye every time you wash your hair. Try washing your hair every other day or even 2-3 times a week to keep your colour on lock.

5. On off days, use dry shampoo

On your off days of not washing your hair, try using colour-safe dry shampoos. These will refresh your hair and make it look like you just got a blowout without even having to wash your hair!

6. Use leave-in treatments to protect hair colour when styling

Coloured and chemically treated hair needs extra hydration and protection from the sun to prevent damage and loss of nutrients to the hair. Leave-in treatments will help keep your hair smooth and hydrated, and it’s important to find one with UV protection so that the sun won’t fade your hair colour.

7. Use heat protection spray before using heat styling tools

Heat will strip away colour and hydration and lead to damaged hair. To help prevent these problems from happening while using hot tools, try using a heat protective spray before blow drying or styling. Heat protective sprays will help reduce moisture loss from inside the hair, smooth the outside of the hair, and protect your hair from humidity after heat styling which, in all, will help maintain your colour

8. Prepare your hair for next colour process

Use a clarifying shampoo the day before your next colour treatment at the hair salon. This will strip your hair of any oils that could block your colour from penetrating the cuticle at a deeper level. We’d recommend clients don’t wash their hair the day of the appointment, as natural sebum oils will help to protect the scalp during the colouring process.

9. Avoid chlorine

Chlorine is a chemical bleaching agent that cleans pools and will definitely strip colour from your hair when enjoying a sunny pool day. Blonde hair is susceptible to turning a khaki/green tint, while darker shades may become dull, dry out, and lose shine. So, if you find yourself wanting to go to the pool, try a swimming cap! Or, try getting your hair wet in the shower, use conditioner, and then don’t rinse it out. This will create a barrier on the hair shaft so that the chlorine won’t penetrate.

10. Keep up with trims

Dead ends won’t hold colour and will fade even faster, so make sure you are cutting off those dead ends every 6-8 weeks so your colour looks fresh from root to tips!

It is very important that all clients with single strand hair extensions follow the guidelines from the manufacturer of their hair extensions first and foremost. Fresh Salon offers some generic advice below, should there be any further concerns, please contact the salon for assistance and advice.

Before Application
It is recommended that you attend a complimentary hair extension consultation to discuss your requirements, desires and what is achievable. If your natural hair to be coloured at the same appointment as your hair extension fitting, our stylist will take a skin and strand test (as required) – at least 48 hours before your colour.

Our stylists aim to create the style that you desire, if you want to lighten your natural hair before extensions are applied, dependent on its current colour, this may take several appointments. This is due to the need to retain the condition of your natural hair. Clients with natural hair above their shoulders may best suit a shorter hair extension length or a different application type. On very rare occasions our stylist may feel that hair extensions would not be a healthy choice for your natural hair or scalp, and therefore decide not to apply them – you will be given a reason for this.

A deposit is required on booking for hair extension services. This is non-transferable and non-refundable.

On attending your hair extension appointment, please ensure that your hair is washed with a clarifying shampoo (preferably the night before your appointment), conditioner should only be used on the mid-lengths to ends of your hair and it should be completely dry – please do not use any oils or serums. If you would prefer the stylist to wash your hair before application, please advise at the consultation, there will be a small additional charge for this. Any concerns or questions, must be asked before the application process begins as once the hair extensions are removed from the packet, they are chargeable to the client.

During application

As our stylist is applying your single strand hair extensions, she will be as gentle as possible, however if you find any part of the application process uncomfortable or painful it is important that you advise the stylist immediately. If any discomfort occurs before our stylist asks, it is your responsibility to tell her immediately.

Our stylist will generally use a heat tool to apply your bonded extensions, most bonds are made of either an adhesive or a polymer – if you are known to have any allergies towards chemicals of this type, you must inform your stylist at the consultation. If you have an allergic reaction during application, this may result in your service being stopped, any time or hair used to this point, would be chargeable to the client.

Micro/Nano Rings are seen to be the safest option for hair extensions, the extension is held/clamped onto your hair with a tiny metal ring which is small and colour matched to be undetectable, they are flattened securely into place to hold your extensions in the correct position.

If you have single strand micro-rings/nano-ring extensions applied, some of the rings have an inner lining of silicon, this helps the ring to grip to the client’s hair – if you have an allergies to silicon or any other allergies or medical conditions that may be affected by the application of hair extensions please let your stylist know at the consultation.

Give yourself time to adjust

Hair extensions, at first will feel heavy and sometimes uncomfortable, they can even cause your scalp to itch – this is normal. Some clients get a headache or find their scalp sensitive when sleeping. As your natural hair grows and the extensions move down away from the scalp, they will feel more comfortable. However, if this persists more than a couple of weeks, please contact your stylist for advice and guidance.

How do I take care of my Hair Extensions?

At Fresh we pride ourselves on our hair extension application and their natural appearance. Please remember that hair extensions require correct aftercare regimes and the use of correct after-care products, so as not to damage the hair. Please remember to ask your stylist about these at your appointment, as they are an important part of your investment and if used wisely, should last the entire wear period and maintain the lifespan of your hair extensions.

Brushing your hair extensions
Use a hair extension brush to brush your hair. Start from the bottom and slowly make your way up your hair, brushing in downward motions. You may want to lay the palm of your hand on top of the bonds/rings, to save pulling on your natural hair. Once any tangles have been brushed out, use your hair extension brush to gently brush through the bonds in a downwards motion – this helps to separate any bonds that may of tangled together. You should brush your hair at least three times a day to avoid knotting of your hair extensions.

Please remember to be gentle and slow when bushing, if you brush without due care and attention and snag your brush on a knot, it could lead to you pulling out the bond, and leaving yourself with a small bald spot where the bond/ring was attached to – ouch!

Always brush your hair before you get it wet, otherwise your extension hair will tangle. Hair is at its most fragile when wet, so try to avoid brushing when wet.

Hair-up with hair extensions
It is very important that during the wear period you don’t pull on your hair extensions, especially where the bond/ring is, as this can cause the hair extensions to be pulled out – including your own hair.

You should be able to tie your hair up whilst wearing your single strands. It may be best in the first couple of weeks to only tie up in a loose ponytail, but as soon as you get a root growth on each bond, a higher ponytail can be made.

Washing and drying your hair extensions

Do not wet or wash your hair for approx. 72 hours after application.

Always brush your hair extensions before washing. Hair should be washed no more than twice per week, each time your hair is washed, blow-dried and styled, it puts further strain on the hair’s cuticle and could result in damage and a shortened life-span of the hair. Hair extensions will not get greasy, as they are not attached to your head and therefore will not become affected by natural oils that your scalp secretes. Some clients that have a naturally oily scalp, may also use a dry shampoo to keep their natural hair fresh and soak up some of the scalps natural oils – which could cause the bonds/rings to slide.

When washing your hair, please use a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner – sulphate will dry out your hair extensions and cause them to tangle. Your shampoo and conditioner must also be oil free to prevent slippage of the bonds/rings.

It is preferable to wash your hair in the shower, if available. Wet your hair as usual, use a 10p size of shampoo and rub between your hands. Now gently rub the shampoo down your hair in a downward motion – not circular motion as it may knot. Wash off with warm water, ensure all of the soap is removed – to prevent product build-up, which can lead to tangling when dry and slippage of your hair bonds/rings. Apply conditioner, keeping it well away from the bonds/rings and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing out. Towel dry by patting not rubbing the hair.

Drying your hair extensions will take much longer than normal, this is due to having double the amount of hair – so give yourself extra time. Put your hair dryer on as low a heat as possible and dry all of your hair in downward motions. If you choose to use straighteners, put them on as low a heat as possible, not over 180 degrees, and use them as sparingly as possible. Be careful not to focus the straighteners on the ends of your hair extensions, as this will make them shorter over time, due to breaking off and heat damage. Hair extension deteriorate with frequent heat appliance use. A heat protection spray should be used with all heat appliances. If hair is left damp, the weft and scalp area can begin to itch. Never go to bed with wet or damp hair.

It is not recommended to use silver shampoo or toners on your hair extensions, as these can damage the cuticle and reduce the life-span of the hair extension. We recommend that you choose an ash tone of hair extension, or slightly amend the colour/tone of your natural hair to match your preferred hair extension shade.

Do not use styling products that contain alcohol, ethanol or oil as these can damage the hair extensions and make the bonds/beads dis-colour and slide out.

Sleeping with hair extensions
Never go to bed with wet hair, as this will cause your hair extensions to tangle over-night. It is recommended to gently brush your hair before bed and to tie your hair up in a braid, to prevent tangling whilst you sleep. It is also advised to sleep on a silk/satin pillow case if available.

Colouring/Bleaching your hair extensions
Never colour or bleach your hair extensions. The hair has already been processed significantly by the manufacturer, any further lightening will cause dis-colourisation, dry hair, breakage and tangles. If you decide to add colour/a darker tone to your hair extensions, do not go any darker than two shades darker – you may find your hair extensions will absorb the colour more in different places and become “blotchy” with uneven colour. Colouring of any sort is against our recommendation, it does invalidate any manufacturer guarantee.

Preventing tangles and breakage of your hair extensions
Your natural hair stays lovely and soft, due to the natural oils secreted by your scalp. Your hair extensions wont benefit from this, so we advise you to condition/moisturise your hair often (at least a couple of times per week), this can be done with a sulphate free moisturising leave-in conditioner or hair masque/serum. These products should concentrate on the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair extensions, not placed near the bond/rings as it will cause slippage.

Your hair extensions are 100% human hair, but there are many different hair extension qualities, if you find your hair extensions are getting dry and knotty, it may be worth considering a higher quality, premium hair extension when buying them next, such as Quality Strands or Queen Bee range.

Never back-comb your hair extensions. Regular trims of any split ends will also help to maintain the quality of your hair extensions.

If your pre-bonded extensions appear white or cloudy at the “bond”, something (normally an element contained in a product that you are using) has been applied to the bonds that is high in alcohol, oil or sulphate to disintegrate the bonds. You will need to have the extension removed, re-tipped and re-applied.
Use of heat appliances will cause your hair extensions to become dry and damaged, and cause tangles.

Holidays, swimming, sun damage and the gym
If you work out, go swimming or into the sea, please ensure all sweat, sea water and chlorine are washed out of your hair extensions. Chlorine in particular, will damage and dis-colour the hair. It is recommended where possible to brush and tie up your extensions to keep them out of the water. Some clients find that if they put sulphate-free leave-in conditioner on the mid-lengths to ends of their hair before swimming, it helps to preserve the hair, acting as a barrier to water – hair should still be tied up.

The sun’s UV rays may dis-colour your hair extensions and cause them to become dry, leading them to tangle and become matted. We recommend that where-ever possible a sun hat is worn and avoidance of strong UV rays.

Will there be damage to my natural hair?
Single strands will not damage your hair if proper aftercare advice is followed to the correct time guidelines. They do take more time and care than your natural hair.

Removal of Hair Extensions

How long will my hair extensions last?

With regards to the life-span of hair extensions, this varies considerably dependent on the quality of hair applied, the colour of that hair and how well you look after them. We do not guarantee any definitive life span on the hair extensions that you purchase, as they are a consumable product. Hair extensions always feel and look best when new, the quality of them will reduce in visible quality and feel the more they are worn, for this reason we recommend using premium quality hair extensions.

Every pack of hair will not be truly identical with the same characteristics from the manufacturer, as the hair will have come from different donor heads, however, our manufacturers have strict quality control processes to ensure that hair meets their standards during production.

You may notice the odd hair extension strand slipping out here and there, this is normal, especially when you think about how many you have applied. Keep it safe and bring it back to the salon when you have your hair removed and re-applied. To prevent lots of strands sliding out please ensure you follow the aftercare guidelines and use the correct products.

Removal of your hair extensions, should always be done professionally by Fresh Hair Salon, we will not be responsible for any hair or scalp damage or loss if hair extensions are removed by yourself or another salon/professional. To remove pre-bonded hair extension a liquid bond remover is used, which will break down the bond, facilitating removal. Once removed your stylist will wash and blow-dry your natural hair, to ensure all of the bond material and bond remover have been cleansed from your hair.

Over time your own hair will continue to grow and the bonds/beads will “grow down” your head with new root growth, this is completely normal. If this re-growth is left too long before the extensions are removed, it will cause tangling and knots. On average a person losses between 50-100 strands of hair naturally each day, these strands do not fall out naturally when brushing as they are still locked into the bond/bead, these stray strands can tangle with the strands around them, causing knotting or clumping of several strands of extensions. On removal of your hair extensions, you may notice natural hair shed – this is normal and should not be interpreted as hair loss due to wearing hair extensions.

We recommend that your hair extensions are maintained every 4-6 weeks. At the maintenance appointment, we will divide each bond, one-by-one, and cut any “stray natural hairs” that have fallen out to prevent them from tangling with the neighbouring strands. Your stylist will also wash and blow-dry your hair with a conditioning treatment.

The advice above is not conclusive, although we have included as much detail as possible. If you do have any questions regarding your hair extensions or their application, please do not hesitate to contact the salon for guidance and advice.

It is very important that all clients with weave hair extensions follow the guidelines issued by the manufacturer of their hair extensions first and foremost. Fresh Salon offers generic advice below, however should there be any further concerns, please contact the salon for assistance and advice.

Before Application of your weave
It is recommended that you attend a complimentary consultation before your weave application procedure begins. This allows our stylists to discuss your requirements, desires and what is achievable. If you require your natural hair to be coloured at the same appointment, our stylist will take a skin and strand test if required – to be done at least 48 hours before your colour appointment.

Our stylists will aim to create the style that you desire, however, dependent on the colour and condition of your natural hair, if you are hoping to change the colour, this may take several appointments, due to the need to retain the condition of your natural hair – based on the outcome of your strand test. If you have very short natural hair, our stylist may suggest a shorter length of extension, or a different application procedure, which they feel may be more suitable to your hair type and strength. On very rare occasions, our stylist may feel that hair extensions would not be a healthy choice for your natural hair or scalp, and therefore decide not to apply them – you will be given a reason for this.

A deposit is required on booking for hair extension services. This is non-transferable and non-refundable.

On attending your hair extension appointment, please ensure that your hair is washed (preferably the night before your appointment) and dry. Any concerns or questions, must be asked before the application process begins as once the hair extensions are removed from the packet, they are chargeable to the client.

During application

As your stylist is applying your weave, she will ask if the cornrow braid/beads are too tight or uncomfortable, if they are, it is important that you let us know, as we don’t want the cornrow/bead to pull on your natural hair. If any unbearable discomfort occurs before our stylist asks, it is your responsibility to tell her immediately.

Our stylist will braid synthetic hair into your cornrow – it will not be seen once your hair extensions are applied. The synthetic hair gives more texture to your natural hair, making it easier for the stylist to create a secure cornrow, allowing the cornrow to stay in place for longer. It is therefore important to let your stylist know if you have allergies to nylon or synthetic based materials, as once this hair is braided into the cornrow, your hair extensions will have to be removed completely to remove the synthetic hair.

Similarly, if you have chosen to have an LA weave applied, the inner lining of the micro-ring is a silicon material, this helps the ring to grip the client’s natural hair – if you have any allergies to silicon, please do let us know in advance. Please advise your stylist of any other allergies or medical conditions that you have which may be affected by the application of hair extensions.

Give yourself time to adjust
Hair extensions, at first will feel heavy and sometimes uncomfortable, this is normal and will take a few days to get used to. As your natural hair grows and the extensions move down, away from the scalp, they will feel more comfortable.

Some clients get a headache or find it difficult to sleep comfortably when their weave is first applied, others get small sores where the cornrow starts or the bead lies. These sores do clear, and tend to reduce each time a weave is applied. If the sores do not clear after a few days please refer back to your stylist.

Your weave may itch in the first few days, this is normal, and is your scalp adjusting to the feeling of the cornrow/beads, this will go, as soon as the cornrow starts to grow away from your head and becomes less tight.

At Fresh we pride ourselves on our weaves and their natural appearance – most people will think all the hair is your own. However, you have to remember that a weave requires maintenance to remain as nice as your natural hair, which we will cover in detail below. It also requires the use of correct after-care products, so as to not damage the hair. Please remember to ask your stylist about these at your appointment, as they are an important part of your investment and if used wisely, should last the entire wear period and maintain the lifespan of your hair extensions.

How do I take care of my Hair Extensions?

Brushing your hair extensions
Use a hair extension brush to brush your hair. Start from the bottom and slowly make your way up your hair, brushing in downward motions. You may want to lay the palm of your hand on top of the cornrow/top of your weft as you get closer to it, to save it pulling on your natural hair. You should brush your hair at least three times a day to avoid knotting of your hair extensions. If you do have tangles, use a wide tooth comb if necessary.

Always brush your hair before you get it wet, otherwise your extension hair will tangle. Hair is at its most fragile when wet, so try to avoid brushing when wet.

Hair-up with hair extensions
It is very important that during the wear period you don’t pull on your hair extensions, especially where they lie on the scalp, as this can cause the hair extensions to be pulled out – including your own hair.

You should be able to tie your hair up with your weave in. It may be best in the first couple of weeks to only tie up in a loose ponytail, but as soon as you get a good root growth on each cornrow track, you can tie up in a higher ponytail.

Washing and drying your hair extensions

Always brush your hair extensions before washing. Hair should be washed no more than twice per week, each time your hair is washed, blow-dried and styled, it puts further strain on the hair’s cuticle and could result in damage and a shortened life-span of the hair. Hair extensions will not get greasy, as they are not attached to your head and therefore will not become affected by natural oils that your scalp secretes. Some clients that have naturally oily hair, may also use a dry shampoo on the top of their head, around their crown and parting, to keep their natural hair fresh.

When washing your hair, please use a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner – sulphate will dry out your hair extensions and cause them to tangle. Wet your hair as usual, use a 10p size of shampoo and rub between your hands. Now gently rub the shampoo down your hair in a downward motion – not circular motion as it may knot. Please remember to wash your natural hair between each cornrow/weft track too. When your hair is washed, wash off with warm water, ensure all of the soap is removed, even between your hair extension tracks – to prevent product build-up, which can lead to tangling when dry. Apply conditioner and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing out. Towel dry by patting not rubbing the hair.

Drying your hair extensions will take much longer than drying only your natural hair, this is due to having double the amount of hair – so give yourself extra time. Put your hair dryer on as low a heat as possible and dry all of your hair in downward motions, nor forgetting to dry in-between the tracks and the top of the wefts. If you choose to use straighteners, put them on as low a heat as possible, not over 180 degrees, and use them as sparingly as possible. Be careful not to focus the straighteners on the ends of your hair extensions, as this will make them shorter over time, due to breaking off and heat damage. Hair extension deteriorate with frequent heat appliance use. A heat protection should be used with all heat appliances. If hair is left damp, the weft and scalp area can begin to itch. Never go to bed with wet or damp hair.

It is not recommended to use silver shampoo or toners on your hair extensions, as these can damage the cuticle and reduce the life-span of the hair extension. We recommend that you choose an ash tone of hair extension, or slightly amend the colour/tone of your natural hair to match your preferred hair extension colour.

Do not use styling products that contain alcohol or ethanol as these can damage the hair extensions. Please ask your stylist for product recommendations.

Sleeping in your weave

Never go to bed with wet hair, as this will cause your hair extensions to tangle over-night. It is recommended to gently brush your hair before bed and to tie your hair up in a braid, to prevent tangling whilst you sleep. It is also advised to sleep on a silk pillow case if available.

Colouring/Bleaching your hair extensions
Never colour or bleach your hair extensions. The hair has already been processed significantly by the manufacturer, any further lightening will cause dis-colourisation, dry hair, breakage and tangles. If you decide to add colour/a darker tone to your hair extensions, do not go any darker than two shades darker – you may find your hair extensions will absorb the colour more in different places and become “blotchy” with uneven colour. Colouring of any sort is against our recommendation, it does invalidate any manufacturer guarantee.

Preventing tangles and breakage of your hair extensions

Your natural hair stays lovely and soft, due to the natural oils secreted by your scalp. Your hair extensions wont benefit from this, so we advise you to condition/moisturise your hair often (at least a couple of times per week), this can be done with a sulphate free moisturising leave-in conditioner or hair masque. These products should concentrate on the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair extensions – then returning to put a small amount a little higher up towards the top of the weft – about 1 inch down from the top.

Your hair extensions are 100% human hair, but there are many different hair extension qualities, if you find your hair extensions are getting dry and knotty, it may be worth considering a higher quality, premium hair extension when buying them next, such as Quality Strands or Queen Bee range.

Never back-comb your hair extensions.

Regular trims of any split ends will also help to maintain the quality of your hair extensions.

If the extensions are shedding from the weft, this is usually due to excessive heat from styling appliances. Check the weft from one end to the other to see if it is in one particular area. If the extensions are breaking in the mid lengths or at the ends, this can be a result of “snapping”. Breakage and snapping can be confused with shedding. Breakage is a common perceived fault and occurs when excessive heat has been applied to the hair. Heat causes damage to the protective outer layer of the hair known as the “cuticle”, which is made up of several layers of scales which overlap and protect the main body of the hair, the cortex. Once the cuticle is damaged, the hair will start to break and snap through the mid-lengths and ends and such damage cannot be repaired.

If you find your hair extensions are knotting, this is not a manufacturing fault. Knotting will occur naturally as hair extensions are a raw product and will behave the same as natural hair. Excessive knotting can happen with poor maintenance and incorrect aftercare. If you are not thoroughly rinsing the extensions after washing, product will build up and will make the hair extensions ‘sticky’ or “waxy” and feel or look “greasy” and this is what causes them to knot.

Matting is a result of damage to the cuticle, for instance, if the hair has been damaged by heated appliances, the cuticles will become damaged and rub together causing matting. The use of incorrect brushes or not brushing and washing the hair extensions regularly enough can also lead to matting.

The ‘bunching-up’ effect that some hair extension wearers experience is a result of poor porosity. The hair can also look and feel dull and dry and it expands when washing, this is due generally to damaged and torn cuticles. Poor aftercare, incorrect brushes and excessive heat use are common factors in causing this. The hair will benefit from a deep conditioning treatment to help restore damaged cuticles.

Dreadlocks do not just suddenly appear, they happen over a period of time due to neglect and poor maintenance. Brushing the hair extensions before shampooing and drying them straight after washing can help prevent this. Get into a night time routine, taking an extra 5 minutes at night to brush the hair and put it into a braid before sleeping. Regular maintenance appointments should be maintained. Depending on the application method, extensions should have regular checkup appointments between reapplication appointments.

Holidays, swimming, sun damage and the gym
If you work out, go swimming or into the sea, please ensure all sweat and chlorine are washed out of your hair extensions. Chlorine in particular, will damage and dis-colour the hair. It is recommended where possible to brush and tie up your extensions to keep them out of the water. Some clients find that if they put sulphate-free leave-in conditioner on the mid-lengths to ends of their hair before swimming, it helps to preserve the hair, acting as a barrier to water – hair should still be tied up.

The sun’s UV rays may dis-colour your hair extensions and cause them to become dry, leading them to tangle and become matted. We recommend that where-ever possible a sun hat is worn and avoidance of strong UV rays.

Will there be damage to my natural hair?
Weaves will not damage your hair if proper aftercare advice is followed to the correct time guidelines. They do take more time and care than your natural hair, but they don’t require any adhesives or chemicals to fit them, neither is any heat used in the fitting process.

Removal of Hair Extensions

How long will my hair extensions last?

With regards to the life-span of the hair extensions, this varies considerably dependent on the quality of hair applied, the colour of that hair and how well you look after them. We do not guarantee any definitive life span on the hair extensions that you purchase, as they are a consumable product. Hair extensions always feel and look best when new, the quality of them will reduce in visible quality and feel the more they are worn, for this reason we recommend using premium quality hair extensions. Every pack of hair will not be truly identical with the same characteristics, as the hair will have come from different donor heads, however, our manufacturers have strict quality control processes to ensure that hair meets their standards during production.

Removal of your hair extensions, should always be done professionally by Fresh Hair Salon, we will not be responsible for any hair or scalp damage or loss if hair extensions are removed by yourself or another salon/professional.

Over time your own hair will continue to grow and your cornrow/beads will “grow down” your head with new root growth, this is completely normal, and your hair extensions will not fall out. If this re-growth is left too long before the extensions are removed, it will cause tangling and knots. On average a person losses between 50-100 strands of hair naturally each day, when this has has been used in the attachment of your hair extensions, it does not fall out naturally when brushing it is still locked into the cornrow/bead, this can tangle with the new root growth. On removal of your hair extensions, you may notice natural hair shed, as well as the removal of the synthetic hair used at application – this is normal and should not be interpreted as hair loss due to wearing hair extensions.

We recommend that your hair extensions are re-tightened/maintained every 4-8 weeks. At the re-tightening appointment, we will take your weave out completely, and give your natural hair a good, cleansing wash and blow-dry. We then re-braid the cornrow/re-apply the micro-rings (in a slightly different place this time, so as not to braid the same hair each time) and re-apply your extensions again. If you have looked after your hair extensions, you can have the same hair re-applied. If your hair has shed slightly, you can have an extra half pack of new hair added for additional thickness.

The advice above is not conclusive, although we have tried to include as much information as possible – if you have any further questions, please do contact our stylists for advice and guidance.

It is very important that all clients with Tape hair extensions follow the guidelines from the manufacturer of their hair extensions first and foremost. Fresh Salon offers some generic advice below, should there be any further concerns, please contact the salon for assistance and advice.

How to Care for Tape Hair Extensions     

  1. Before tape hair extensions are applied, you should ensure any product or grease build up is removed from your hair, and your natural hair is dry. A good clarifying shampoo should be used for this, and no conditioner or styling products should be applied before application. This can be done at home, or as an additional service at Fresh Hair Salon for a small charge.
  2.  Tape hair should not cause any discomfort on application, other than the initial difference in the weight of your hair on your scalp. If you do feel any pain or discomfort, you must advise your stylist immediately.
  3. You should leave your newly applied tape hair for at least 72 hours before washing, this allows the tape to settle.
  4.  When brushing your new tape hair, place the flat of your hand on the tape tabs, use an extension brush and wide tooth comb for any tangles. Work up the hair from the tips up the the roots, in small downward motions. You should brush your hair no more than three times a day. It is important to brush them in the morning when you wake up and in the evening before you go to bed. Always brush your hair before getting it wet, try not to brush your hair when wet, as this is when hair is at its weakest, and damage can be caused.
  5.  Heat appliances should not come within 2-3 inches of the tape extension tab, the heat can loosen the adhesive and lead to the tape sliding out. Hair should  be dried on a cool heat. Straighteners should only be used, mid-lengths to ends of your hair. Heat protection spray should always be used.
  6. The adhesive tabs on the tape may become compromised if in contact with conditioner, oils/serums and moisturising/hydrating shampoos – as well as other styling products. These products can break down the adhesive and cause the tape tabs to slide out.
  7. Be gently when washing your hair extensions, don’t “scrunch” up the hair, rather gently run your fingers through your hair and ensure all shampoo and conditioner are removed. Do not wash your hair upside down, as this may cause it to tangle. When drying, gently pat your hair extensions with a towel – do not scrunch.
  8.  Never bleach or lighten your hair extensions. The hair has already been processed significantly and any further lightening will cause dis-coloration, dry hair, breakage and tangles. If you decide to add colour to your hair to make it darker, do not go any darker than two shades. Any colouring would be your own decision against our recommendations, it does invalidate any manufacturers guarantee.
  9.  Tape extensions are not the best for those who have lost a significant amount of hair due to illness or for those that have extreme hair thinning.
  10.   Please do not use products that contain alcohol, ethanol or oil, as these products can damage the extensions and the adhesive. Only use shampoo and conditioner that is 100% sulphate free – manufacturers add sulphate as it assists in the lathering process.  Sulphate will dry out your hair and can cause tangling.  Use hair care products sparingly as they can build up and cause tangling.
  11. Never go to bed with wet hair, as this will cause the hair to tangle over night. It is recommended to brush your hair before bed, and tie up in a braid, to prevent hair tangling whilst you sleep.
  12.  If you work out or swim regularly – please ensure that all sweat and chlorine are washed out of your hair extensions. Chlorine in particular, will damage and can dis-colour the hair. It is recommended that where possible, hair is tied up and kept out of the water.  Some clients find that if they put leave-in conditioner on the mid-lengths to ends of their hair before swimming, it helps act as a barrier (please ensure hair is washed on leaving the sea/pool).
  13. Removal of your tape hair extensions should always be done professionally by Fresh Hair Salon, we will not be responsible for any hair damage or loss if removed by yourself or another salon/professional. Removal/maintenance should take place every 4-8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows and your aftercare routine.
  14.  A persons natural hair loss is between 50-100 strands per day on average, some of these strands will  be seen on the removal of your tape hair extensions. This is normal and should not be interpreted as hair loss due to wearing hair extensions.
  15.    The length of time your hair extensions remain fixed and their condition during the wear period and on removal, will depend on how well you look after them.  If cared for well, you should be able to “re-tape” them and have them applied again.
  16. Hair extensions are a consumable product, they always feel and look best when new, the quality of them will reduce in feel and appearance the longer they are worn. It is therefore vital to follow good aftercare.
  17.  At times you may find that one or two pieces of tape extensions slide out during the first week of wear, if this happens then there is an aspect in your daily care that has compromised the adhesive. Please retain the piece of tape that has fallen out, and contact the salon, as individual pieces of tape can be re-applied – if after a week of wear, there may be a small charge for this.
  18.  Please note that if you pull on your tape hair, when brushing, or styling your hair, such as when putting into a ponytail or if you get your hair caught on your clothing as examples,  it is possible for the tape tab to be pulled out – this will often take your natural hair that it is attached to with it, causing a small area of hair loss. It is therefore vital that you do not put any strain or pull your hair.The advice above is not conclusive, although we have tried to include as much information as possible. Should you have any further questions or queries, please contact our stylists for advice and guidance.