Use a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner or a clarifying shampoo when washing your LA Weave.
Unlike other methods with a weft you can wash your hair whenever you are ready, there is no waiting period. It is recommended you wash your hair a maximum of 2/3 times a week using products that have been recommended. Use a dry shampoo between washes if necessary. *your hair may feel very heavy when wet.
Never shampoo your extensions with your head over the sink or bath. Standing upright in the shower or tilting your head back in the bath is recommended to avoid tangling. Apply your shampoo and gently massage or stroke into the scalp taking care not to pull or catch the weft or the rings; do not use the traditional circular motion, use a gentle up and down or stroking motion; work the shampoo gently through the scalp and under each weft with your fingertips.
There is no need to shampoo mid lengths as the lather will run through when you are rinsing. Ensure you rinse thoroughly paying extra attention to the root area; inadequate rinsing can cause a build-up of shampoo along the top of the weft which will irritate the scalp causing it to become flaky.
For clients with oily or very soft hair a clarifying shampoo is recommended; wash the scalp only and allow the lather to flow through when you rinse your hair. This helps prevent any slipping of the micro rings by removing excess oils. Never tie you hair extensions up when wet, this will cause matting.
Do not apply conditioner to the root area, always avoid the weft rings. Apply to the mid lengths and ends only and comb through using a wide tooth comb; do not attempt to comb hair above the rings. Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to keep hair in optimum condition; and make sure too rinse thoroughly. Gently squeeze out excess water and pat with a towel.
Use of heat protection thermal sprays or serums are highly recommended; care should be taken to avoid the root area / Micro rings to prevent slipping. Try to avoid overly using straightening irons. Blonde hair has especially been through a lot of processing and more care is needed.
Do not leave your wet hair wrapped in a towel for a prolonged amount of time, as it will make the extensions harder to brush. Gently towel dry using a patting motion, never rub. Apply a leave in conditioner or hair oil; apply to the mid lengths & ends. Comb through using a wide tooth comb, always support the hair at the root area when brushing or combing, starting at the ends, gently work up to towards the top of the weft.
Section the hair by each individual weft. Start with the bottom weft and pin the rest out of the way. Gently rough dry your hair on a low heat setting until nearly dry, then using a hair extension brush, work from ends to the top of the weft. Never tug on the hair. Repeat with the next weft row until your entire weft and natural hair have been covered.
Ensure the top of the wefts are dry, even if you plan to let the rest dry naturally. Leaving your hair wet in the attachment area will cause the rings to slide down. The fabric and stitching on the weft can also breakdown and rot overtime if they are not dried properly; this is known as weft rot.
Only use a brush specifically designed to be used with hair extensions. Separate the bottom weft row and pin the rest out of the way. Hold the weft at the scalp to support the extension and gently brush starting from the bottom and work your way up towards the weft and rings.
Gently brush over the weft in a downward motion. Your extension brush has flexible bristle which will bend over the rings without catching .Ensure natural hair is brushed in the same way. Continue to work up through the head, row by row. Ensure you do this at least once a day (best in the morning after sleeping) to prevent any matting occurring.
You can style your extensions as you would your natural hair including the use of heat tools; don’t forget your thermal sprays or serum! Again avoid the use of oily styling products on the scalp.
Tie hair in a loose low ponytail or plait, Never ever go to bed with wet hair extensions, this will cause severe matting.Silk pillow cases can help prevent tangling.
Always tie up, preferably in a bun and avoid going under the water or if it is unavoidable You can protect the mid lengths and ends by dampening the hair, holding in a ponytail and applying a watered down conditioner solution (mid length and ends) plait and secure it up out of the way. Shampoo immediately after. Never leave wet hair tied up after swimming.
Tie hair back when doing physical exercise. Wash after.
SAUNAS / STEAM ROOM
Regular use is not recommended, wrap dry hair in a towel or hair turban.
Wrap dry hair in a towel or hair turban.
COLOURING YOUR EXTENSIONS
Not recommended on processed hair/virgin hair can be coloured.
Extensions are cut using a different technique than your natural hair, always return to me for a cut. During your course of wear it is advised you have a trim to keep your extensions looking healthy – remember it is real hair so they will get tatty and split the same as your own hair!
HAIR EXTENSIONS ABROAD
Going abroad requires further aftercare as excessive sun, heat exposure, sea salt and chlorinated pools, all dry out our natural hair and it is exactly the same for your hair extensions. All these factors can shorten the lifespan of your extensions and cause them to dry out. Use leave in conditioner to help combat the drying effects of the sun.
If you are dipping in and out of the pool, place your hair in a bun or use a sun hat, wash the chlorine out thoroughly at the end of the day.
Blonde clients are recommended to use a clear hair oil as opposed to Argon / Moroccan Oil due to it being orange in colour, combined with the heat and sun exposure this can also change the extension colour. No responsibility/liability will be accepted for problems arising when clients go on holiday wearing extensions so take extra care protecting them!
You must return to have your weft extensions professionally removed within 8/10weeks (this will also depend on your natural hair growth and shed rate) Failure to do so could result in damage to your natural hair.
Can be done on the same day; there is no need for a rest period as your rows will be alternated to avoid any strain in one area.