4 Crucial Tips for Washing Your Hair Extensions30-03-2019
4 Crucial Tips for Washing Your Hair Extensions
For most women, getting hair extensions is quite exciting, and it’s not hard to work out why. Extensions make women feel more feminine and beautiful, and they get a whole new look – it can feel like a whole new identity for some.
With the modern popularity of hair extensions, it won’t be a surprise to hear that every week we are contacted by so many women looking for hair extensions in Manchester. That means we get to talk them through the process from start to finish; we hear about their ideals, expectations and hopes and fears – and of course we pass on lots of tips.
Hair extensions require consistent aftercare…
One thing we have noticed over the years is that although women are super excited to have new hair extensions, they often haven’t considered the maintenance factor. The reality is that hair extensions do require various forms of aftercare if they are to stay looking sleek and beautiful for many months to come. You simply can’t treat your hair extensions like normal hair, which is alive and therefore more resilient and robust.
One of the most important maintenance considerations is how to wash your hair extensions. You will need to pay attention not only to the products you wash them with, but also to pre-wash preparation, and washing and drying techniques.
Here are our best tips for washing your hair extensions:
1.Brush your hair before washing it -
This one isn’t obvious to everyone, but it is very important to brush your hair thoroughly before washing – every time. For this we always recommend Tangle Teezer brushes, which have softer, flexible bristles and are gentler on hair extensions.
the reason you always – we repeat always - need to brush before washing is that hair extensions can get tangled. This is especially likely if you’re not brushing them several times a day. Sometimes you won’t notice that the hair is a getting tangled, especially if it’s around the back of the head or underneath, near to or around the micro rings or bonds.
If you start adding shampoo to tangled hair and rubbing it around, you’re going to end up pulling it out or making it even more tangled. Then when you go to brush it, you risk damaging the extensions - or your own hair. Spare yourself such costly damage by aligning all the extensions properly with gentle downward brush strokes ahead of your shower. By removing tangles before the water hits your hair, you’ll have a much easier washing experience and drying your hair won’t have to be a painstaking exercise in knot removal.
2. Use gentle shampoos
All shampoos are not equal – particularly where hair extensions are concerned. Natural products are always a good idea, as high street products often contain silicone that adds a fake shine to your hair. That might make it look good temporarily, but it creates a build up that leads to dull, lifeless looking hair eventually.
You’ve probably heard the rumour that you need to change your shampoo and conditioner regularly, because apparently hair can ‘gets used to’ products you’ve been using. Actually, that isn’t true. It’s just that the silicones in the products are difficult to wash out. They form a layer around the hair shaft that prevents water from penetrating the hair. Inevitably that leads to dry and brittle hair.
Also, stay well clear of medicated shampoos, which can contain very strong ingredients that dry your hair out. Your extensions will suffer if they come into contact with such products. Anti-dandruff shampoo is a no-no too, especially if you have coloured extensions - or coloured natural hair, for that matter – the ingredients strip the colour from your hair. That’s only ever a good thing if you hate the colour! As mentioned in our ‘do’s and don’ts’ blog, dying extensions yourself is not recommended.
3. Always wash your hair with a side-to-side motion
The way you wash your hair is off the utmost importance. The first stage is brushing it, but equally if not more important than that is the technique you use for application and distribution of your shampoo.
As you can see from the picture, well-installed hair extensions are neatly aligned and attached to small sections of your natural hair. That natural hair needs to stay in the alignment we attached the extensions in, otherwise it can get disheveled and tangled. That will stunt your natural growth, and potentially split or damage your natural hair. On top of this, your extensions won’t sit right. In short, incorrect washing techniques can make a mess of your hair.
So here’s the golden rule: never wash your hair using circular motions as you might without extensions in place. Always use a side-to-side motion.
You may be wondering why that is. Well, it’s because the side-to-side motion only pushes the hair from side-to-side and back. Circles lead to tangles, as they’re not controlled. The easiest way to distribute shampoo into your hair is to divide it into sections, starting with one major parting straight down the middle, from front-to-back.
This will give you easier access to areas close to the scalp where the rings or bonds sit. You can and should shampoo these, as where the natural hair has been sat closely together it can get a little greasy around the rings. So by all means lather up, but just make sure you’re scrubbing gently from side-to side only.
4.Don’t apply conditioner near your micro rings
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again! Conditioner applied near your micro rings or fusion bonds means you can kiss goodbye to them sooner rather than later. We know you want them to last as long as possible! It’s a simple one: just condition the actual extensions (starting a few inches lower than the rings/bonds), and if you need to, the natural hair that doesn’t have extensions close to it.
The reason is simple: conditioner will make micro rings lose their grip, and gradually dissolve fusion bonds. Save the deep conditioning for your extensions, especially if they are looking a little thirsty.
So, you’re almost done. Once you’ve rinsed out the conditioner, you’re ready to dry gentle towel dry your hair by wrapping your hair in the towel and squeezing water out of it rather than rubbing it with the towel. We won’t go into drying techniques right now, as we’ve said plenty for one article, but if there’s anything else you want to know, don’t hesitate to ask. We have lots of information in our blogs and we’re always at the end of the phone or email if you’ve got a burning question.
Best Products for Growing Your Hair15-03-2019
Best Products for Growing Your Hair
You might be wondering why we recommend growing your hair when our job is to install long hair extensions in our Manchester salon. Well, it’s simply because the longer your hair is, the easier it is for us to install and blend your hair extensions for a natural finish.
Sometimes ladies come to us with short, cropped hair after a regretful haircut; sometimes they just want a change but their hair seems to be taking forever to grow out. We can work with all kinds of haircuts, but it is actually easier for us and less expensive for you if you are able to grow your hair out a little first.
Don’t get us wrong: you don’t have to do that if you’re desperate to put some extensions in. We are more than happy to give you a consultation whatever the state of your hair. However, if you do want to grow it before coming to have them installed, we have some advice for you.
There are a number of brilliant products out there that will do wonders for the length, thickness, strength and overall condition of your hair. Here is our pick of the best:
1 Nutravita Biotin High Potency Hair Growth Supplement
This product works quickly, and many start to see good results within a month. Hair grows much faster, and it will become shinier and thicker too. Those whose hair has a tendency to fall out should find that this product also dramatically reduces hair loss.
If you want truly healthy looking hair, you could very much benefit from this biotin supplement. The bottle gives you a year’s supply and it’s relatively inexpensive at £17.95. It contains coconut oil for extra absorbency, and coconut oil is also beneficial for the condition of your hair.
One of the best things about this product is that it also benefits your skin and nails, making skin clearer and benefiting the elasticity; nails tend to grow more quickly, developing more resilience and shine.
2 Watermans Grow Me Shampoo and Conditioner
These UK-made products receive rave reviews - and so they should. Both the shampoo and conditioner smell good, and they are sulfate and paraben-free, so no nasties will be infiltrating your precious system. They strengthen hair follicles and improve circulation in the scalp, making them great for bringing life and lustre back to dull, dry and damaged hair.
Both products are good for reducing that troublesome hair loss too (something clinically proven, in fact) so the results are consistently positive. Watermans shampoo and conditioner improves your natural hair growth rate, thickening your hair and making it super-shiny. They didn’t win the UK Hair Magazine Hair Awards in 2018 for nothing! Get the set for £24.50.
3 Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum
Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum has been designed to make your hair feel long, thick and shiny… and that it does. The serum combines seven different technologies that visibly improve the length of your hair.
If you’re into statistics, you might be interested to know that this growth serum works to increase hair density by up to 13% over a period of four months. You can get it in a 90ml supersized bottle, but be warned… it’s not cheap at £46.95. Then again, beauty enhancement often comes with a price tag!
4 Leave-in Conditioner: Pureology Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths
Good, strong locks are all about protection. One of the best ways to protect your hair is through leave-in conditioners, and Pureology do one of the best. Their patented Antifade complex and Asta-Repair technology is all about improving the strength of your hair, so naturally the stronger it is the longer it becomes.
This product will particularly appeal to vegans too, as all ingredients are vegan and cruelty-free. The conditioner is a luxurious treatment that will give your hair a protective shield, meaning less breakage and more softness. It also contains heat protection, so you won’t need to worry as much about hair dryer and straightener damage. It won’t cost the earth at £19.91, either.
We don’t recommend hair straighteners on your extensions, however; extensions are drier as they’re not receiving nutrients from the scalp, so they’ll be damaged more easily.
A word of warning
If you already have extensions installed, note that these products are obviously going to keep working regardless. That can mean that your hair extensions are going to grow out more quickly as your natural hair is also going to be growing more quickly. Therefore, once you have had your extensions installed you might want to stop using the products, or use them less frequently.
Another thing to remember is that we never recommend applying hair conditioner directly onto the micro rings (and especially fusion bonds) as this can make them slip (or dissolve). So if you have been using a hair-growth conditioner on your scalp before your extensions are installed, it is not a good idea to rub this into the scalp after extension installation.
If in doubt, pop into our Manchester hair extension salon or give us a call to arrange a consultation. We are all about making the best of your looks, and that includes your natural hair as well as our hair extensions!
How to Prepare for Your Hair Extensions Appointment20-02-2019
How to Prepare for Your Hair Extensions Appointment
At New Image hair extension salon in Manchester, we see a lot of women every day with different types and lengths of hair. This is completely normal and we know how to work with every kind of hair type and cut. However, if you haven’t come to us for a hair extension fitting before, there are a few things you should know in advance. By preparing yourself ahead of the appointment you not only make our job easier; you also save yourself salon time.
There are various different elements to take into consideration when preparing to get hair extensions for the first time. Even if you have had them fitted elsewhere before, processes and recommendations may be different, so we advise you to read on anyway. We want to do everything we can to make sure your hair extension fitting goes smoothly.
Below are the main things you’ll need to take into consideration before coming for your hair extension fitting in Manchester:
Be sure your hair is properly washed with the right shampoo
Unless you have booked in to have us wash and dry your hair before your fitting, you will need to prepare your hair at home. We recommend washing and drying it thoroughly a couple of hours before your appointment, rather than the night before. If you’ve slept on your hair over night it will have had a chance to get greasy again (even to a small degree) - or to tangle. Neither of these make it easy for us to install your extensions – in fact, greasy hair can make the extensions more likely to slip.
The type of shampoo you use is also important. We don’t recommend using silicone-laden high-street products. Instead, use a clarifying shampoo that will strip both products and grease from your hair so that it’s super-clean and malleable when we fit your hair extensions. You may also be interested in our blog on washing your hair extensions.
Don’t use any hair conditioner
We also recommend that you don’t – repeat, don’t – use a hair conditioner on this occasion. This can leave some residue and make your hair soft and slippery, which isn’t ideal when you want to attach a ring or bond to it.
This is also why we always recommend keeping conditioner away from your rings or bonds whenever you wash your hair afterwards. We know you may not be used to going without conditioner, and although it’s possibly an annoying request, it’s important that we can ensure your hair holds the extensions. Otherwise you’ll be back in just to have slipped extensions refitted!
Be sure to dry and straighten your hair properly
If you turn up with wet hair we’re going to have to dry it before we get started, which could eat into your appointment time or extend the time you have to spend with us. That’s probably not going to be convenient for you or for us, so we recommend that you properly dry your hair before you arrive.
Unless your hair is naturally poker straight, we politely request that (if possible) you straighten it before you come for your hair extension appointment at our Manchester salon. However, if you can’t do it, we will be able to do it on arrival - so don’t worry too much. It is easier for us to fit extensions on straight hair because it’s level and provides clarity. Curly or wavy hair needs a bit more navigation to make sure the rows are evenly fitted. We are perfectionists, but we hope you’ll see that as a positive!
Make sure you allow enough time for your appointment
When you first book an appointment with us, we will give you a rough idea how long it’s going to take. We can’t be exact with these kinds of things, since it’s not an exact science and there are unpredictable factors. However, if you have had one of our free consultations, we will have been able to get a good idea of what needs doing and how long it will take.
The more extensions you need, the longer your appointment is going to take, obviously. On average, we can fit hair extensions in as little as 1.5 hours, but it can take up to 3 or more. If you’ve booked in for any of our other services like dying, cutting, washing and blow-drying, you’re going to be with us for longer still.
We recommend that you factor these into the equation as well as travel time to and from the hair extension salon. If you do have any urgent appointments afterwards, do your best to give yourself an hour’s leeway, as we would hate to have to rush your extension fitting!
If you haven’t yet booked in with us but are interested in having hair extensions at our Manchester salon, feel free to get in touch via the free consultation link above. We’ll be happy to talk you through everything you need to know about.
Hair Extension ‘Don’ts’ You Need to be Aware of12-02-2019
Hair Extension ‘Don’ts’ You Need to be Aware of
When deciding on having hair extensions installed, there are many things you should know. At New Image we often meet new clients who have either made mistakes in maintaining their extensions, or had an extensionist who didn’t really know what they were doing. Both of these possibilities can lead to serious damage to your natural hair, or to the extensions themselves.
If you’re going to put hair extensions in, it is important to be as informed as possible about best practices for installation, removal and maintenance. Otherwise you might find yourself forking out for a new set much sooner than necessary. You might also find that your natural hair sustains damage that takes years to correct. At our hair extension salon in Manchester, we always make sure we give our clients as much advice as possible so that they can make the best of their hair extensions.
We are also happy to pass this advice on to new clients before they have made the decision to install them, so read on if you’re wondering what not to do:
Don’t push up your hair extensions
If you already have extensions and they have grown out a fair amount, you might be wondering how to save money on re-installation. There are many salons that offer a push-up procedure, which basically means that rather than removing and reinstalling each individual extension, they simply loosen the micro ring and push it back up the section of hair it was originally attached to.
Saving time and money may be the plan, but you’ll actually lose it in the long run if you opt for the push-up technique. While it might seem like a good idea, it really isn’t. Here’s why:
When the ring is pushed back up the hair, it won’t sit as neatly as it originally did. When not in proper alignment, the hair can become tangled easily, leading to breakage and damage to your natural hair. It is also less likely to grow naturally. Think of it as you would back-combing. The hair holding your extensions in place is essentially being back-combed. As you can imagine, that isn’t a good foundation for an extension, and when you brush your hair you will probably end up pulling it out.
The bottom line is: never push extensions up, always refit them as new. At New Image hair extension centre in Manchester, we never ever push-up extensions. We take every single one out, re-bond it (or replace it if necessary) and re-install it from scratch. This ensures that hair sits in neat rows and natural hair can grow downwards unhindered.
Don’t dye your hair extensions
We can’t recommend dying your hair extensions. Although some people do this, the hair comes from all over the world. It is very difficult to discern whether the hair is going to take well to the dye you use. It might be incredibly porous, or not. The colour might wash out a lot quicker than it does from your natural hair (or vice versa), leaving you with two-tone hair.
The dye might also cause damage to the hair extensions, resulting in you coming back for new hair a lot sooner than you intended to. Again, it could be a costly mistake.
At our salon we have every colour of extensions in stock at all times. Not only that, but we blend the colours to suit your exact shade, so there will be no noticeable difference. Many salons don’t blend as it is time consuming; they have a set number of colours and just choose the closest match from those. This can mean that your hair extensions are noticeable to others, which is something we go out of our way to avoid at all costs.
Don’t use poor quality micro rings
A lot of micro rings on the market don’t come with a silicone inner ring. They are cheaper, which is obviously why some salons buy them. It is very important to make sure the rings being used on your hair have a sturdy silicone inner. Without the silicone, the metal of the ring sits harshly against your hair and can essentially shear it. Nobody wants to damage their natural hair with extensions, but often when damage has been done, they don’t really know why.
This is one of the major reasons your natural hair can be damaged by extensions. Insisting on high quality micro rings will prevent this.
Don’t cut your hair extensions at a normal hairdresser
If your hairdresser has experience with cutting hair extensions, this might not be a problem. However, it is something you should always check before you allow those scissors anywhere near your head. The reason is that hairdressers are trained differently to hair extensionists.
The way we cut hair is not the same. We cut the hair at a different angle so that it blends perfectly with your natural hair and tapers finely at the bottom to look natural, whereas many hairdressers will just cut it bluntly along the bottom. That never looks great on hair extensions, which tend to be a bit drier than your natural hair. That affects the way they lay at the ends.
If you are thinking of having hair extensions installed in the Manchester area, come and have a word with us. We promise to take the utmost care of your precious hair, leaving you feeling confident and well armed with the right knowledge to make them go the distance. We’ll be waiting for your call or email when the time is right.
All You Need To Know About Hair Extension Refits06-02-2019
All You Need To Know About Hair Extension Refits
When our clients come for hair extensions in our Manchester salon, they often have a few questions about hair extension refits. Obviously you can’t just let your natural hair grow and grow without adjusting the extensions, or your extensions are going to get in a tangled mess after a few inches of growth. This means that if you want to keep wearing hair extensions, you’ll have to come in from time to time and have them refitted. There are a few questions we repeatedly get asked about this aspect of hair extension installation, so we decided to enlighten you in this article.
Keep reading for our Q&A on hair extension refits:
Can I re-use the same hair?
Yes, you absolutely can use the same hair. That’s essentially why it’s called a refit – you’re reinstalling the hair we gave you at your first appointment. You won’t be able to use the same hair indefinitely though, because hair extensions are technically dead hair. Since they won’t be receiving nutrients from the scalp the way your natural hair does, they’re going to get tired over time and need replacing.
How long should my hair extensions last?
On average, we would expect your hair to last for between 6 and 12 months. You should get at least one or two refits out of your hair, depending on a couple of factors: a) the quality of the hair you bought, and b) how well you’ve looked your extensions.
Not all hair is of equal quality, and the price of the hair reflects this. We only sell top quality hair at our Manchester hair extension salon, but standard European hair is cheaper than the higher quality Russian Remy hair, so as you can imagine, the Russian hair is going to last longer. It’s normal to get a year or more out of Russian hair extensions.
How often will I need my hair extension refits?
As your own hair grows, the hair extensions will start to move down too. So when the extensions have moved down to around 1.5 inches from your scalp, it’s the ideal time to have them reinstalled. If you leave it much longer than this, the hair they’re attached to may get tangled and (potentially) damaged.
How often you have the hair extensions reinstalled also depends on the type of extensions you have. For example:
- Glue (fusion bond) or tape-in extensions will need to be changed every 4 to 8 weeks
- Sew-in extensions will need refitting every 6 to 8 weeks
- Micro ring extensions should be refitted at between 3 and 4 months, but if your hair grows particularly fast, it could be necessary after 2 months
We think micro rings are the best extensions for various reasons, and since they refits are needed less often, you’ll probably agree.
Should I take a break between hair extension refits?
No, you don’t need to have any breaks. This is because we always attach your hair extensions to your new hair growth. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a break if you want to, but if you wish to keep wearing extensions all year around, provided you maintain them properly and refit when necessary you won’t have any problems.
Will I lose any hair if I keep having hair extensions refitted?
You’ll always lose hair anyway – this is part of your natural hair shedding cycle and it would happen with or without extensions. Most people lose around 80 to 100 hairs every day, which sounds like a lot - but we’re guessing you never notice it! However, the hair you shed that has extensions attached to it won’t actually drop out, as it’s fixed to the ring. This might make it seem like you’re losing a lot of hair when you see the extensions coming out at your appointment – but don’t worry, it’s normal.
It’s also normal to lose a few extensions over time too, and sometimes this can be down to your natural hair shedding. If you lose any, for the first three months we’ll refit them free of charge for you.
Will it cost a lot to have hair extensions reinstalled?
As you might imagine, it takes us less time to refit hair extensions than it does to carry out the initial appointment. You’re also paying for the hair the first time, so the initial cost will be a lot more than a refit. How much it costs to refit the hair will depend on how many extensions you’ve got and how long it takes to refit them, so we can give you an idea of that once we know those details.
We hope this article has answered your questions about hair extension refits, but if there’s anything you’re still not sure about, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.