To insure good hair care, quality education is key. It is very important to keep in mind that hair weave is not a magic cure for already damaged hair; it is only an added extension of the beauty that's already there. Virgin hair extensions require the same amount of TLC that is required for your very own natural hair. Remember your virgin hair longevity depends on good maintenance.THE METHOD OF INSTALLATION IS THE NUMBER ONE KEY FOR CARING FOR YOUR WEFT.
THINGS YOU AND YOUR STYLIST CAN DO TO PREVENT SHEDDING...
We hate to be the bearer of bad news but there is no absolute way to prevent shedding. It does not matter what vendor you purchase your hair from or where. Shedding is inevitable and it is also normal. What isn't normal is excessive shedding. Strands and clumps of hair should not be coming out at every turn. To make sure hair does not shed excessively and is kept minimal, we strongly encourage you to notify your stylist to follow these key instructions.
DO'S and DON'T'S
- Do not punch needle through the wefts or pierce the wefts; this leads to increase in shedding and lessens the quality of the hair.
- If you are getting a sewn-in weave, please make sure that your stylist sew in the wefts by looping and tying the weave thread under and over the weft in blanket stitch.
- Keep the use of curling, flat irons, and other excessive use of heating appliances to a minimum. The more heat you use on virgin hair - the shorter the lifespan. As with your own natural hair, heat causes breakage and shedding. You can safely use heat when you apply a heat protectant to the hair because it will block the high temperatures and prevent hair breakage. Curling irons are not always necessary for styling. Flexi-rod curlers, pillow rollers, and heatless hair setters will set your hair to your perfect desired style without heat. These items can be purchased at your local beauty supply retailer, Amazon.com, Walgreens, Target or Walmart stores.
- Wear a satin scarf over your hair at night. A secure satin scarf will keep your hair from snagging, drying out and breaking during your sleep.
- Please use an ionic dryer because it produces negative ions that help to break down water molecules and take less time for the hair to dry at a lower temperature.
- Lastly, keep your hands out of your hair. This is the golden rule that mom used to enforce when we were all little girls, and it still applies today. Playing in your hair causes damage. When you are constantly running your fingers and hands through your hair all the time, yanking, and tugging at the weft, you may not realize this but - YOU ARE PULLING YOUR HAIR OUT! Although it may take some getting used to, it’s very important to keep your hands out of your hair. The only time it is necessary is after you wash and during the styling process. That’s it.
- Do not split the weft. Although many stylists like to do this - please know that splitting wefts are not necessary and can do more harm to the hair than good.
- Don't cut the wefts.
- If you cut the wefts, seal each end with Weft glue.
- Do clip the ends of the hair every 6-8 weeks or at time of re-install.
AFTER INSTALLATION MAINTENANCE
Because the hair you have purchased is of top virgin quality you must treat it as such, or the result will be dry , dull, tangled, damaged and unmanageable hair. It is imperative for you to utilize products that restore and maintain virgin hair natural qualities (soft, silk, tangled free)
- The use of products heavy in alcohol, sulfates, parabens, and other chemicals are not at all recommended, but if you decide to use them, please proceed with caution.
- We highly recommend liquid gold weft glue for weft sealing or weave bonding.
- Use a ph 7 or neutral shampoo; sulfate free.
- Use alcohol free styling aids (mouse, hair jams) sparingly
- ABSOLUTELY NO GREASY PRODUCTS!
- Greasy products will result in weighed down hair, lost of natural texture and increase chance of tangling.
Keeping your hair conditioned regularly helps to avoid excessive use of hair products. One of the biggest myths about people of color and ethnic hair is that you need to have a constant rotation of hair moisturizers, sprays, gels, grease and oils to maintain healthy hair. This is not true. Natural hair is already strong, which is why so many people accidentally abuse it with rough treatment. Believe it nor not; wide tooth combs, natural ingredients such as virgin olive oil, a good shampoo/conditioner, water and your own fingers are the best tools and products for ethnic hair.If you are interested in using hair care products we do have some recommendations:
HAIR PRODUCT SUGGESTIONS
- Carol's Daughter
- Tresemme Curly Hair Shampoo/Conditioner
- Mixed- chicks
- Jane Carter Solution
- Pantene or Keracare
- Organix Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shine Spray and Serum (sold separately) apply while hair is wet.
HAIR MAINTENANCE REGIMEN
Co-Wash is just another way to say “conditioner wash”. To co-wash the hair is to wash your hair without the use of shampoo, but instead use a conditioner of your choice.
Always comb your hair from the bottom up
Distribute conditioner and a wide tooth comb to virgin hair thoroughly before shampooing
- Before shampooing, ensure tangle free.
- Utilize wide tooth comb.
- Always comb or brush hair from bottom up.
- Shampoo at least once weekly.
- Curly textures more often.