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Products To Purchase Before Having Hair Extensions Fitted?

If you are considering getting hair extensions for the first time before the fitting takes place you will need to think about the products you will require in order to look after your hair extensions correctly from day one. There is a lot of information available regarding the best and worst products to use with hair extensions, however, with so many options coming from various different sources it can be hard to know what you will need without spending a fortune on every lotion and potion going. Here we list our top aftercare products and items that you will need to get the most from your hair extensions, and why it is important that you use them.

Cleansing Shampoo

A cleansing shampoo is a very important part of the hair extension process. Cleansing shampoos are used on the natural hair, before the hair extensions are fitted, to remove product build-up on the hair. This creates a clean surface for the hair extensions to be attached to and can help to increase the longevity and hold of your hair extensions.

Hair Extension Shampoo

Once your hair extensions have been fitted, you will need a hair extension friendly shampoo. Hair extension friendly shampoos should be mild formulas that have been designed to work with your hair extension bonds, rather than causing them to break down and soften. At SimplyHair we offer a hair extension friendly shampoo that is tried and tested on hair extensions and will make daily washing quick and easy. Its formula is strong enough to clean the hair efficiently, but gentle enough to avoid causing dryness. It is suitable for all hair extension types including pre bonded, micro ring, nano ring, tape hair extensions and hair extension wefts. In terms of what not to use, when wearing hair extensions it is very important that you use products that are specifically designed for hair extensions, and stay well clear of any products that contain oils or serums, as these can affect the integrity of your bond which causes shedding and - in worst-case scenarios - the hair extension detaching altogether.

Hair Extension Conditioner

To follow your hair extension shampoo, you will need to purchase a conditioner that has also been designed to be used with hair extensions. Our hair extension conditioner is gentle on the hair extensions and provides long-lasting shine and a smooth finish, which makes brushing your hair easy. You must be very careful to never apply conditioner to your bonds under any circumstances and should focus on the mid to tip of the hair extensions only. If you require any further guidance on how to wash your hair extensions correctly, please see our how to wash your hair extensions article which will provide you with extensive details on the do’s and don’ts of this everyday task.

Hair Extension Hair Mask

Hair extension hair masks are a must for keeping your hair extensions in great condition. Unlikely a hair extension conditioner which can be used daily, hair extension hair masks are more suitable as a weekly treatment (although you can use it daily if you have the time!) As with your conditioner, hair masks should only be applied to the midlength and ends, and where possible you should try to leave these in your hair for 30 minutes plus. If your hair extensions have become particularly dehydrated, perhaps from a swim in the pool or a trip away, then a hair mask is a great way to revitalise tired looking hair.

Hair Extension Heat Protection Spray

Heat protection spray is a must for both hair extensions and natural hair, however as hair extensions are no longer attached the to root, they are more prone to damage than your natural hair, which makes it even more important when looking to increase the lifetime of your hair extensions. Use before you use any heated styling tools on your hair, to protect your hair from becoming dull and dry.

Hair Extension Leave-In Conditioner

There are so many great benefits to using a leave-in conditioner, which is why this is a great product to have on your bathroom shelf. Leave-in conditioners not only make it easier to detangle your hair when it is wet, but they also give your hair another layer of conditioning which can help prevent breakage and damage from the consistent use of heated tools.

Purple Shampoo

For those with blonde hair extensions, a purple shampoo is a great product to have at your disposal. Blonde hair can lose its violet pigment over time, causing the hair to turn brassy, and therefore in order to correct this you will need to re-add violet pigment to neutralize the yellow tones.

Hair Extension Treatment & Oils

In addition to your everyday products such as a Hair Extension shampoo and conditioner, you will also need something to use for those times when your hair extensions are in need of a little extra TLC. This may be as a result of a holiday, a weekend in the sun, or being splashed in the pool, and as hair extensions are not attached at the root to receive nourishment from the scalp, it is essential that you fill in the gap with an appropriate product. For this we would recommend an oil based treatment such as HairExtensionsBff Pre-Shampoo Treatment. Containing coconut oil, avocado oil and many other nourishing natural ingredients, this treatment is a fantastic source of moisture as it will leave your hair extensions feeling silky and soft, mimicking the oil produced from the scalp. It is very important to remember that, like your hair extension conditioner, oils must never be placed near the root, and should be concentrated to the mid-lengths and ends only.

Hair Extension Bobbles

Hair Extension Bobbles are also essential if you are considering hair extensions. It is essential that your hair is secured back when you sleep, therefore a loose and flexible hairband that won't pull at the roots is key. For more information on how to wear your hair extensions at night please click on the link.

Hair Extension Hair Brush

Following on from the hair extension bobble, you will also need to purchase a hairbrush suitable for use with your hair extensions before they are fitted. There are lots of hairbrushes available, however ones suitable for hair extensions can be a little harder to find, and it is important that you purchase the correct one to stop the brush snagging on your hair extension bonds - such as our specially created hair extensions brush. If you are unsure as to how to brush you hair extensions correctly please click on the link which will provide you with detailed instructions on best practices.

SimplyHair Ultimate

In order to make things as simple as possible, we have put together the ultimate aftercare pack which includes a hair extension friendly shampoo and conditioner, hair extension hairbrush, hair extension bobbles, intensive conditioning treatment, plus a hand aftercare advice card. Shop our ultimate hair extension kit here.