Hair extensions are a great way to add length, volume, colour or style to your hair. But with so many different types and methods of application available, it can be hard to know where to start. This blog post will answer some of the most common questions about hair extensions, so you can make an informed decision about whether or not they're right for you.
What are hair extensions and how do they work?
Hair extensions are strands of real or synthetic hair that are attached to your natural hair to add length, volume, colour or all three. They can be applied using various methods such as tape-in, clip-in, weft, bonded u-tip, or micro/nano-ring i-tip extensions. The method chosen depends on your preferences, lifestyle, and desired results.
Are hair extensions damaging to natural hair?
When applied correctly and cared for properly, hair extensions should not cause damage to your natural hair. However, improper installation, excessive tension, or neglecting maintenance can lead to damage. It is crucial to have your extensions applied by a professional hairdresser and follow their recommended care routine to ensure the health and integrity of your natural hair.
How long do hair extensions last?
The lifespan of hair extensions depends on several factors, including the quality of the hair, the installation method, and how well they are maintained. Generally, high-quality human hair extensions can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months, while synthetic extensions may have a shorter lifespan. With Zen Hair, our extensions are made from the finest 100% human hair and with proper maintenance the lifespan is greatly increased.
How do I care for hair extensions?
To keep your hair extensions looking their best, it's important to care for them properly. Here are Zen's tips:
Washing and Drying
Only Zen Hair products should be used on the hair.
Any additional products used will be at your own discretion and should be sulphate free.
You should only wash your extensions 1-2 times per week.
Before washing detangle the hair and separate the bonds.
Smooth the shampoo down the extensions, DO NOT RUB as tangling will occur.
Condition from the mid lengths to the ends of the extensions, do not apply conditioner to the bonds.
When hair is damp, use an oil/serum. Dry the bonds first using the cool setting on your hairdryer.
You will need to use an extensions brush on/near the bonds. This is so the bonds don’t get snagged.
When brushing you will need to hold the bonds to support them, this will prevent excess tugging on the extensions.
ALWAYS use an extensions brush when hair is wet or dry.
Always keep heat away from your bonds.
Always use a heat protection spray before blowdrying/applying any heat.
*The more heat you use on your hair extensions the shorter the life span of the hair. Treat your extensions with the same respect as your own hair.
Can I dye my hair extensions?
Human hair extensions can be dyed, but it is always recommended to consult with a professional hairdresser who specialises in extensions. They will guide you on the appropriate dyeing techniques and products to use to ensure the best results without compromising the integrity of the extensions. Alternatively you can purchase extensions in a wide variety of colours.
Can I go swimming with hair extensions?
Yes, you can go swimming with hair extensions, but it is essential to take some precautions. Before swimming, it is advisable to tie your hair in a loose braid or ponytail to prevent tangling. After swimming, rinse your hair thoroughly to remove any chlorine or saltwater and apply a deep conditioner plus oil/serum to keep the extensions hydrated.
Can I remove hair extensions myself?
It is highly recommended to have your hair extensions professionally removed to prevent any damage to your natural hair. A trained stylist will use the appropriate techniques to safely remove the extensions without causing harm.
Hair extensions are a fantastic way to enhance your natural hair and achieve the desired look. By addressing these frequently asked questions, we hope to have provided you with a better understanding of hair extensions and the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions. Remember, consulting with a professional stylist is always the best course of action to ensure you achieve beautiful, long-lasting results with your hair extensions. You can always contact Zen if you have any further questions.