The 12 Golden Rules To Care For Virgin Remy Human Hair Extensions.
1. Brush before bed and before washing to ensure there are no natural occurring tangles caused by wind or friction.
2. Do not brush wet hair as that is when hair follicles are at their most vulnerable.
3. Use an Organic and sulfate free shampoo. Sulfate strips hair of natural oils, as there is no direct supply of nutrients from your scalp into the extension strands, its vital that you use a no sulfate shampoo to avoid drying the hair out.
4. To avoid damaging the hair extensions, the cuticles and your scalp, only wash with warm water.
5. Wash the hair gently in a downward motion with your palms, do not scrub or bunch the hair together as this will cause open cuticles to rub against each other causing friction.
6. Rinse between each wash, and wash only 1-2 times.
7. Whilst wet, add 2-3 drops of natural oil such as Almond oil by gently applying it evenly over the hair, these oils will penetrate the cuticles and add moisture to hair extensions.
8. Natural oils do the work of most conditioners without the added chemicals and silicone's, natural is always best. 9. Finally, lower the shower head and rinse your hair (not scalp) with cold water, this is known as an Arctic Rinse it will close the cuticles to lock the moisture and nutrients from the oil in, leaving you with nutrient rich hair extensions.
10. Let your hair air-dry at home, take 2-3 hours to wash and naturally dry your hair - Do not use heat as this will swell and dry your strands.
11. Apply a small amount of Almond oil 2-3 times a week or when required. Argan oil is a great finishing oil for styling and frizz, however its a dry oil and does not moisturize the hair as well as Almond or Coconut.
12. For long lasting hair extensions, moisturize your hair as you do your skin, it makes perfect sense.
1.) DO NOT over wash your hair extensions. We recommend only to wash hair extensions 1-2 times per week. If your own hair gets oily/ dirty in the meantime, we recommend washing your own hair with a dry shampoo in the interim. This will remove any saturated oils from your own hair, but not dry out your extensions. Water (H2O) is an adverse element to hair extensions, whether in the form of direct water or humidity. Water (H2O) breaks down the cuticle that protects the cortex and the medulla. The keratin, which is the natural protein in the hair extension, is therefore exposed to the elements without the cuticle protecting it. If the cuticle is not protecting the cortex, then the keratin will break down. If the keratin (protein) is gone, the hair becomes limp and unmanageable. Now, because the hair extension is no longer attached to a nutrient source (your scalp and hair bulb) to replenish/ repair the cuticle, you must use extra caution to prevent further damage. This is why we highly recommend a daily brushing routine (4-5x per day) and a Almond oil treatment (2x per week) to repair the cuticle and to remoisturize the cortex and medulla. Almond oil is a dry oil and will penetrate the cuticle to the cortex.
2.) DO NOT use any shampoos with any form or derivative of alcohol, sulfates or paraben. These ingredients will damage, strip away the cuticle and dry out the hair extensions immediately. Just because your shampoo is expensive, it doesn’t mean it is safe for hair extensions.
3.) DO NOT brush your extensions when they are wet. They will tangle if you do. The hair is at its most vulnerable when wet. By adding water (H2O) you add a tremendous amount of Hydrogen molecules to the already naturally existing Hydrogen molecules in the cortex, thus making the hair expand (cuticle breakdown) and more likely to tangle if brushed when wet. Let the hair naturally air dry. This is why we recommend you washing your hair at night and let it air dry completely before going to bed. When
sleeping with hair extensions in your head, put your hair up in a top bun to avoid friction at night. NEVER go to bed with wet hair extensions. You will definitely wake up to tangled and knotted hair.
4.) DO NOT blow dry your hair on high heat. Heat from any source like a hair dryer or styling iron dries out the hair. Any time you want to use a hair dryer or styling iron, always use a lower temperature setting and ALWAYS use a heat protectant spray before you start any sort of thermal styling. 5.) DO NOT use lifters or toners. Both lifters and toners whether be in spray form, liquid form or commonly in “purple” shampoos contain different levels of phosphates, minerals and ammonia. These elements again breakdown the cuticle, alter the cortex of the hair and the PH balance. This will greatly diminish the health of the hair and the overall longevity.