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How To Care For Glam Fairy Hair Extensions

Aftercare is just as important as the application. Learn how to properly care for your hair extensions using our pro tips for hair care.

A re-installation is required every 2 to 3 months to prevent hair damage.

 

The Best Way To Wash Your Hair:

As soon as you step into the shower, rinsing and washing your hair with hot water is a great first step, followed by a warm water rinse. Hot water opens your hair’s cuticle, which helps the shampoo and conditioner do a better job on your hair. You want to switch to warm water when you rinse the product out of your hair. Make sure to really scrub the scalp and shampoo twice. The first wash gets rid of all the product build-up, while the second one focuses on really cleansing your scalp. Apply shampoo only to the scalp, and let it clean the rest of the hair when you rinse it out. If you want to make your extensions last, we recommend using Redken 25 leave-in spray before styling your hair. Living Proof dry shampoo is highly recommended if you have oily hair or need to wash your hair more than 3 times a week. It will instantly make your hair look and feel clean and fresh without having to wash it. Your hair's best friend is Olaplex #7. Using this oil each night before bed is essential for your extensions and will prevent dryness and split ends! Apply a small amount through the mids and ends of your hair and brush through for an even application.

For light-blonde clients, wash your hair with purple shampoo once a week. Extensions soak up the pigment from purple shampoo a lot faster than normal hair would. Diluting the purple shampoo with a normal shampoo will reduce the strength of the pigment, making it less likely that your extensions will be left with a purple hue to them. We recommend Fanola No Yellow Shampoo and Fanola No Orange Shampoo for darker shades of blonde or light brown hair. Apply conditioner only from the mid-shaft or low ponytail down. Keep the conditioner off your scalp and away from the tape. You should always properly rinse your hair thoroughly to avoid any buildup, and if you happen to have some residue oils, we highly recommend a clarifying shampoo to remove any excess.

Never wash your hair with your head upside down—always keep your head upright! Do not shampoo, wet hair or exercise to the point of perspiration for 72 hours after application. No exceptions.

 

Brushing Your Extensions:

Brush, brush, brush! Brushing your hair is very important. This will allow you to prevent and rid your hair of tangles while keeping your hair looking and feeling beautiful. A Brushify hairbrush is recommended as it is more gentle on the hair. This is not your average hairbrush! Brushify gently frees knots, minimizes breakage, and maximizes shine. You can buy Brushify at our salon.

Sleeping: 

Sleeping with a silk pillowcase not only feels great, but helps prevent your hair from tangling. Braid your hair into one loose braid or ponytail. Never sleep on wet hair. Always make sure your hair is completely dry before going to bed.

​Swimming:
Chlorine is not hair-friendly. If entering the pool or ocean, apply Olaplex #6 leave-in conditioner mid-to-ends and put it into a ponytail. Wash your hair after swimming. It is recommended to wear your hair up or in a ponytail when you swim.

​Exercise:
Please dry the tapes after exercising. The hair must be completely dry to avoid tangling at the root. 
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Itchy Scalp:

Wash your hair thoroughly before installing the hair extensions and follow the rigid aftercare routine recommended by your stylist. Despite knowing that itchiness is a common aftermath of hair extensions, many people still wonder why it happens. There are various reasons behind this problem and they may vary depending on the person. Light itchiness that happens after the first few days is normal and should not be a cause for concern.

​That said, below are 3 reasons commonly associated with itchy hair extensions:

​1. Sensitive scalp

Usually, if you have a sensitive scalp, itchiness will occur even if it’s your first time having hair extensions. If you have never dealt with dandruff and the extensions are installed properly, then it’s just your sensitive scalp adjusting to the additional strain on your head. Normally, the itchiness is just mild and will subside after a few days. Also, make sure that you are using the appropriate aftercare routine for your hair.

 

​2. Product build-up
When you have hair extensions, you must properly wash and rinse your hair to get rid of all the products. In doing so, you help prevent product build-up on your hair extensions and scalp.

​3. Excessive sweating
If you regularly go to the gym or exercise a lot, you may notice that your head gets itchier as you sweat. This is due to the amount of sweat that sits on your scalp and gets trapped on your hair extensions. The extra weight from the extensions produces additional heat, which contributes to more sweating. The itching can be annoying if you wait too long between washes, which is why it is recommended that you wash your hair more frequently than usual.

IS IT NORMAL TO LOSE SOME EXTENSIONS?

It is important to remember that losing a few strands over 12 weeks is completely normal! Sometimes this happens while brushing or styling! Here are the main reasons:

Root Conditioning: Conditioning is great for hair extensions, as long as it’s done from the mid-shaft down. Do not rinse upside down. This can cause the extensions to slip.

Product Buildup: Excess product buildup breaks down the tape. No alcohol or oil-based products should be used close to the scalp where the tape is. It will break the adhesive down much faster. Please make sure to double wash your hair and scrub the scalp really well, even between the rows, with warmer, not colder water.

Naturally Oily Scalp/Hair: There are those that have excess oil and those that have naturally oily hair. Tape extensions won’t hold as long, and you will need to re-install your tape extensions more frequently (every 6 weeks or so). You can book a touchup ($50) on the website if you reach 5 sandwiches or 10 pieces, or else bring your strands to your re-installation appointment.  

​Only use products that we recommend for your extensions.

Using the wrong products will result in dry, dull, tangled, damaged, and unmanageable hair extensions.

PURCHASE AT GLAM FAIRY SALON

EveryGreen is based on plant extracts and ingredients certified as organic. Made in Italy.

A formula that contains no SLS or SLES, petroleum jelly, silicones, parabens, artificial colourants, and allergenic fragrances.

EVERYGREEN SHAMPOO
Leaves the hair shiny, elastic and full of volume, visibly healthy.

 

​EVERYGREEN CONDITIONER
Provides complete nourishment and intense shine. For silky, healthy-looking hair.

OLAPLEX #6 is a leave-in reparative styling cream that eliminates frizz, hydrates, and protects all hair types.

 

OLAPLEX #7 is a first-of-its-kind, highly-concentrated, ultra-lightweight, reparative styling oil that protects hair from heat and eliminates frizz.

 

REDKEN ONE UNITED SPRAY 

  • Improves manageability, evens out porous hair, reduces dryness, detangles, and strengthens the hair.

  • Helps prevent breakage from brushing; is safe for colour-treated hair, helps prevent heat damage, and helps prevent split ends. 

  • Gives silky touch, adds smoothness, adds shine, helps control frizz, is anti-static, controls fly-aways, and makes blow-dry easier.


HAIR SHEDDING PROCESS

We lose 50-100 hairs per day on average as part of this natural process. However, when you are wearing hair extensions, shedding hair that would normally come out in your brush or in the shower will still be attached to the extension and will not come out until the extension is removed. When the hair extensions are removed, the shed hair is combed out and it appears as though a lot of hair is coming out all at once. There is no need to be concerned that your hair is falling out during the removal process, as this is simply the naturally-shed hair being released.

WHY DOES MY HAIR FEEL SO THIN AFTER REMOVAL
Sometimes, hair feels thin after extensions simply due to taking them out. You’ve gotten used to thicker hair. You’ve acclimated to the way it looks, feels, and now they’re gone, and you’ve left with thinner hair again.

This could simply take weeks to get used to and make your hair feel extra thin.