Hair extensions, especially Great Lengths keratin bond hair extensions (our faves!), are a fantastic way to transform your look and enhance your natural hair. To ensure that your extensions stay beautiful and last as long as possible, proper care and maintenance are essential. Because Great Lengths hair extensions are made from Remy human hair, you can even use the tips in this care guide to keep your natural hair looking and feeling healthy and fabulous!
In this care guide, we’ll provide you with expert tips on how to look after your extensions, ensuring they remain in excellent condition throughout their lifespan.
1. Start with a Solid Foundation:
Before diving into the care routine, it’s important to lay a solid foundation for your extensions. Make sure you have a professional installation by a certified extensionist who specialises in Great Lengths extensions, like we do at Elite. A proper application will ensure that your extensions are secure and blend seamlessly with your natural hair.
2. Gentle Cleansing:
Regularly washing your extensions is crucial for maintaining their freshness. Use an extension-friendly shampoo, and apply it gently, avoiding excessive rubbing or tangling. When conditioning, focus on the mid-lengths to ends of your hair. This will also ensure that your ends remain smooth and tangle free, adding to that beautiful luxe-yet-natural look.
3. Detangle with Care:
To prevent unnecessary stress on your extensions, use a wide-toothed comb or a specially designed extension brush to detangle your hair. Start from the ends and work your way up, ensuring that you’re gentle and patient when removing any knots or tangles. Our favourite is the Acca Kappa extension brush – ask us about purchasing one when you’re next in salon!
4. Heat Styling Precautions:
While Great Lengths extensions can be styled just like natural hair, it’s essential to take precautions to avoid damaging them. Use heat protectant sprays or serums before applying any heat styling tools, just as you would to keep your natural hair healthy, and set the tools to a moderate heat setting. Remember to avoid direct contact of hot tools with the bond attachments.
5. Sleeping Safely:
Before bedtime, gently brush your extensions and tie your hair in a loose braid or ponytail to prevent tangling. Consider using a silk or satin pillowcase, as these materials reduce friction and help maintain the smoothness of your extensions while you sleep.
6. Swimming and Exercise:
When swimming in chlorinated or saltwater pools, protect your extensions by wearing a swimming cap or pulling your hair into a tight bun. After swimming or exercising, rinse your hair thoroughly with clean water to remove any chemicals or sweat that may have accumulated.
7. Regular Maintenance:
Schedule regular maintenance appointments with your stylist to ensure the health and longevity of your extensions. They will assess the condition of your extensions, reposition any loose bonds, and provide any necessary adjustments or touch-ups.
By following these essential care tips, you’ll be well on your way to maintaining beautiful, long-lasting Great Lengths hair extensions. Remember to be gentle, use extension-friendly products, and invest in regular maintenance appointments to keep your extensions looking their best. With proper care, your extensions will continue to enhance your natural beauty and provide you with a stunning and confident look for an extended period of time.
Remember, always consult with your stylist for personalised care instructions tailored to your specific hair type and extensions. Enjoy your gorgeous locks and embrace the endless possibilities when you care for your Great Lengths hair extensions!