Washing/Styling your hair extensions

  • Once your bonds have been applied do not wash hair for 48 hours to give the extensions a chance to sit and fall naturally on your head and own hair

    • Note: Leave 72 hours for Pre-Bonded Glue and Tape extensions to allow the glue/tape to fully set.

    • Dry shampoo may be used for this period, avoiding the bonds.

  • Remove all tangles with a specialist hair extension brush first before washing your hair.

  • It is strongly advised that you use a specialist hair extensions shampoo & conditioner. Hair extension bonds can be broken down by very strong chemicals that are contained in some commercial shampoos. Do not use commercial products of any sort on your extensions especially the bonds as they will become softer and may slip. Avoid Sulphates in any product.

    • Use Free Delivery Code RCSALONTS on Additional Lengths Website for Remi Cachet aftercare products


  • Wash hair in the shower with the head straight/tilted back – do not put your head forwards over a bath/basin to wash

  • Apply shampoo to bonds only; Lift the hair & apply soap suds to nape area.

  • Rinse thoroughly and apply specialist extension conditioner to the mid length down only – do not apply to the bonds.

  • After washing, avoid rolling or rubbing the hair, instead gently squeeze out the excess water and pat dry with a towel.

  • Then apply any oils and heat protector mid to ends (again avoid the bonds)


  • Dry your hair immediately after it is washed focusing on the bonds first. The longer the bonds are wet for, the softer they can become and may slip. If wet for long periods of time, the lifespan of the bonds may be reduced.

  • Use a medium heat hair dryer setting as this will cause the bonds to remain intact when drying and where possible use a temp setting of 170oC on styling tools. 


  • Use a conditioning mask such as Olaplex No3 every 10-14 days.

  • Do not leave any conditioner or similar leave-in products in your hair overnight.

  • Do not go to bed with wet hair as it may tangle.


Brushing your hair extensions

  • Always use a hair extension specialist brush/tangle tamer on your hair extensions.

  • You should start to brush your hair from the bottom then slowly move up towards the top of the head to the root area.

  • When brushing extensions always support them with one hand. Over vigorous brushing will cause breakage.

  • Separate extensions regularly so matting does not occur. This can be done when the hair is wet or dry. Separate each bond from its partner all the way along the rows, horizontally & vertically. Do this each time you wash your hair and throughout the day.

  • If a tangle occurs, use detangling spray and tease the tangle/knot you gently to avoid affecting the bond pulling the natural hair.


Colouring your hair

  • Any colouring/perming of your own hair should be done at least 2 weeks prior to the application of bonds.

  • Once extensions have been fitted you may colour around your own hairline and on the roots of the parting. Do not allow solution to get on extension especially the bond

  • Whilst Colouring of hair extensions is not recommended, if you do this will be at your own risk. Avoid dye on the roots and always do a strand test – whilst this is real hair it may dye at a different rate to your own hair.


General Maintenance of your hair extensions

  • Always tie hair back when swimming, sunbathing, sleeping and taking part in sports. We recommend putting your hair into a soft plait to keep cuticles from rubbing together and causing friction.

  • If wearing tight head gear (i.e. horse riding, motorbike) you may experience softening and flattening of the bonds.

  • Brush your hair before bed and tie into a side plait to sleep. If you sleep with your hair loose, there is a high risk of it becoming matted.


Other useful information

  • Expect some discomfort for the first 2 weeks or so. Your scalp needs to get used to the extra weight of hair that has been applied.

  • An itchy scalp signifies you are using the wrong products, products have not rinsed out thoroughly, or that your scalp is getting used to the extra weight attached to your hair.

  • In very rare, extreme cases, 1 in 50,000 clients have experienced a small amount of hair loss because their hair roots were too weak to support the bond. Unfortunately this cannot be determined until you wear the extensions. Your extensionist will have examined your hair and done a tensile test, however, this does not guarantee that your roots are 100% strong enough for extensions & only time will tell. It is extremely rare that this happens but must be taken into consideration.

  • You will experience some shedding and you may lose some extensions, but do not worry this is quite normal. You may lose 5-20 extensions, depending on how carefully you treat them. It is advised to have regular maintenance sessions where your extensions can be checked and new ones applied where necessary. This is essential for long term users.


Further Appointments


As a guide:

Glue Maintenance/Removal typically takes 1.5 hours

All other methods typically takes 1 hour

If matting/other issues this will increase the time taken and therefore cost

Maintenance recommended 6-8 weeks

Full Removal and refit recommended 3-4 months

Please see below guide on the hair shedding process and why having many maintenance appointments and avoiding a full removal and refit is not healthy for your natural hair.

Tape: Full removal & refit recommended 2months

Professional removal recommended

REcommended products

Shampoo / Conditioner

Use Hair Extension Specialist products such as Remi Cachet (Free Delivery code RCSALONTS) available on http://www.additionallengths.co.uk


High Street brands also available; look for Sulphate Free as a min. requirement and ideally PH Balanced & Paraben Free.

My favourite high street option is Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula with Vitamin E 

Heat Protector

Beauty Works 10n1


Conditioning Mask

Olaplex No3

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