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Caring For Hair Extensions

Caring for hair extensions. The dos and don'ts and recommended products that will keep your hair extensions looking salon worthy everyday! 

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Caring for extensions

Caring for hair extensions 

It’s one of our most asked questions, what products to use once you have hair extensions. We are here to talk you through the dos and don’ts and recommend some products that will keep your hair extensions looking salon worthy everyday! 

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The MOST important thing to know when caring for your hair extensions is what shampoo to use. We would advise avoiding hydrating shampoos, anything that says for dry or damaged hair. You will need to avoid brands such as Aveda and Kerastase. 

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We recommend using a gentle clarifying shampoo or volume shampoo keeping your roots moisture and oil free. We have created a handy guide for finding the correct products for your hair type.

A – Excessively oily hair: very oily and greasy hair, for someone who feels they need to wash their hair everyday.

Bumble & bumble Sunday

B -Fine Blonde hair: If your hair is more oily at the root meaning you have to wash every or every other day. 

Redken high rise

C -Medium to thick colour treated hair: A thicker textured hair, Colour treated and dry condition towards the mid lengths and ends. Usually washes on average 2-3 times a week. 

Oway colour protect / Bumble & Bumble colour minded / Bumble & Bumble gentle shampoo

D – Very coarse dry hair: Dry and coarse in texture curly or afro hair. Usually washes 

Bumble & Bumble gentle shampoo / Pureology volume shampoo

E – Hair loss: Has experienced hair loss. Looking to improve thickness and stimulate hair growth 

Oway soothing hair bath

F- Dry sensitive scalp: Suffers from dry, sensitive scalp and would prefer a chemical free plant based product.

Oway Micro stimulating hair bath

Vixen and Blush


When using conditioner we advise only using it on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Please avoid putting conditioner on your roots. Using a hydrating conditioner is recommended. Here are some of our favourites!

A – Excessively oily hair: Redken volume conditioner

B – Fine Blonde hair: Redken colour extend / Redken all soft / way silk & glow hair mask

C – Medium to thick colour treated hair: Redken colour extend / Redken all soft / Oway silk & glow hair mask / Pureology hydrate / Bumble & Bumble super rich conditioner / Oway colour protection hair mask

D -Very coarse dry hair: Pureology hydrate / Bumble & Bumble super rich conditioner 

F – Dry sensitive scalp: Oway colour protection hair mask

Hair Extensions


We always have your best interests at heart especially when it comes to caring for your hair. Both of these oils act as a heat defence. As well as protecting your hair from styling tools, they help to smooth the cuticle and lock in moisture. Oil should be applied on the mid lengths and ends of your hair after washing and before blow drying. 

Moroccan oil light – Designed for fine blonde hair

Moroccan oil – Normal to thick hair

Olaplex No7 – All hair types

We recommend using Olaplex No3 if you are looking to improve the condition of your hair. If you have heat or colour damage to the ends of your hair this is a perfect thing to add into your weekly routine. It should only be applied to the mid lengths and ends of your hair. Try to focus on your own hair first around the front, crown and parting all of the area of our own hair that we see breakage and places we use heat. If you are looking to revive your extensions or perhaps have been away on holiday and have been in the sun it is great to give them a little TLC also! 

Ready for your very own hair transformation? Book in for a free consultation, we offer these in salon and via Face-Time!

Give us a call on 0207 3231793 or e-mail

Sarah Mckenna

Sarah McKenna is the founder of Vixen & Blush and The London Hair Lab. Sarah graduated as a research biochemist in 2005 and started a career within the pharmaceutical industry, before becoming a hair extensions expert. In 2010, Sarah gained insight into the hair extensions industry and could see that clients had a very poor value/quality proposition. At that time, poor-quality hair extensions were available, at prohibitively high prices. Sarah left her initial career and set out on a mission to improve the hair extensions industry in the UK, using her research and development skills.

Spending 3 years securing a high-quality and sustainable supply of human hair, Sarah then developed new products and fitting techniques to allow long-term refits of the same hair. In this way, Sarah was able to offer hair extensions services at a more affordable price to clients, while improving the quality of the service for her clients.

With Vixen & Blush starting in 2012 as a 1 chair salon in London, Sarah quickly grew the business to what it is today, a team of more than 20 hair professionals working together as London’s leading hair extensions specialists.