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Advice, Aftercare

Extension Care 101: How To Keep Your Hair Looking Great

Extension Care 101: We answer all your questions on maintaining hair extensions and how to keep your hair looking great!

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We answer all your questions on maintaining hair extensions and how to keep your hair looking great!

You’ve come to Vixen & Blush and have a lovely new set of hair extensions fitted and now you need to know how to keep them looking their very best! We all want to achieve the salon worthy bounce at home and by following a few simple steps you will keep that fresh out of the salon feeling.

Does it take a lot longer to wash hair with extensions?

Washing your hair with extensions isn’t very different to caring for your own hair and doesn’t take much more time!

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Should I wash my hair more now that I have hair extensions?

You can wash your hair as normal and stick to your usual routine. Our main focus is on making sure you use a shampoo that cleanses your root area well and doesn’t leave a build-up of product or too much moisture at the root. When washing you should always properly rinse your hair thoroughly to avoid any build up.

Make sure to wash your hair thoroughly don’t be afraid to touch the connections, make sure to massage in a downwards motion and ensure to use a salon quality shampoo. When you come in for your appointment, we can advise you on the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and stock a range in the salon for you to purchase on the day of your appointment.

Hair extensions can take a little longer to dry than just your natural hair. It’s typical that clients end up washing their hair fewer times each week and spend less time on their hair as once heat styled hair extensions will hold that style for 3 days easily.

Is there a certain technique to washing hair extensions?

There are a few tips to consider when washing your hair extensions. Make sure to massage and lather shampoo only where there are no connections. Change your action when you come to cleaning the connections.

Use a downward motion to encourage the shampoo/water to rinse over the hair extensions. Make sure to rinse twice as usual to ensure all your hair is free from shampoo especially around the ears where shampoo can get clogged.

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What types of products can I use for my hair when washing?

Always use a salon quality shampoo and conditioner.  We would advise using a salon quality clarifying shampoo for oily hair and a salon quality volumizing shampoo for regular/dry hair.

Should I use conditioner?

Yes, we would recommend using conditioner on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair to keep them well hydrated.

Is it okay for me to air by my hair?

When you get out the shower it’s best to gently squeeze any excess water from your hair and avoid putting your hair in a towel upside down. Hair extensions need to be dried at the root and can’t be left wet for a long periods of time. Try to blow dry your hair using your fingers to begin with and then use a brush when the hair is 80% dry.


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Our expert team of stylists go through all the aftercare and maintenance you need to know at your appointment and are on hand to answer any questions that you might have about looking after your new extensions!

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.