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Advice, Aftercare

How To Care For Tape In Extensions

As hair extensions experts we are here to guide you through the best hair care tips at home, promised to keep your hair looking it’s best.

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There’s no better way to transform your hair this Summer than with a little help from hair extensions!

When you step out the salon with your new look you want to keep your hair looking flawless, it’s important that you care for your extensions correctly at home. As hair extensions experts we are here to guide you through the best hair care tips at home, promised to keep your hair looking it’s best.

Being a hair extensions specialist salon, we do hair extensions all day long and know what the best care for your extensions at home is. Below we have detailed our top tips to keeping that salon worthy hair:

Washing Hair Extensions

  • Make sure you brush through your hair, starting at the ends with a tangle teaser and remove any tangles.
  • Make sure to wash your hair regularly to not allow the root to go greasy
  • Only ever wash your hair in the shower (never the bath)
  • Allow the water to run from the roots to the tips and do not scrub or rub your bonds/ rings in a round motion
  • Rinse for double the amount of time then you normally do
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  • Use a clarifying shampoo or volume shampoo and lather on top of your head where there are no extensions
  • Use conditioner on the ends of your hair only


  • Never put your head upside down, this means that you cannot wrap your hair in a turban.
  • Hair extensions need to be dried at the root within 30 minutes of washing
  • Don’t leave your hair wet for long periods of time
  • Do not tip your head upside down to blow dry your hair
  • Use your fingers to begin with when drying your hair and only use a brush when the hair is 80% dry.
  • Don’t brush your hair aggressively when wet as this can cause too much tugging on your own hair.


  • You can use any heat styling tools!
  • If you style your hair, it holds well and will last up to 3 days.
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  • Use a tangle teaser of soft bristle brush
  • When brushing your hair you should use two hands, one to hold your hair just below the extension connection area and the other to brush gently with a tangle teaser or soft bristle brush.

Sleeping / Gym

  • We would advise putting your hair in a low plait or ponytail when you go to sleep or do exercise.
  • Only low styles are allowed, we wouldn’t recommend high ponytails or top knots as these pulls on the connections.


  • You can dye your t-section as normal.
  • Do not put any dye on the connection
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Going on holiday

  • If you’re going on holiday and in and out of a swimming pool, we would recommend putting your hair into a low plait or ponytail
  • Once out the water take your hair out of the style and let the sun dry your hair
  • Rinse any chlorine or sea water out of your hair to prevent discoloration

Finally, you must NOT wear your hair extension for longer than the recommended wear time. After this time your hair extensions have grown out too far and this can lead to matting which can be very difficult to remove.

The salon is located at:

6 Rathbone Square, London W1T 1EB

Opening Hours

Mon-Thurs 10am–8:30pm

Fri- Sat 9am – 5pm



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.