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So you read our last blog about pre-bonded extensions and know all about the basics, but you’re not sure about the nitty-gritty of caring for them. No problem! This time we’re all about caring for pre bonded hair extensions. If you’ve got questions about washing your pre-bonded extensions or are curious about dyeing them, we’ve got your back!
Can I dye my pre bonded hair extensions?
You can dye your pre-bonded hair extensions if you really need to, but it’s better to find the right colour match if you can.
This is a tricky one – because they’re made with human hair, you can dye your Cliphair pre-bonded extensions. But (and this is a big but!), it’s best to avoid dying them if you can. Try to find a perfect match without dying your extensions; cutting out a chemical treatment means your extensions will last longer. You can use our free hair extension colour match service if you’re struggling to find the perfect shade.
No option but to dye your pre-bonded extensions? Choose a shade that’s slightly lighter than the colour you’re aiming for and dye it darker. Never, ever bleach or lighten your extensions as this will damage the hair.
If you choose to dye your extensions, do a strand test first so you know how quickly the extensions absorb the dye. The hair on your extensions is more porous than your natural hair and absorbs dye more quickly. You could end up with really strong-coloured hair if you leave the dye on your extensions for too long. If you’re dying your hair and your extensions to the same shade, avert disaster by doing the all-important strand test before committing your extensions to the colour – otherwise, you could end up with your extensions in a darker shade than your natural hair. Who wants that? Nervous about dying your extensions? A hair extensions technician will be able to help. Give them a call and get their advice.
What shampoo is best for bonded hair extensions?
Keep your bonded hair extensions clean with sulphate & alcohol-free shampoo, and try to choose one with as few ingredients as possible. Better for you, better for the environment!
No matter what type of extensions you’re rocking, you need to keep them clean with a sulphate-free, alcohol-free shampoo. And while you’re choosing, make sure you choose a shampoo (and conditioner for that matter) with as small an ingredients list as possible – so much better than overloading your hair and the environment with all those chemicals. We rate the nourishing credentials of the Cliphair 2 in 1 shampoo; it’s ideal for bonded extensions, thanks to the way it nourishes the hair for extra life. Always back up your shampoo with conditioner, remembering to apply it 2 inches away from your bonds and then down to the ends of your extensions.
If you’re struggling to choose the right shampoo and conditioner, make life simple by choosing your hair care products from the same company that makes your extensions. They’ll be designed especially for your extensions, so you’re bound to see excellent results.
How often should you wash bonded hair extensions?
Wash your bonded hair extensions once a week. If they’re getting really greasy then use dry shampoo in between washes to keep them looking good.
Whether you have extensions or not, overwashing your hair is bad news! That’s because as well as the dirt and dust you wash away, you also say farewell to all those precious natural oils that keep your hair supple and shiny. Because hair extensions – bonded extensions included – cannot benefit from your scalp’s natural oils, you need to go easy on them; washing too often will damage them. If you want to keep your bonded extensions looking hot, we recommend you wash your hair once a week. Hair looking greasy before a week is up? Spritz with a good dry shampoo for a style refresh.
How do you clean pre bonded hair extensions?
Cleaning pre bonded hair extensions is pretty simple really – you need to wash them in the shower using cool or lukewarm water, use a sulphate-free, alcohol-free shampoo and conditioner. And remember, keep it to once a week!
Because pre-bonded extensions are a type of permanent hair extension, it’s best to wash them in a shower using cool or lukewarm water. That’s because the water will run in the direction of the hair growth and help protect it from tangles, tugs and damage to your bonds. Remember to only wash your pre-bonded extensions once a week. Slip on a pretty shower cap if you’re taking a shower or bath and not washing your hair.
Remember to use extension-friendly shampoo and conditioners that are sulphate-free and alcohol-free. Using any old shampoo (your flatmate’s or boyfriend’s for example) won’t do your pre-bonded extensions any favours at all.
Want more detail? This step-by-step guide to washing permanent hair extensions has all the info you need.
How do you take care of pre bonded hair extensions?
Pre-bonded hair extensions aren’t tough to care for, you just need to gently adapt your existing hair care routine. Go gentle on them, use specialist products and don’t over-wash them.
Take care of your beautiful locks by:
1. Going easy on the washing – once a week is a plenty!
2. Brush it out – always (always, always!) carefully and thoroughly brush your extensions before you wash them.
3. Specialist care – always use sulphate-free and alcohol-free products on your pre-bonded extensions
4. Stay cool – never use hot water on your hair; wash with lukewarm or cool water.
5. In great condition – condition after every wash, remembering to apply conditioner from the 2 inches beneath your bonds down to the tips.
6. Sleep easy – tie your hair into a loose braid when you hit the hay. And invest in a silk pillowcase to reduce the friction that can cause tangles. Bonus – silk pillowcases are awesome for your skin too!
7. Not too hot – avoid using heat tools too often and when you do, always use heat protection.
8. Expert fitting – use a technician who specialises in pre bonded hair extensions to fit your extensions.
9. Bleach is bad – Never, ever bleach your hair extensions.
10. Give ‘em time – give those bonds a good 48 hours to bond and strengthen before you wash, dye or style them.
11. Swim safely – protect your extensions from chlorine; wear a swim cap when swimming.