A common question that we hear nearly every day is, “I work out daily; will this effect the quality of my hair extensions?” Very simply put, the answer is no. You can certainly maintain the quality of your extensions while managing a consistent fitness regime. It’s all about choosing the right installation method and taking the time to educate yourself on how to properly preserve your extensions throughout your workouts.
One way to keep your hair extensions intact during a workout is to keep your hair ties or head bands loose enough for the hair to breathe, which will help you avoid putting extra stress on the hair. Try this with a traditional high ponytail to help keep your extensions away from the sweat on your face and neck. Additionally, if you’re hitting the gym soon after visiting your hairstylist, a loose ponytail will help you to keep your post-salon hairstyle intact for a longer period of time.
Braiding your hair before heading to the gym is also a great idea. As long as you are not concerned about maintaining a particular hairstyle, braids will be a real help when it comes to keeping your hair away for the acidity of your sweat. What’s even more, they will help to keep your extensions from drying out and will prevent damage from occurring.
If your workouts involve a pool or end with a few minutes in the sauna, you can keep your strands salon-chic by wearing a swimming cap. While they won’t cause irreparable damage, the moisture and frizz can cause some tangles. If you’re protective of your mane like we are, avoid the situation and keep your extensions covered during these workouts or activities.
Follow up with a bit of post-workout care by hitting the showers. Consult with your hairstylist for recommendations on the best shampoos and conditioners to ensure that you are giving your extensions the best treatment possible.
Remember, just because you live a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you should be unable to experience the glamour of having great hair. Call Mane of Your Dreams today to set up a consultation.
Now that summer is in full swing, you’re probably spending a ton of time outside, soaking up the sun. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably hitting the beach or pool as much as possible throughout the week, and while there are plenty of amazing things that go along with this – i.e. cold drinks and gorgeous tans – there are also a number of aspects that can make life challenging for those with hair extensions.
On a hot California day, things such as salt water, chlorine and even our own sweat can have a major impact on the overall health of our hair extensions. So how do you manage to give your extensions the proper care without having to give up some of your favorite summertime activities?
Avoid Tangles – While a quick dip and a seemingly light breeze off the water may seem like no big deal, both can easily lead to a head full of tangles. If you’d like to go swimming, no worries; all you need to do is wet your hair in the shower, put in some leave-in conditioner and braid your hair. Once you’re done swimming or playing in the water, wash and dry your hair as normal. If you still find yourself with tangled strands, use a brush that is specifically intended for hair extensions. Their looped bristles are designed to glide easily through hair, without tugging at the extensions.
Use Skincare Products Carefully – If you know that you will be out in the sun for an extended period of time, you should always make sure that your skin is protected with sunscreen. However, just be sure that after you apply the lotion to your skin, you wash your hands thoroughly before touching your hair.
Use the Right Products – You treat your natural hair with only the best products, so why not do the same with your hair extensions? After all, you want to protect your investment. As we mentioned in our last blog post, you will want to steer clear of any haircare products that are made with sulfate, as it can rid your hair of its natural oils. Since being out in direct sunlight will be drying out your hair already, you don’t want to make matters worse with the wrong products.
When it comes to protecting your hair extensions during these brutal summer months, a quality leave-in conditioner and an extension brush will undoubtedly become your best friends. Don’t miss out on all that the season has to offer just because you’re nervous about the effects it will have on your extensions. Talk to the stylists here at Mane of Your Dreams – we’d be happy to expand on some of the points mentioned in this post and to point you towards the best products to get you through the heat!
When you’ve gone ahead and invested time and money into your hair extensions, it’s only natural that you would want to take care of them as best as possible. So if you find that over time, those extensions become a bit dried out and brittle, it might be time to start looking at the products that you’re using. Although your extensions may be 100% human hair, they don’t have the ability to replace natural oils or regrow.
Check out these great tips on the tips of hair products you should be avoiding when it comes to caring for your extensions:
Shampoos that contain sulphate – Sulphate is a pretty strong chemical that is used as a type of detergent, often found in toothpastes and cleansing products. In a shampoo, its main purpose is to get deep down in your roots for a really good clean, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing when it comes to your extensions. When you wash your hair with a sulphate shampoo, it rids your of the natural oils that keeps your locks from drying out. While your naturally grown hair can replace that moisture, your extensions can’t.
Alcohol – Hair products containing alcohol will only leave your hair extensions in a tangled mess and cause strands to shed. So before you make a purchase, flip the label over and take a look at the ingredients; if alcohol is at the top of the list, move onto the next option.
Bristle Brushes – You may have used this type of brush on your natural locks in the past, but once you have extensions, it’s time to say goodbye to the bristles. Instead, opt for brushes that are advertised specifically for hair extensions so avoid breakage and shedding.
WEN Hair Products – This brand is the absolute worst for your hair extensions. Unfortunately, many women have found this out the hard way after discovering an increased amount of hair strands in the shower drains and hair brushes. If you want to keep your hair thick and luscious, we would highly recommend steering clear of all WEN products.
Overall, most every over-the-counter product should be avoided when it comes to hair extensions. If you are second guessing a purchase, simply put whatever you’re holding back on the shelf and consult the experts at Mane of Your Dreams. We’d be more than happy to recommend the best products to keep your extensions healthy and beautiful.
Once you’ve decided that you want to invest in extensions and that you would rather try our method of using Mane Tubes instead of damaging your natural hair with glue, sewn-ins or the fusion method, there’s only one thing left to decide: human hair or synthetic? A lot of people seem to be on the fence about this because though they believe that human hair would be better quality, the price of synthetic hair is also very appealing
That being said, we thought it would be a good idea to educate our readers even further about each alternative so that you are not making your decision purely based on price.
Appearance – The word “synthetic” literally means “fake” or “artificial,” meaning that the coloring used to make these particular extensions is never going to be an exact match to your own natural hair color. Human hair on the other hand is, as the name suggests, actual human hair. It is absolutely possible that you could find human hair extensions to match your own shade and texture exactly, making it nearly impossible for anyone to tell which strands are real and which are fake.
Longevity – If you’re going to spend the time and money having hair extensions installed, you are obviously going to want to make sure that you pick ones that are going to give you your money’s worth and last for a long time. If you care for and treat your real human hair extensions well, it’s possible that they may last in good quality for up to a year. Unfortunately, synthetic hair doesn’t hold up the same, often frizzing and fraying after each wash. Because of this, you will be lucky to get three months out of your extensions.
Styling – Because human hair is natural, it will react the same way that your own head of hair would to heat. This means that you can continue with your routine use of curling irons, straighteners and blow dryers without worrying that your strands will burn or be ruined from the heat. The same cannot be said for synthetic hair, which is uber sensitive to high temperatures. Use a curling iron on synthetic extensions and you will be left with a melted mess.
So while you may be paying a higher price for your human hair extensions, you can clearly tell that the quality will more than pay for itself over time. Have any additional questions? Feel free to contact us here at Mane of Your Dreams!
One of the main requests women have when they step into our salon is that they want their hair extensions to give them the long, gorgeous locks that they can’t seem to get with their natural hair. Luckily for them however, hair extensions have the ability to give more than just length, but luscious, envy-worthy volume as well!
One of the major complaints that we hear on a daily basis is that women are sick of living with lifeless, thinning hair. Regardless of whether you’re struggling with a difficult condition, such as alopecia, glued-in extensions have left you nearly bald, or you’re just looking for a little excitement and oomph, cold process hair extension application is the right call for you. Believing that your only options are either painful/poor-quality extensions, a wig or simply settling for the hand you were dealt is unacceptable when Mane of Your Dreams is right here to help! On top of our amazing hair extension services, we also have a fabulous pharmaceutical anti-aging hair growth line to help make your own hair grow and stop thinning.
Worried that you’ve suffered so much hair loss that no hair stylist would even be able to apply extensions? Don’t worry; all we need is roughly two inches of hair to work with and we can get you on your way to long, luscious locks and a whole new world of self-confidence. Plus, seeing as hair extensions can be styled in any way that your natural hair could be, you should have no trouble getting those Kardashian waves now that you have so much more to experiment with!
Call Mane of Your Dreams today to make your first appointment!
Hair extensions are certainly not just for Hollywood mavens anymore; many everyday women are becoming extraordinary women by using hair extensions to add length, style and volume to their hairstyles. Whether made with real hair (like ours) or synthetic, hair extensions should be treated gently and with care. If it is your first time having hair extensions done, be sure to have them done by a true professional.
Now once you have had hair extensions added to your natural hair, you may have a few questions on how to keep them in as pristine condition as possible. For starters, you will want to know how to wash your hair extensions when it comes time to shower. Well firstly, you’ll want to gently comb out any tangles and brush the hair, preferably with a looper brush. If your hair extensions are applied using our safe and superior method, it will be easier to care for your extensions.
Use a mild good quality moisturizing shampoo and carefully shampoo your hair, working the suds down the length of your hair. Then gently rinse the hair and softly blot it dry. This method will keep it from getting twisted and tangled.
After shampooing, apply a leave-in conditioner daily, which is the healthiest way to clean and moisturize your hair and extensions. Use a wide tooth comb to remove any tangles and to prevent them from occurring. When shampooing hair at night, it is best to let it dry completely before lying down to sleep. If you can, allow hair extensions to air dry, but if you are in a hurry and you must use a blow dryer, make sure that it is on low heat.
Generally speaking, as long as you are consciously making decisions to protect your investment, there is really no reason why you cannot treat and style your extensions the same way that you would your natural hair. Plus when you choose 100 percent human hair, like that used at Mane of Your Dreams, you’ll understand that unlike synthetic hair, there are much fewer restrictions on what can be done to your extensions, because they react just as your own hair would to hair products and styling tools.
For more information on extension care, don’t forget to ask your stylist once you’ve had them installed. We’d be happy to answer any additional questions you might have!
Don’t have a Valentine this year? No worries! That just means that you have more time to devote to pampering yourself and doing things that make you feel good. Instead of constantly thinking about gifts for a significant other, give yourself the gift of a visit to the Mane of Your Dreams salon this weekend!
Who says you need a box of chocolates and a bouquet of roses to feel good about yourself? We would highly suggest opting for something that will last much longer, like some of our fabulous salon services. Have you been toying around with the idea of making a major change to your hair? Whether it be transforming yourself from a brunette to a redhead or cutting your hair from hip length to shoulder length, we would be happy to help!
If you know you want a change but aren’t sure exactly what type of change you’re looking for, feel free to ask us! We can help you determine which type of look would be best for you based on your skin tone, preferred maintenance requirements and more. You may just discover that hair extensions are the right way to go, and trust us when we say that this is the perfect place to get them!
Also, don’t forget that the Mane of Your Dreams salon also offers top of the line nail care services to leave you pampered and feeling gorgeous. We want you to fall in love with yourself again this Valentine’s Day weekend and what better way to start than with the help of your favorite Rancho Cucamonga salon? Call us today to schedule your appointment!
New Year, new you! Now that 2014 is finally here, resolve to not live with unhealthy, thinning hair anymore. What better time than right now to revamp your look and get those luscious locks you have always dreamed of having? Mane of Your Dreams Hair Extensions are the key to having long, beautiful waves of hair, regardless of your natural color, style or texture.
Our 100 percent full cuticle human hair extensions are a great addition to restore thickness, volume and length to your pre-existing locks. Not only will we work to switch-up your look, but once you’ve taken a glance in the mirror, you’ll feel an improved sense of confidence – especially if you’ve been overly concerned about thinning and breakage. You can easily transform your lifeless, dull hair into luxurious, long tresses that are safe and healthy! Unlike other extensions you may have tried in the past, our human hair extensions are inserted by licensed and certified hair stylists with no glue, keratin or wax fusions.
Our unique method involves using ManeTubes, which can be fixated to any color you can dream on, without any damaging heat, glue or chemicals. Another great thing about our extensions is that if you decide that you want to switch up your look, they can be removed very easily. Plus, you will never have to worry about re-ordering every few months because they can be reused due to their high quality and method of insertion!
Every December 31st as the ball drops on a New Year, you have probably made resolutions that you slowly forget to uphold. This year, don’t drop the ball on getting the long, flowing, beautiful hair you have longed for at Mane of Your Dreams!