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!
Once you’ve made the big decision not to live with damaged, thinning hair anymore, you may have a lot of big expectations. Not only do you want your locks to be luscious and attention-grabbing in all the right ways, but you want your extensions to look, feel and act like real human hair; you want it to be as though you’re not even wearing extensions.
Here at Mane of Your Dreams, we not only understand this, but we know you deserve this. That’s why we get it when our clients have questions about styling. One of the main questions we get from the ladies that step through our salon doors is, “Can I straighten, curl, cut or color my extensions?” Not only are they wary of whether or not their extensions will take to different styling treatments, but they are concerned that the use of chemicals and heated tools will damage the new locks.
The truth of the matter however, is that these worries are insignificant. Extensions used at the Mane of Your Dreams salon are 100 percent human hair, meaning that you can treat it just as you would your own natural head of hair. Of course, if you’re hoping to reuse your extensions for an extensive period of time, we would recommend that you be a bit gentler but for the most part, you’re free to go about your day-to-day life styling your new gorgeous locks however you please.
For additional information on styling, or for a few simple ideas on how to make the most of your hair extensions, contact Mane of Your Dreams today and take the first step towards a new life with long, gorgeous, voluminous hair!
For a lot of women, long flowing locks just can’t be achieved naturally. So instead of choosing to settle for the dull, thinning hair that you were born with, you may decide to look into getting hair extensions instead. That is, until you do a little bit of research online and find that traditional methods of applying hair extensions, such as gluing, and sewing can be extremely damaging to your natural hair follicles.
If you’ve read up on the success rate of hair extensions over the years, you may just find a bunch of articles urging you to steer clear. Why? Because gluing and sewing methods have been proven to cause breakage to natural hair and result in early and often permanent hair loss. In fact, according to an article from Allure Magazine, a hair loss expert at the London Centre of Trichology has stated that he’s seen a 15 percent increase in women seeking treatment after damaging their hair with glue extensions. Referred to as traction alopecia, this extension-related hair loss is brought on when too much tension is placed on the hair roots, pulling on the hairs and damaging the follicles. Unfortunately, you can see this with sewn-in extensions equally, if not more than with glue.
So all hair extensions are harmful and you just have to deal with the hair you have? Well not exactly. The method used at Mane of Your Dreams is completely different. Using what we call Mane Tubes, we start with 100% human hair from Europe and using a unique cold application, attach it to your own hair without tension, stretching, heat or chemicals.
The most important thing that we would suggest however, and New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco agrees, is that you need to go to a real professional and create a maintenance schedule. Remember that your stylist is the expert here and you should be extremely conscious of her suggestions when it comes to how often you should return to the salon to ensure everything is still going smoothly.
Just because glued- or sewn-in extensions aren’t right for you, doesn’t mean that you don’t have options. Stop into the Mane of Your Dreams salon today to learn how you can get voluminous, long locks safely.