Extend the Life of Your Extensions
How do I care for my extensions?
Wash: Use only professional products that are paraben- and sulfate-free. Apply a hair mask (a stronger conditioner) every 3-5 times you wash your hair, use a hair mask to lengthen the life if your extensions. Try not to wash your hair too often.
Products: Two products are essential to maintain your extensions in top condition:
1. A leave-in moisturizer with heat protectant capability, and
2. A moisturizing oil.
Apply the leave-in moisturizer to your hair after washing but while it’s still wet. The oil should be applied daily to wet and/or dry hair.
Drying and styling: Blot dry excess water after shower, never rub towel on the extensions causing an excess of friction.
Use hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons on low heat settings (below 350 degrees). Blow dry and style often to keep your extensions smooth. Going to bed with them wet can cause matting and knotting. Comb often using a wet brush or wide tooth comb (start at the ends of your hair and work your way to the top).
Sleeping: Braid extensions before bed to keep them from tangling. Opt to use a silk pillowcase to further minimize undue stress on your hair.
Swimming and adventuring: Summer time in the BEST but it’s hard on your extensions. If you choose to swim with your extensions, wet your hair, add a generous amount of leave in conditioner and braid before entering ocean, pool or lake. (Your hair is like a sponge and will soak up whatever liquid it comes in contact with first, so fill you hair with water and leave-in conditioner to protect it from drying out).
Use a clarifying shampoo and a highly moisturizing conditioner upon completion.
Take your time combing out your hair.
Most sunscreens contain chemicals that may permanently discolor or stain hair extensions — especially those extensions lighter in color. The most common of these chemicals are Avobenzone and Octocrylene. Use mineral sunscreens such as Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen or SunBum Mineral Sunscreen to avoid discoloration of your extensions.
Minerals and chemicals found in unfiltered water (iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, silica and chlorine to name a few), specifically in the ocean, lakes and pools, can also react negatively with extensions. Limit contact with unfiltered water to avoid excessive wear or discoloration of your extensions.
Platform Hair Extensions is not responsible for any negative result to your extensions following these activities.
Coloring: Coloring extensions can change the integrity of the extensions. However, if you choose to do so, we suggest a demi- or semi-permanent color — never use any lightener or bleach on the extensions. Any coloring should be done by a licensed professional. For best results contact a Platform certified stylist.