Hair & Extensions Q&A

Happy Monday, babes! Throughout the past few months, one of the most requested posts has been around extensions and what the process is for them.

My stylist, Trisha and I took to our Instagram Stories last week to ask y’all what questions you had about extensions and you guys asked away! I’ve compiled all of her answers below with some general tips and tricks that I use daily to keep my exstentions and natural hair looking and feeling great.

What type of extensions do you have?

I have the Hotheads Tape-in Extensions in 14-16″ inches.

Do extensions damage your natural hair?

If you have your extensions installed correctly and they are taken care of properly they will actually help to maintain or improve your natural hair health.

Having extensions helps in two main areas. First, with the color of the extensions staying bright and fresh you can go longer between needing your color touched up. Secondly, having extensions has allowed me to trim more when needed without freaking out about taking length off my natural hair, allowing it to grow faster!

How long do your extensions last?

Extensions should be moved up every 6-8 weeks and with proper care one pack can last you 10-months to a year.

Do you get your color done every time you get the extensions moved up?

No! That’s the beauty of extensions. Although they should be moved up every 6-8 weeks you can go longer between coloring because the extensions keep your hair looking fresh longer. I typically alternate getting a full, a toner, a partial, and then a partial or full again. Of course, it depends on your hair and what your personal goals are for maintenance of color.

What is the maintenance for extensions?

For these tape-in extensions, Trisha recommends you get them moved up every 6-8 weeks. The extensions are put in at your root, so when your hair grows the extension will move down with your hair.

As far as everyday maintenance, the extensions stay in and you treat them like your natural hair. The better you take care of them the longer your pack will last!

First, use the shampoo and conditioner recommended by your stylist. Keep in mind the products you are using, such as a drugstore brand shampoo/conditioner versus a salon brand. Always check with your stylist on what they recommend you should be using for your hair type/color.

For brushing, Trisha recommends you use two different types of Wet Brushes. First, use this brush while your hair is wet to detangle. Start by brushing from your ends up to detangle instead of from the root down! Then, use this brush once your hair is dry to add shine.

To keep your extensions hydrated and from looking dry use hair oil on your ends. Be careful to avoid the tape-in part of the extension (this breaks down the glue). I apply this every other day or so to keep my ends hydrated and silky. This totally works for your natural hair too, no extensions needed.

All the tips above can work for anyone without extensions, too!

the most asked question other than maintenance…

What is the cost?

Cost for extensions varies based upon the color, length, and the number of packs needed. If you are interested in finding out an estimate of cost, DM Trisha on Instagram to chat with her about your specific goals. She also does complimentary 15-minute consultations at the salon so she can see your hair in person and give you an estimate.

Any other general tips for keeping your hair healthy?

  • Use the recommended shampoo and conditioner by your stylist
  • Use a Wet Brush. This one for detangling and this one to add shine.
  • Use a hair oil on your ends to keep them hydrated
  • Use collagen! I use 1-2 scoops of this brand of collagen daily. It helps with hair growth and even benefits your skin and nails.
  • Sleeping on a silk pillowcase at night keeps your hair from getting matted when you sleep. It also helps keep your hair styled and shiny. I use this one and LOVE it.
  • Truth: I used to be a victim to those hair ties that rip your hair out every time you try to take your hair out of a messy bun. I’ve been using these hair ties for about a year and swear by them. Wish I invented them, they are that good. At night I sleep with my hair in one of these in a low pony to 1) keep it off my face and 2) keep it from getting tangled. Makes a huge difference! Plus, wear it on your wrist in the shower and it will shrink right back to normal size.

I hope this was helpful in answering your questions about extensions and how I take care of my hair. An important thing to remember if you are considering extensions is that they are an investment! With proper care of your extensions and even your natural hair, you’ll keep your hair healthy and looking better, longer. In my opinion, if you are going to spend the money, you might as well use the correct products and tools to keep it in the best condition.

Did we miss anything? Please let us know in the comments below if you don’t see your question here so we can answer for you! Have any hair care tips that are tried and true by you? Let me know below, I love trying new things!

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