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Hair extensions are a great way to achieve the hair of your dreams and switch up your style! But while they may look amazing just after you walk out of the salon, you need to make sure you’re properly looking after your extensions to keep them looking amazing. It’s so important that you keep up with a maintenance routine as there could be serious consequences if you don’t. We’ve seen really bad cases of matting and on the other end of the spectrum, people have ended up ripping out some of their hair.

Whether you’ve been getting extensions for years or it’s your first set, we’re going to go over the best maintenance routine to keep your extensions looking perfect.


Wash your hair extensions correctly


One of the most important things you need to consider is your hair washing routine! You may not have realized how damaging using the wrong technique or products can be to your natural hair and your extensions.

When considering the products you’re using, make sure to avoid products with sulphates, alcohol and fragrances. You’ll also need to talk to your stylist for what products are best for your type of extension. Micro rings and pre taped wefts for instance, will need different levels of care so you don’t damage the rings or glue. But for general hair and extension health, you can check out our hair growth hair care line!

Now that you know what products you need and know what to avoid, we need to talk about how you wash your hair. You need to be as gentle with your extensions as possible. We advise keeping your hair down your back and not flipping it over or folding it on your head. If you focus on massaging the shampoo into your roots and scalp, the water will wash the soap down the hair and clean it that way. If you feel your hair needs an extra clean, you can gently massage the shampoo into the mids and ends.

By treating your hair gently, you’ll be able to prevent knotting and matting. You’ll also need to make sure that you’re not putting conditioner on the top of your extensions as this may cause them to slip. Because of this, you should also avoid using hot water. Try and keep your showers/baths to warm and below as hot water can strip oils from your hair resulting in breakage.

Summary:

  • Avoid products with sulphates, alcohol and fragrances

  • Be as gentle as possible when washing

  • Don’t put conditioner on your roots/near the top of the extensions

  • Don’t use really hot water to wash your hair


Don’t sleep with wet extensions


Your hair is at its weakest when it’s wet. It’s also the most prone to tangling and matting. If you go to bed with wet/damp hair, it can do some serious damage as you toss and turn throughout the night. If you only take one thing away from this, it should be this rule. Never sleep with wet extensions!

You need to be very gentle when doing anything with your extensions. If you’re going to bed with wet hair and waking up with tangles, you’re going to need to be less than gentle to brush them out. You’ll need to be so gentle when brushing your extensions normally, let alone with knots and matts.

A great way to avoid this is to, one, dry your hair before bed, but also to braid your hair. You should learn how to do a Dutch or French braid on either side of your head so it’s not uncomfortable but also protects your hair extensions. By braiding your hair before bed, you’ll minimize the pulling and tugging on the bonds during the night and prevent slippage.

You could also invest in a silk bonnet and silk pillowcase. It may feel a bit old fashioned wearing a bonnet to bed, but it’s a great way to prevent breakage on both your natural hair and hair extensions. A silk bonnet on a silk pillowcase will reduce the friction on your head and can really help prevent slippage.

Summary:

  • Don’t sleep with wet hair

  • Braid your hair before sleep if possible

  • Invest in a silk bonnet and pillowcase

Always be gentle when brushing your hair extensions


We’ve mentioned this a bit through our previous points, but we really want to hammer home just how gentle you need to be when brushing.

Our clients can be really shocked with how much hair they’ve saved by using the right hairbrush. If you have naturally curly/dry hair, it can be very prone to breaking during brushing. Using a soft bristle brush like a Tangle Teezer can be a great way to prevent breakage. The flexible bristles will bend instead of tearing through your hair, minimizing breakage and pulling. You can check out this amazing article to find out what brush you should be using for your hair.

You need to make sure that you’re brushing from end to root and it helps if you hold just above where you’re brushing to prevent breakage and pulling. Pulling too harshly on your extensions can result in your hair extensions slipping.

You can ask your stylist about any detangling sprays they recommend and are safe to use on your extensions. Sprays are great for preventing breakage as they help the brush glide smoothly through your hair.

Whilst tangling is an inevitability of extensions, it can be prevented/minimised. We also would advise that you gently brush your hair multiple times throughout the day to prevent tangling. At a minimum you should be doing this:

  • When you wake up

  • Before you go to sleep

  • Before and After washing your hair.

Summary:

  • Use the right hairbrush for your hair. Tangle Teezer’s are pretty much universal

  • When brushing, work from end to root

  • Use a detangling spray

  • Brush your hair as gently and frequently as possible

Minimize Heat Damage

You should be minimizing the heat on your hair regardless as to whether you have extensions in or not. But extensions can be very susceptible to heat damage, whether they’re human or synthetic hair. Here’s a few ways to keep your heat damage to a minimum:

  • Use a heat protectant spray

  • Adjust the heat on your hair dryer/straightener/curler to the lowest setting.

  • Take regular days off from using heat

There are so many techniques for curling your hair without using heat that using curlers seems a bit redundant at times.

Summary:

  • Take regular breaks from heat

  • Use little/low heat

  • Use a heat protectant spray

Separate the bonds

As with anything, the more frequently you do it, the less time it will take. Your stylist can show you how to do this if you’re unsure, but you should be making sure to separate the bonds in your extensions everyday. You’ll just need to feel with your fingers to make sure that none of the bonds have become tangled, and if they have, you’ll need to try and gently pry them apart. By doing this, you’ll be preventing the bonds becoming matted with any loose or shedding hair.

Carboxy Therapy is an innovative technique which aims to reduce cellulite, stretch marks and scars but can also be used to stimulate hair growth. The treatment is quick, safe, and without risk of allergies or intolerance.

How is it done?

During a session Carbon dioxide is used as a gas injection under the surface of the skin. Carbon Dioxide is an invisible, odorless gas that exists as part of our natural atmosphere and has been shown to kill fat cells. Medical research shows that it also promotes re-oxygenation which in turn reduces fluid buildup allowing skin to produce more Collagen.

How does it work for hair growth?

During a session the gas is injected into the skin in areas of hair loss using shallow injections with a thin needle. Under the influence of Co2’s reaction with the water contained in tissue, oxygen is released from hemoglobin and blood flow is increased in the area of application.

This stimulation of the hair follicle promotes the hair growth.

How long before you see results?

Whilst the treatment can be performed in a single session we would recommended to complete a series of treatments at repeating intervals. Treatments can be spaced in as little as weekly sessions depending on individual needs.

After a series of treatments (usually around 8–10), hair loss is reduced and new hair growth is stimulated.

What can Carboxy therapy be used for?

Carboxy therapy can be used for a variety of hair loss conditions, these include androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata and hair loss caused by pregnancy or stress.

It is also beneficial alongside complimentary therapies such as Meso-therapy in which active ingredients are injected into the middle layer of the skin stimulating growth of thicker healthier hair.

The Carboxy Therapy device used at crown creations uses small amounts of sterile carbon dioxide in a controlled manner and is applied by a fully certified aesthetician.

If you would like to book a consultation or have any questions please contact us, you can also find more information here.

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If you’re worried you’re hair loss, you may be looking at ways to cover up patches, stimulate hair growth and keep your hair healthy. We’re going to list our top treatments, shampoos and techniques to keep your hair in the best condition it can be.


The difference between hair loss and alopecia


As part of our hair’s natural growth cycle, we lose around 50-100 hairs a day! This is normal and nothing to worry about. However, if your hair is falling out in clumps or you’re seeing bald spots start to appear, you may have alopecia.

Alopecia is an autoimmune condition that causes hair all over the body to fall out including body hair, eyelashes, eyebrows etc. It’s largely caused by stress but can also be caused by overusing harsh chemicals such as bleach and hair dye as well as in response to some medications such as chemotherapy. While there are treatments for alopecia, and sometimes just removing the stressor or coming off the medication will help, there is no ‘cure’.


Keeping your hair healthy


If you’re suffering from hair loss you’ll want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to keep your hair in the best shape it can be! You should always check with a healthcare professional before changing your routine if you think you’re suffering with hair loss or alopecia. Here’s a list for a few easy ways to keep your hair healthy:

  • Avoid sulphates and parabens in your hair products as these can dry your hair out and cause further damage. We recommend using our ‘Waterman’s Grow Me‘ Shampoo. It’s vegan, cruelty free, sulphate and paraben free, and specially formulated for thinning hair.

  • Use a restorative hair mask. We recommend the Shea Moisture ‘Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Leave In Conditioner‘. It’s paraben and sulphate free, uses fair trade shea butter, mineral oil free and is cruelty free. You could also look into getting some Olaplex treatments done at your local salon. Olaplex is a protein bond builder and can actually make your hair stronger and less likely to break.

  • Use the right hairbrush! If you have very thin and brittle hair, then you want to make sure that you’re not using a paddle brush or a standard hair brush as this could actually cause more breakage. We advise using a tangle teezer or tangle teezer variant as they are quite soft brushes and are designed to prevent breaking your hair.

  • Use the right hair oil. You may see a lot of articles telling you to use cooking oils such as coconut oil or olive oil on your skin and hair, but these can actually cause quite a bit of damage. These types of oils are comedogenic which means they will block your pores and break you out. When used on hair they can cause a buildup of product and stop water and the other beneficial products you’re using from penetrating your hair and having any effect. We suggest using argan oil to help keep your hair healthy or you can use our Waterman’s Grow More Elixir a luxury leave on serum which helps to strengthen and moisturize your hair.

  • Reduce chemicals and heat. This one might sound a bit obvious, but make sure that you’re not using heat and chemicals such as hair dyes and bleach on already damaged hair. If you’re looking for a change of style, you can look into getting wigs in the style you like. Most salons will cut your wig and show you how to wear it or there are loads of videos on YouTube.

  • Avoid using rough towels. Towels that you use on your body can break and cause damage because they are so rough and hair can be very delicate. When you get out of the shower/bath, gently wrap your hair in a soft t-shirt or you can buy microfiber wraps specifically made for drying hair, usually made out of silk or cotton. It’s also advised that you sleep on silk pillowcases to prevent damage.


Hair Loss Treatments


While there’s no cure for alopecia and hair loss, there are some preventative treatments that exist that can help as well as following the above tips to keep your hair healthy.


Mesotherapy


Mesotherapy involves injecting active ingredients into the mesoderm (middle layer of the skin) to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. It’s sometimes used to help hair regrowth after hair implants as it strengthens and accelerates the growth of new follicles. Each session can last up to 15-30 minutes and results can usually be seen after the 3rd or 4th session so it is a long term investment but can be worth it.

Both men and women can undergo this treatment; however, it´s not suitable for pregnant women or nursing mothers, minors, people undergoing chemotherapy treatments, or those suffering from diabetes, heart diseases, or kidney or liver failure.

If you’re interested in booking a consultation or a session, check us out here.


Carboxytherapy


Carboxytherapy is similar to mesotherapy. Both treatments are non surgical and use injections to distribute the treatment. Carboxytherapy is where carbon dioxide is injected into the scalp or affected area to help stimulate blood flow and bring nutrients to the skin which in turn should help produce hair growth which is stronger and thicker. You can also use carboxytherapy to support mesotherapy.

Each carboxytherapy treatment lasts around 20 minutes and you’ll usually see results after 8-10 sessions. For more information or to book a consultation or treatment, click here.