Maintenance

Extending the Life of Your Extensions

This maintenance page is our hair-care guide to protecting your investment. Here you will find answers to all of your “How to?” questions for our RAW and Virgin extensions and wigs. 

General Tips

Keeping It Manageable – At home to-do’s when your stylist is on vacation:

  • Co-wash your hair every week or bi-weekly. A co-wash is hair washing with conditioner, not shampoo. Co-washing loosens tangles and maintains moisture that ensures luster.
  • Air drying is best, unless the hair is silky straight. Silky straight hair performs better when blow dried by hand using low heat.
  • Don’t wear your extensions too long after installation. With healthy maintenance, you should uninstall your extensions after 6 – 8 weeks. The purpose of uninstalling extensions is to remove build-up and properly care for your natural hair. The longer extensions are worn, the harder they are to remove as well as causing damage to your natural hair. Stay hair-tidy!
PRODUCTS WE LOVE for Raw Straight and Natural Wave
We recommend hydrating conditioners with smoothing properties to maintain the moisture and reduce frizz. Below are a few of our favorite products. 
  • Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner 
  • Any Organic and All-Natural Conditioner 
  • Proclaim Glossing Polish 
  • Macadamia Intensive Oil Treatment   
  • Any preferred Intensive Deep Conditioning Treatment or Hair Masque (to only be used periodically)   
  • Our Favorite Hair Brush-link to detangling brush

 

Nightly Regime – To Bonnet or Not to Bonnet? The answer is Yes!

  • Comb through your tresses gently to detangle. It’s best to use a wide-toothed comb or our Detangler Brush going from ends to roots.
  • Loosely braid your hair into one solid braid, or two. 
  • Tuck the end underneath the base of the braid or close the braid with a scrunchy (not too tight).
  • Completely cover your hair with our Satin Bonnet.
  • Our Satin Bonnet pairs well with our Silk Pillowcase.

RAW Extensions

Washing – At home care when you can’t get to your stylist’s chair

  • Gently detangle your hair starting from the ends and work your way up to the roots.
  • Using lukewarm water, stay gentle as you co-wash your hair (best done in the shower).
  • Condition your hair for 20-30 minutes, adding a few drops of essential oil, like coconut oil.
  • Thoroughly rinse using lukewarm water.
  • T-shirt dry and choose air drying over blow drying. If you opt for blow drying, use low heat air. You don’t want to overheat the hair. 
  • Straight hair – If you are experienced using flat irons, go for it and be sure to use a heat protectant. If not, wear a messy bun with some cut earrings and call it a day. Overheating the hair will reduce its shelf-life, change the wave/curl pattern and damage your investment beyond repair.
  • Curly hair – Using a detangler brush and hair serum, brush the hair into 3 or 4 sections. Use a blow dryer with a diffuser on low heat. This helps prevent frizz. Dry about 50% of your hair. Let the rest air dry without touching. You want the curl to be patterned without interruption.

Daily Styling

  • It’s best to comb and brush your hair daily whether you’re styling or not. Even a messy bun or ponytail requires the comb-and-brush duo.
  • Use a light oil or moisturizer. Dry or dry-looking hair is not sexy.
  • Style as desired, showing how much you like it RAW.
  • If styling with curling or flat irons, use a heat protectant with keratin. 

 

PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS for curly hair 

We recommend hydrating conditioners to maintain the moisture required for curly textures. Below are a few of our favorite products. 

  • Mielle Organics Rosemary mint masque (Soft Kinks texture only)
  • Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner  
  • Tresemme Flawless Curls Conditioner 
  • Pureology Hydrate Conditioner 
  • Dominican Magic Detangling Conditioner 
  • Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls (SoftKinks and heavily textured curls)
  • Vigorol Mega Moisture Mousse  
  • Denman Brush 
  • Any preferred all-natural or hydrating conditioner  
  • Any preferred Intensive Deep Conditioning Treatment or Hair Masque (to only be used periodically)  

 

Wigs (Headband, Lace Front, & Virgin)

Installation:

  • Decide if you are leaving some of your natural hair out or not. Sometimes a natural bang is the perfect accessory.
  • Brush your hair into a low-back bun or braid your hair in cornrows. You can also twist your hair in small twists. The goal is for the wig to lay as flat as possible to look mistakenly natural. (If leaving hair out for any reason, separate the hair to be left out and follow the above steps for the remaining hair.) 
  • In front of a mirror, if using a Wig Grip Band, secure it first around your head. If not, affix the wig to your hairline and play around with it until you find the look you like. 
  • If using a Wig Grip Band, secure the wig to the band. If not, secure the hidden combs of the wig to your natural hair.
  • Finger comb the hair or shake your head in a vigorous motion to loosen the locs of hair. (If leaving hair out, style as desired.)

Washing:

  • Comb through the hair to remove possible tangles or knots.
  • Fill a clean sink with lukewarm water. Gently wash the hair using wig shampoo or a gentle shampoo with one hand working from top to bottom. * If a headband wig, the headband needs to be washed as well. Wash the headband portion as you would a delicate blouse.
  • Rinse the hair thoroughly in cold water to rid of shampoo residue. 
  • Conditioner is necessary as this is human hair. You want to treat it like you treat your own, to an extent. Let the conditioner sit for 2 – 5 minutes and rinse. Try not to get conditioner on the wig cap, as it will loosen the hair causing it to shed.
  • Wrap in a cotton T-shirt & squeeze to remove excess water. 
  • Comb through using a wide-toothed comb or detangler brush to remove possible tangles and knots.
  • Let air dry either on a towel or wig stand/wig head.

Daily Maintenance:

  • It is encouraged to lightly oil the wig hair. This enhances a natural look. If you wear the wig daily, you should oil it once or twice per week. You don’t want the oil to weigh down the hair.
  • When not in use, store on a wig head or in a wig storage bag to reduce tangling and knotting. 

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If you have a hair-care concern that isn’t addressed on this page, please email us.