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Hair Extensions Aftercare Guidelines

by | Sep 30, 2016

Caring for your hair extensions

Now that you’ve made an investment in your hair, we wanted to guide you on how to take care of your extensions, to ensure you keep them in top condition.

Read on to find out more or download our PDF aftercare guide >>

Hair extensions do’s and don’ts

Lady brushing long brown hair with Great lengths paddle brush

Do these things with your hair extensions…


  • Tie hair extensions up when sleeping – try a loose plait down one side, two plaits, or a loose ponytail
  • Brush your hair regularly and don’t be afraid to treat it like your normal hair. Use a Tangle Teezer® brush or one with soft bristles – brands such as Denman® are good
  • Use a protein spray to retain moisture. Apply generously to towel-dried hair, or spray onto dry/styled hair to improve and maintain hair condition
  • Wash extensions in an upright position, such as in the shower
  • Pat hair dry following washing, dividing hair into sections to blow-dry and to straighten/curl
  • Use your usual heat-defence spray and serum on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair, but not near the bonds

Hair extensions don’ts…


  • Don’t go to bed with wet hair, always dry your extensions, paying careful attention to drying the root area and around the bonds
  • Don’t use brushed that have ‘teeth’ with balls at the tip. These can snag the hair and cause shedding
  • Don’t get conditioner on the root of your hair or near the bonds. This can lead to the keratin softening and cause shedding or loss of bonds
  • Don’t use oil-based products anywhere near the bonds, again, this can cause the bonds to soften or slip out
  • Don’t wash hair laying down in the bath and try not to tip your head upside down to wash hair over the bath. Both could cause the extensions to tangle
  • Don’t go in the sea if you can avoid it. Salt water can cause knots in the extensions. If you want to swim in the sea, we recommend applying a layer of conditioner through the mid-lengths and ends, and tying hair in a plait and placing it up in a bun on top of your hair to keep it secure. Don’t sit sipping sangria in the sun afterwards – wash your hair ASAP after swimming.
Lady with long lilac mermaid wave hair extensions


Unsure about bonds? We offer a FREE Try before you buy service. At consultation we can apply a couple of bonds to your hair so you can see how they feel, before commiting to hair extensions.

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Shampoo routine 

  • Wash 2-3 times per week ideally. Don’t allow roots to become greasy, equally don’t over-wash your hair. Excess moisture can cause the bonds to soften and pre bonded hair to shed over time
  • Wash extensins with luke-warm or cool water, not boiling hot. 
  • Gently wash your hair as normal, using the shampoo to massage the roots and using fingers to get between the bonds
  • Use light, downward motions to distribute the shampoo own through the ends of the hair
  • Be sure to rinse hair thoroughly
  • Avoid tangling the extensions – don’t rub or twist the hair or pile ir up on your head during washing, let gravity do it’s thing
  • Squeeze excess moisture from the hair before applying conditioner.

Conditioning routine

  • Apply conditioner throughout mid-lengths and ends
  • Leave conditioner or treatment mask on for several minutes  to allow the hair to absorb it (the longer the better)
  • Avoid the bonds or tapes when applying conditioner or treatments
  • Always use protein spray and heat-defence spray after towel-drying the hair
  • If hair feels dry, try a deep-conditioning mask or oil treatment once a week, (ensuring you avoid the bonds).
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Stainless-steel pliers

Removing hair extensions

Bond hair recommends you have your pre bonded extensions removed after 3 months / 12 weeks. The bonds will grow down with your natural hair, and styling can then become difficult. Bonds should be removed and replaced to avoid matting and to avoid damaging your natural hair. Tape hair extensions are often replaced after 6 weeks, depending on aftercare.

Removing hair extensions should be complete by a trained professional and you should not attempt to remove them yourself. 

Hair Extensions

Application methods

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Pre-bonded Keratin Flat tip

Stick tip nano bond chestnut brown hair extensions


Hands peeling paper from brunette tape hair extensions


Try Before You Buy

Unsure about bonds? We offer a FREE Try before you buy service. At consultation we can apply a couple of bonds to your hair so you can see how they feel, before committing to hair extensions.