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How to prepare the hair for Extensions

Hair extensions are popular hair treatments that add length and volume to an individual’s hair. Extensions allow individuals to have the hair they’ve wanted but could previously never have. There are several ways that you can add extensions to your hair. However, this is often a lengthy process and it can sometime damage your natural hair, if you are not careful with how you handle your new addition.

It is important to properly prepare your hair for extensions prior to adding them, so that the process is easier, and your hair looks better and avoids unnecessary damage.

1- Decide which type of hair extension you want and consult with your extensionist  about the pro and cons of the technique you have chosen.   Research the various types of hair you available and ways of attaching your extensions to your hair. Your basic options are Hot Fusion-protein bond, Cold Fusion-protein bond, Clip Ins and Wefts-sew ins, etc.

2- Chose a stylist who specializes in the type of extensions you want, and schedule a consultation to discuss the process with her. Discuss, any questions you may have, and purchase your extension hair, try to get as close to your natural hair as possible, so you won’t have to drastically change your hair color for the extensions to match.

3- Prepare your hair prior to visiting the salon and having your extensions added. Purchase a clarifying shampoo to clean your hair with the day of your appointment.

4- Color your hair to match the extensions you’re putting in. Do this the day before adding the extensions. Make sure you or your hair stylist have the extensions on hand so you can match the color as best as possible. Coloring your hair before the process will prevent the keratin bond becoming loose brittle.

5- Shampoo your hair with the clarifying shampoo, rinse and repeat the process. Do not add any conditioner to your hair. Towel dry your hair, and brush it out straight with a comb. Do not add any products to your hair or style your hair prior to the application of any fusion extension.

6- Blow-dry your hair, if needed, on a low setting. Do not use a round brush or any other styling tools. Your hair should be in its most natural condition for the individual extensions to adhere to your hair as best as possible.