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IBE® Home Care Guide

Brushing

--Brushing is the most important thing to do to maintain your extensions at home. At a minimum, you need to brush twice a day. There is no such thing as brushing too much.

 

-Section off each row, apply pressure with your hand to the top of the wefts, start at the bottom of the hair and work your way up the head with the brush. When possible, use a comb and gently comb your natural hair that lays directly under the row to keep and tangles/matting at bay. 

-Do NOT brush directly over the weft line. This can damage the hair extension weft and can pull on the beads which may damage your hair and scalp.

Washing

-Before getting into the shower, brush your hair to ensure all tangles are out. Please only shampoo one to two times per week. If it's not already, dry shampoo is going to be your best friend!

-If you have more than one row of extensions, section off the hair before getting into the shower. Gently shampoo the hair, making sure to get the top and underneath of the extension hair. Then let the next row down and repeat. Make sure to thoroughly rinse each section leaving no residue behind.

-Leave a hydrating conditioner or mask on the mids and ends for 5-15 minutes. The longer the better!

-Use ONLY protein, sulfate and paraben free products.

Styling

-Extension hair holds onto moisture more than natural hair, which means it takes longer to dry. If you're wearing hand-tied wefts, you must blow dry at least the tops of the wefts to avoid swelling. If you're wearing micro/genius wefts, you may air dry or blow dry.

-Apply oil to your hair before blow drying AND reapply oil every day even on dry hair. Extension hair needs moisture every single day. 

-Blow dry in a downward motion and be careful to not get too close to the hair extension weft line.

-ALWAYS use a heat protectant before applying any hot tools to your hair such as a curling iron or flat iron.

-If you wear a ponytail, it's best to flip your hair upside down and place the ponytail high on your head. If you prefer to wear a low ponytail, make sure it's pulled back very loosely. Wearing it low like this can cause some tension and pulling so try not to do this often. When putting your hair up please use a scrunchie or hair coil. This goes for people without extensions as well. Hair elastics can be very damaging to the hair.

Sleeping

-NEVER go to sleep with wet hair.

-Sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase is best. The satin will create extra slip so when you're tossing and turning at night your hair and face will move much easier and gentler. Cotton is very dehydrating for your skin and hair.

-Make sure to brush your hair before bed and put your hair in one or two braids or a low ponytail to sleep

Water Activities

-Always prep your hair with a mixture of water and conditioner before swimming in any body of water. Wash your hair immediately after.

 

-Using two tight braids or buns is the best way to avoid tangling or matting. When you are fully submerging your hair in water, using a light braid or bun does not contain the hair enough.

Products

-Make sure any and all products you use on your extensions are sulfate and paraben free.

-Using excessive volumizers on your extension hair can cause them to feel dry.

-Protein rich products can cause a build up on your extensions and shorten their lifespan.

-Please use caution when using sunscreen and avoid spray sunscreens. Sunscreens can alter the color of your hair extensions.

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