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Will having hair extensions damage my hair? | Cherie
Will having hair extensions damage my hair? | Cherie
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Will having hair extensions damage my hair?

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HairLaurenGilmore
The answer to this question is no... I have been a qualified hair extensionist for nearly 6 years now. I qualified with Racoon International in 2014, with their pre bonded system, I then went onto qualify in all of their systems including advanced techniques, dressing extensions and Hair In Recovery, which provides hair extensions to people suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy and hair loss. The main question I get asked is; will hair extensions damage my hair? My answer is with good application, care and maintenance then no they should not. The client you can see in the pictures had hair extensions applied for length, especially around the face. We maintained the extensions every 6 weeks and finally removed them 8 months later. As you can see from the last picture, which is when the extensions were removed, there is evident hair growth, thickness and no damage! There are several things to take into account when having hair extensions... Choose a professional hair stylist to fit them. As hair stylists we are specifically trained to know hair inside out. We will know what keeps it healthy and how to avoid damaging it. Hair stylists will also know how to blend the extensions in to make them look natural. Use your aftercare! You should be provided with aftercare once your extensions are fitted. This should consist of at least a shampoo, conditioner and brush/comb. The shampoo and conditioner will be specifically designed for the extensions, keeping them looking healthy. Have I got the time? Although extensions do not need a huge amount of care, you will need to dedicate more time to them. They will have to be dried thoroughly after every wash, maintained every 6-12 weeks (depending on the system you have), and they will need to be checked for matting a few times a day, this is done by running your fingers through the root area. Choose the correct system for your hair type. Your hair stylist should offer you this advice, however, here is a rough guide for you:
Fine hair: Tapes extensions.
Medium hair: Pre-bonded, Nano rings/micro rings, clip ins.
Coarse hair: Sewn in Weave/LA Weave.
Tips:
Plait your hair when you go to bed to avoid matting. 
If you are going to put them up, use a low ponytail to avoid tension on the extensions.
Follow your maintenance instructions.
Avoid sunbeds & chlorine.
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