Strand by strand hair extensions are very delicate, but once you get the hang of them they are easy to take care of. They are a great option for clients that enjoy having all of the hair out and not braided. You should have an adequate thickness of hair to cover the extensions. Ideally your hair should be at least 4-6 inches long. If your hair is closer to 4 inches you should option for extensions that are a natural length in comparison to your own hair so it blends better. For example if your hair is 4 inches I do not recommend getting extensions that are 22 inches. It will not blend as well. If your hair tends to be dry and mattes easily I do not recommend strand by strand extension methods. Strand by stand methods are not considered a protective style it is considered a hair extension method. Protective styles only applies to methods in which your hair is not exposed.
Caring for your strand by strand extensions:
1. Maintenance or microlinks and microtube extensions are critical to avoiding matting and tangling! Your extensions should be adjusted every 6-8 weeks depending on hair growth. If you have fusion, I do not recommend wearing them more than 4 months.
2. Shampoo with a moisturizing shampoo, for fine to medium hair I normally recommend Redken AllSoft Shampoo and Conditioner. For thicker coarse hair I recommend Crème of Nature Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. I recommend Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner or It's a 10 Shampoo and Conditioner.
3. Run your fingers through your extensions 2-3 times daily to make sure there are no knots. You should purchase an extension brush. Hold your extensions at the top and brush gently from the ends first then work your way up. I recommend Denman’s D80 brush or The Wet Brush Original Wet or Shine Brush.
4. When shampooing hair cleanse the scalp by applying shampoo and massaging gently. After cleansing the scalp gently work shampoo down the extensions. Do not manipulate the extensions as vigorously as you manipulate your hair. Make sure to completely rinse shampoos and conditioners from your extensions I see people make this mistake allot because they aren’t use to having so much hair in they mistakenly do not rinse out the products or the over use of stylist products will ruin the extensions.
5. After shampooing and conditioning hair, and before blow drying I recommend using a leave in treatment on the hair. My recommendation is It's a 10 Keratin Leave in Treatment. If this treatment is too heavy for your hair texture you can try others.
6. Do not go to sleep with wet extensions. This can cause matting and tangling.
7. Before going to sleep secure your extensions by putting them in a loose ponytail, braid, or wrap hair up in a satin scarf or hat or sleep on a satin pillow case.
If you have any more question on caring for your extensions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.