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Hair Extension Care & Maintenance

To keep your extensions looking great it’s vital to only use water based and natural products for your extensions. Adding products (ie., hair spray, etc) that contains many harmful ingredients (alcohol) affects the natural state of your extensions. In addition, water based products are important, as they add moisture to your hair, not grease.

BEFORE INSTALLATION

STEP 1

Remove hair from package. With binding cords intact, fully saturate hair with water, then shampoo with a sulfate free moisturizing shampoo.

    

STEP 2

Apply a generous amount of conditioners. Work conditioner through the hair using your fingers to  detangle; when sufficiently detangled with fingers, use a wide tooth comb, a Tangle Teezer or Denman style brush to further detangle the hair. (You may experience some shedding.)

  

STEP 3

Remove cords and separate the weft/clip-ins with conditioner still in the hair. Continue to de-tangle if necessary. Then rinse conditioner out. (*Apply your favourite curl enhancer after; this is optional)

STEP 4

Hang and allow the hair to completely air dry

STEP 5

Seal your wefts (when dry)

 

AFTER INSTALLATION

Xotica Hair extensions will allow you to do an array of styles that you would normally do with your own hair.

For daily maintenance

  • Before bed, loosely two strand twist hair into large sections. Cover with a silk lined bonnet or silk scarf. (If wearing clip-ins, remove clips)
  • In the morning, take twists down. Mist lightly with water or with your favourite liquid leave-in conditioner. Apply a moisturizing cream. (To reduce frizz and tame curls apply a curl enhancer after.)

Washing your extensions

We recommend that you wash your extensions weekly. (Product build-up can weigh down extensions and increase tangling.)

  • Section hair into 4-6 sections; wash each section at a time
  • Detangle hair extensions during pre-poo (spritz hair with water, add conditioner) - Detangle extensions and condition (for deep conditioning, leave conditioner on for 15 to 30 minutes; you can use the Baggy Method)
  • Shampoo with sulfate free shampoo
  • Re-apply a conditioner after shampooing
  • Rinse conditioner
  • Apply a curl styler (optional)
  • Air dry

How to reduce tangling & shedding

  • Always seal your wefts
  • Keep extension sufficiently moisturized
  • Co-wash and de-tangle frequently (do not go beyond a week without de-tangling)
  • De-tangle from bottom of the weft up to the top
  • Reduce the use of heating tools and chemical use (ie. dyeing)

Coloring Extensions

*Coloring can loosen the texture of curls

  • Seek professional help when coloring hair
  • If you decide to DIY, take care to lift hair slowly with a low volume developer
  • Condition even more frequently as coloring can cause dryness and increase tangles.

RECOMMENDED HAIR PRODUCTS

For Co-washing before installation

  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
  • Crème of Nature Pure-licious Co-wash Cleansing Conditioner
  • Tangle Teezer
  • Dritz Fray Check/Weft Sealant

For Daily Maintenance

  • Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in Conditioner
  • Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-in Conditioner (for kinkier textures)
  • Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls
  • Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls
  • Qhemet Amla & Olive Heavy Cream (for kinkier textures)
  • Denman D9 or Denman D41 (for curly textures)
  • Tangle Teezer (for curly and kinkier textures)

For Washing Extensions

  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • Crème of Nature Moisture & Shine Shampoo with Argan Oil
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
  • Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
  • Denman D9 or Denman D41 (for curly textures)
  • Tangle Teezer (for both Curly and Kinkier textures)

 

 

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