Artificial hair integrations are used to add length to human hair. Hair Extension or Integration is a method of adding commercial hair to natural hair. These methods are used to conceal thinning or hair loss in concentrated areas.
Shampooing and styling of integrations
Shampooing of artificial hair integrations can be as easy as shampooing real hair, with some considerations. For instance, many manufacturers suggest using a braided lace wig mild shampoo, or even a wig shampoo.
o Most human hair extensions can be treated as real hair, albeit more gently. Since human hair extensions are usually heavily processed to achieve uniform color and texture, a mild shampoo is recommended, along with a light conditioner to reduce tangling. Cool water is recommended when shampooing, to reduce or prevent matting and excessive tangling. Having to remove snarls and tangles loosens the foundation of the integrations and further damages the hair.
o Treat them with respect. They will not grow back if you yank at them with a brush, burn them with the blow dryer, and kill them with chemicals. Be nice to them – they cost a lot of money so make sure you get your money’s worth.
o Always brush out all knots before you wash your hair, swim, or sleep. Start at the bottom and work your way up slowly using a paddle brush.
o Make sure you wash in between the braids to keep your scalp clean and free of bacteria.
o Sewn-in integrations must be removed by cutting the thread that attaches it to the cornrow. Care must be taken to snip only the thread, and not the client’s hair. Care must also be taken not to leave the wefts sewn in for so long as to cause the hair to mat around the thread.
o Invisible Hair Weave integration is generally easier to remove.
o Bonded integrations are removable based upon the method of bonding. Bonded wefts can be removed with special bonding-glue removers, allowing the remover to penetrate and break down the latex in the glue. Usually these removers have a high content of oil, dissolving adhesive, so a less-expensive alternative can be baby oil.
o Some bonded integrations can be shampooed out, depending on the strength of the adhesive, though it is less common, since the integrations do not last very long.
o Professional pre-bonded methods using cold/heat, such as “Great Lengths”, “Hair Dreams”, “So-cap” and “Cinderella”, should not be “melted” out of the hair. The individual company’s removal solution should be used to saturate the bond, and then crack with a plier type tool resulting in shattering of the bond. The hair extensions can be easily removed at this point. If extensions must be removed and solution is not available, ethyl alcohol, hand sanitizer or acetone will break down most pre-tipped bonds.