Hair Extensions: Best Practices for a Stunning Look

By Dean Laming on February 11th, 2024

Offering hair extensions is a fantastic way to give your clients the length, volume, and versatility they desire. Yet, achieving that seamless, stunning look requires more than just attaching extensions; it demands a careful approach to avoid damage and ensure client satisfaction.

 

Here’s how to elevate your hair extension services, ensuring every client leaves your salon looking fabulous and eager to return.

 

Assessing Hair Health First

Start with a thorough examination of the client’s natural hair, focusing on:

Split Ends

Check the ends closely under good lighting for any fraying, splits, or breakage signaling damage. Trim away at least an inch of any compromised areas to establish a healthy base that won’t worsen post-extension installation.

Thinning Hair

Look for any concerning signs of thinning like widened parts or excessive scalp visibility indicating follicle issues. Determine if temporary stressors like postpartum changes or conditions like alopecia are at play.

 

Address underlying causes through treatment plans aiming to thicken strands over several months before weighing extensions that may strain thinning hair.

Chemical History

Inquire about any recent chemical straightening or intensive curl treatments done in the past six months. Process chemicals very recently can compromise hair strength, causing bonds to fail quickly.

 

Consider delaying installation a few months allowing hairs to rebuild strength after chemical processing.

 

Understanding Client Goals

Clear communication about what your client hopes to achieve is crucial. Whether they’re after length, volume, or a new style, understanding their vision helps you tailor the extension method and type perfectly.

 

Selecting the Right Attachment Method

Choosing a method that suits the client’s hair condition and lifestyle is key:

 

  • Tape-In Extensions: Offer a less damaging option with hypoallergenic tape for a seamless blend, suitable for shorter-term wear.
  • I-Tip Extensions: Ideal for those seeking minimal bulk, these extensions attach strand-by-strand and are secured without heavy adhesives.
  • Beaded Weft Extensions: Provide versatility without committing to a full head of extensions, using invisible beads for attachment.

Educating Clients on Maintenance

It’s crucial to ensure your clients know how to look after their hair extensions at home. This not only protects the extensions but also the health of their natural hair. Here are some key care tips to share:

Brushing Technique

Show your clients the correct way to brush their extensions, starting from the mid-lengths and moving towards the ends, using a wide-tooth comb. This method prevents pulling at the roots, which could lead to extensions detaching.

 

A leave-in conditioner can help the comb glide through more smoothly, reducing the risk of snagging.

Night-Time Routine

Recommend that your clients either loosely braid their hair or tie it back with a soft scrunchie before bed. This helps to keep the hair smooth and prevents the extensions from tangling during the night, which can put stress on the bonds.

 

Additionally, sleeping on silk pillowcases can reduce friction and be gentler on both their extensions and natural hair.

Managing Heat Styling

Advise your clients to be cautious with the use of heat styling tools. Overuse can lead to dehydration and damage to both their natural hair and the extensions. Suggest limiting heat styling to two or three times a week and always using a lower temperature setting.

 

Applying a thermal protectant spray before styling can help shield the hair from heat damage.

Choosing the Right Products

Encourage the use of gentle, hydrating hair care products that are free from sulfates and parabens. These ingredients can strip moisture from the hair, causing extensions to dry out and weaken more quickly.

 

Recommending hair oils that strengthen the bond between the extensions and natural hair, such as argan oil or rosehip seed oil blends, can also be beneficial.

 

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By following these guidelines, you’ll ensure your hair extension services are top-notch, leading to satisfied clients and a growing business through positive word-of-mouth.

 

At Salon Saver, we understand the importance of maintaining high standards in every service you offer. That’s why we provide bespoke hair salon insurance to protect against unforeseen incidents, from personal injury claims to operational disruptions.

 

With our tailored insurance solutions, you can confidently expand your service offerings, knowing you’re covered. Get in touch to find out how we can support your salon’s ambitions and keep your business thriving.

Dean Laming

Dean Laming is a Chartered Insurance Broker with more than 25 years insurance experience. Through various underwriting, operational and management roles, Dean has built up extensive knowledge of the hair and beauty sector and is now Managing Director of Salon Saver, part of the wider Henry Seymour Group.

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