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Hair Extensions: Styling, Maintenance & How Long They Last

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Maintaining your extensions and keeping them looking natural and beautiful is a lot easier than you might think.

During your consultation and throughout your appointment we will give you all the information you need to properly care for them.

We will also give you expert tips and tricks for achieving different styles.

The first rule is:

Have an Initial check-up

Be sure to visit the salon in the first week for a maintenance appointment, so your stylist can check the bonds.

Daily routine maintenance It’s a good idea to separate the extensions by running your fingers through them every day, to make sure they move freely and that the hair falls naturally.

Choosing the right products We recommend ZEN Shampoo and Conditioner, or a very gentle range, that contain no sulphates or parabens, and nothing that contains oil, as these will cause the bonds to slip

Washing your hair extensions

We advise you not to wash your hair for 1-2 days after your hair extensions have been applied. This will allow the correct amount of time for the bonds to set.

When washing your hair extensions, it is extremely important to use products that will not damage the bonds, or damage the tape material/ track. ZEN aftercare products will prolong the length of life of your hair extensions, whilst nourishing and moisturising both your hair extensions and natural hair.

To shampoo – wet the hair ideally in the shower, tipping your head back. Apply the Shampoo and squeeze through from the roots to the ends. Only use gentle strokes, avoiding any scrubbing motions, as these can make the hair tangle. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.

To condition the hair – apply the Conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends. Rinse thoroughly. Don’t rush! You may be surprised by the extra weight of your extended hair.

Drying your hair extensions

It is extremely important to ensure that you completely dry the hair and the bonds. ZEN Hair recommend you gently dab your hair using a towel. This will reduce the amount of excess water. While your hair is still wet, we suggest you gently brush through your hair using a Natural Bristle Brush, this will eliminate any tangles.

Once you have completed these 2 steps, you will then be able to blow-dry your hair extensions as usual, but pay close attention to your bonds to ensure they are dry.

Blow drying your hair after you wash it will help marry them with your own hair and create a natural, seamless look. Don’t forget to use heat protector spray to keep them healthy and shiny. If you’d like to minimise heat damage, let them air dry partially and then use a blow dryer. Air drying completely may create frizz and make it harder to blend with your natural hair.

How to brush extensions

Bristle Brush has been designed to gently glide over the bonds without damaging or pulling them. Start at the ends and work your way up using gentle strokes. Put your hand over the bonds to support them.

These styling tools have become a staple piece for many salons and many hair extension consumers. Because the brushes have short natural bristles, they prevent damage to your hair and scalp. They also increase the control and smoothness when styling, and help create a bouncy style by lifting your hair directly from the roots.


You can style your hair extensions just as you would your own hair. It’s a good idea to apply styling products before and after blow- drying to help protect the hair, but to avoid getting styling products on the bonds, only apply from mid-lengths to the ends. Also, try to avoid excessive heat – instead, opt for medium temperature straightening and curling irons.

Curls to add volume and blend seamlessly

Adding curls is a great way to show off the thickness and length of your new look. It creates a beautiful and glamorous look which is perfect for special events. It is also an easy way to create a seamless appearance when blending in to your natural hair. Whether you use curling tongs or rollers, both will create a gorgeous style.


When going to bed, it is recommended that the hair is pulled back with a soft scrunchie and put into a ponytail or loose plait. This will prevent your hair extensions from getting tangled.


Sea and chlorine water can have a damaging effect on natural hair as well as hair extensions. Be advised: chlorine can make very blonde hair turn green or pink! If you do go swimming, then tie the hair back loosely to avoid tangling, wash it as soon as you come out and dry the hair straight away. Make sure the bonds are completely dry.

Sun protection

It’s a good idea to wear a hat to protect your hair from excessive UV exposure. We also recommend using a UV protector and applying it from the mid-lengths to the ends.

How long will hair extensions last for?

Maintenance completely depends on your lifestyle, hair type and the kind of method being used. How long they last is different for everybody, and you will get a better idea of this when gaining more experience with extensions.

We recommend maintenance appointments around every 4-6 weeks to keep them looking as natural and seamless as possible.

When deciding what type are being used and how they are being applied in your consultation, we will give you an accurate time frame of how long they will last and when they need maintenance appointments.

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