How to help your clients maintain their hair extensions at home
Hey stylists! We all know that sometimes plans change, schedules get busy, and things come up that may keep your clients away for long stretches of time. But did you know you can connect with your clients and extend your hair care services from beyond the chair?
Learn how to help your clients maintain their extensions at home so on their next visit, you’re doing less damage control and making more magic happen!
Take advantage of technology
Thanks to technology, we can communicate with people across the globe—and in this case—in the comfort of their own home. Here are some ways to extend your expertise!
- Create hair styling videos. When clients can’t get to the salon on time, you may need to help them hide their wefts or bonds. Give styling tips to your clients via videos so they can do it themselves.
Babe tip: Post your videos on social media platforms to market your service and possibly boost your clientele.
- Book virtual meetings. Instead of cancelling appointments, take this time to schedule a video call. From there, you can take a look at their hair and walk them through how to maintain their natural hair and extensions.
- Text or email to show you care. Clients appreciate you thinking of them and their situation. Send some tips and tricks to get them through their hair care. We have Babe Hair expert advice already written that you could direct them to!
Babe tip: Let your clients know that Babe Hair has Maintenance kits or create your own to send to them.
Tips to treat hair extensions depending on the method
Whether your clients have Tape-ins, Clip-ins, Hand Tied Wefts, or Fusion extensions, they all need some TLC during this time. Share these tips on how to treat hair extensions at home depending on the method!
Clip-in and Crown extensions
These types of extensions are low maintenance as it is, but they can also shine when paired with other extension methods. For clients that want to add a little extra length on their own, recommend clip-ins or crowns! Or maybe they need to fill in some gaps for thick, luscious hair. Clips-ins are the way to go!
Tape-in and Hand Tied Weft extensions
These playful hair extensions last six to eight weeks before needing a touch-up. Clients love these because the application time is fast—30 minutes to an hour for Tape-in and 1.5 - 2 hours for Hand Tied Wefts—plus the result is thick, voluminous, long hair!
After eight weeks, your clients will start to feel pressure and irritation on their scalp. The longer they’re left in, the higher chance of hair breakage. A top-notch extension brush followed with these instructions is key to combating hair struggles in no time! Share these simple tips.
- Section hair for prime care. Find the places where your extensions meet the root. Section from the bottom of your hairline and work your way to the top of your head.
- Brush away the build-up! Now that you’ve sectioned your hair, break out your Extensions Brush! Banish the dreadlocks and matting by working the side of your brush from the scalp down to the weft or tape-in. Brush over the extension to detangle for a seamless look!
Babe tip: Brush underneath the extension without disturbing the braid from the Hand Tied Weft. Make sure to brush the ends of your hair.
Fusion, I-tip and Flat-tip extensions
These methods give your clients the creative freedom to style their hair their way. Why? Because these single-strand extensions are super lightweight! Give your clients a flawless, seamless look from two to six months depending on their maintenance routine.
You know it’s time for extension removal when your client’s natural hair grabs on to other strands and forms matting and dreadlocks. When they call in a panic, share these simple steps to keep their hair on fleek!
- Section hair and brush away! Repeat the same steps mentioned in the Tape-in and Hand Tied Weft extensions above. The more matting you find, the more patient you’ll want to be with your brush. Gently work the brush until your hair is detangled.
- Pull apart your hair extensions. Single strand hair extensions get lonely the longer they’re in and gravitate toward neighboring extensions. After you section off and brush your hair, pull apart the entangled extensions.
- Brush again for good measure. Now that your extensions are in place, brush from your scalp to the ends of your hair to maintain their top form!
Tips on shampooing hair extensions
Shampooing works wonders on the scalp and helps detangle hair. Remember to tell your clients to shampoo with care. Here are some tips to share.
- Brush your dry hair. This will make it easier to section and shampoo when you shower.
- Wet and section your hair.
- Put shampoo on your fingertips and gently glide over the scalp and across the top of your extensions.
- Rinse and repeat with the next section.
Tips on after-shower care
After their shower routine, what’s next? Little steps can go a long way in maintaining a seamless look. Check out these tried and true tips to forward to your clients.
- Air dry for the win! Stay in and let your hair air dry. It’s the gentlest way to keep your extensions safe.
- Never blow-dry upside down. Go from wet to dry in a flash by blow-drying your hair in a downward motion. Blow-drying upside down is rough on your extensions and frankly, unnecessary.
- The brush is your new best friend. Use your trusty extension brush two to three times a day for smooth, luscious locks.
Tips on sleeping with hair extensions
Do your clients toss and turn at night? Rest easy knowing you can help rescue their hair extensions at night.
- Never go to be with your hair wet. Gently blow-dry your hair or air dry before catching some zzz’s.
- Detangle your hair with your extension brush each night.
- Sleep with your hair in a braid or low ponytail. This method keeps your hair extensions from moving and provides that extra bit of comfort.
Tips on how to hide hair extensions
Earlier we talked about creating styling videos to send to your clients. We suggest sharing this best non-kept secret: the low ponytail! It’s a simple, yet versatile style to feel done-up during days in.
- Put hair into a low ponytail, leaving the front section down.
- Separate the front side sections into two parts.
- Add the bottom layer of the side sections to your ponytail. These sections should cover your extensions.
Babe tip: Wrap your hair with a rubber band each time you add hair to your ponytail.
- Take the top layer of your side section and create a cute braid to add to your ponytail.
- Style with accessories. If some of your extensions are peeking through, hide them with a trendy scarf or scrunchie for more flare.
Survival kit for hair extensions
Hair tools can make or break your client’s hair care experience. Share these must-have tools with them so they can bring their daily hair routine to life.
- Extensions Brush: Made with natural boar hair and bristles, this brush conditions hair, reduces frizz and tangles, plus prevents matting and breakage. If you’re going to invest in a superstar product, this is the one to go for!
- Babe Backpack and Tote Bag: Keep all your tools in one place while repping Babe Hair. It’ll give you more energy to focus on “me-time”!
- Scrunchies, headbands and scarfs: These hair flare accessories can hide the extension clips and bonds, plus they’re cute to boot!
- Rubber bands: Small yet powerful, rubber bands give you the freedom to create a showstopper hairstyle!
- Sectioning clips: Brush your extensions easier when you pin up sections of your hair.
Focusing on ways to build stronger relationships with your clients will save you time on reinstalling their extensions plus help keep their natural hair safe.
What maintenance tips do you share with your clients? Comment in the section below.