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You've Got New Extensions! Now What?

Why are hairstylists so pushy about you using salon bought hair products?

Many drugstore hair products are filled with synthetic fillers and chemicals like alcohol, that are damaging to natural hair and can be downright detrimental for extensions. Finding the right products might feel overwhelming with so much variety available.

When your hairstylist talks up their favorite products it's because they are tried and true and some with certain guaruntees in regards to your hair's health.

Hand-tied hair extensions are a major investment. Your stylist is going to do their darnedest to make sure that when you come back in 6-8 weeks that your hair is in great health. This is why we talk to you about a home-maintenance plan and urge you to use specific products. It's to protect our work and your hair.

So, using high-quality products is super important when it comes to protecting your investment. 

You don’t need to be a product queen for this info to be relevant to you, even the basics like shampoo and conditioner are important to your extensions! So let’s dive in.

Shampoo and Conditioner

While our natural hair produces oils that are designed to keep our hair shiny and healthy, hand-tied extensions add on more hair than your scalp is accounting for. This means that these natural oils probably aren’t having the desired effect on your extensions.

In order to ensure that your extensions are getting moisturized and won’t become dry and damaged, you need to compensate with the right shampoo and conditioner. Our top recommended brand is the ILES Paris trio. They clean, condition and protect. So if you're a product minimalist, make sure you, at least, have these three, tried and true products.

Remember, with high-quality products, a little goes a long way, so make sure you aren’t using too much which can also be bad for your hair. 

Dry Shampoo  

Figuring out your hair washing routine with hand-tied extensions can be a little tricky. On the one hand, you don’t want to wash your hair too often, because this can loosen extensions and cause them to dry out. On the other hand, you don’t want to walk around with hair that looks unwashed half the time.

This is where finding the right dry shampoo can be a lifesaver. On the days between washes, we suggest, Aveda's Shampure. We've tried a million different dry shampoos and, you're right, so many don't work.

We LOVE this one. and it won't give you and over dried or overly gritty feeling.

Again, too much dry shampoo can dry out your hair so don’t overdo it and just at the roots.


The number one rule in hair-care extension maintenance is to brush your hair, often. But brushing your hair when it's a tangled mess can do more harm than good. Tugging on your matted hair can cause the hand-tied wefts to come loose, which is the last thing you want.

Using detangling products can solve this problem instantly. We suggest using Oribe’s Run-Through Detangling Primer after getting out of the shower and before brushing your hair. This product is also perfect for protecting your hair extensions this summer after going for a swim.

This detangler calms even the most stubborn of knots, so you know it's safe to run a comb through your hair without worrying about damage. This specific detangler also provides the added bonus of heat protection. 

Heat protectant is important for both sun exposure this summer, as well as heat from styling tools year-round. 

Heat Protectant

Speaking of styling, anyone with hair extensions knows that styling is half the fun of long hair. That being said, maintaining your hair extension’s life span means not overdoing it with heat exposure from blow driers, curling irons, and straighteners. 

To avoid heat damage, we suggest using a heat protectant or heat-specific styling spray before you get started. We love Oribe’s Royal Blowout heat styling spray, which really gets the job done. 

It strengthens your hair extensions and repairs split ends, while simultaneously speeding drying time which means you can significantly cut down heat exposure. It also makes your hair super soft, while also adding body. If that isn’t a win-win, we don’t know what is.

Filling your beauty arsenal with products that are good for your hair extensions is just as important as the effort you put into choosing the stylist that will install your extensions. Over-the-counter products just don’t make the cut and the few dollars you might save will come back to haunt you. 

Using quality products is instrumental when it comes to protecting your natural hair and prolonging your hair extension’s lifespan for as long as possible.


Salon Bilancio

1414 Fourth Street

San Rafael, CA

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