So you’ve just pulled your brand-new hair system out of that red and white box. The shiny hair. The soft touch. It looks great. You’re naturally very keen to get it on your head and go and take on the world.
That said, like most things, your hair system is going to be susceptible to general wear and tear. The hair can only look so good for so long. Matting, tangling and hair loss, for example, are going to be enemies of hair whether it grows out of your scalp or the base of a hair system. However, with a little bit of effort and the following of a few do’s and don'ts, you can go a long way to keeping your hair looking as great as it did when you first pulled it out of that red and white box.
Avoiding premature and excessive hair loss
Shedding of hair is perfectly normal however some types of hair systems are more prone to shedding hair than others. Curly and longer hair typically shed more hair than shorter hair but be aware of the following to avoid premature and excessive hair loss:
- Excessive combing or brushing
This will ultimately break off hair and cause premature thinning of the hair system.
- Unattended matting and tangling (see below)
Left uncorrected, excessive matting and tangling that is then removed forcefully will tighten the matted hair and tear out the hair
Certain pillowcases such as cotton or overly aggressive shampooing will break off the hair and thin and tear out the hair
- Conditioners remaining in the root area/base of the hair system
Probably the single largest factor creating major, ongoing hair loss. Conditioners that are allowed to be absorbed onto the base and gather around the root system will ultimately prevent the root system from pivoting 360 degrees. This in turn leads to hair loss in your hair replacement. Conditioners must therefore be rinsed out completely to avoid the breakage of the root system.
Avoiding premature and excessive matting and tangling
Each morning lean your head forwards and use a soft brush/wide toothed comb and gently brush/comb your hair starting at the ends of the hair and working your way up to the root area. Below are further examples of how to avoid premature and excessive matting and tangling:
This is caused by the hair rubbing on the pillow at night. Constant friction damages the hair by opening up the cuticles. Therefore we strongly recommend that you use a silk or satin pillowcase or headscarf to avoid the friction of cotton pillowcases. If tangling from excessive friction occurs, comb it out immediately and gently use a rotating tooth comb with a small amount of detangler or conditioner.
- Excessively hot or cold water
Always use tepid water when washing your hair system.
- Chlorinated water
Mostly found in swimming pools. Chlorinated water is extremely alkaline and not only bleaches out the colour but also opens up the cuticle layer of the hair shaft increasing the chances of tangling. If you must go swimming in the chlorinated water we strongly advise you to immediately rinse your hair system when leaving the pool, then gently shampoo and condition with recommended products.
Found in products such as hairsprays. Products containing a lot of alcohol can be very drying and over time will open up the cuticle layer, increasing the chances of tangling.
- Permanent hair colours
Products which use peroxide as a penetrating agent swell up the hair shaft causing the cuticle layer to open and stay open. If you must color your hair system we recommend that you use semi permanent colors as these products use little or no peroxide.
- Over conditioning
Although you may believe you are helping to eliminate matting by using large quantities of conditioner the reality is that too much conditioner can swell the hair causing the cuticle layer to remain open. Therefore in order to avoid using too much conditioner, we suggest first applying it onto your palms and fingertips, then applying it to your hair system. Make sure that you keep the conditioner away from the root/base area of your hair system. Then rinse the conditioner out thoroughly.
General tips to ensure you get the best out of your hair
- Make a couple of big braids in your hair when going to sleep, swimming or exercising. It is important that you untangle your hair prior to braiding.
- NEVER sleep on wet hair! Your hair must be completely dry before going to sleep as sleeping on wet hair will cause hair to get very matted.
- For this type of hair we recommend you wet the hair every morning with water and protein leave-in detangler.
- Do not attempt to achieve curls using any alcohol based products such as mousses, styling gels etc.
- To prevent hair from dryness, please apply olive oil two to three times a week and also prior to shampooing your hair system.
- Olive oil left on the ends of hair overnight is very effective at preventing dry ends.
- We strongly advise you not to chemically treat your hair system as it may result in you causing irreparable damage to your unit.
Slippage/Lifting of hair system
- Just be aware that it is more crucial than normal to apply firm pressure on the attachment site after showering or bathing to help your hair system stay firmly secured to the scalp area.
Of course, if there is any other help or advice you need with your hair system then don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our social media sites. We are also only a phone call away if you dial +86 532 80828255.
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