How to care for your hair integration system
As you know if you’re one of my lovely loyal clients or you follow me on social media, modern hair systems can look absolutely gorgeous. They look just like your own hair and you can swim, go to the gym, sleep, shower in them, you name it.
But there are some differences between hair systems and your natural hair which you need to know about so you can keep your own system looking and feeling as amazing as the day it was fitted.
How a hair system differs from your natural hair
If you lose hair from your hair system, it won’t regrow
Unlike natural hair that usually grows back, once hair is gone from a hair system, it’s gone. This is why you have to follow my aftercare advice and have proper maintenance. You need to avoid things that cause hair loss and breakage as much as possible.
Your hair system won’t be protected by your scalp’s natural oils
The glands attached to your hair follicles make a natural oil called sebum which coats your hair and keeps it nourished and hydrated. Your hair system won’t have access to these natural oils so you need to keep it hydrated with conditioner and deep conditioning treatments.
My top tips for looking after your hair system
*Detangle hair with a wide-toothed comb or good quality hair brush. Start from the ends and work your way up.
* Wash your hair in an upright position, never flip hair over head.
*When you wash your hair, only use the recommended products
*Pat shampoo over your hair system rather than massaging it in which can cause tangling
*Use a deep conditioning treatment once per week to keep it hydrated
*Sleep with a 100% silk scarf on or on a silk pillowcase to prevent friction and breakage
*Sleep with hair tied back
*Learn some good blowdrying techniques to keep your system looking sleek
*Use a heat protection cream or spray
*Use professional quality products such as leave in conditioners and serums, avoid heavy hairsprays
*Use a good finishing serum or Argan oil to keep return hairs at bay and to keep your ends subtle.
*Wash your hair system too often as this can dry it out
*Wash your hair system with hot water
*Rub your hair system when drying it with a towel, pat it dry instead
*Sleep with wet hair as this can cause matting
*Use poor quality or heavy silicone lined products
*Attemp to colour your hair system yourself
*Expose your hair system to excessive sunlight, harsh chemicals, or chlorinated water. If you swim, use a leave-in product to protect your hair system and Malibu C swimmers products and then wash and condition it as soon as you get out of the pool. If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, wear a hat, or use products with added UV filters.
The important thing to remember is that your hair system is an investment so it makes sense to look after it. Natural hair can recover from chemical treatments, excessive heat styling, and other damage, hair systems can’t.
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