Holiday haircare

Natasha Zen

We’re sure many of your clients will be spending their summer by a pool or sunning themselves on holiday so we’ve got Zen Luxury Hair to give us some holiday extension tips. The brand’s UK educator, Simon Stainton revealed how to protect extensions from both sun and sea, and we’re sure your clients will be interested to hear how…

Simon Stainton

Simon Stainton shares his holiday haircare tips

Can you go in the pool with hair extensions?
Swimming in chlorine is probably the worst thing you can do to hair extensions. Exposure to chlorine- which is a bleach-may make your hair extensions dry, tangled, or discoloured. Frequent exposure to chlorine can also break down the bonds over time, too.

What effect will salt water have on my hair extensions? 
Salt water is very corrosive to hair extensions and bonds so it’s best to avoid if possible. Salt water can be very drying to the hair, stripping away oils and moisture, leaving your extensions prone to breaking and losing their glossy shine.

How can I protect my extensions from the sun?
Sun protection for extensions is extremely important. I would recommend using a protective water-based serum on your extensions prior to exposure to the sun.

Are there any hairstyles which are better for hair extensions in the sun?
Wearing your hair tied back in a low ponytail is ideal when exposing extensions to the sun. This hairstyle ensures the bonds are covered without strain. I would recommend brushing the hair thoroughly after every beach or pool day.

Zen Lightweight Serum

What products should I be using to help protect my hair extensions?
To ensure your hair extensions keep their original vitality, be sure to treat them as you would your own hair. For extra shine and protection, I recommend Zen Hair’s lightweight serum, designed to put the nutrients back into your hair. 

What effect will the sun have on my extensions?
The sun will naturally lighten your hair extensions which can cause dryness to the cuticles.

What effect will sand have on my extensions?
Sand just needs to be brushed out and lightly rinsed in clean water. Do not over wash hair as this strips away the natural oils.

Will humidity make the extensions go frizzy?
If the hair is Indian, it is more likely to frizz with humidity. Chinese hair being straighter and less coarse will remain unaffected by humidity.

What is the best shampoo to use on hair extensions?
Always use sulphate and paraben free products as recommended by your stylist. I would recommend the Zen Hair shampoo and conditioner, specifically designed for extensions to wash away impurities and imperfections. 

Zen Shampoo

How long do hair extensions last?
The lifespan of your hair extensions will vastly change depending on the hair quality. Typically, they can last anything between 3 months and 1 year.

What type of hair extensions should I get?
I recommend investing in human hair extensions as these can be coloured, styled and washed just like your own hair. When deciding on the best application method for you, it is best to make an appointment with your stylist to discuss your options. Application method is very lifestyle dependant so go with the best method to suit your needs.

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