Thank you for choosing GAIAA for your hair care needs! We understand purchasing hair extensions and wigs are an investment; proper maintenance and care can keep your wigs and extensions looking goddess-like for many months and years to come. It is important to remember, that even though GAIAA wigs and extensions are 100% human hair, we do not recommend over washing, heating, or using a large amount of product, because the hair is not receiving the same nutrients from the scalp like your own natural hair. Once the hair is cut from the donor’s head, it no longer gains or retains the nutrients that our bodies produce for our hair follicles. We hope this hair care guide will come in handy and if you have any questions that are not covered below, please hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we are happy to help! Please allow us 24-48 hours to respond to your request!
- Stay away from products containing sulfur, glycerin, silicone, or other chemicals.
- Always put your hair into a ponytail and cover with a satin scarf or bonnet before sleeping to help prevent tangling.
- For wavy and curly extensions, braid down and secure with a soft band since curlier hair is more prone to tangling than straight. Cover with a satin scarf or bonnet.
- Chlorine and saltwater are one of your extensions worst enemy! We highly recommend braiding the hair down and the use of a swim cap. You can definitely wear your hair in the pool or ocean, just be mindful that you are not oversaturating your hair over a long period of time, as the salt and chemicals can dry out the nutrients in the hair. Always wash your natural hair, and the hair extensions after swimming.
- Try applying an alcohol-free hair serum for extra shine! Keep away from the scalp and bonds.
- Products like hairspray and mousse will dry out your extensions more quickly, so do not over saturated with hair products.
- The use of sunbeds are not recommended when wearing extensions as this will cause them to dry out.
- Never go to bed with wet hair extensions, or with your natural hair being wet underneath your tracks. This can cause fungus to grow, and your hair will develop an unpleasant smell. We highly recommend you washing your natural hair and extensions, and then sitting under the dryer for the best drying results.
- For curly hair, it may be helpful carrying a spray bottle that contains water, a moisturizer, or a leave in conditioner, to moisturize and refresh your hair when needed.
- Deep conditioning once a week and using a clarifying shampoo every 2 weeks will keep your extensions moisturized and build-up free.
- Just like your natural hair, hot water is not recommended. Wash your hair gently with lukewarm water.
- Invest in a low PH shampoo that contains no sulfate or silicone based ingredients. The mentioned chemicals can cause the bonds of the hair to breakdown.
- Detangle your extensions before washing, with a wide-toothed comb, or by finger combing.
- After washing and applying conditioner, simply finger comb or use a wide-toothed comb to spread the conditioner through the hair, starting at the ends and working your way up, avoiding the bonds. Rinse thoroughly.
- Gently squeeze out excess water being careful not to pull on the hair.
- Allow hair to air dry.
- Gently comb through your hair extensions before styling.
- Recommended brushes for hair extensions include the Tangle Teezer brand, looper brush or simply a wide toothed comb.
- Brush your hair at least twice a day to keep the hair, roots, and bonds looking smooth and tangle-free!
- Detangle your extensions by starting at the ends and working your way up. This technique allows you to remove tangles inch by inch instead of pulling the tangles all the way through the hair, often causing the tangles to tighten.
- Holding the hair above the section being brushed is recommended so that there is minimal tension put on the bonded area.
- For tightly curled extensions use brushes minimally, try a wide toothed comb and finger combing when possible.
- Try using a chemical free heat protectant to prevent unnecessary breakage.
- Keep your heating tools as low as possible, as heavy and constant heat will change the natural pattern over time.
- Use ceramic plated heating tools for straightening or curling.
- All GAIAA Virgin and Raw hair can be dyed, but we recommend you consult a professional hair stylist for this chemical process. Dyeing should be done at your own risk!
- Always do a strip test on a small piece of the hair first, so that you determine how long to expose the hair extensions to the developer, to get to your desired color.
- Should you decide to dye your wig or extensions, we recommend using a semi permanent hair colour or colouring that doesn’t contain ammonia, to minimize damage to the hair.
Human hair wigs require much of the same care as human hair extensions, be sure to read through all of the hair care guide to get as much information as possible to keep your wig lasting as long as possible.
- Wigs can be washed immediately after purchase.
- Wigs should be washed every 8-10 days. Try using a dry shampoo in between washings on the inside of the wig cap to keep fresh.
- Brush out wigs prior to washing, for curly wigs simply finger comb gently to detangle.
- Wash wigs in still water by adding shampoo to cool water, swirling around and allowing to soak for 5 minutes. Drain the water, refill with cool water to rinse by gently swirling, repeat the rinse until water runs clear.
- When applying conditioner, avoid the base cap of the wig.
- Wigs should be loosely wrapped in a towel and gently patted to remove excess water.
- Allow wigs to dry on a wig stand, do not allow wigs to dry in direct sunlight; this will cause the color to fade faster.
- To style straight textured wigs apply a liquid wig mousse and lightly brush; for curly textured wigs, apply a liquid wig mousse and hand scrunch to define curls.
- Do not scratch or pick with fingernails, bobby pins, or any other objects as it could tear the delicate material.
- Brush gently as not to bald the lace with vigorous brushing, tugging or combing.
- Be extra gentle when washing your frontals/closures.
Healthy Habits for Your Natural Hair
Wearing extensions or wigs are never a reason to neglect your natural hair. Here are our top hair care tips to achieving healthy, strong and shiny natural hair that you can be proud of!
- Washing and conditioning your hair with an organic brand about once a week will keep your scalp clean, healthy and feeling fresh. Even while wearing extensions, washing and conditioning is a vital part of growing and maintaining a healthy head of beautiful natural hair.
- Deep conditioning is one of the most important aspects of natural hair care. Deep conditioning your hair on a regular basis will keep it moisturized, hydrated, and shiny along with promoting elasticity and even preventing damage. We recommend doing a deep conditioning treatment at least once every two weeks using an organic brand such as Mielle Organics.
- Heat damage is no joke! Heat damage occurs when heat is applied to the hair on a setting that is too high or the heat remains on the hair too long. It’s one of the leading causes of stunted growth as severe heat damage can’t be reversed; it has to be cut off. It is always best to avoid heat whenever possible and use a heat protector when necessary.
- Sometimes it’s hard thinking about trimming your ends when you’ve worked so hard to grow your hair! However, if you want that growth to continue, you have to make trimming your ends a priority in your hair care routine. Natural hair usually starts to split around the 3-month mark so be sure to schedule your trim around that time. Trimming your hair will keep it growing strong, thick and shiny.
- You’ve heard it before and we are telling you again! Don’t underestimate the power of wrapping your hair up with a satin scarf. By wrapping your hair each night you are preventing repetitive breakage, preserving your style and evenly distributing your scalps natural oils (much like scalp massaging!). Satin bonnets and pillowcases are also great choices.
- Massaging the scalp is a great way to stimulate the hair follicles and promote growth. This technique also boasts an array of other benefits including blood circulation in the scalp, stress relief, and prevention of dry scalp by spreading the natural oils. Try massaging your scalp for 5-10 minutes each day!
Protect Your Edges and Nape
- We all know how sensitive these areas can be, so pay special attention to them. Making sure there is not too much tension and pressure on these areas will go a long way in achieving healthy, full edges! When wearing extensions ask your stylist to leave these areas out. Simply slick them down or cover them up as needed.
Let Your Hair Breathe
- You have to allow time for your hair to breathe! Constant styling and manipulation can take a toll on your hair so be sure to give it time to chillax between wearing extensions and wigs.
Your Natural Hair Care Partner
- Natural hair care can be challenging at times so it’s always a good idea to form a relationship with a natural hair care professional in your area that can help you maintain your hair and keep you motivated. Be sure to ask plenty of questions in order to establish trust.
For more information or if you have a natural hair care tip to share, contact us at email@example.com!