Frequently Asked Questions
What products can I use on my extensions?
The main purpose of sulfates is to create suds. It is an inexpensive lathering agent that will dry out your hair and damage hair follicles. Additionally, sulfates strip color with each and every wash for those of you who color your hair. Further, the over drying of your hair causes breakage. There are however, better alternatives that can perform the same function with fewer suds. Most shampoos on the market today contain some type of sulfate, so make sure you read the ingredients, even if the brand claims to be chemical or sulfate free. Words describing sulphates on your ingredients list: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (or SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (or SLES), Amonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Myreth Sulfate (the mildest form of sulfate), TEA Lauryl sulfate, Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate, Sulfer, TEA Dodecylbenzene, Selenium Sulfides, and almost anything else that ends in sulfate, sulfonate, or sulfide. A good alternative for sulfates to look for is Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, a natural sulfate created from palm kernels so it does not have the same damaging effects.
Protein can and will cause tangling and matting. Damage can happen instantly and is irreversible after just one use of a protein based product. High levels of protein are usually found in products that ‘repair’ or ‘reconstruct’ or targeted at heavily chemically treated hair. Avoid these words on the ingredient list: Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed casein, Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed collagen, Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed hair keratin, Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed keratin, Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein, Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed silk, Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy protein, Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolysed, Wheat protein, Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl silk amino acids, Cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen, Cocoyl hydrolyzed keratin, Hydrolyzed keratin, Hydrolyzed oat flour, Hydrolyzed silk, Hydrolyzed silk protein, Hydrolyzed soy protein, Hydrolyzed wheat protein, Hydrolyzed wheat protein, Keratin, Potassium cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen, TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen, TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein.