Hair Extensions Advice

Hair Extensions Guide to Pre-Fitting and Aftercare | Beauty Works, Koko, Sleek


Prepare for your fitting

Please ensure you thoroughly wash and cleanse your hair 24/48 hours before coming for your fitting, it is advisable to use a clarifying shampoo to completely remove any styling products or residue remaining in your hair.

Try to come with your hair free from any styling products and straightened, this makes it clearer to see when applying the extensions.

Do not have your hair trimmed just before your fitting as a natural look rather than a blunt cut will blend in better with your extensions.

To have hair extensions, your hair should be a minimum of 3-4 inches in length, just about long enough to put into a ponytail. Ideally, the longer your hair the easier to integrate. However, shorter lengths can be done, all I really need is enough hair to hold onto to add the hair to, an inch and a half, but it will be harder to blend and grow out quicker. If your hair is too short then going any longer than 16 inches may not be ideal.


It is strongly advised that you do not wash your hair for at least 48 hours after having your hair extensions fitted. This is because the bonds/links/braids need time to set to avoid hair shedding from the bonds/links/braids in the future.

Please try to wash your hair a maximum of twice a week if possible, this is because the less stress you put on the hair, the better.

Always use a shampoo and conditioner recommended for hair extensions only, this is because normal high street brands contain silicone based ingredients which will cause the bonds/links to weaken and break down. To wash where the bonds/links are, only use a hair extension shampoo as it will not loosen the bonds. It is necessary to condition the extension hair to keep it in optimum condition, it is vital however that you do not get conditioner on the actual bonds/links as they will get very week and soft.

It is advisable to do your hair in a loose plait when sleeping. This will minimise tangling. Remember to always take good care of your hair, gently dry it and do not take any short cuts when caring for it. Hair extensions last longer and look better when taken proper care of. It is best to use a hair extension brush, this is because normal brushes with balls on the end can rip and break the hair. Try to brush your hair every day but not more than once as this will cause unnecessary shedding.

It is strongly advised that you have a maintenance appointment halfway during your extension period e.g. 4-6 weeks. This will allow us to look at your hair to see how you are getting along with the extensions and remove and replace any loosened bonds/links to ensure that you can keep your extensions on for longer. If you don’t come in for maintenance, we cannot be held responsible for any damage caused to your hair, as it is your responsibility to look after them properly using our aftercare guide for advice.

Some clients experience itching to the scalp to the scalp, this is perfectly normal! Remember that having hair extensions isn’t a natural process; your head needs time to adjust to them.

If you use a sunbed it is advisable to wrap the hair in a towel first to prevent drying out the hair.

We do not recommend that you swim with your extensions, however if you do, we advise you plait/braid the extensions and avoid getting them wet.

Please note: Lighter shades have a bleach content therefore they will need extra care.



How should I wear my hair for bed?

The best way to maintain good condition is to sleep with your hair in a plait.

How long does the fitting last?

6-12 weeks depending on the person, they grow out as fast as your hair grows. So the faster your hair grows the more often it needs to be done.

How often can I wash the extensions?

It is recommended to only wash the extensions once a week to maintained the condition

Can I wash my hair like normal?

Yes, but it is advised to use a sulphate free shampoo