How long does my hair have to be to get extensions?

Minimum of 3″, though longer is better. Good results can be achieved on short hair with the correct choice of method, length, and cut, though longer hair will make the extensions easier to blend, for a more believable final result.

Will they damage my natural hair?

No, provided you follow the care instructions you are given when they are installed. The installation methods we use were chosen for their gentleness on the natural hair. You, however, bear some responsibility in keeping your own hair healthy while wearing extensions. Care must be taken while brushing and styling, so your brush or comb doesn’t catch on the extension and pull it out. You will be fully instructed on how to care for your hair before you leave the salon after your extensions are installed.

How long can I wear hair extensions?

As long as you want to, provided that the hair is well cared for and your own hair remains healthy. Alínea Hair  Tape-In extensions can be expected to last a minimum of 6 months, and sometimes up to a year or more with proper care.

Alínea Hair Pre-bonded hair extensions will last about 4 months on average, and are not re-usable. New strands can be installed when the old hair is removed.

Can they be straightened, curled?

You can treat the hair as if it is your own. Use a flat iron/ straightener or tongs, even when fitted, but as with your own hair, never use hot tools too often as you could dry the hair and it will not last as long.

Can I dye /color the hair?

Yes. The hair can be colored. As a general rule it is easier to darken the hair than to lighten the hair. We recommend to dye darker, not lighter since the hair extension has been processed and colored, it is difficulty to fade the original color. Improper dying will ruin the hair. We highly recommend having your hairdresser dye the extensions as you will get the results you want, coloring them yourself always poses a high risk of not coming out the shade you want. If you can’t get to a salon, always use a good quality hair dye and test a small sample first. Virgin hair is not processed chemically and it keeps cuticle intact. You can dye it any color, either darker or lighter.

Can I wash & blow-dry the hair extensions?

You can wash them as you would your own, shampoo and conditioner. We also recommend using a hair treatment on them every few weeks, because the hair is not attached to your scalp, it is not getting the oils it should be. Using a treatment/hair mask will help keep them looking healthier and shiny for longer! The extensions can be blow-dryer on low setting, but it is not recommended to do it too often. It is best to let your hair extensions dry naturally after washing them. Please comb them from bottom to top.

Can I go swimming with extensions?

Chlorine, salt water and sweat are not good for extensions. If you go swimming, we recommend wetting the hair with tap water, adding a thick layer of conditioner and putting the hair in a top bun. After swimming make sure you wash the chlorine or salt water from you extensions and condition them again.

What kind of hair brush should I use with the extensions?

Always use the right kind of brush – no metal bristle brushes and no combs around the Micro Rings or Bonds…use a soft bristle brush that surrounds a few harder plastic bristles (hair extension brush), and do not brush your scalp area…it does not need it.

Hold the scalp area where the micro rings are with your free hand pressing down on the micro rings to hold them against your scalp and gently brush the length of the extensions. Do not force tangles out, but work gently to unknot them.

How to select the Micro ring color for Pre-bonded extensions “I” Tip:

When choosing the micro ring, choose a color similar to the bond (“I” Tip) of your extensions. The bond is usually a bit darker than the hair color. If in doubt, always choose the darker color as it will be less detectable than if it is too light.

If you are using 2 or more colors for your hair extensions, you may need an extra jar of Copper Micro Rings to fit both colors. Example: If you choose brown and blonde extensions, you will need 2 jars of rings in brown and in blonde. Also, it is always a good idea to have extra rings handy in case you want to re-do a section or for re-placing strands.

How to choose the color of the extensions:

  • If you look at your hair, we all have many different colors of hair. For example, your hair underneath is usually darker than the hair on top.
  • You may choose different colors for a highlighted natural look. You may choose different colors for each pack if you like.
  • Choose the color that is closest in hue and tint to your own color. You may also choose hair that is slightly darker for a great look.
  • Often, choosing hair that is slightly darker to add underneath will create the perception of having fuller and thicker hair. This also looks very natural. You may also even choose a hair color significantly darker than your own color for beautiful contrast that really pops!
  • For example, a darker color for underneath, low lights. A medium color for the middle rows. And a lighter color for the middle to top rows as highlights. This three dimensional look will optically add more volume.
  • You can also color your hair to match the extensions. Or, tint the extensions to match your hair. We recommend using only a demi-tint in a similar or darker shade than the extensions. We do not recommend lightening or bleaching the extensions yourself. Nor, coloring the light blonde colors. Coloring blond hair is always tricky, even for professionals. Please understand, that we cannot guarantee the outcome of coloring or tinting, extensions take on color very fast, and suggest you always use a test strand before coloring all the extensions.

How many different types of Micro Rings are there? (Sometimes also called Micro Links or Micro Beads)?

Usually not. However, some slippage of a few millimeters over the weeks may be occur, especially if your own hair is very fine and smooth. If you find excessive slippage, or are losing strands, make sure you are not using a conditioner or a spray-on detangle directly on the Micro Ring Links or on the bonds of your extensions as this may make the hair too slippery. Also, do not brush or comb the extensions while the bonds in the Micro Rings are still wet, i.e. after washing. Wet hair tends to stretch more than dry hair and this stretching can cause the hair diameter to be pulled thinner, causing slight slippage. Make sure there is enough clients’ hair in the ring. The ratio should always be 1 to 1 (just as much client hair as extension hair in one ring). The Micro Ring Links method is the best method, causing the least hair damage, and is the easiest to use of all attachment methods.