How to prepare for your hair extension installation/fitting

How to prepare for your hair extension installation/fitting

Getting a hair extension fitted and installed is always an interesting exercise. However, you need to go there prepared because it is a process to be taken seriously. First, your extension material must be quite an investment, so you want to ensure that your hair stylist installs it perfectly so that it looks beautiful and lasts for a long time.

This post will take you through the preparatory steps for your hair installation and help you get your hair ready for a hair extension installation. 

Wash your hair

Wash your hair with shampoo or have your stylist do that using a clarifying shampoo. This clarifying shampoo helps to remove all dirt and residue from your hair and leave it perfectly clean.

A good shampoo will also prevent hair breakage, and shredding, and ensure that your extension from coming off prematurely.

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Apply a conditioner

Then, proceed to apply a conditioner from the middle length to the ends of your hair to smoothen, detangle, and make it manageable. Always pay attention to detangling your hair carefully because if the hair is tangled up, the extension won’t stay in place. If your hair is also weak and brittle, it won’t be able to stand the attachment of an extension and it’ll shred. 

Dry your hair

After washing and conditioning the hair, ensure that it is properly dry before going to the next step. You can allow it to air dry or use a hair dryer at low heat while ensuring that every part of your hair is dry. 

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Avoid flakes and tangles

Let your hair stylist ensure that your scalp is squeaky clean without any flaky substance and also make sure your hair is smooth and tangle-free before beginning the installation. 

Most hair extensions need to be installed on strong, healthy hair because they have a bit of weight that only healthy hair can handle. Ask your hairstylist to ensure that your hair is healthy enough, full, and long enough to handle the weight of your extension before installing it. 

Ensure that your hair matches the extension

Whatever type of hair extension you want to install, ensure that it is compatible with your natural hair, especially in terms of color and texture so that it isn’t obvious to everyone that it is an extension.

The reason behind an extension is to improve the length and fullness of your hair while looking natural, so ensure that the blend between the hair and extension is seamless.

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Handle hair properly

Before installing the extension, your hair stylist will need to part your hair or divide it into a certain number of sides or sizes and separate the strands to which the hair extension will be added. In some cases, your hair will need to be braided. Ensure that your stylist pays proper attention to this, and avoid holding your hair in place too tightly to avoid discomfort before, during, and after the extension is installed. 

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Surrounded by queries, seek tranquility. We've carefully crafted an FAQ section to clear up any confusion about how to prepare for your hair extensions installation appointment. Our goal is to eliminate doubts and provide you with clear, comprehensive responses to all the questions that may arise.

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Paco Serrano

Paco Serrano

Hair Extensions Specialist and Blog Writer

Passionate about the transformative power of hair extensions and style.

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Why is a consultation crucial before getting hair extensions?

A consultation allows you and the stylist to discuss your hair goals (length, volume, lifestyle) and desired extension type (e.g., keratin, tape-in). It also ensures your hair health is suitable for extensions. At IMH Studio we offer a free hair extensions consultation with no obligations at all.

What hair history details should I share with the hair extensions specialist?

Be upfront about any chemical treatments, heat styling habits, or hair loss you've experienced. This helps them recommend the most suitable extensions and application method for your unique hair.

How should I prepare my hair for the appointment?

Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo the day before, but skip the conditioner and styling products. These can leave a residue that hinders the extension's adhesion.

Does hair length matter for all extension types?

It depends on the method. For weft extensions specifically, letting your hair grow out a bit creates a better foundation for seamless application and prevents your natural hair from showing through.

What if I'm nervous about getting hair extensions?

Feeling nervous is completely understandable! Hair extensions are a big decision. Choose a reputable salon with experienced stylists. A qualified stylist will be happy to address your concerns and answer any questions you have during the consultation. Open communication can help alleviate anxieties and ensure a positive experience.