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Your Extension Checklist

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The end of summer is finally within arm’s reach. The long, hot days are getting cooler and the crisper air starts to roll in. You might be less tempted to call your stylist up and chop all your hair off to spare yourself from sweat and bad hair days. Finally, it’s going to start getting cool enough to get those extensions you’ve always dreamed of, but you may be wondering if they’re right for you. Here’s a simple guide to help you make the decision.

Why Extensions?

The big question you should ask yourself is why you want extensions in the first place. We all have our own reasons and there isn’t a right answer. Your reason is the only thing that dictates whether or not they are right for you.  Are you looking for something to help boost your confidence? Extensions! They help give you that ‘Hollywood Glam’ feel. Are you looking to step out of the box with your style, but don’t want to commit? Extensions are a great way to add a little something more (like color) without bleaching and damaging your natural hair, or risking your job. You can now get that blue under layer you’ve seen all over the web. Did you actually make the chop and now are regretting it? No worries, extensions can help ease the pain of growing out that cut. So, there isn’t a right answer just a best answer that’s designed for your needs.

Are there different types?

Yes, there are multiple types of extensions you can get. Here at XEX, our extension specialists are certified for the following application process:

  • Clip in extensions are a great temporary fix. They secure in your strands with the use of clips directly attached to the seam of the hair. These are great for adding a non-traditional temporary color or to glam up your look for a special occasion.
  • Tape in extensions are great for something that’s a little softer on your hair compared to fusion or micro bead. These are applied with a special adhesive tape and secured on your hair. If you work out a lot, these might not be the ones for you. Sweat and other moisture loosens up the adhesive and can cause them to slip or even fall out of your hair. If these are your choice, however, add some dry shampoo before you work out to help suck up that moisture.
  • Micro-beads are great because they’re added by individual bundles attached to a small bead and applied to your hair. These are great for those who work out because since they’re not held on by adhesive, they have less room to slip or fall out of your head.
  • Fusion extensions are another form of extension that uses adhesive to apply to your hair. Unlike the tape, these are held on by glue that is then heated and pressed to seal it into your hair. Again these may not be the best choice for those that work out, but with proper care, they will last just as long.

What’s important to ask before I book the actual appointment?

At XEX, we offer complimentary consultations for extensions so you have a chance to sit down and chat with one of our stylists. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible before dropping money on them. Here are some important things to think about bringing up when you stop by the salon:

  • Are they made from real material? Making sure the hair is 100% real- meaning all human and no synthetic materials- is a good first question. We get all of our hair from Donna Bella and assure you that’s it’s all human.
  • Where is it from? Hair comes from two main places: India and Europe. Your hair type will determine where you should get your hair from. If your hair is thick, hair from India would fit you better and if you have thinner hair, hair from Europe is your best bet (though sometimes it is pricier).
  • Are your extensions “remy hair”? These types of extensions are treated with cuticles bonders to help the hair remain smooth and frizz-free. Every extension we do at our salon is done with Remy Hair.

It’s important to bring up any questions you may have in regards to extensions. Visit our other blog posts to learn even more and don’t forget to talk to your XEX stylist. They’ll be able to help you with any information you need to make the plunge.

August 31, 2016 | 1 Comment »
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Extensions vs Summer: Make the most of your hair

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It’s hard enough to keep your natural hair healthy in the summer between sweat, salt, sun and chemicals; but those of who choose long flowy locks over convenience know the struggles the warm weather brings to extensions. Summer time doesn’t have to be a thing to dread when it comes to taking care of your extensions. In fact, it’s surprisingly easy to keep them nice and healthy during this humid time of year. Here’s how to keep your bonded and tape-in extensions nice and healthy while still enjoying the sunshine.

The problem isn’t the hair itself. Since good quality extensions are typically made of human hair, you should be able to just treat it as you would your natural hair. The problems lie within the bonds and the tape itself. That’s where the extensions become fragile and break off. For each type of extension, there is a different enemy. For bonded extensions, water is when they become the most fragile. It’s okay to swim, but just make sure that you’re not underwater and soaking them for too long. Also, make sure you rough dry your hair every time you come out of the water to ensure the longevity of the bonds. You don’t have to dry your whole head either. As long as the bonds themselves are dry, then the rest of your locks are safe to air dry as normal. You should also plan on wearing your hair up to avoid tangles while under water. A loose, low braid is perfect to keep your extensions from becoming a mess. Don’t just throw it up in a pony tail- pony tails can be tight and tear at the bonds, making them more likely to fall out later.

Tape-in extensions are a little different when it comes to what to watch out for. Skin care products and the sun are your biggest threats. Lotion, moisturizers or anything that’s slick that goes on the face is bound to seep its way into your hairline. This will cause the edges of the tape to start coming off and loose its adhesive. Although you should never skip these products- especially in the Summer- make sure you’re washing your hands after you apply to help prevent your tape from peeling up.

Whether it’s ninety outside or subzero temperatures, you should always be gentle with your hair- extensions or not. Look for products that don’t contain sulfate, brush your hair on a regular basis and follow up with your stylist for regular treatments. Just like lotions, conditioner will always cause your tape to slip. Try to apply it a few inches away from the tape itself to prevent any unwanted slipping. Shampooing only a few times a week and being caution while washing your hair will help prevent any unnecessary tugging on the roots.

You should make sure you’re brushing your hair everyday, especially if you have extensions. When you get your extensions, ask your stylist to order you a special brush along with the hair. These brushes are designed to be very gently on the bonds and tape. When you use your regular brush on them, the teeth actually do more tugging than tangling resulting in fallout. If you want to go the extra mile, gently gather and hold sections of your hair near the tape/bond and focus more on the ends.

When it comes to leave-in serums, don’t shy away from leave in conditioners and detangles. This actually helps maintain the integrity of the extensions and aids to keep them from tangling up in the wind. Just be mindful of your roots and where the bonds/tape are applies and focus on the ends of the hair rather than all over. All in all, don’t stray from the idea of having longer, thicker hair just because you don’t think the summer agrees with them. All it takes it just a little more love and you’re good to go.

July 14, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
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Taking Care of your Extensions

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Hair extensions began growing in popularity in the 1950s. Nowadays, there are tons of salons that offer extension services. Whether you’re looking for length, thickness or a pop of color, extensions can completely change the look of your hair. They are an investment, so it’s important to know the proper care. If you want your new extensions to last you a long time, you need to know how to properly take care of them to save the integrity of the hair.

Washing your Extensions

Hair care always begins with the wash. Purchasing a special shampoo and conditioner is extremely important when it comes to keeping your extensions from falling out. These shampoos and conditioners are designed specifically for extensions and tend to be gentler on the hair. Make sure to wash out the conditioner last before you step out of the shower to ensure maximum moisture. Be extremely cautious when drying your hair, making sure to be gentle. This will help you manage any tangles.

Invest in a good leave-in conditioner. There are great to help keep your extensions soft and silky. If you can, avoid washing your hair every day to prevent access tugging on the hair.

Brushing

When you get your extensions, you should also invest in a “Looper brush”. These brushes are designed specifically for extensions and will help you avoid any snagging. A wide tooth comb will work as well after you have showered and washed your hair. Always make sure you’re gentle when brushing your extensions. Brushing too hard will cause them to fall out or break off. Soft, slow strokes should help get rid of any tangles while avoiding any fall out. Take out any knots before you shower, working your way from the bottom up. You want to avoid any sort of tangles at all cost.

When you sleep, secure your hair in a loose ponytail or braid. This will make sure your hair isn’t in a tangled mess in the morning.

Styling with Heat

Extensions made from human hair are your best choice if you ever want to use heat tools on your hair. Synthetic extensions will melt if heat is applied. Heat includes curling irons, flat irons, wands and even blow-dryers. Keep in mind that using heat on human hair extensions will shorten the life of the hair. It’s important to keep your heat setting low, use heat protecting spray, and do weekly deep conditioning treatments to slow down the damage.

Swimming

Make sure you wear a swim cap with all the extensions tucked underneath while swimming. Chemicals such as chlorine can be extremely damaging and will cause your extensions to fall out. Wash your hair immediately after swimming to get rid of any chlorine that has soaked underneath the cap.

Talk to your Stylist

Always make sure that your extensions are right for your hair. Getting extensions that are heavier than your natural hair can be uncomfortable and will break off and damage your hair. If you have any concern about the upkeep or possible damage extensions could potentially cause to your hair, always express them to your stylist. They are the best people to talk to about your concerns. They can recommend what is best for you. If you have any issues with your extensions falling out, knotting or becoming matted, please go to your stylist immediately. You don’t want to break off your natural hair!

May 13, 2016 | 2 Comments »
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Need a Change? Your Hair Can Make a Big Difference!

ChicagoHairInspiration2The beginning of a new year is a great opportunity to recharge and change things about yourself. That’s why new year’s resolutions are so popular. If you feel like your look has gotten a little old or you haven’t taken enough chances lately, changing your hair style can really go a long way.

We don’t mean going from your natural dark brown color to a lighter shade of brown. We mean a real change. If you’ve had long hair for most of your life, try a short hairstyle. If you’ve kept the same short bob since high school, give extensions a try.

Below are some reasons how a drastic hairstyle change can benefit you in 2016:

Attention

Your friends, family and coworkers will probably all comment on your new hairstyle. Take advantage of all of the attention by encouraging them to try something new!

If you feel like you’ve been stuck in a routine, the new do will give you something exciting to talk to your friends about.

Confidence

You’ll enjoy a boost of confidence simply from going through with the dramatic hair change.

An Excuse!

Your new hairstyle gives you the perfect excuse to go shopping for new clothes, jewelry and accessories.

If you’ve stuck with the same hairstyle for a while because you’re not sure what other styles will work well with your hair type, face shape and complexion, ask your XEX stylist for some suggestions. We’d be happy to give you some ideas and can provide information on maintenance of different hairstyles so you can be sure your new look will work with your lifestyle.

January 21, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

5 Tips for Tape-In Hair Extensions

Tape In ExtensionsWe love tape-in hair extensions. They’re one of the newer types of extensions available and offer a natural and comfortable look. Although maintenance is fairly simple, daily upkeep will keep your extensions looking great for as long as possible. Below are 5 tips for those with tape-in extensions.

Use Quality Extensions

High quality extensions will look better and last longer. At XEX, we only use the highest quality tape-in extensions. If you are unsure of the quality of your extensions, we encourage you to ask your XEX stylist.

Have your Tape-In Extensions Applied by a Professional

Using a professional to apply your extensions is the only way to ensure that they will look and feel right. At XEX, our extensions experts receive extensive training in the application of tape-in extensions.

Below is XEX Senior Stylist and extensions expert John Harris applying tape-in extensions.

Press your Panels together Daily

Pressing your panels together on a daily basis will help the tape-in extensions bond last longer.

Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo is great for maintaining your hair’s shine. We recommend Aveda’s Shampure Dry Shampoo. Be sure not to use the dry shampoo around the panels though, as it can effect the bond of the extensions.

Stay Cool for 48 Hours

Skip the intense workouts for a couple of days after your tape-in extensions have been applied to give them time to bond. Excessing sweating can effect the bond.

Ready to try tape-in extensions? Schedule an appointment today with one of XEX’s extensions experts.

December 30, 2015 | 8 Comments »
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